Ten days ago, the Toronto International Film Festival came to an end, but my memories will linger for a long time to come. Sifting through photos, here are 10 moments that stand out:
“America unraveling in different ways.” That was Thom’s summation of TIFF docs as quoted by Manohla Dargis in the lede of her New York Times article. It was gratifying to see not only doc veterans gain attention, but also newcomers like the directors of COLONY, coming to STF on Nov 3. John Anderson wrote this glowing (if ungrammatical) review in Variety: “Sleuthing after the mystery of the vanishing honeybee, COLONY may be one of the most aesthetically beautiful documentary [sic] of the season, as well as one of the more urgent and intelligent. Like that other call to action, FOOD, INC., this debut effort from helmers Carter Gunn and Ross McDonnell is about endangered agriculture, the fate of the earth and whether man can recognize his mistakes, much less fix them. As such, its target audience is species-wide. Buzz should be long, loud and insistent.”
Okay, now onto a non-documentary note – it’s me and Michael Caine! He was participating in the Mavericks conversation series and promoting his new film HARRY BROWN. Hearing Caine tell stories about his life was one of the most entertaining and riveting 75 minutes of the festival.
For more fun TIFF 09 photos, check out this album.