Toronto Internation Film Festival
2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto became buzzing Hollywood North for the 34th Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF is an annual event that runs for ten days in September. This year, it started on September 10th and goes to September 19th. During the ten days, thousands of hollywood celebrities,film lovers, film makers, industry professionals and media embark on the city to watch the screening of new cinema. It is very exciting time for fans who want to get a glimse of their favourite celebrities.
Some of the big names this year are Oprah Winfrey, Geoge Clooney, Demi Moore, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Hugh Hefner, Drew Barrymore, Bill Murray, Chris Rock, Robert Duvall, Moraih Carey, Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Keanu Reves, Bono of U2, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Kim Cattrall, Ed Norton among many other stars.
According to The TIFF website, the 2009 TIFF
- Presents one of the world's largest annual showcases of Canadian film with the Canada First!, Short Cuts Canada and Canadian Open Vault programmes.
- received 4,209 submissions and screened 312 films (2008 figures).
- 17 programmes in which films from 64 countries are screened (2008 figures).
- presents two public screenings of virtually every invited film and at least one screening for press and industry.
- accredits over 1,000 international media.
There are over three hundred screenings that will take place in various venus over the ten days of the festival. The following films have stirred some interest:
Chloe which stars Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. This film brings up sad memories of the death of Neeson's wife, Natasha Richardson who died while the film was being shot in Toronto. Atom Egoyan, Canadian director of this film about infidelity and marriage.
Precious is another film that is getting some press. It is produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry and directed by Lee Daniels. The film is based on the novel, Push by Saphire. It is about how a poor African American woman transcends physical and sexual abuse. It stars Monique, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige and Gabourey Sidibe. This film won the Cadillac People's choice Award at TIFF.
Up in the Air starring George Clooney and directed by Jason Reitman. This film is about a man who fires people for a living. He spend his time flying all over the US until he finds Mrs Right. I hear Oscar contender being whispered loudly around for George Clooney for his role in this film.
Informant starring Matt Damon of Good will Hunting and The Bourne franchise. The film is about a whistle blower who exposed his campany's illegal price fixing. Critics have argued that Matt's role is laughable in this dry 90s period piece.
Capitalism: A True Story - documentary by Michael Moore won the Cadillac Peoples Choice Award for Documentary. Moore examines, like only he can, the disastrous impact of cooperate America on the lives of everyday Americans and by default the rest of the world.
TIFF wraps up today and from all accounts, it looks like it was a SUCCESSFUL ten days for fans, celebrities; local and international, as well as local restaurants, hotels and other businesses in downtown Toronto. So farewell until next September, when we meet again for the 35th TIFF. Until then happy cinematography.