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TIFF with your BFF

Arrive at YYZ for the TIFF with your BFF !

2010 Update: Check out our TIFF 2010 post for the latest on this years movies, star-sightings and venue reviews. 

If you’re a film lover and star-gazer, the Toronto International Film Festival begins today (September 10-19th, 2009) in all it’s glitz and glamour, previewing over 335 films from 64 countries with 72% being directorial debuts.

Toronto is listed among the worlds “A” series of festivals with the likes of Cannes, Venice, and Berlin. Toronto SkylineToronto SkylineThe Toronto Film Festival recently announced 11 new works to bring the acclaimed Masters Programme to 15 new works from the world’s greatest filmmakers. These latest additions include:

Antichrist Lars von Trier, Denmark/Sweden/France/Italy
North American Premiere

Carmel Amos Gitaï, Israel/France/Italy
World Premiere

Honeymoons Goran Paskaljevic, Serbia/Albania/Italy
North American Premiere

Hotel Atlântico Suzana Amaral, Brazil
World Premiere

Melody for a Street Organ Kira Muratova, Ukraine
North American Premiere

Le Refuge François Ozon, France
World Premiere

Vincere Marco Bellocchio, Italy
North American Premiere

Vision Margarethe von Trotta, Germany
Canadian Premiere

White Material Claire Denis, France
North American Premiere

The White Ribbon Michael Haneke, Germany/Austria/France/Italy
North American Premiere

The Window Buddhadeb Dasgupta, India
World Premiere

If you’re into stargazing in TO, set your sights Yorkville with its concentration of trendy-chic shops, restaurants and spa’s, or the cultural hot-spots of Queen West. Check out Holt Renfrew, Divine Decadence Originals, Over the Rainbow, and Kidding Awound (can we drop some names … Renee Zellweger, Julianne Moore, Dustin Hoffman) to mull with THE crowd. 

Luxury EatingLuxury EatingWant to spot them dining? Visit Bistro 990 (Nicolas Cage, Dan Akyroyd), Pangaea (Bono, Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline) or Sotto Sotto ((Anthony Hopkins and Eugene Levy) to drop a few local restaurant names. 

Where to Stay in TO? If you want to be in the thick of it all, the Drake Hotel, Sutton Place, the Gladstone or the Windsor Arms are our top picks. All are in the area of the festival and rich for eating and shopping venues.

For all the latest buzz on the festival and the reviews on the films themselves, bookmark Toronto International Film Festival and check it often. For hotter gossip and updates, follow the updates on Twitter with @infotiffbell or scan the Twitter hashtags #TIFF09.

I’ll be there in the thick of it next week at the Toronto U2 concert and will certainly be spending the day star-gazing. I’ll let you know who I see!!

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