Pick your flick
Every year in September, film stars flock to the Canadian city and it attracts thousands of tourists from all four corners of the globe. During the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), of which Air France is an official partner, there is no shortage of entertainment, including film screenings, special events and hip parties.
With over a hundred films on offer, you will be spoilt for choice to find one that is up your street! The TIFF website lists all the must-see screenings. So, what is in store this year? Some blockbusters are in the running for an award, such as Mowgli, directed by Andy Serkis (the wild Gollum in The Lord of the Rings) and Robin Hood by British director Otto Bathurst. In Hollywood, rumour has it that Toronto is a taste of things to come at the Oscars… Also much-awaited are several biopics such as First Man, a biography of Neil Armstrong directed by Damien Chazelle, famous in particular for La La Land, and Bohemian Rhapsody, a biographical film by Bryan Singer about the rock band Queen, focussing on the preparation for the legendary Live Aid concert in 1985.
Once you have chosen your film and booked your seats online, head to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a huge complex housing the main festival spaces. Inside the hallowed walls of this temple to cinema, you can even attend the closing ceremony by selecting a VIP pass. It promises to be a glitzy, star-studded evening that you will never forget.
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West
Toronto M5V 3X5
What can you do between screenings?
Toronto boasts one of the world's most varied cultural scenes, right outside the doors of the TIFF cinemas. Art lovers can wander through the rooms at the Design Exchange, the city's former stock exchange converted into a design museum. The rooms house almost 600 ground-breaking items, helping you to understand more about the creative history of the 20th century.
In the evening, you might like to dine in a gastronomic Canadian restaurant. Try Canoe; it is a culinary experience you just cannot miss. From its location on the 54th floor of a skyscraper, you get amazing views over the city as you enjoy the delights of the Pacific halibut with roasted rapini.
At Byblos, you may spot Hollywood celebrities sipping a delicious cocktail before sharing a selection of oriental-inspired dishes; braised lamb with figs and courgette flower with chickpea batter and house yogurt are just a couple of the myriad delights you will find waiting for you there.
66 Wellington St W
Toronto M5K 1H6
11 Duncan Street
Hobnobbing with the stars in Toronto's hippest bars
The TIFF Bell Lightbox is open until 4 a.m. for the party animals amongst you. You may even bump into a film star or two, here to celebrate an award. Otherwise, the rooftops of some venues are THE place to be for trendy special-event parties during the festival, such as the Thomson Hotel Toronto and the Lavelle bar, both of which have rooftop pools. There, you can dance the night away to the beat of internationally acclaimed DJs and admire the 360° views over the Canadian city.
Thomson Hotel Toronto
550 Wellington St W
627 King Street West