2006 Toronto International Film Festival - Day 3

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My ticket to see Babel
Once again, we had to get up super early!!!!!!  Oh my lord and taylor.  The festival box office opened at 7am and there were some same-day tickets released for Last King of Scotland, which I had heard good things about.  So we somehow managed to wake up and get our tickets.  After grabbing some breakfast, we headed over to the rush line for Babel.  It was freezing and felt like the longest rush ever, but it was worth it once we got our tickets.  I liked the movie and enjoyed the performances by the entire cast, especially Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.  The film comes out on October 27, so go see it if you have the chance!

We had also wanted to see
The Last Kiss, but it was rush line only and we were all rushed out by this point!  I wanted to sleep so bad!  So we took a disco nap at the hotel, watched some of the U.
My ticket to the world premiere of Last King of Scotland
S. Open, and ended up having an early dinner at
Young Thailand.  I had the pad see ew which was pretty good.

So VISA is the official card of the Toronto International Film Festival.  At the Elgin (which was also called the VISA Screeing Room), if you have a gold or platinum VISA, you were let in before everyone else.  Well, it seems like everyone and their mother in Toronto had gold or platinum VISAS!  Like hundreds of people, I swear.    We managed to snag some seats in the front row though.  The director was there and spoke a little bit before the movie...and then he brought some of the stars onstage.  James McAvoy (yes, the same James McAvoy from Penelope!), Kerry Washington, and Forrest Whitaker.  They were all amazing in the movie and Forrest Whitaker is already getting some Oscar buzz.
James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, and Forrest Whitaker -- the stars in Last King of Scotland
  Anyway it turns out that we were seeing the world premiere of Last King of Scotland, so that was really exciting.  The movie was heavy, political, thought-provoking, and at times very graphic and disturbing...but I definitely thought it was a great movie. 

Today was all about seeing movies, so I was a little sad that I didn't get to eat my favorite cupcakes, get rambutan in Chinatown, do some shopping, and taste my favorite gelato in Corso Italia...but the whole point of my trip was for the Toronto International Film Festival...and I got to see 3 really great films.    I'm going to try to make this an annual trip, so I'm already looking forward to next year!

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My ticket to see Babel
My ticket to see Babel
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