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TIFF ’19: Springsteen concert film “Western Stars” to receive world premiere in Toronto

Western Stars, a concert film featuring and co-directed by Bruce Springsteen, will have its world premiere at the upcoming edition of the Toronto International Film Festival in a gala presentation. Co-directed ...
July 23, 2019

Western Stars, a concert film featuring and co-directed by Bruce Springsteen, will have its world premiere at the upcoming edition of the Toronto International Film Festival in a gala presentation.

Co-directed by frequent collaborator Thom Zimmy, the film features Springsteen performing music from his album of the same name and sees the iconic rocker musing on “life, rock and the American dream,” according to the festival.

The title is the sole non-fiction feature announced within a slate of films unveiled today (July 23) — a slate including such heavy-hitters as A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as beloved children’s entertainer Mr. Rogers, and Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Batman’s nemesis. The former will have its world premiere at TIFF while the latter will receive its North American premiere at the fest.

More titles are to be announced in the coming weeks with the full schedule for the festival to be revealed on Aug. 20. While today’s announcement was light on doc fare, the festival is kicking off with a gala presentation of Daniel Rohar’s Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, on Sept. 5.

The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 5 to 15 at various venues across the city of Toronto.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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