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Toronto Day 8: Minute by Minute

Toronto Day 8: Minute by Minute

Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.

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3:00pm “Virginia” Makes Its Public Debut While Dustin Lance Black’s “What’s Wrong With Virginia” has been met with a generally mixed response from critics, the audience at the Elgin Theatre last night seemed to very much enjoy it – giving it a warm round of applause and consistently laughing along with the film’s campy sense of humor.

“I have loved my time in Canada so far, I gotta say,” Black said onstage. “Thank you for the warm response to this film in Canada. It means a whole helluva lot. This is a project that I’ve been working on for a really, really long time. It’s a very personal film for me. It’s a story about a mother and a son, and it’s a story I think a lot of people can relate to… It’s a great movie… it’s a fun movie… enjoy yourselves…” [Peter Knegt]

2:30pm “Rabbit Hole” Picked Up By Lionsgate It is being reported that John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole” has been picked up by Lionsgate for a 2010 release and awards campaign. More from indieWIRE soon…

1:00pm Last Day at the Lounge: Yesterday saw the ‘Live at the Lounge with indieWIRE’ chats come to a close, with “Blue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance, and Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan (“Heartbeats”) stopping by. Both have hot films at the festival that played well earlier this year at Cannes, before making their way to TIFF. [Nigel M. Smith]

12:30pm “127 Hours” Team Talk to Thompson: Before sitting down for a video interview with Danny Boyle and James Franco of “127 Hours,” Anne Thompson chatted with the film’s producer Christian Colson, and writer Simon Beaufoy, the same team behind Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire.” Thompson writes: “Originally, climber Aron Ralston wanted to make a documentary about his grueling survivor experience trapped under a boulder for 127 hours, unable to get out until he hacked away at his own arm with a dull knife. But Boyle wanted to make a feature movie, and it took Ralston time to come around to that idea. “In 2006 it was too close to the real incidents,” says Colson.” To view the article and see the flipcam interview with Boyle and Franco click here.

11:25am: A “Kaboom” in Toronto: “There are some directors who really question our world in magical ways and there are directors who provide insightful analysis into pressing political problems of the day – and then there’s Gregg Araki,” said Noah Cowan, Artistic Director of the Bell Lightbox Theater, in introducing the North American premiere of Araki’s “Kaboom” at the Ryerson Theater late last night. The film premiered at Cannes earlier this year to a generally positive response, and if last night’s raucous screening is any indication, the film will play just as well back on home turf once IFC releases the film in the U.S. early next year. Araki himself expressed at being especially excited to screen to film to an all English speaking audience for the first time. The plot defies categorization or description, suffice to say that it shares a lot in common with Araki’s earlier fare like “Doom Generation,” and “Nowhere.” It features teens, sex, drugs, voodooism and nuclear warfare. What’s not to love? [Nigel M. Smith]

10:00am: Eric Kohn on “Meek’s Cutoff”: Kohn reviews Kelly Reichardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff”: “Patient but never boring, the story follows a trio of families in 1845, lost along the Oregon Trail under the lackluster guidance of an enigmatic mountain man. Shifting the focus from the rampant masculinity associated with most westerns to the isolation of the women in the group, Reichardt crafts a highly textured narrative that both invokes the mythology of the American frontier and cleverly transcends it..” Read more.

9:30am: Toronto Poll: What do you think might win Toronto’s audience award this weekend? Vote here.

9:00am: criticWIRE Hits TIFF!: The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival is winding down, culminating this Sunday with the announcement of the fest’s awards. As critics and bloggers begin to finish up their TIFF coverage, indieWIRE has asked them to submit their thoughts to our “criticWIRE poll,” which compiles grades and review links from every single film that is screening in Toronto, from Darren Aronofsky’s”Black Swan” to Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” to literally hundreds of others. Click here for links to each film’s individual page, which lists all the grades. Currently, 24 critics have submitted grades and links to reviews from TIFF. Check back over the next five days as the number of critics and number of films graded expands. [Peter Knegt]

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