Ten Years of TIFF

2013 marks a couple of big milestones for my husband and I. Ten years of marriage, and ten years of attending the Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF makes the end-of-summer-blues much easier to handle. When September rolls around, the excitement of the festival takes over. The Scoop is going to be very busy with TIFF over the next couple of weeks so I thought I would share some of my favourite photos from the last decade of festival-ing until I return. (Movies on our 2013 schedule include American Dreams in China, Prisoners by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, the George Clooney-produced August: Osage County and Enough Said starring the late great James Gandolfini.) It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Our first batch of TIFF films. Primer, Shane Carruth’s science fiction drama about the accidental discovery of a means of time travel, absolutely blew us away. It was one of my favourite Q&A’s of all time.

I couldn’t care less about celebrities except at film fest, because they bring their cinematic awesomeness via their writing/acting/directing skills to my beloved city. Stars love TIFF because Toronto film fans are typically very chill and don’t freak out. Here is Adrian Grenier, whose documentary Shot in the Dark details his journey to track down his estranged father. It was excellent.

The Last Kiss, a 2006 romantic dramedy based on the 2001 Italian film L’ultimo Bacio, brought some serious talent to Toronto. Tony Goldwyn directed and Paul Haggis wrote the screenplay.

Philip Seymour Hoffman made his directorial debut in the 2010 romantic comedy Jack Goes Boating. He was also the star. He was quite charming introducing his film and during the Q&A after.

Sometimes, something happens at film fest where you see a movie like the 2004 British drama The Libertine which starred Johnny Depp as the debauched 17th century poet the Earl of Rochester. You think it is fantastic, and then when it comes out in theatres later it’s a complete dud. That also happened in 2009 with Jennifer’s Body, a black comedy horror written by Diablo Cody. I thought Megan Fox was amazing in this movie, but she got no love for it when it was released in theatres.

We have seen dozens of amazing movies over the years including the Tony Kaye abortion documentary Lake Of Fire, the British drama The Last King of Scotland starring Forest Whitaker, Jason Reitman’s satirical comedy Thank You For Smoking and one of the sweetest films I have ever seen, Mon Meilleur Ami. There have been some disappointments in there too- I love Colin Firth but Trauma, the 2004 psychological thriller he starred in, was awful. (He was quite fabulous at the Q&A of course, and that almost made up for it.) Good or bad, I love each and every film fest experience we have had. See you at the movies!

12 responses to “Ten Years of TIFF”

  1. You have some awesome tickets lined up this year. We will only be seeing Labor Day, Jason Reitman’s latest starring my fave: Kate Winslett and Josh Brolin. Looking forward to it.

  2. Love Jason Reitman. That will be a good one. My bro Joe and his friend are going to see the Metallica movie, in 3D IMAX. The theatre is insane, massive!

  3. I’ve only been to the TIFF with free tickets from work. We saw “King’s Speech” a couple years ago and Colin Firth was there that night celebrating his 50th birthday. “A Dangerous Method” was zzzzzzz 🙁

  4. TIFF13 so far… Loved Enough Said, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was wonderful and it was heartbreaking to see James Gandolfini; he was such an excellent actor. Prisoners was incredibly suspenseful but really dark. Hugh Jackman was outstanding. Jake G also great, believe the hype. next up, American Dreams in China, foreign film.

  5. I knew you would love Enough Said. It looks great judging by the press conference and clips I saw. All the online press conferences have been really useful. This is a bumper year for cinema!

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