Tuesday, 23 September 2008

TIFF'08 Wrap Up

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I don't normally do straight-up top 5, 10's or lists by roles category, however this year I was asked for Faves for the 2008 Festvial from TIFFreviews.com and felt compelled to comply and also share my selections:
Best Film - JCVD
Best Actor - Ulrich Thomsen in Fear Me Not / Den du frygter
Best Actress - Carina Caputo in Derrière moi / Behind Me
Best Direction - Rafaël Ouellet for Derrière moi / Behind Me
Best Screenplay - A Film with Me in It
Want to have your say? Fill out a ballot over here at the TIFFReviews.com Awards.

Now back to your regularly schedulled Movie Moxie Festival Wrap Up.

Overall Stand out Films: C'est pas moi, je le jure! / It's not me, I Swear!, Derrière moi / Behind Me, Eden Log, Every Little Step, Fear Me Not / Den du frygter, JCVD, Kisses, The Real Shaolin, The Sky Crawlers, Still Walking / Aruitemo aruitemo, Patrik 1,5 / Patrik, Age 1.5, Pontypool and White Night Wedding / Brúðguminn

Artistic works of wonder: Ashes of Time Redux, Eden Log and The Sky Crawlers

They made my cry dangnabit!: Every Little Step

Standing Ovations (only one this year): C'est pas moi, je le jure! / It's not me, I Swear!

Favourite Program: Tie between Midnight Madness and Vanguard, both have extremely strong programming this year.

Best Experience: The energy in the room during the Chocolate and JCVD screenings

Funnest collective experience: Noting how many pirates were in the crowd for the collective anti-piracy 'Arggggggg!'. It wasn't as heartfelt this year though.

Best Q&A's: Chocolate, Detroit Metal City, The Real Shaolin, Tokyo Sonata, White Night Wedding / Brúðguminn

Weirdest repeated Q&A question: No question but long winded praise for the films - which is lovely in it's own way.

Still has me thinking: Dernier Maquis, One Week and Martyrs

The weird and bizarre: Sauna and Tale 52 / Istoria 52

Most impressive first feature: Winds of September

Weirdest reoccurance: Out of the films I picked, without noticing it at all I picked 5 Japanese family dramas: Still Walking / Aruitemo aruitemo, Achillles and the Tortoise, All Around Us, Toyko Sonata and Vacation

Fullest Screenings: JCVD and Chocolate

Funny moments:
-At the JCVD Midnight Madness screening, the line for the gents washroom was substantially longer than for the ladies. What a feat!
-I was one of the very few women in The Dungeon Masters screening

Wish I hadn't missed: First screenings with people from the films present including Ashes of Time Redux (Wong Kar Wai) and It Might Get Loud (Jimmy Page!). Also, so many films, but I hoped to get more Canadian films on my roster especially those from the Canada First! program. Alas, there is always next year!

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The Toronto International Film Festival 2008 ran from September 4-13/08 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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