TIFF 2011 By The Numbers: What I Saw And Learned At The Toronto Film Festival

By Katey Rich 2011-09-16 15:16:57discussion comments
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After an early morning airport shuttle and a bleary-eyed stagger back to my front door in Brooklyn, my TIFF 2011 experience is finally over. During yesterday's video blog I suggested I might record one more once I got back home, but i might be too exhausted to physically form words at this point. Instead, why don't we look over what I saw, what I learned and who I met in the universal language of a list. If you want to catch up on the full breadth of my Toronto coverage-- which will continue in the form of interviews and reviews as many of the films see release in the coming months-- you can go here to see the full lineup of coverage. But for the quick overview, join me for a little walk through the last 9, breathless days of moviegoing.



Films seen: 27

People interviewed: 21

Most charming interviewee, English-speaking category: Your Sister's Sister director Lynn Shelton

Most charming interviewee, non-English-speaking category: The Artist star Jean Dujardin

Interviewees who name dropped Shia LaBeouf: 2 (Megan Fox and Emile Hirsch)

Films I loved: 10

Films I hated: 3



Favorite film: The Descendants

Least favorite film: Killer Joe

Film I regret sleeping through so that I can't review it: The Day, a very misguided attempt to squeeze in one last Midnight Madness screening on my last night in Toronto

Film I most regret missing: Butter

Best Picture nominees I predict I saw: 2 (The Descendants and The Artist)

Best Actor nominees I predict I saw: 3 (George Clooney in The Descendants, Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March, Jean Dujardin in The Artist)

Great performances that probably won't be nominated but are great anyway: 8 (Michael Fassbender in Shame, Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50, Ralph Fiennes in Coriolanus, Michael Shannon in Take This Waltz, Greta Gerwig in Damsels in Distress, Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia, Saoirse Ronan in Violet & Daisy, Michelle Williams in Take This Waltz

Great movies that probably won't be out this year but you should look for anyway: 5 (Take This Waltz, You're Next, Your Sister's Sister, Jeff Who Lives At Home, God Bless America)



Famous directors spotted seeing movies that weren't theirs: 3 (Jason Reitman, Atom Egoyan, Brian De Palma)

Famous director spotted lifting up his shirt to interrupt an interview Sarah Silverman was doing: Just 1, Bobcat Goldthwait

Most unexpected celebration: A round of "Happy Birthday" for Alexis Bledel at the after-party for Violet & Daisy

Most expected celebration: The joyful Q&A and elated cast of Your Sister's Sister after the premiere.

Distinctly Canadian junk foods I ate far too often: 3 (Poutine, Coffee Crisp bars, ketchup potato chips)

Street hot dogs eaten: Only 1, thank God.
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