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Ten Must-See Films at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival

By Chaz Ebert
Roger Ebert
September 09, 2023
By darcostudio
September 09, 2023

There are so many films I want to see at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this year that it is difficult to choose. Fortunately our team of reviewers are submitting daily reports so I hope you join me in eagerly reading each dispatch penned by Brian Tallerico, Robert Daniels, Marya Gates, Monica Castillo and Nick Allen as well as the end-of-festival wrap-ups from Jason Gorber and Barbara Scharres.

Sony Pictures Classics is presenting four films in the festival and I am looking forward to seeing them all: “Shayda”, “Strange Way of Life”, “The Teachers’ Lounge” and “They Shot the Piano Player.”

Part of my summer was spent in England at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, and in France at the Aix en Provence Musical Festival with the board of the LA Opera. While in England, I ventured to Sussex to visit the country house of Roger Penrose and Lee Miller, two artists who were contemporaries of the Bloomsbury Group of artists and free thinkers. There I was surprised and delighted to meet their son, Antony Penrose, who is carrying on the legacy of his parents. During a visit to the kitchen where Lee cooked dinners for guests such as Pablo Picasso, I saw a tile Picasso painted that still sits above her stove. Lee Miller was one of only a few women who were allowed to serve as war correspondents. Her entire life seemed like a movie, and at TIFF this year, a film about her life is set to premiere…

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