So here’s my first attempt for the blog. I have been asked by Marie to write about Toronto, so…
First an obligatory photo of the CN tower - I think this is the closest I got to it.
We managed to get through 75 films, acquire some exciting new films (which will be announced very shortly) and buy some new sneakers. For once I avoided the parties - sticking to hardcore film watching - averaging 7 films a day. (Although the apartment we stayed in was surrounded by frat houses and the fight to not crash a frat party was a daily battle.
It was my first time at Toronto and I was impressed with how easy it was to go from film to film and didn’t really have any empty time or lengthy queues as in Cannes. I was also shocked at the constant enthusiasm and sheer number of volunteers.
The buzz film of the festival definitely seemed to be Juno, which sadly coincided with our arrival and the onset of jetlag - so we missed both screenings - but it’s playing London Film Festival and I reckon it’s worth a look.
I was able to see a few films knowing they had secured UK distribution and my favourite was definitely Margot at the Wedding (Noah Baumbach’s follow-up to Squid and the Whale).
After an exhausting festival our flight was ridiculously delayed which added another dimension to the jetlag, and it all proved too much for some people.