TIFF 2019 Day #1

Sorry for the radio silence, but we are back!! Not only that but we are in Toronto for the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.  Last night we saw two movies, attended one Q & A, had several close encounters with celebrities and had a delicious dinner.

I Am Woman - The GBY

I Am Woman

Our first screening was I Am Woman at the Elgin Theater.  We got there just in time to see Danielle Macdonald (Dumplin’), Evan Peters, Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Hotel Mumbai) and writer Emma Jenson (Mary Shelley) arrive and the crazy fans clamoring for autographs.   It was a moving biopic about Helen Reddy, her struggle for stardom, relationships and her interest in equality.  The story seemed a little glossed over, but the music brought back a lot of memories.

Our Rating for “I Am Woman”

3.5 Cupcakes - The GBY

“I Am Woman” Press Conference at TIFF 2019


We scooted over to Queen Mother Cafe, a Thai restaurant on Queen Street West.  We got the recommendation for some guys sitting next to us at Luma, one of our favorite bars, the night before.   Relying on the recommendation from the waitress, we all had a lovely meal of Khao Soy Gai and Ping Gai. Then we were off to our next film.


The Personal History of David Copperfield - The GBY

The Personal History of David Copperfield

We sat in the balcony of the Princess of Wales Theater, the walk was far but the seats weren’t bad.  This is our fifth year at TIFF, and we have seen Dev Patel at four of the festivals.  This year The Personal History of David Copperfield was a more upbeat version of the Charles Dickens classic.  Director Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin) said that he wanted to bring out the humor of the book and not dwell on the sorrow.   I thought is was a fresher and more modern period film though it could be a bit confusing having not read the book.

Our Rating for “The Personal History of David Copperfield”

3 Cupcakes - The GBY

TIFF Q & A for “The Personal History of David Copperfield”


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