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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 10

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: Saint Louis Blues, an unlikely musical that follows a road trip through Senegal, and 25 Carat, in which a car thief and big-time crook and struggle to escape the life of crime.

The venue: Cineplex Odeon Varsity at Manulife Centre, movie theatre where patrons aged 19 and over can receive full in-seat service during Varsity VIP film screenings.

What to do while you wait for doors to open?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 9

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: A young peasant who struggles to start up a vineyard at the turn of the 19th century gets help from an angel in The Vintner’s Luck, and a family squatting in Amsterdam get a taste of the ups-and-downs of communal living in My Queen Karo.

The venue: Cumberland cinema in the posh neighbourhood of Yorkville, bound to be star-studded during TIFF.

Where are you going to go to catch a glimpse of a celebrity?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 8

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: A free outdoor screening of U2: Rattle & Hum, which follows the iconic Irish rockers on their 1987 North American tour; and BAND, a multi-disciplinary film-based art installation complete with post-punk band Deerhoof live in concert.

The venue: Yonge-Dundas Square, located at the southeast corner of one of the city’s liveliest intersections.

If you want something different to what’s offered at the Square, where can you go?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 7

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The film: A new print of Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s 1991 film The Adjuster, a work of dark humour depicting the emotional isolation of urban and suburban dwellers.

The venue: Jackman Hall, an event space housed among the 79,000 artworks at the prestigious Art Gallery of Ontario.

It might be a couple of hours of waiting in the admittance line, so how do you amuse yourself beforehand?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 6

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: Foreign film Gigante is a romantic comedy between a grocery store security guard and a cleaning woman; while Videocracy from Sweden examines of how Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi uses his control of the nation’s TV empire to wield power over the people.

The venue: Cineplex Odeon Varsity at Manulife Centre, a movie theatre where patrons aged 19 and over can receive full in-seat service during Varsity VIP film screenings.

How do you round out your day of international fare?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 5

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould investigates the life of the acclaimed classical pianist, and The Art of the Steal explores art collector Albert Barnes and the mysterious disappearance of his world-famous assortment of art.

The venue: AMC Theatres, a multiplex within Toronto Life Square at the buzzing intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets.

What else to do to make your day of documentaries complete?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 4

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: The comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats, in which George Clooney portrays a member of a U.S. military unit that trains in the paranormal and psychic, and the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer-winning novel The Road, in which a father and son embark on a threatening journey of survival.

The venue: Ryerson Theatre, where Ryerson University student shows and convocation ceremonies are also held.

What are you going to check out with your spare time before the films?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 3

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: It’s all about dark and disturbing human psychology in Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, and kids internalize fascism in White Ribbon, which earned writer-director Michael Haneke Palme d’Or at this year’s Festival de Cannes.

The venue: Scotiabank Theatre, a multiplex in the midst of partying clubland.

If not at an after-party, where are you going to be post-show?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 1

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The film: TIFF’s opening-night gala screening of Creation, a period drama about the tragedies and triumphs of Charles Darwin.

The venue: The massive upside-down glass bowl of Roy Thomson Hall, home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and located in the heart of the entertainment district.

So what to do while your friend holds your place in line?

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