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Toronto International Film Festival 2000

2000 Toronto International Film Festival


Frequently Asked Questions

Another year, another film festival. Well-wishers always ask the same questions when I return from the fray:


Did you see a lot of films?

Yes, sir. 39 bags full, sir.


How many did you walk out of?

Just one: "Vulgar". It was rank.


What was your favourite?

"State And Main" by David Mamet. [This engenders blank looks.] He did "The Winslow Boy"? "The Spanish Prisoner"? "Glengarry Glen Ross"? "Things Change"? "Wag The Dog"? [More blank looks.]

I try again: My favourite short film was called "The Heart Of The World" by Guy Maddin. [Who?] Winnipeg filmmaker. He did "Archangel" and "Twilight Of The Ice Nymphs". It's 4 fabulous minutes of German expressionist melodrama.


Did you see anyone famous?

Well. Apparently I have a very different idea of fame from everyone else. For a while I gamely said, "Why yes indeed. I saw...

Anthony Minghella (Director)
Arsineé Khanjian (Actor)
Atom Egoyan (Director)
Charlotte Rampling (Actor)
Jane Horrocks (Actor)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Director)
Stellan Skarsgård (Actor)
Tadanobu Asano (Actor)
Vanessa Redgrave (Actor)

That's when people say, "No, no, no. Did you see anyone famous?" ("You know, like 'Jingle Bells' and 'Ho Ho Ho' and presents for pretty girls"). Ah. No. I did not see Al Pacino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert DeNiro, Ben Kingsley, Richard Gere, Sarah Jessica Parker, or John Turturro.


Is your butt (or: are your eyes) sore?

It was (they were).


Disclaimer

These are my journal notes. They're not particularly good film reviews, and I don't often make a point of being very objective. Q&A sessions are recorded as faithfully as I could, but are probably not exact quotations. I note whereever I have extensively paraphrased. You want better accuracy? Buy me a digital camcorder. And while you're at it, could you get me a danish? There's a good chap.


Favourite Feature Films

In alphabetical order:

Blue Velvet
Brother
The Goddess of 1967
Kaza-hana
Maelströrm
State And Main
The "Beckett On Film" Series: Catastrophe, Endgame, Krapp's Last Tape, Not I, Play, Rockaby, Rough For Theatre, What Where


Favourites Short Films

In alphabetical order:

Clean Rite Cowboy
Ernest
Passengers


The Most Disappointing Feature Films

In alphabetical order:

Deeply
Gojoe
Urbania
waydowntown
Vulgar


The Interludes

(Being streams of consciousness in between films)

(Sept 9) At Starbucks
(Sept 15) Manulife Center
(Sept 16) Bloor Street


Favourite Preludes

(Being the series of 10 commissioned short films for the festival)

"The Heart Of The World" by Guy Maddin
"A Word From The Management" by Don McKellar


What I Saw Each Day

Day 1: Thursday, September 7
Day 2: Friday, September 8
Day 3: Saturday, September 9
Day 4: Sunday, September 10
Day 5: Monday, September 11
Day 6: Tuesday, September 12
Day 7: Wednesday, September 13
Day 8: Thursday, September 14
Day 9: Friday, September 15
Day 10: Saturday, September 16


All The Films

Aberdeen
Abe's Manhood
Atomic Sake
The Basement Girl
Blue Velvet
Born Romantic
Brother
Bunny
Catastrophe
Clean Rite Cowboy
Code Inconnu
Cousin, Cousine
Deeply
De l'art et la manière chez Denys Arcand
Dinky Menace
Ernest
Les filles ne savent pas nager
Endgame
Eureka
Foxy Lady, Wild Cherry
Freedom
The Goddess of 1967
Gohatto
Gojoe
Holdup
Kaza-hana
Krapp's Last Tape
The Lost Bundefjord Expedition
Maelströrm
Merci Pour Le Chocolate
La Moité Gauche Du Frigo
Monday With The Martins
Moon Palace
New Neighbours
Not I
Passengers
Play
Poe
Raven's End
Rockaby
Rough For Theatre
Sade
Saint Jude
Scout Man
Seance
Signs And Wonders
State And Main
The Stranger
The Turandot Project
Urbania
La Verticale De L'Eté
La veuve de Saint-Pierre
Via Crucis
Vulgar
waydowntown
What Where