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Late last Saturday afternoon, deep into the third day of the Toronto International Film Festival, I walked into a small caf in the lobby of Le Germain Hotel on Mercer Street, between 40 storey condominiums and the canada goose outlet toronto location offices of an independent film distributor, and nearly collided with Robert Pattinson, who was chatting with Willem Dafoe. It was a reception, cocktails and canaps for the premiere cheap canada goose of The Lighthouse, a sombre black and white horror movie whose director, Robert Eggers, stood looking sombre himself by the bar, clutching a martini.The party was hosted by Variety, on the cover of whose latest issue Pattinson moodily glowered. A copy of the cover canada goose outlet 2015 had been blown up and mounted on the back wall. Slowly, with patience and good humour, Pattinson circulated canada goose leeds uk the room, shaking hands and making conversation. “He seems like a genuinely nice guy,” somebody said. He really did. These kinds of parties the kinds where movie stars fraternize with strangers and where canada goose outlet uk sale flutes of Champagne may be plucked from trays necessitate an impression of exclusivity. And of course, part of the appeal of getting in is the understanding that many other people can’t.Christian Bale attends RBC hosted Ford v Ferrari cocktail party at RBC House.Sonia Recchia/Getty Images for RBCThey say TIFF is the People’s Festival, and though it may sound counterintuitive, the private receptions and swank parties are an essential component of that image. It’s a seductive idea: TIFF is a place where Robert Pattinson drinks wine in hotel bars even if only a select group of journalists, movie producers and executives from the sponsoring banks and telecom companies are welcome to join him. The vague air of excitement TIFF is uniquely able to cultivate for 11 days in September is a result of a whole lot of posh social gatherings attended by the tiniest percentage of festivalgoers and one or two celebrities at a time. That Pattinson has been spotted at a caf on Mercer St., near an old comedy club and an A and all the other mundane detritus of a city where famous people aren’t often seen wandering around, seems impossibly thrilling and glamorous. The parties are how TIFF makes Toronto seem cool.Katherine, a journalist from Vancouver, sipped canada goose uk telephone number an Old Fashioned and wondered aloud where Willem Dafoe went. She’d interviewed him briefly at a canada goose langford black friday junket a couple of years ago and had found him charming; it was a dream of hers, she said, to have a beer with him, and now seemed like maybe the right time. I wondered what I might say to Dafoe. Or to Pattinson. It occurred to me I canada goose garson vest uk didn’t have anything to say to either of them, really, and would almost definitely settle on something to the effect of, “Pardon me, but I’m a big fan” the last thing anyone wants to say to a famous person and for most of us invariably the first thing that comes to mind. You would like, meeting a celebrity, to strike them as dazzling and witty, to make an immediate impression. You won’t. The best you can hope for is that you won’t embarrass yourself too badly.Two years ago, at an after party for the communist satire The Death of Stalin, I drank too many complimentary screwdrivers and decided it would be a wise idea to talk to Steve Buscemi. It was not a wise idea to talk cheap canada goose gilet to Steve Buscemi. Jake, a friend and colleague in town to cover the festival from Atlanta, urged me not to drag him over there, as we stood observing from a comfortable distance. “Jake,” I said sternly. “It’s Steve Buscemi. How many times canada goose sale uk mens will we have this canada goose coats on sale opportunity? We’ve got to say something.”Building the requisite nerve, and trying very unsuccessfully to appear casual, we managed to blurt out a few words of generic adulation. He asked us if we had seen the film. We admitted we hadn’t. He asked us what we did for a living. We timidly said we were film critics. “You know, you should really meet this guy, he’s a composer,” Steve said, directing us to a man standing nearby, plainly bewildered by the connection. As we started to shake hands with the composer, Steve excused himself and walked away. Jake and I never saw him again.Yann Demange, Matthew McConaughey, RJ Cyler and Jonathan Majors attend canada goose black friday fake RBC hosted White Boy Rick cocktail party at RBC House Toronto during TIFF 2018.Sonia Recchia/Getty Images for RBCIt’s difficult to remember, confronted with the graciousness of celebrities in such an intimate setting, that being polite to strangers at cocktail parties is part of their job. Because, in the same way that the presence of movie stars at parties confers on TIFF an aura of glamour, it can create within the atmosphere of the party a certain illusion of closeness and familiarity, as if sharing small talk canada goose outlet authentic over cocktails and canaps with celebrities was tantamount to sharing a confidence with a friend. Proximity is alluring, especially in a sociable, highly exclusive setting; certainly the warm conversation and easy laughter you often find at the festival after party seems deeper, more personal, than the red carpet sightings and glimpses among paparazzi that form the sum total of the average moviegoer’s encounters with celebrities at TIFF. What you forget is that it amounts to the same thing, in a different context. The movie stars are working, whether waving to fans outside the Elgin or chatting with a luckier few over music near the open bar.Every year, during the festival, the RBC House a multi storey pop up venue beside Byblos on Duncan St. downtown becomes the paragon of fashionable party hotspots, hosting closed list canada goose outlet belgium receptions and late night soires. Invitations to these gatherings are more exuberantly sought after than any other ticket in town.From Titanic to Taxi Driver, TIFF filmmakers share canada goose outlet vancouver the works that inspired themThe images in Cline Sciamma Portrait of a Lady on Fire have mesmerized festival audiencesOn Thursday, on the opening night of the festival and, indeed, at the same time as the festival’s official opening night party, RBC House hosted a five star blowout with the record label OVO, for which the R duo Majid Jordan performed an unusually intimate set. On the nights that followed, the Arkells played Motown covers to an ecstatic crowd of perhaps three dozen, while later Danny DeVito, Allison Janney and Rene Zellweger, among many others, smilingly worked the room. It’s infectious, milling about around a nightly cast of luminaries, feeling inducted for a short time into a higher caste. When you go to the bathroom, and Ray canada goose outlet Romano is washing his hands, it somehow ceases to matter whether you actually care specifically about Ray Romano. You are among the famous. That is intoxicating enough.The festival of celebrity parties is very different than, say, the festival of Wavelengths screenings, where encounters with A list movie stars is exchanged for encounters with challenging, provocative art. For all the organization’s shortcomings, it is truly amazing that TIFF accommodates both. I loved Martin Eden, with its exquisite 16mm photography and manic intellectual energy; I was eager canada goose outlet website legit to think about it, and talk about it, and write about it. That, for me, is TIFF. It is the essence of a major international film festival. But the fact is that the other stuff is TIFF, too. The elegant soires, the complimentary cocktails, the shoulder rubbing with the vaunted elite: This is also the essence of an international film festival; no less than the films, indispensable to its success.

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