Thursday, September 08, 2005

TIFF minus 10 hours.

The Toronto International Film Festival begins today. Much of the National Post's film fest coverage -- from Chris Knight, Vanessa Farquharson, Shinan Govani, Bob Thompson and myself -- will be posted on this website alongside articles from the CanWest crew. (It should be free, I believe.)

Many of the Toronto-based reporters have been previewing movies non-stop for the past three weeks at the National Film Board. The pre-fest wasn't so bad for me -- I only had to see nine movies. There are people who actually saw four or five a day leading up to the fest.

In addition to filing daily dispatches, reporters covering the festival usually bank interviews for when the bigger films open in wide release. It's a crazy, chaotic time, but also a lot of fun.

If I had to recommend one film to see at the festival, I'd say go see Jean-Marc Vallée's C.R.A.Z.Y., a gay coming-of-age film set against the backdrop of the Quiet Revolution and with a wicked soundtrack featuring Pink Floyd, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Patsy Cline and Charles Aznavour... I know: I was skeptical too. But it's not preachy at all. It's really entertaining and full of magic. Michel Côté's performance as the father of five boys is just brilliant. (Matt Hays had a fine piece on earlier this year about the film.)

Then again, C.R.A.Z.Y. -- which has grossed over $5 million at the Quebec box office this summer -- is getting a wider release in English later this fall, so you can hold out until then.

Post Script

Hey, C.R.A.Z.Y. already has its own goofs page up at
Anachronisms: In a scene set in the 1970s, a VIA Rail Canada train with "Renaissance" cars is visible in the background. These cars were not put in service by VIA Rail until about 30 years later. Furthermore, the Canadian National Railways passenger division wasn't known as VIA Rail back then.
Anachronisms: Just after hearing Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were You Here" and the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil", we see several music albums, and among them is Pink Floyd's "Animals". The scene is supposed to be occurring in 1975, and "Animals" was released in 1977.

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