“Movie stars. Red-carpet premieres. Major audience interest.” That’s TIFF’s curt and not especially illuminating introduction to its Gala Presentations programme, which is arguably better attended by autograph hunters parked outside Roy Thomson Hall than by paying audiences. Still, dig a little, and you’ll find a number of things worth seeing.
Welcome to TIFF 2014
Survival guides, reviews, and other fun stuff
Omnipresent at screenings and events, TIFF’s cadre of programmers gets more time in front of audiences than most of the celebs and luminaries. Yet as glamorous as the gig may seem, the demands on programmers’ time during the 11-day festival are daunting. Soon to be tasked with being in eight places at once, Andréa Picard, curator of the experimental-minded Wavelengths program, and Jane Schoettle, who picks titles from Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Germany, and the American indie scene, share the skinny on what it’s really like to be a TIFF programmer.
Typically the bastion for holdovers from the main competition at Cannes and fresher awards hopefuls eager to hit the fall festival, this year’s Special Presentations lineup is no less starrier or pedigreed than usual.
Celebrate your day off by reading about the labour movement! Or is that not what most people consider a fun holiday? If that's not up your alley, take a look at the new streetcars or read about a local surgeon who may be on the cusp of revolutionizing the field.
This weekend is your last chance to head down to the Ex and gorge yourself on deep-fried treats. Go forth, and eat yourselves silly. In the news: Warren Kinsella issues a libel notice to a John Tory campaign strategist, a pitch to the province for more public transit funding, delays in the move of Captain John’s, and holiday road closures.