TIFF ’11 Blog: Looking forward to two busy days

by W. Andrew Powell
Anonymous starring Rhys Ifans

There is still a lot of the Toronto International Film Festival to go, but I expect that the next two days are by far going to be my busiest, possibly more so than even Friday or Saturday ended up being.

Sunday has the Canadian Film Centre’s annual BBQ running on the CFC grounds, which always draws a big industry crowd and brings a lot of diverse talent together in one big space.

I also want to actually make time to screen a few films, including Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, and the film Nuit #1.

Maybe the biggest deal for me might be Roland Emmerich’s press conference for his period drama, Anonymous, about the political intrigue that ignited between the Tudors and the Cecils, and how it all tied in to what has been called the real man behind the works of Shapespeare with Rhys Ifans as Edward de Vere.

There’s also two parties I’m planning to attend tomorrow, which I’m going for fun for a change. The first is the Paul Williams Still Alive post-premier party, and the second is the rather swank-sounding party for Afghan Luke.

Monday has more random fun across town, with a breakfast documentary session, the screening of Shame, and my planned interviews with the director of Shame, Steve McQueen, and star Michael Fassbender. The catch for the last part is that Michael was scratched from the list for appearances that were planned with him for Saturday, so I’m not sure what’s happening there. It’s definitely an interview I’m dyng to do though.

Otherwise, on Monday, I expect to screen the film Butter starring Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Garner, and there are more press conferences. We’ll see how this all works out soon enough.

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