Monday, September 14, 2009

Toronto International Film Festival: September 2009

I spent considerable time in Yorkville over the weekend, some of it at Lettieri, across from Sassafraz, in the hope of seeing some of the stars of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Many were staying at the Four Seasons Hotel, on the corner of Avenue Road and Yorkville Avenue, and there was a constant crowd of people hoping to see them come and go.

The atmosphere was vibrant as people strolled the streets, along with me. It was fun, but disappointing as I saw no one I recognized. On Sunday evening, at dinner in Fieromosca, on Prince Arthur Avenue, we hoped to see film people, but again no luck. Strolling along Yorkville Avenue, we were told by a tarot card reader that he had seen George Clooney and Matt Damon, also strolling along Yorkville with bodyguards. Unfortunately, this was while we were not there.

I had my cards read by said Tarot card reader, and he told me I have a long, healthy and happy life ahead of me, well into my 90s. He also said that I will be coming into lots of money within the next six months, and agreed that I had better begin buying lottery tickets. I have lots of decisions to make in the immediate future, and in view of the fact that I am now officially allergic to my beloved cats, I have to agree with him.

George Clooney was prominant in signing autographs and doing the PR thing, and I will always consider him a true professional. He was in town for Up in the Air, with Vera Farmiga. He is also strikingly good-looking, and, so far, retaining his looks, not that I saw him in reality.

Oprah Winfrey was in town for the showing of Precious, a film about a totally disadvantaged young woman from Harlem, who turns her life around and brings hope to those who have to deal with crippling issues as a legacy from childhood. Oprah is herself from such a childhood, and I am a totally admiring fan. She is not, and never has been, a victim, and when I observe what she has done with her life, I am filled with admiration.

I didn't watch the red carpet, or go to Yonge and Dundas. If I had, I might have seen some famous people, but they certainly weren't walking down the streets in Yorkville.

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