Best of CityPlace

Tinseltown North is sparkling once again with TIFF in town

By  | 

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the current talk of the town and has been going strong for more than 40 years.

This year TIFF is missing one of its founders, Bill Marshall, who passed away.

However, he left his mark on Toronto and the world by making Toronto a place where the best can showcase their films to the most diverse city in the world.  Within walking distance from Toronto’s CityPlace, Southcore, the Entertainment District, and more, TIFF is also a local community festival.

As noted on the festival’s website, “TIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers. What began as the Festival of Festivals over 40 years ago, has become the world’s most important publicly attended film festival and grown to embrace programming 365 days a year.”

There are too many films to write about, and thankfully the TIFF website provides information on them all.

However, 416 Mag did attend one of the documentary screenings, “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” by Director Chris Moukarbel.

Here’s my first-person review:

I was not expecting the level of thought that went into this documentary; it was a beautiful story about a journey.

I am not referencing the character, Lady Gaga.

Instead, it’s about a woman named Joanne (also known as Stefani), the real Gaga.

Joanne was her aunt who passed away at a young age and Gaga draws strength from her memory and spirit, and that’s as far as I am willing to go, without giving away more of the story.

However, I will say Gaga delivers the best Madonna digs you will ever hear.

We see Gaga as an individual. When all the glitz, glam, and show are pulled back, she too had issues, recognized them, confronted them, and asked for help.

“Gaga: Five Foot Two” is a great story and contains scenes that will likely make you laugh and cry.

And back to the rest of the festival.

TIFF is not all about the films, it truly is a festival, and with every festival, there is plenty of food and drink.

Part of the Toronto Entertainment District’s King Street West was made pedestrian-only access during the festival. The local restaurants also extended their patios onto King Street. You may have missed the extended patios; however, TIFF runs until Sept. 17.