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Welcome to my TIFF Blog 2010

11 August 2010 No Comment

Welcome readers, to my blog about the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

While I’ve blogged in the past about this fantastic event, I’ve never managed to really stay on top of it. (See uncompleted: 2007, and 2006). However this year is to be my grand return to TIFF Blogging, and with it a brand new page, as well as a new agenda.

Not coincidentally, I have the entire month of September off of work. I’ve planned it thusly, so that I can attend Each and Every Day of the festival this year.

The ticket packages went on sale on July 5th, and I purchased my packages then. Lucky, too, since one of the packages I chose sold out later that same week. This is what I currently have:


* Maximum 1 ticket per screening to any regular public screening of your choice, before 5:01pm.


* Valid for any regular public screening of your choice and can be shared with friends and family.
* Maximum 4 tickets per screening, per account.

I also plan on picking up one or two Gala Screenings, and one or two Midnight Madness Screenings, based on my schedule availability.

Scheduling films at TIFF is always a chore. Especially with the Advance Order Procedure. While the official schedule announcement is not made until the last week of August, they do announce most of the films in advance.

Choosing the films I’ll see at TIFF is sometimes hard, because there are so many. However, this being my 5th year, I’ve discovered a fail proof system. I rarely go see a film because a certain actor is in it (while I do have my Film Festival Favorites, Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightly), so I basically search this way. 1) Director 2) Writer 3) Country 4) Depend on my friend Ahli, who makes the best Film Festival choices, every time.

While the complete list is obviously not out yet, these are the films that have piqued my interest so far:

Black Swan
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Winona Ryder, Sebastian Stan
A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company. Black Swan takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.

Why I’ll Probably See It: Vincent Cassel is a TIFF Favorite of mine, and I’ll see anything at the fest that he’s in. (Example: Sheitan). Plus, it helps that I like Darren Aronofsky, when he’s doing things right. Also: Natalie Portman is brilliant sometimes. This is high-priority for me.

In A Better World (aka Hævnen, Civilization)
Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Toke Lars Bjarke, Trice Angie Christiansen, Trine Dyrholm, Camilla Gottlieb, Ditte Gråbøl, Bodil Jørgensen, Satu Helena Mikkelinen, Mikael Persbrandt, Ulrich Thomsen
A drama about a Holocaust survivor who meets his twin sister he thought died in the in the concentration camps.

Why I’ll Probably See It: Ahli takes me to see Danish Films. I go because, for the most part they are fantastic. This movie is co-written by this guy (Anders Thomas Jensen) who pretty much writes every Danish film (and The Duchess?), and I’ve seen a couple and liked them. I have no doubt that I’ll be seeing this one to.

Tamara Drewe
Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Roger Allam, Gemma Arterton, Jessica Barden, Bill Camp, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans, Tamsin Greig, Josie Taylor
A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.

Why I’ll Probably See It: Against my better judgment I love ‘fish-out-of-water small-town-England Romantic-Comedies’ (see: The Baker), I fear I will not be able to resist this one.

Jack Goes Boating
Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Cast: Ricky Garcia, Lola Glaudini, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Ortiz, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Amy Ryan, Harry L. Seddon
A limo driver’s blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples. ‘Phillip Seymour Hoffman’ reprises the role he originated on stage.

Why I’ll Probably See It: I don’t particularly fall for when actors-turn-directors (For example, I’m not going to race to see The Town, The Way or Trust), but this one looks particularly good. I think that it helps a little that I consider Phillip Seymour Hoffman to be an insane person. Brilliant, certainly, but also insane.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Maricel Álvarez, Javier Bardem, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella
A man involved in illegal dealing is confronted by his childhood friend, who is now a policeman.

Wow, that description couldn’t be more vague, so I’ll give you a link to the trailer.

Why I’ll Probably See It: I love Javier Bardem. Love.

Never Let Me Go
Director: Mark Romanek
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sally Hawkins, Keira Knightley, Izzy Meikle-Small, Carey Mulligan, Oliver Parsons, Ella Purnell, Charlotte Rampling, Charlie Rowe
As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.

Why I’ll Probably See It: Keira is a must, plus I’m pretty sure this movie is about clones. What’s not to like? While this is coming out in regular theatres, I’ll probably try and catch the Red Carpet, *crosses fingers*.

Insidious (aka The Further)
Director: James Wan
Cast: Andrew Astor, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simpkins, Patrick Wilson
A young family discover that the body of their comatose boy attracts evil entities, while the boy’s mind is trapped in a dark realm known as The Further.

Why I’ll Probably See It: Writer Director of Saw with Patrick Wilson. Yes, please. Plus it’s a Midnight Madness flick, which is always a good time. This one is high priority for me as well.

I don’t think I could be more upset at the fact that Viggo Mortensen doesn’t have a flim at this years festival. I have seen his last five movies at the fest (four of which I’ve seen with him there!), this will break my streak and be my first Viggo-Less year since I started going to TIFF. Sad.

Dispute the fact that I’m pretty sure no one cares nor will read this blog, I am very much looking forward to updating it regularly, and hopefully staying organized. I have an iPad now, I have no excuse not to blog!

Bye for now,
Chantelle Joy