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Peter Guber’s Toronto Diary

Peter Guber, one of Shootout’s hosts, reports about his experience at the Toronto Film Festival while the show covers the event.

The Toronto International Film Festival has reached the top with ultimate elegance. Most competitions dole out awards to actors and directors more as rewards for showing up and showing off than for what film they are showing. The folks arriving from Venice were aghast at which films got what kudos. No wonder there is now a fest circuit where folks ply their wares, aggregating awards and branding for their film posters.

And yet, at Toronto, the city is dynamic unlike its urban cousins to the south across the border. Somehow there is an air of optimism that pervades all the folks that come here and the foolish gawkers that inhabit and inhibit the other fests. Somehow all the festivities seem to slow the onset of fall/winter in this berg:  the movie god blessed Toronto Film Fest with good weather, good folks, and  good films even if the Canadian dollar moved closer to parity with our own.

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