It’s really nice roaming around Toronto a day before everything begins. Plenty of time to pick up your press pass and study the press schedule, buy food, get a little strolling in, write, etc. Plus it’s a really warm, windless day.
The first day I enter TIFF headquarters on King Street I always spot a poster for a foreign-language poster that offends me on some primal level. This year’s winner is the poster for Ole Giaever‘s Out of Nature, a dramedy about “a put-upon Norweigan man [who] seeks spiritual renewal in the Great Outdoors.” The idea of hiking in some Norweigan forest and coming upon a jogging red-haired guy in a skull cap with his cold-shrivelled schlong…good God. All I need is a little nudge like this to be persuaded to avoid a film. Mission accomplished & thank you.