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The Toronto Film Festival

 
 
Reply Fri 20 Aug, 2010 08:02 pm
Went to see what films would be premiering and/or showcasing this world renown film festival. Just out of curiousity. In terms of cinematic importance, it's up there with the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. With these guys in the pack, the Tribeca Film Festivals and the New York Film Festivals are the two gimps on the yearly festival schedule.

Is anyone attending this year's Toronto Film Festival?
September 9-19


http://tiff.net/thefestival/filmsandschedules/films?filter=ABC

Out of the pack of films this year I've noticed a few standouts ~
John Sayles Amigo:
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The US occupation of the Philippines in 1900 provides the backdrop to this story of squad of American soldiers who occupy a village and learn how to live and negotiate with the natives. They focus on the local head man who finds himself torn between loyalty to his family and the Americans.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1562847/
http://johnsaylesbaryo.blogspot.com/

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The Illusionist by Sylvain Chomet:
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From the director of The Triplets Of Belleville comes a film of grace and unique beauty. Working from a never-produced script written by Jacques Tati for his daughter, Chomet tells the story of a magician who was pushed aside by rock and roll, yet finds one young girl who appreciates his magic. The film stars Jean-Claude Donda and Eilidh Rankin.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0775489/
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The very potentially for the greatest Oscar potential this year...
The cinematic adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go:
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Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) spent their childhood at a seemingly idyllic boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school, the terrible truth of their fate is revealed and they must confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1334260/
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 20 Aug, 2010 08:06 pm
@tsarstepan,
TIFF's a biggie all right.

I've got friends and colleagues who take a week or so off work each year to attend. Get the mega-passes and all that.

I used to hit some of the smaller films, but the whole thing has become so massive it's getting harder to do that.

Luckily, we have a number of smaller, more focused film festivals as well - so it's possible to see some great upcoming films in the alternate fests (more the size and importance of the Tribeca Film Festival),


tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 20 Aug, 2010 08:17 pm
@ehBeth,
I looked at the Venice Film Festival list as well (another out of reach Film Festival) and was pretty much underwhelmed by their fare this year.

I wonder how easy or how difficult it is to get press credentials to any of these media magnet events?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 20 Aug, 2010 08:19 pm
@tsarstepan,
Press credentials for TIFF are not easy to get - quite a vetting process.

(it was easier for me to sneak into a tent at Tribeca than it's ever been to sneak into anything at TIFF - at least in the last decade)
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 20 Aug, 2010 08:51 pm
@ehBeth,
Did you perchance see any big wigs at the Tribeca Film Festival?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 20 Aug, 2010 08:56 pm
@tsarstepan,
De Niro was the easiest for me to i.d.

I grabbed some popcorn from an official cart at City Hall Square Park (was that three years ago?), held the popcorn container in front of me, looked calm, and wandered into some kind of media event. I was a bit startled when I got in.

New York's kinda cool that way. I literally walked into Julie Andrews in Gramercy Park at a book event the next year. We bumped into each other - I was rushing to one reading, she was going to her own - she was awfully nice as we had to work our way around each other.

I seem to always spot 'someone' at the Union Square Farmers Market (or going into the Whole Foods on the south side). It's like gossip mag central right there.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 03:02 pm
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What goes together better than musical numbers and Canada’s national sport? The Toronto International Film Festival will be celebrating both when it opens Thursday night with Score: a Hockey Musical.

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/09/08/movies/1248068994973/clip-score-a-hockey-musical.html
Rolling Eyes
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 03:20 pm
20 Buzz Films of Toronto Film Fest 2010
Read more: http://www.eonline.com/photos/gallery.jsp?galleryUUID=2460#88426#ixzz0z4NLIPnP
wandeljw
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 03:46 pm
@tsarstepan,
"Let Me In" the U.S. remake of a 2008 Swedish horror film is scheduled for the festival. Will you be going to any of the films, tsar?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 04:36 pm
@tsarstepan,
Score is one of the films I want to see when it goes into general release.

I love hockey books and movies.

Lots of tweets of star sightings in the last little bit.

Lots of filming going on in town in any case, so it's been a bit more star-gaze-y than usual.

Saw Tom Cruise's older daughter the other day when I was heading home from work. Prettier than she seems from some of the tabloid pix.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 04:37 pm
@wandeljw,
I'd go if I lived in Toronto. I'm just interested in what movies come out of the festival in terms of later theatrical release.

I saw the original version of Let the Right One In and the remake is actually getting some positive buzz.

I opened the thread as I was wondering if our northern neighbors in the Toronto nabe would attend the festival and if they'd report any celeb sightings and such.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 04:37 pm
@wandeljw,
One of the women I take dance class with has tickets to 57 films (did I know that before? did I post it? hunh) at TIFF this year.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 04:39 pm
@ehBeth,
That's a packed wall to wall/minute to minute/every waking moment in the theater seat schedule. Smile

Is she a professional film critic?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 04:42 pm
@tsarstepan,
nope, she's an IT wonk/bellydance and drumming student

she thinks it's a light package - she hasn't even taken a lot of time off work to do that - she did that a couple of years ago and went to over 100 screenings

people go nuts during TIFF
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