Hungary's theater & film college protests a loss of autonomy
BUDAPEST Thousands of students, faculty and supporters of Hungarys University of Theater and Film Arts formed a human chain Sunday between their institution and parliament to protest government steps seen diminishing its autonomy. Students at the University of Theater and Film Arts have barricaded themselves inside the building since Tuesday. Many of the university's top professors have resigned, as has the school's leadership, in wake of the designation of the foundation's board of trustees, led by theater and film director Attila Vidnyanszky. Since 2013, Vidnyanszky has also been the director of Hungary's National Theater. On Saturday, film director Kornel Mundruczo wore a #Free SZFE T-shirt at the Venice Film Festival, where his new film, Pieces of A Woman, starring Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf and Ellen Burstyn, is in the competition.
Toronto sets lineup, Regina King to debut Muhammad Ali film
This combination photo shows actor-director Werner Herzog, left, and actress-director Regina King. The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday unveiled a lineup featuring the directorial debut of Regina King and the latest documentary from Herzog. Toronto, which is set to run Sept. 10-19, has plotted a largely virtual 45th edition due to the pandemic. In normal years, TIFF is the largest film festival in North America. Some of the films will play first at the much smaller Venice Film Festival the week prior in September.