Saturday, August 25, 2012

My 2012 Films

My films for 2012 include:

  • Antiviral (Brandon Cronenberg, Canada): interested to see how his style compares to that of his father.
  • At Any Price (Ramin Bahrani, USA): with Dennis Quaid, Zac Effron, and Heather Graham. My friend really liked Goodbye Solo, another of Bahrani's films.
  • Blancanieves (Pablo Berger, Spain/France)
  • The Color of the Chameleon (Emil Christov, Bulgaria)
  • The Deflowering of Eva van End (Michiel ten Horn, The Netherlands)
  • The End of Time (Peter Mettler, Canada/Switzerland)
  • Ghost Graduation (Javier Ruiz Caldera): this one sounds fun.
  • How to Make Money Selling Drugs (Matthew Cooke, USA): sounds interesting, and where else are you going to find Susan Sarandon in the same film as 50 Cent?
  • Imagine (Andrzej Jakimowski, Poland/France/Portgual)
  • Imogene (Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman, USA): with Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, and Matt Dillon.
  • In Conversation With... Jackie Chan: couldn't pass this one up.
  • Key of Life (Kenji Uchida, Japan)
  • Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan, Canada/France): saw Dolan's last film, Heartbeats, at the festival.
  • A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, United Kingdom): can't believe it's been 23 years since Chapman died.
  • Love is All You Need (Susanne Bier, Denmark)
  • Motorway (Soi Cheang, Hong Kong): sounds great, plus saw Accident and many Johnnie To films at the festival before
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon, USA): was a fan of Firefly and Dollhouse, so curious to see what Whedon and his regular cast do with Shakespeare
  • Passion (Brian de Palma, France/Germany)
  • The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance, USA): saw Blue Valentine, so interested to see what Cianfrance and Gosling produce this time around
  • Room 237 (Rodney Ascher, USA)
  • Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard, France/Belgium)
  • Smashed (James Ponsoldt, USA)
  • Storm Surfers 3D (Christopher Nelius, Justin McMillan, Australia): saw Pina in 3D last year; this is this year's 3D pick, and it sounds like it should take full advantage of the medium
  • Tai Chi 0 (Stephen Fung, Hong Kong): the director of Gen-X Cops and fight choreography by Sammo Hung? Sure, why not!
  • Thale (Aleksander L. Nordaas, Norway)
  • The Thieves (Choi Dong-hoon, South Korea)


I know this is a dumb question but can I see and get the actors autographs at a premium screening without having to buy a ticket? But to stand outside the venue during the red carpet? Obviously not on the red carpet.

At a lot of the venues there's places you can stand to try and get a photo/autograph. At Roy Thomson Hall, there's plenty of space to stand where the stars first come in. At Ryerson, people usually come out a back door after their appearance a bit west of the main entrance on Gerrard. Not sure on all the other theatres; the Elgin has a back entrance that stars might exit at; the front doesn't have all that much space unless they block Yonge St.

Thank you for the reply.

Do you know how the vouchers work? I'm not sure if I will be able to get all of the films that I want on my package and might end up with some vouchers, and I'm just wondering exactly when and where they can be redeemed.

Also, what are the odds of getting in on a rush line for a big premiere at Ryerson? Would arriving there 90 minutes early be enough? Thanks in advance for the answers and keep up the great work on the blog - it's been super helpful for planning the festival!

For the vouchers, I think you can only redeem them in person at the Festival Box Office or any of the theatre box offices. I'm not sure you can use them online - you may want to check with TIFF on that. Other than that, you can use them for any film, although there may be a distinction on premium vs non-premium films (e.g. if you have a voucher from a flex pack, you might not be able to use it to get a premium screening, or might have to pay the difference).

I haven't really done the rush at Ryerson, so maybe someone else can comment on the likelihood of getting in. I usually line up as a ticket holder an hour beforehand, and at the Ryerson, I generally don't see more than a dozen people at that time. If the film is more popular, and I would guess Midnight Madness films would also be busier, the earlier you line up the better.

You can redeem at the Festival Box Office at any time, but I think (pretty sure) you can only redeem at the specific theatre box office on the day of the screening.

I really wish there was a way to redeem them online, because you couldn't in past years. So if there was a really in-demand screening, the only option was to randomly check in at the Festival Box Office in person. As mentioned in other posts, the best chance for tickets for such screenings is the morning of when a batch typically gets freed up. These can be quickly snatched up by people online/by phone early in the morning while you're still standing in line in person.

90 minutes may not be enough at Ryerson. I usually pass by around 2 or 2.5 hrs before to check how long the line is. I like being in the first 10 or so people in line to make sure I get in if it's something really popular. No clue how many people they generally let in for the Ryerson rush but I've never been turned away, plus I've usually gotten in early enough to be able to choose my seat (sometimes they bring you in after the intro and send you to the balcony). But for Midnight Madness 90 minutes would probably be way too early. It's pretty rare to have a big rush line for MM I think.

And actually, one benefit to being in line early and at the front is that you have a pretty good chance of being able to buy a ticket or getting handed one while waiting.

My experiences at the Toronto International Film Festival. Note this blog is not affiliated with the Toronto International Film Festival Group or the festival itself.
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