Dear Evan Hansen,” a movie version of the hit Broadway show, will open the 2021 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.

In addition, the festival’s organizers announced that Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s latest feature “One Second” will close the festival. Described as a “love letter to cinema,” the film stars Wei Fan and Xiaochuan Li and follows a man who escapes a labour camp for a glimpse of his daughter. Other titles that have been slated to play at this year’s TIFF include the kids movie “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” Jessica Chastain’s “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and director Will Sharpe’s “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain”

As previously announced, Kenneth Branagh’s coming-of-age story “Belfast,” Edgar Wright psychological thriller “Last Night in Soho,” Céline Sciamma’s “Petite Maman” and HBO’s Alanis Morissette documentary “Jagged have been scheduled to screen at the 46th annual film festival. The Canadian-set celebration of cinema will also hold a special presentation of “Dune,” the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel that’s set to have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

A scaled-down version of the Toronto International Film Festival is taking place from Sept. 9 through 18. Last year’s festival took place virtually, with some drive-in screenings, as a concession to COVID-19. The long-running festival is returning in 2021 with in-person screenings, as well as digital and outdoor premieres to accommodate the movie lovers who aren’t able to travel to Canada.

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