Christopher Nolan will attend a free screening of his summer hit Dunkirk in Toronto on September 10 to mark the 50th anniversary of IMAX Corporation.
TIFF director and COO Piers Handling will introduce the screening in IMAX 70mm. Nolan, who shot his Second World War tentpole almost entirely with IMAX cameras, will take to the stage for a post-screening on-stage conversation with TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey.
The event will take place at the restored Cinesphere at Ontario Place, the world’s first permanent IMAX theatre that is expected to reopen shortly.
“Nineteen years ago, Nolan premiered Following in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival,” Bailey said. “We stand in awe of all he has achieved since, and are proud to welcome him back to Toronto.
“The Ontario Place Cinesphere is the perfect place to do it. This cinema on Toronto’s waterfront opened in 1971 as IMAX’s first permanent home. We couldn’t be happier to be able to provide fans with the chance to hear Nolan speak on the groundbreaking art and craft of Dunkirk.”
“Dunkirk is quite remarkable,” Handling said. “It sets a new standard for the visualisation of war. Its form and structure is immersive and experiential and its attention to detail exemplary. This is a story for the times – one of resilience against all odds, ordinary people surviving amidst chaos. Christopher Nolan captures this seminal moment in history with an artist’s eye.”
Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.
Dunkirk has grossed $412.6m worldwide and $172.5m in North America through Warner Bros. The cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.
Nolan directed from his own screenplay. Emma Thomas and Nolan produced the film, with Jake Myers serving as the executive producer.
The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7-17.