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Toronto goes to the movies

September 14th, 2012

During the first week of September in Toronto, things usually get a little hectic. Hot summer nights give way to the crisp cool of autumn, students head back to school, and movie lovers flood the city for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) anticipating great movies and celebrity sightings.

Founded in 1976, TIFF is now considered one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, with Time noting in 2007 that the festival had “grown from its place as the most influential fall film festival to the most influential film festival, period.”

For 2012, the festival featured 289 films and 83 shorts, including new works from Ben Affleck (the world preimere of his film Argo), Deepa Mehta, Spike Lee, Robert Redford, Harmony Korine, Joss Whedon, and Terrence Malick.

Fans and paparazzi alike lined red carpets with cameras ready, hoping to catch a glimpse of someone famous. Bruce Willis, along with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Emily Blunt (with husband John Krasinski) were out on the festival’s opening night at the premiere of their new movie Looper, where Gordon Levitt stars as the young version of Bruce Willis’ character.

Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes were all smiles for the crowds, as was Kristen Stewart (premiering her film, On The Road, with Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley) and the cast of Spring Breakers (the much anticipated film by Harmony Korine) caused a stir with the anticipation of a Justin Beiber sighting (Beiber’s girlfriend Selena Gomez was in attendance at the party for the film).

Also among the famous faces in the city to promote their latest projects (and to have their pictures snapped with loyal fans) – Winona Ryder, Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta, Stephen Dorf, Michael Shannon, and Daniel Radcliffe.

Now in its 37th year, TIFF draws hundreds of thousands of folks to Toronto over the course of 11 days. In 2010, 339 films from 59 countries were screened at 32 screens in downtown Toronto venues.

via Canada The Store

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