The Toronto International Film Festival, that is.
This year, I’m jumping in with both feet, seeing 5 films with my spouse when he’s not at work, and ….ahem… 20 on my own during the day. Because we’re “castmembers” at TIFF, we got our order processed early and got 23 out of 25 of our first picks, 1 second pick, and one voucher. I’m hoping to get another ticket (with my voucher) to Habibi so that Z can come with me to that screening (it’s a Saturday morning at 9 am.) It’s a recasting of a classical 9th century Arabic tragic love epic, Mad for Layla (Majnoun Layla), set in modern day Gaza.
On the first weekend (Sep 9-11), this is my lineup:
Friday afternoon: Urbanized – Documentary on Urban Design
Saturday morning: Ides of March – George Clooney and Ryan Gosling star in this polical drama about a presidential primary.
Saturday afternoon: House of Tolerance – A look at a fin-de-siecle brothel in Paris.
Sunday noon: Take This Waltz – Sarah Polley directs (and wrote) this romantic drama.
My fears about having to run from venue to venue have been allayed as I have at least 45 minutes between any two films, so with my TTC pass and comfy shoes, I’m good to go!