Toronto International Film Festival started this past Thursday, September 10, and the world has been watching. TIFF annually reinforces Toronto on the map as a world class and art-conscious city with a strong international outlook. The 10-day-long festival is home to not only 64 countries’ films, but screens over 300 films. And, with over 1,000 media accredits, you can bet your last piece of popcorn that the festival is chock-full of media and star-studded events and parties.
One of the first films that CHEEKMagazine.com hopped over to was Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Broken Embraces’ (Los Abrazos Rotos) on Thursday afternoon. This film, starring the fiery Penelope Cruz, has gained much attention since its release for a stirring plot and outstanding acting by Cruz, as well as Jose Luis Gomez, Lluis Homar, and Tamar Novas. With an impassioned story line, finely written dialogue and moving film noir cinematography, we’ve flagged this film as one of our favourites from TIFF ’09. Not surprisingly, the film recently won acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the esteemed Palme d’Or.
If you’re in the Toronto area check out tiff.net for a full list of film festival events and screening schedules.