Jane Fonda premieres in Toronto

Toronto (Canada), Sep 13 (EFE).- The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, in English) premieres this Tuesday two of the most anticipated titles of the current edition of the exhibition, “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” and “Moving On”, the latter with a performance by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

This Tuesday also sees the world premiere at the Canadian show, one of the most important in the world, of the latest film by Spanish director Carlos Vermut, “Manticore”, starring Nacho Sánchez and Zoe Stein.

Vermouth has pointed out that the story of the film, about a successful video game designer who hides a terrible secret, is “that of a true monster” and that “Manticore” is a film “about love and monsters” in modern life.

After passing through TIFF, “Mantícora” will be screened at the next Sitges Fantastic Film Festival (Spain), which will be held from October 6 to 16.

On the other hand, the Toronto festival has scheduled for this Tuesday two of the most anticipated films in the show, judging by the pools of critics.

ETERNAL FONDA

“Moving On” is the comedy that has provided a new opportunity to bring together the inexhaustible Fonda and Tomlin, two actresses who know each other well.

Both have been great friends for more than 40 years and have worked together in films such as “9 to 5” (1980) or the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie”.

In “Moving On,” writer-director Paul Weitz (“About a Boy,” 2002), places Fonda and Tomlin in familiar territory: two friends who, after years of disconnection, are reunited when a mutual friend dies. This death will allow the two friends to mount a revenge against the widower of the deceased.

The world premiere of “Moving On” has coincided with the recent announcement that Fonda, 84, has cancer.

Fonda will not attend the premiere of “Moving On” in Toronto, although the 83-year-old Tomlin will, who has described his friend as spirited and “indomitable”.

According to Tomlin, Fonda told her not to worry because her cancer “is one of the most treatable cancers you could get,” and that she considered herself very lucky in that regard.

BEERS AND VIETNAM

With the other great premiere this Tuesday, “The Greatest Beer Run Ever”, its director, the American Peter Farrelly, returns to a festival that has brought him luck in the past.

In 2018, Farrelly won the TIFF Audience Award with “Green Book”, the most democratic award of the Toronto show and given by the public that attends the screenings.

Earning the backing of Toronto, Farrelly scooped two Oscars, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, for “Green Book,” and Mahershala Ali scooped the statuette for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the feature film.

The action comedy “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” is Farrelly’s first film since “Green Book” and has been cast by actors Zac Efron, Russell Crowe and Bill Murray.

With a script in which Farrelly has also participated, “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” takes place in 1967, in the middle of the Vietnam War, when a sailor, John “Chickie” Donahue (Efron), decides to mount a mission to deliver beers American soldiers on the battlefield.

Based on true events, Farrelly has stated that what he mainly wants to tell with this story is that Vietnam was “a horrible war, but not because of the soldiers.”

“They thought they were patriotic and they thought they were saving the world, but they weren’t. It was the fault of really bad leadership. That’s the message of the movie,” Farrelly explained in an interview with Deadline.

Another of the films that premieres this Tuesday in Toronto is “My Imaginary Country”, the latest production by Chilean documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán.

On this occasion, Guzmán, who is a regular at TIFF and author of the documentary series “The Battle of Chile”, goes into the “social outbreak” with his camera, the massive demonstrations that took place in Chile between October 2019 and March 2020.

Julio Cesar Rivas

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Jane Fonda premieres in Toronto