We’re keeping an eye on the exciting news for the upcoming 48th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Already catching our attention is Atom Egoyan’s SEVEN VEILS. TIFF has announced it has secured the legendary filmmaker’s latest will have its World Premiere during the Festival.

An opera-inspired film

Stars Amanda Seyfried with Rebecca Liddiard, Douglas Smith, Mark O’Brien, and Vinessa Antoine. Special Avant-première screening, in partnership with the Canadian Opera Company, to take place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on September 8.

With Seven Veils, the Academy Award–nominated Egoyan reunites with Seyfried (Chloe), who plays Jeanine, an earnest theatre director tasked with remounting her former mentor’s most famous work, the opera Salome. Haunted by dark and disturbing memories from her past, Jeanine allows her repressed trauma to colour the present as she re-enters the opera world after so many years away. Egoyan first directed Salome for the Canadian Opera Company in 1996 and returned earlier this year to revive the production on stage.

“Amanda is a phenomenal actress, and here she brilliantly plays a woman dealing with complex and explosive relationships in her past, present, and future,” said Egoyan. “To have the world premiere of this film at TIFF and to be partnering with the Canadian Opera Company really brings my two great passions together in such a beautiful way.”

“Atom’s production of Salome electrified the stage when it debuted in 1996 and has evolved with each remounting,” said producer Niv Fichman, Rhombus Media. “The opera explores themes that resonate through Atom’s body of work, and Seven Veils is an exciting and provocative next step in this ongoing evolution.”

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Tickets for the Avant-première screening of Seven Veils at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

…will be available from August 15, 2023 and can be purchased online at coc.ca or by calling the Four Seasons Centre Box Office at 416-363-8231.

Stay tuned for more TIFF news!