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TIFF 2005.3: Lie, Lies, and Lying

TIFF 2005.3: Lie, Lies, and Lying

One of the more confusing – and minor – things at Toronto this year is the fact that two of THINKFilm’s titles here share the word “lie.” You have Atom Egoyan’s controversial sex film, Where The Truth Lies and then the equally scandalous sex feature, Lie With Me. And, let me tell you, the party for Lie With Me will not be forgotten anytime soon (more on that in the pictures below). The upcoming THINKFilm party for Where The Truth Lies has expectations soaring after last night…

Meanwhile, I’ve just been seeing films, having meetings, and enjoying the weather. Best film of the last couple days? Tommy Lee Jones’ Cannes-winner, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Partly shot in Texas, it features a small appearance by friend and “Basketball Diary” regular, Brent Smiga. The film, still without distribution, is a well-crafted modern western/crime story. Really good. The most disappointing film of the last couple of days? Guy Ritchie’s Revolver. Madonna’s husband has chops when it comes to shoot-out sequences, but man, is that script in need of serious overhaul. But, best non-festival moment? Watching the first half of what turned into an amazing football game, where UT beat No. 4 Ohio State.

Anyway, here are some pics from the first weekend of TIFF:

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(THINKFilm’s David Fenkel, Gen Art’s Jeff Abramson, and Paste Magazine film editor Tim Porter hang out at the IDP party for Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic.)

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(Dynamic NYC indie film duo Tammy Lecker, from Samuel Goldwyn Films, and Dana O’Keefe, from Cinetic Media, ham it up at the Jesus Is Magic party.)

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(The gorgeous Elisha Cuthbert arrives to the Varsity for the world premiere of her film The Quiet, the first feature from Austin-based Burnt Orange Productions.)

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(At the Brokeback Mountain party hosted by Focus Features, actress Anne Hathaway hangs out with actor Peter Sarsgaard and her co-star in Brokeback, Jake Gyllenhaal. I still haven’t seen the film, but not a single person has had anything negative to say about it. I cannot wait to catch it.)

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(Also at the Brokeback Mountain party, here’s former UA prez Bingham Ray with former UA publicist Mary Ann Hult. Mary Ann now works publicity for Picturehouse Films. Meanwhile, Bingham has something in the works, and everyone’s dying to know what it is.)

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(Indie film producer Diana Williams and Tribeca programmer David Kwok – a.k.a. “Kwokstar” – at the Brokeback party.)

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(It’s a Jamaican reunion. Last time I saw all of these guys, we were in Negril. In Toronto, we enjoyed an amazing party at the home of the family that owns Roots Clothing, in honor of the Goldeneye Film Festival. Always fun to drink rum with David Koh from Palm Pictures, film rep Roger Kass, Troy Poon from MTV Films, and film rep Josh Braun.)

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