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Finally the last Toronto

Finally the last Toronto

On our second to last day there I woke last, shopped at the Bata Shoe Museum (awesome), checked in with Jackie and Peg, and went to my frist film. DEAD BIRDS is a Blair Witch style horror set during the Civil War. Bank robbers hide out in a haunted mansion with a bad history of insanity and human sacrifice. Good performances by Henry Thomas and Patrick Fugit. Ok, I admit to closing my eyes once or twice…

I only saw the first hour of L’EQUIPIER before I had to scurry off to MYSTERIOUS SKIN, but was enjoying this French story about a small town of lighthouse keepers and their families. Mysterious Skin is perhaps one of the most disturbing films I’ve ever seen. Two boys molested as little leaguers grow up dealing with it in radically different ways. I think it’s safe to say Joseph Gordon-Levitt has left the sit-com world far, far behind.

I met Matthew in the lobby of the Varsity and we decided to watch LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE, a doc by Antoine Fuqua about the 100th anniversary of the blues celebration concert at Radio City Music Hall in 2003. In addition to every living blues legend (B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Ruth Brown, and Mavis Staples among others), the concert also featured Aerosmith, David Johannsen, Bonnie Raitt, and Levon Helm. An amazing blues education for the novice and a wonderful treat for lifelong fans.

After the film we headed over the the Windsor Arms Hotel for Thinkfilm’s party in honor of GOING UPRIVER: THE LONG WAR OF JOHN KERRY. As much a political gathering as a festival event, we felt underdressed, but were quickly appeased by free champagne and some of the best food I’ve ever seen at a festival. Soon everyone relaxed and the usual suspects showed up. After the party, a group of festival reps, producers, and indieWIRE folk headed to the Roof Lounge at the Hyatt hotel for a few nightcaps and some great conversation. Another late night…

Our last morning in town was spent shopping and packing. I ran off to catch one more film, the Australian SOMERSAULT. A look at what happens when a girl learns to rely on sex for survival. Edgy and yet sweet, I would bet this isn’t the last we’ll see of lead Abbie Cornish.

After a final meeting with Gary Springer, Matthew and I took a long winding cab ride through the city in rush hour traffic to make it to the airport on time. It was the first time we got to explore and I loved it. I’ll have to wait to continue my love affair with Toronto until next year…

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