Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2007

It’s that time of year again… The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is well underway.

I started attending the festival back in 1995 by waiting in rush line for random films I hoped would be worthwhile. Some were, and some weren’t. For a number of years, I purchased a Gala Pass – guaranteed admittance to Gala screenings for eight nights of the festival. A surefire way to see an assortment of films that, in theory anyway, achieved some level of not sucking (the ultimate ‘not sucking’ experience was the World Premiere of American Beauty in 1999 – an incredible film seen in a great theatre with an unimaginable crowd connection – pure magic). But those passes (as with many parts of the festival) have gotten overpriced – driven by the festival’s success, and the drive to fund the group’s new Festival Centre – the Bell Lightbox. So, it’s back to individual tickets for me – some advanced purchases and some rush lines.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to hit too many shows this year – so far, only 3 with tickets for one more. So, what does TIFF 2007 have in store for me? Here’s the rundown:

  • Nightwatching (Peter Greenaway): the creation of Rembrandt’s painting “The Nightwatch”.
  • Sleuth (Kenneth Branagh): Michael Caine and Jude Law match wits over a woman.
  • Dr. Plonk (Rolf de Heer): A modern incarnation of a silent B&W slapstick comedy.
  • Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead: A seemingly perfect, victimless crime gone wrong.

The festival runs from September 6th to 15th downtown Toronto. 30 screens at 13 venues throughout downtown Toronto are transformed into festival locations including the Varsity, Cumberland, and Scotiabank multiplexes, the ROM, AGO, Ryerson, Wintergarden theater & Elgin Theatre. Roy Thomson Hall continues to be transformed into a large movie theatre for the Gala screenings – a truly great venue. These venues play host to over 480 films this year.

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