TIFF11: Wrap-Up

Here is my final wrap-up for the 2011 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.  This was definitely my most busy film festival, with me seeing a grand total of 26 films over the 11 days.  I was actually so busy this year that I feel that might actually scale back my festival experience a bit next year.

As I do every year, I will rank my favourite films of the festival.  Since I saw so many films this year, I’m going to have my overall list, followed by various categorical lists.  I will also include a list of my least favourite films.  In addition, I will include my usual lists of films I wish I saw and favourite moments and I will conclude with a slideshow of the photos I took during the festival.

Hope you enjoy.

Top 5 Overall Favourite Films

  1. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (Real to Reel programme)
  2. You’re Next (Midnight Madness programme)
  3. The Last Gladiators (Real to Reel programme)
  4. Billy Bishop Goes to War (Contemporary World Cinema programme)
  5. Into the Abyss (Real to Reel programme)
Top 5 Favourite Special Presentations
  1. The Oranges
  2. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  3. Like Crazy
  4. The Descendants
  5. We Need to Talk About Kevin
Top 3 Favourite Midnight Madness Films
  1. You’re Next
  2. The Day
  3. Smuggler
Top 3 Documentaries
  1. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
  2. The Last Gladiators
  3. Into the Abyss
Top 3 Favourite Canadian Films
  1. Billy Bishop Goes to War (Contemporary World Cinema programme)
  2. Hard Core Logo II (Masters programme)
  3. i am a good person/i am a bad person (Vanguard Programme)
Top 3 Favourite Foreign-Language Films
  1. Smuggler (Midnight Madness programme)
  2. Always Brando (Contemporary World Cinema programme)
  3. Death for Sale (Contemporary World Cinema programme)
Honourable Mentions
  • Restless (Masters programme)
  • Paul Williams, Still Alive (Real to Reel programme)
Top 3 Least Favourite Films
  1. The Moth Diaries (Special Presentation programme)
  2. Intruders (Special Presentations programme)
  3. Rampart (Special Presentations programme)
Films I Wish I Saw
  • Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope (Real to Reel programme)
  • The Raid (Midnight Madness programme)
  • Twixt (Special Presentations programme)
  • Where Do We Go Now (Special Presentations programme)
Favourite Moment
  • Probably being very close to Tilda Swinton on my way into the We Need to Talk About Kevin screening.
Final Number of Films Seen
  • 26
Programme Tally
  • Special Presentations – 11
  • Midnight Madness – 4
  • Real to Reel – 4
  • Contemporary World Cinema – 3
  • Masters – 2
  • Vanguard – 2
Theatre Tally
  • Ryerson Theatre – 7
  • Scotiabank Theatre – 7
  • AMC Yonge & Dundas – 6
  • Visa Screening Room at the Elgin – 2
  • AGO Jackman Hall – 1
  • Isabel Bader Theatre – 1
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox – 1
  • Winter Garden Theatre – 1
TIFF11 Photo Gallery

And that’s my wrap-up for the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.  See you next year!

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).