2006 Toronto International Film Festival - Day 2

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My ticket for Penelope
Oh it was soooo hard to wake up at the buttcrack of dawn! 

After hitting snooze a few times, we went bright eyed and bushy tailed to the Ryerson, where both
Volver and Penelope would be screening.   I realllllllllly wanted to see Volver since I'm a big fan of  Pedro Almodóvar,  but we looked on the website and it said that it was rush line only.  However, there were same-day tickets available for Penelope.  So we decided to do that instead of rushing for Volver.  It turns out that by the time that we got to the box office...Penelope had gone rush line only too!  Grrrrr....so much for our great idea of getting the same-day tickets and going back to sleep!!  (FYI for the difference between rush and same-day tickets, go here).
The director, Mark Polansky, and some of his stars: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Simon Woods, and Peter Dinklage

So we had to decide -- Volver or Penelope?  We quickly decided that we'd rather see Penelope, since we were still SO tired and weren't in the right mind to be reading subtitles so early in the morning (Volver was at 9:30am)!  Volver will be released in NYC in November, so I'll just have to wait a couple of more months.   It was rainy, windy, and chilly that day and we were both FREEZING....I was in a short sleeve shirt, skirt, and flip flops.  Ngoc saved us and got some Tim Hortons hot chocolate and Timbits....it was heaven. I definitely miss Tim Hortons when I'm in the States!

When they started letting people into Penelope (they had not sold the rush seats yet), a woman came up to us and asked if we wanted 2 tickets!  So we immediately snatched them up and left the rush line.
Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, and Simon Woods
I absolutely LOVED Penelope, it was a very sweet, charming, and romantic film with a dark sense of humor.  I laughed soooo much and totally bawled my eyes out...both qualities that make me love a movie!  USA Today wrote an
article about  the film, which was produced by Reese Witherspoon's company, Type A.  She even had a small part in the film.  Penelope was the first feature film that Mark Palansky directed and he did an amazing job.  I also really loved the art direction, production design, and especially the costumes (I totally want a Penelope coat!).  The cast was brilliant, and Peter Dinklage has some of the BEST, most hilarious scenes in the film...I also saw him recently in Death at a Funeral (I believe this comes out in the spring), where he also stole every scene he was in!

There was a Q&A afterwards with the Mark Palansky (the director) and some of the actors: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Simon Wells, and Peter Dinklage.
CN Tower
  We were lucky since they had done the gala for the night before, yet they still showed up for the second screening, which is rare.  They were very funny, enlightening, and open about the movie and their experience filming it. 

By the time the movie ended, we were positively pooped, so we took a disco nap at the hotel.  Freshly energized, we decided to go up the CN Tower at night (I've been up it a bunch of times but it's always fun to go with people who've never been up there).  On our way to the CN Tower, we passed by the Fairmont Royal York (my favorite swanky Toronto hotel), where there were crowds hoping to catch a glimpse of a celebrity.  Bill Clinton was having his birthday party there that night so maybe they were waiting for him?  Anyway I am totally afraid of heights so even though I've been on it many times before, I still freaked out going on the glass floor of the CN Tower!  The view of Toronto from the observation desk was so pretty and it just reminded me of why I love Toronto so much.
View of Toronto from the CN Tower

We ended the night in Little Italy at
Cafe Diplomatico!!   I had the penne vongole with white wine, and we shared the fried calamari for an appetizer and sicilian crepe for dessert.  The food and drinks were very good,  but  we were too full to get gelato!   
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My ticket for Penelope
My ticket for Penelope
The director, Mark Polansky, and s…
The director, Mark Polansky, and …
Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, and…
Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, an…
CN Tower
CN Tower
View of Toronto from the CN Tower
View of Toronto from the CN Tower
On the glass floor of the CN Tower…
On the glass floor of the CN Towe…
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