The Festival issued the following statement regarding their decision to withdraw Galveston from the 2018 Festival lineup:
“We have recently learned director and cast for Galveston are no longer available to attend the Canadian Premiere in Toronto due to work commitments. Our Gala Presentations require filmmaker and key cast to be present at the premiere screening at Roy Thomson Hall, and unfortunately we cannot move forward with Galveston in this selection. At this time, all our other programming slots are in place so we have regretfully withdrawn the film. We wish Mélanie Laurent and the film’s production team the very best, and hope Toronto audiences will have the opportunity to see Galveston in the near future.”
TIFF announced that A Private War will replace Galveston in the Gala selection.
Pre-purchased tickets for the cancelled screenings of Galveston will be valid for the added screenings of A Private War.