Monday, August 31, 2009

Picking up your tickets on Thurs, Sept. 3rd

Advanced ticket packages (dropped off Monday, August 31st), will be available for pick up on Thursday, September 3rd.

If you're at the box-office, join other film fest fans at...
  • The Original Motorcycle Café
    225 Queen Street West, just west of University Ave
    just a couple blocks from the festival box-office/Nathan Phillips Square
  • anytime 10am 'till 2am!
  • "2 for 1" brunch special (open at 10am)
  • $4 burger + fries (all-day)
  • "2 for 1" steak + fries (dinner)
  • plus Steam Whistle premium lager for $4 (tax incl.)
We hope to see you there!

PS. If you didn't get all your first choices, hit the ticket exchange line on Thursday, September 3rd — before single-tickets go on sale the next day!
(...then join us for a beer to celebrate... ;-)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Film-festival merchandise

The Toronto International Film Festival sells official merchandise at their box office, at Nathan Phillips Square (10am-7pm). Here are some of the items for sale:
  • $20 mug
  • $25 ball-cap
  • $30 t-shirt
  • $60 hoodie
This year, we printed some of our own t-shirts for friends & family, and we have more for anyone who may be interested:
  • $15 t-shirt/unisex (white or blue)
  • $20 scoop-neck shirt (white)
  • $30 full-zip hoodie (blue)
If you're picking up tickets on Thursday, September 3rd, we'll be at 225 Queen St. West — just a couple blocks from the festival box-office/Nathan Phillips Square — and we have some sizes/colours available.Pick the best of the fest!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Picking up your tickets on Thursday, September 3rd?

If you're picking up your tickets on Thursday, September 3rd...
— drop by for a bite (or a beer) with other film fest fans!
  • Join us
    • Thursday, September 3rd
    • 225 Queen St. West
    • anytime 10am - 2am!

  • there will be $4 food & drink specials all day,
    for film festival ticket-holders!

  • just a couple blocks from the festival box-office/Nathan Phillips Square!

See you there!

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Short Cuts Canada final additions to our list

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Twenty-four Contemporary World Cinema films added

There are almost 330 films now at — with the addition tonight of 24 more Contemporary World Cinema features for the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival:
  1. 25 Carat Patxi Amezcua, Spain
  2. Adrift Bui Thac Chuyen, Vietnam
  3. Ajami Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, Israel/Germany
  4. At the End of Daybreak Ho Yuhang, Hong Kong, China
  5. Backyard Carlos Carrera, Mexico
  6. Balibo Robert Connolly, Australia
  7. Bran Nue Dae Rachel Perkins, Australia
  8. Castaway on the Moon Lee Hey-jun, South Korea
  9. Cell 211 Daniel Monzon, Spain/France
  10. Deliver Us from Evil Ole Bornedal, Denmark
  11. Dogtooth Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece
  12. The Double Hour Giuseppe Capotondi, Italy
  13. Help Gone Mad Boris Khlebnikov, Russia
  14. I Am Not Your Friend György Pálfi, Hungary
  15. If I Knew What You Said Mike Sandejas, Philippines
  16. Jean Charles Henrique Goldman, United Kingdom/Brazil
  17. The Last Days of Emma Blank Alex van Warmerdam, Netherlands
  18. My Year Without Sex Sarah Watt, Australia
  19. Le Père de mes Enfants Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany
  20. Prince of Tears Yonfan, Taiwan/Hong Kong, China
  21. Same Same but Different Detlev Buck, Germany
  22. The Search Wan Ma Cai Dan, China
  23. Tales from the Golden Age Cristian Mungiu, Romania
  24. V.O.S. Cesc Gay, Spain
Pick the best of the fest!

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Special Presentation, Vanguard and 2 Sprockets added

There are 303 films, and feature presentations, now at — with the announcement today of 4 new films for the Special Presentations, Vanguard, and Sprockets Family Zone programs, at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival:

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Five new films for 2009 Discovery

Over 300 films, and feature presentations, now listed at — with the announcement today of 5 new additions to the Discovery program for 2009 Toronto International Film Festival:
  1. Crab Trap Oscar Ruiz Navia, Colombia/France
  2. Mall Girls Katarzyna Roslaniec, Poland
  3. The Man Beyond the Bridge Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, India
  4. Nora Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, USA/United Kingdom/Mozambique
  5. Saint Louis Blues Dyana Gaye, France/Senegal

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Eleven more Masters for 2009

There are almost 300 films, and feature presentations, listed at — with the announcement today of 11 new additions to the Masters program for 2009 Toronto International Film Festival:
  1. Antichrist Lars von Trier, Denmark/Sweden/France/Italy
  2. Carmel Amos Gitaï, Israel/France/Italy
  3. Honeymoons Goran Paskaljevic, Serbia/Albania/Italy
  4. Hotel Atlântico Suzana Amaral, Brazil
  5. Melody for a Street Organ Kira Muratova, Ukraine
  6. Le Refuge François Ozon, France
  7. Vincere Marco Bellocchio, Italy
  8. Vision Margarethe von Trotta, Germany
  9. White Material Claire Denis, France
  10. The White Ribbon Michael Haneke, Germany/Austria/France/Italy
  11. The Window Buddhadeb Dasgupta, India

PS. these 11 new additions join the 4 previously announced films, in the Masters program:
  1. Air Doll, Hirokazu Kore-eda
  2. La Donation, Bernard Émond
  3. Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, Manoel de Oliveira
  4. Les Herbes Folles, Alain Resnais

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Five Maverick presentations for 2009

There are now 283 films and feature presentations listed at — with the addition of the Maverick program line-up at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival:
  1. An Afternoon with Chris Rock
    • interview to highlight his new documentary, Good Hair
  2. In Conversation with... Michael Caine
  3. Peter Berg presents Kings Ransom
    • about Wayne Gretzky’s move from Canada to Los Angeles
  4. Barry Levinson presents The Band That Wouldn't Die
    • about the Baltimore Colts Marching Band
  5. Frederick Wiseman presents La Danse – Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris
    • about the Paris Opera Ballet

PS. further update to our database-server trouble from this afternoon:
our web-host claims it was "the first datacenter power issue we have ever experienced" ... so hopefully, we won't see another...

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We should be back now...

There was a power failure at our web-host, and our database was off-line from about noon today (EST)...

It looks like they're working on it now... and we should be back on-line...

Check for our live film list with images, videos, reviews, and other links.



Our database server is down temporarily

Please be advised that the host server for our database is experiencing a technical problem at the moment.

Our website will be up and running again soon!

Please check back with us a little later!


PS. according to our web-host, there was a power failure ...should be back soon... sorry for the inconvenience! :-/


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Four Dialogues: Talking With Pictures for 2009

Over 280 features now in the TOfilmfest film list — with the addition of 4 new presentations in the Dialogues: Talking With Pictures program at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival:
  1. Wake in Fright ("Outback") by Ted Kotcheff — presented by Ted Kotcheff
  2. The White Sheik by Federico Fellini — presented by Neil Jordan
  3. It’s a Gift by Norman McLeod with W.C. Fields — presented by Joe Dante
  4. Sweetie by Jane Campion — presented by Sook-Yin Lee

PS. three of the presenters have films at this year's festival:
  1. The Hole, Joe Dante
  2. Year of the Carnivore, Sook-Yin Lee
  3. Ondine, Neil Jordan

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Five Docs Added to the 2009 festival schedule

Almost 280 feature presentations now in the TOfilmfest list — with the announcement today of 5 more films for the Real to Reel program at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
  1. Ahead of Time Bob Richman, USA
  2. Once Upon a Time Proletarian: 12 Tales of a Country Guo Xiaolu, China
  3. Stolen Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw, Australia
  4. The Sunshine Boy Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Iceland
  5. Waking Sleeping Beauty Don Hahn, USA

PS. these 5 new additions join the 17 previously announced documentaries:
  1. The Art of the Steal - Don Argott
  2. Bassidji - Mehran Tamadon
  3. Cleanflix - Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi
  4. Collapse - Chris Smith
  5. Colony - Carter Gunn and Ross McDonnell
  6. Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould - Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont
  7. Google Baby - Zippi Brand Frank
  8. How to Fold a Flag - Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein
  9. L'Enfer de Henri-Georges Clouzot - Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea
  10. The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers - Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
  11. Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands - Peter Mettler
  12. Presumed Guilty - Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith
  13. Reel Injun Neil Diamond
  14. Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags - Marc Levin
  15. Snowblind - Vikram Jayanti
  16. The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls - Leanne Pooley
  17. Videocracy - Erik Gandini

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Get updates for the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

Keep up to date with the 34th Toronto International Film Festival, September 10-19, 2009:
— but, to get updates automatically, here's what to do:
Stay up-to-date — so you can pick the best of the fest!

PS. you can also email us directly at


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Yonge-Dundas Square Free Outdoor Programming for 2009

Over 270 entries now in the TOfilmfest list — with the addition of over 30 free outdoor presentations at Yonge-Dundas Square.
  1. Thursday, Sept. 10 (Opening Night)

  2. Friday, Sept. 11

  3. Saturday, Sept. 12

  4. Sunday, Sept. 13

  5. Monday, Sept. 14

  6. Tuesday, Sept. 15

  7. Wednesday, Sept. 16

  8. Thursday, Sept. 17

  9. Friday, Sept. 18

  10. Saturday, Sept. 19 (Closing Night)

PS. in Ontario, the Film Classification Act makes festival screenings exempt from classification by the Ontario Film Review Board, provided audiences are restricted to 18 years of age or older (no infants or toddlers); however, some films have been reviewed and classified by the OFRB as suitable for those under 18; view films by classification here.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fifteen Future Projections for 2009

Almost 250 entries in the TOfilmfest list now — with the inclusion of 15 cinematic art presentations in the Future Projections program:
  1. Backstory/Cinema Museum, Mark Lewis
  2. BAND, Adam Pendleton
  3. Civilization, Marco Brambilla
  4. Eclectic Method, Jonny Wilson, Ian Edgar and Geoff Gamlen
  5. Green Porno: Scandalous Sea, Isabella Rossellini
  6. Green Porno: Bon Appétit, Isabella Rossellini
  7. Imaginary Lovers, Don McKellar
  8. In a City, Mark Lewis
  9. The Origins of Factum, Candice Breitz
  10. Phantoms of Nabua, Apichatpong Weerasethakula
  11. Picture Start, Christopher Doyle
  12. The Shape of Things, Oliver Pietsch
  13. Speak City, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak
  14. This Transition Will Never End #6, Jeremy Shaw
  15. A Vicious Undertow, Jesper Just
The third edition of Future Projections will have its opening reception on Sunday, September 13 from 2-4pm at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West).


PS. did you know you can quickly look up all the free events at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival?

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Twelve Special Presentations added to 2009 film list

Now over 240 films listed at — with the addition today of 12 more Special Presentations for the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival:
  1. Baaria Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy
  2. L’Affaire Farewell Christian Carion, France
  3. The Joneses Derrick Borte, USA
  4. Les Derniers Jours du Monde France/Spain/Taiwan, Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu
  5. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Werner Herzog, USA
  6. The Road John Hillcoat, USA
  7. Road, Movie Dev Benegal, India/USA
  8. A Single Man Tom Ford, USA
  9. The Traveller Ahmed Maher, Egypt/Italy
  10. The Waiting City Claire McCarthy, Australia
  11. Wheat He Ping, China
  12. Youth in Revolt Miguel Arteta, USA
Thanks to all those who started following our film-list updates @TIFFlist on Twitter, or subscribing to our full film-list at — if you're on Twitter, follow our film-fest tweets @TOfilmfest too!


PS. did you know that...
the official will access
  • your Profile information,
  • your photos,
  • your friends' information,
  • and other content ?
...if you're on Facebook, become a fan of TOfilmfest on Facebook to get updates — and still retain your privacy...

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Seven Galas added to 2009 line-up

Now almost 240 films listed at — with the announcement today of 7 more Gala Presentations for the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival:
  1. Agora Alejandro Amenábar, Spain
  2. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky Jan Kounen, France
  3. I, Don Giovanni Carlos Saura, Austria/Italy/Spain
  4. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits Don Roos, USA
  5. The Men Who Stare at Goats Grant Heslov, USA
  6. Mother and Child Rodrigo Garcia, USA
  7. Phantom Pain Matthias Emcke, Germany

PS. just fyi...
— and recently, we just added...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Inaugural City To City program for 2009

Now over 210 films at — with the announcement today of 10 more for the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival:
    1. Bena Niv Klainer
    2. Big Dig (1969) Efraim Kishon
    3. Big Eyes (1974) Uri Zohar
    4. The Bubble (2006) Eytan Fox
    5. A History of Israeli Cinema, Part 1 Raphaël Nadjari
    6. A History of Israeli Cinema, Part 2 Raphaël Nadjari
    7. Jaffa Keren Yedaya
    8. Kirot Danny Lerner
    9. Life According to Agfa Assi Dayan
    10. Phobidilia Yoav Paz and Doron Paz
Tel Aviv is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2009.


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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Eleven more Contemporary World Cinema for 2009

Now over 200 films at — with the addition of 11 more for the 2009 Contemporary World Cinema program:
  1. Beyond the Circle Golam Rabbany Biplob, Bangladesh
    dir. Swopnodanay (On the Wings of Dreams) from TIFF'07
  2. Blessed Ana Kokkinos, Australia
    dir. The Book of Revelation from TIFF'06
  3. Down for Life Alan Jacobs, USA
  4. Giulia Doesn’t Date at Night Giuseppe Piccioni, Italy
    dir. Luce dei miei occhi (Light of My Eyes)
  5. Heiran Shalizeh Arefpour, Iran
  6. The House of Branching Love Mika Kaurismäki, Finland
  7. Rabia Sebastián Cordero, Spain/Colombia
  8. Sawasdee Bangkok Wisit Sasanatieng, Aditya Assarat, Kongdej Jaturanrasmee, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand
  9. Shameless Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic
  10. Slovenian Girl Damjan Kozole Slovenia/Germany/Serbia/Croatia
  11. Tanner Hall Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg, USA
Pick the best of the fest!

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Seven more Visions for 2009

Over 190 films at — with the announcement yesterday of 7 additions to the 2009 Visions program:
  1. Between Two Worlds Vimukthi Jayasundara
    • won the Camera d'Or at Cannes in 2005 for La Terre Abandonnée (The Forsaken Land)
  2. Gaia Jason Lehel
  3. Hiroshima Pablo Stoll
    • Won the Prix du Regard Original at Cannes in 2004 for Whisky
  4. I Am Love Luca Guadagnino (with Tilda Swinton)
  5. Lebanon Samuel Maoz
  6. To the Sea Pedro González-Rubio
  7. Trash Humpers Harmony Korine
    • writer of Kids and Ken Park, director of Gummo, and recently Mister Lonely
(Btw, if you're wondering about the difference between the Visions and Vanguard programs: Visions films tend to be more experimental with the audio-visual form of cinema, whereas it's usually edgier content that gets a film into the Vanguard program.)


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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Six Canada First! for 2009 added to our film list

Now 185 films at — including 6 more 2009 Canada First! features, added today...
  1. Crackie Sherry White
  2. MachoTailDrop Corey Adams & Alex Craig
  3. Year of the Carnivore Sook-Yin Lee
  4. Hungry Hills Rob King (based on novel by George Ryga)
  5. All Fall Down Philip Hoffman
  6. The Wild Hunt Alexandre Franchi
...tough to find any reviews/ratings on them, but we did manage to find some images, links, and a few video-clips! — don't forget you can browse by director, or look for a cast member... — and all directors and cast members are linked to their filmographies at IMDb, too!


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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Canadian Galas and Special Presentations added to 2009 line-up

Almost 180 films now at — with the addition of another ten 2009 Canadian features features, that were added today...
  1. William Beaudine’s Sparrows
  2. Atom Egoyan’s The Adjuster

...some have screened elsewhere already — Quebec, United Kingdom — so a few have review ratings, but most have a trailer/video-clip, and all have images/links...

Pick the best of the fest!

P.S. The Young Victoria will be the closing Gala, at the Toronto International Film Festival, on September 19th...

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Canadian films & docs added to 2009 line-up

Now over 160 films at — with the announcement of 13 more 2009 Canadian features today — here they are, with links to their details...
...about half of them have movie-trailers/video clips — a few have already been reviewed/star-rated — and most have images, and more information...

You can always see all the Canadian films at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, or browse films by...
— all the info you need to pick the best of the fest!


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2009 Canadian films to be announced today

The Canadian film line-up will be announced later this afternoon, at an official Toronto International Film Festival press conference.

In the meantime, Martin Knelman at the Toronto Star put together a list of some anticipated Canadian titles including:
  • Atom Egoyan's Chloë, a remake of the French film Nathalie produced by Ivan Reitman,
  • What's Cooking, Stella? from Don McKellar and Lisa Ray directed by Dilip Mehta (co-written by sister, Deepa Mehta), and
  • Mr. Nobody starring Sarah Polley (a Belgium/Telefilm Canada co-production).

Labels: , 2009 Film List is now live!

Although we have a lot more in store for the website, we've put up a complete list — all 155 films announced so far — at — along with...
  • over 200 star-rated reviews,
  • over 200 video-clips to watch, and
  • another 500+ links to official sites, picture galleries, and more!
— everything you need to help you, pick the best of the fest!

More features will be added to our site before everyone has to make their picks at the end of the month — so please check back often!


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