Happy Day 3, TIFFers! It’s one of my favorite times of year in Toronto, and the film festival is in full swing. For press and publicists, mind you, it’s more like week three, because of all of the pre-festival screenings, but it’s hard to complain about that when it makes the front-end of TIFF so much more productive. I rarely get time to screen much in the first few days of TIFF, but that’s usually because I’m interviewing, and there have been some good ones already.
The Toronto International Film Festival is back, the films are rolling, and the stars are glamming it up around town and on the red carpet. To celebrate, The GATE has some cocktail inspiration for you courtesy of The Macallan, Courvoisier, Grey Goose, Cîroc, and Baileys. Whether you’re celebrating TIFF, or just hosting a party, these cocktails will help add a little star power.
TIFF 2016 coverage rolls on with reviews of Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come, Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation, and the award winning Finnish drama The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki.
The streets are steamier than ever for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. In the 16 years that I’ve covered the “Festival of Festivals” I don’t recall it ever being quite this hot before, but there’s a first for everything at TIFF. And TIFF is always changing.
A trio of reviews kick off our TIFF 2016 coverage, with looks at Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, the animated Canadian effort Window Horses, and the Chinese-Canadian drama Old Stone.
Of the 397 films screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, 101 of them are shorts. Here are 25 of the best.
Welcome to September, and wow, is it busy. I’ve certainly noticed that I’m busier than usual, but you really know you’re especially busy when publicists start responding to your schedule by telling you, ‘Wow, you’re busy’. There’s busy, and then there’s a level of busy that even a publicist can appreciate.
It’s here! The Toronto International Film Festival announced their star-studded list of stars, filmmakers, guests, and talent expected at the festival, and as with other years, it’s impressive. Expected guests include Brie Larson, Jeffrey Tambor, Bruce McDonald, Amma Asante, Oliver Stone, Mira Nair, Bryan Cranston, Ewan McGregor, Gerard Butler, Sara Canning, Dakota Fanning, Deepa Mehta, Emma Stone, Kim Sung-soo, Mijke de Jong, Zachary Quinto, Jonathan Demme, Claudia Sainte-Luce, Gemma Arterton, Sigourney Weaver, Rachel Weisz, Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and hundreds more.
Between the two Toronto International Film Festival press conferences each year, announcing all the excitement and the celebrities and the hoopla that comes with the action packed ten September days of the fest–this year from the 8th through the 18th–I always find the press conference devoted exclusively to the Canadian films and documentaries to be the most vibrant. That’s because a number of the filmmakers and actors and writers and producers are right there mingling with the crowd of press and publicists in the ballroom at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.