TIFF 2006 - #12 | Golden Door

Just came back from watching “Golden Door” (“Nuovomondo”)… It was all worth it to wake up at 6:00am this morning to collect the tickets from the box office at 7:00am!!!

This production of Italy and France is about a Sicilian family at the turn the 20th century, almost killing themselves to move to America, what they call “the new world”… The movie depicted the struggles of simple villagers and their distorted vision of what America had to offer to immigrants... The Italian director, Emanuele Crialese, who was also present today, did a great job in directing the old Sicilian ladies and kids and was proud to be at the Toronto International Film Festival, screening his film for the first time in North America (woohoo, premiere!)… Charlotte Gainsbourg (as Lucia), one of my favorite actresses and one of the main reasons for me going to this film, was stunning…

Watching the film at the Elgin (Visa Screening Room) was an added bonus… I just love this old theatre… It’s so full of character and opulent charisma…

More to come…

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