Air France is the official airline of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival


Air France announced it will be the Official Airline of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, (TIFF). This is the first time the airline partners as a sponsor of the Festival, whose 42nd edition runs from September 7 to 17.

During the Festival, Air France will welcome Festival-goers at the Air Bistro Paris on Festival Street, a pedestrian promenade featuring free film, music, interactive activations, and extended restaurant patios, from September 7 to 10. The Paris bistro–type experience will include macarons and (non-alcoholic) bubbly.

Passers-by will be able to try their chance at winning two fabulous French experiences. The first prize is the Air France “Win a trip to Cannes Festival 2018” contest, which includes two Business-class tickets from Toronto to Nice on Air France; one night at Cannes’ five-star Carleton hotel; and a four-night stay at Club Med’s Opio Resort in Provence. This prize also features the famous walk up the red-carpet stairs at the French Festival, which will take place in May 2018. The second prize will take the winners to Paris on board Air France in Business class for a five-night stay at a five-star hotel, and includes a spa treatment, dinner for two and a visit to the famous Harcourt Studios.

Cinema has been part of Air France’s DNA and an essential part of the travel experience since the airline screened its first in-flight film in 1966. This reflects Air France’s commitment to support and promote the cinematic arts. Air France operates one of the largest movie theatres in the world on the 38,000 personal screens that equip its long-haul fleet through a rich and diverse selection of up to 1,200 hours of video on demand.

Air France’s inflight film offering caters to a wide audience, with new releases being added each month, ranging from French-language and international movies, to comedies and dramas, and animated features for children.  The 10-language programming also spans a selection of feature films screened in their original version to reflect the tastes and cultures of its clientele, which is more than 50 % international.

Air France flies daily to Toronto Pearson airport providing service in Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

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Khushboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla Breakout Talent With Their Documentary – An Insignificant Man TIFF16

“Fed up with elections? Run to AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN at TIFF. An extraordinary doc about an ordinary man who changed democracy for good in New Delhi. My prediction for People’s Choice Award at TIFF! I couldn’t stop cheering!!! – Suzanne Holmes Rutherford

Now how often is it that you know someone from high school, with whom you have only had Facebook communication  and there they are in person after all those years at the Toronto International Film Festival to see Khushboo Ranka, snd Vinay Shukla’s film a political thriller, roller coaster ride from-get-go that has a great buildup to the end ‘An Insignificant Man’ .

Now I’ll tell you what I did after the film when I saw the directors Khushboo and Vinay, I said to them “I just want to hug you”. Because this a brilliant and it inspired me. I told them flat-out, “David Bowie would have loved the both of you”.

I am not going to say more because I am going to let Suzanne Holmes Rutherford tell you what she thought of the film, and she had driven a long way to see this film.

Tim, sometimes genius shows up in amazing splendour straight out of the gate. First-time directors Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla!!! Stunning debut parallel to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Good Will Hunting – I would say.
I was the first one to hand in my ticket to Lina to vote for People’s Choice Award:) When I moved from my seat over to the side, I had the opportunity to congratulate Abhinav Tyagi, one of the editors, on a very brilliant and beautiful film.
I commented to him that the timing of its premiere on the eve of the US elections could not have been more perfect, nor provided a starker contrast to the players south of the border.
I also was able to say a few words (before the receiving line rush) to director Khushboo Ranka, thanking her for her perseverance in showing up to film every day for a year and a half, and for her humility in making herself invisible in order to serve this incredible story.
Further thoughts. The brilliance of Khushboo and Vinay reveals itself from start to finish: in reading the political waters, perceiving something new and radical in Arvind’s/AAP party, and very early on approaching the AAP camp to be their videographers. This brilliance is then matched by the sheer dogged persistence and bravery of hundreds of days of filming, and then the equal slog of the ingenious editing 400 hours of footage plus news reels into what blew us all away last night. The stupendous success of their crowd funding (600% of request) builds on the humble but wildly successful door-to -door-everyone-has-a-voice message of this doc.
I predict multiple nominations and awards.

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Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Go ‘ LA LA LAND ‘ At TIFF16

We made this movie for the big screen – Ryan Gosling

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LUPITA NYONG’O Rocks The ‘Queen Of Katwe ‘ Red Carpet TIFF16

How to rock the red carpet with Lupita Nyong’o at the Queen Of Katwe premiere .

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TIFF14 – Shemar Moore meets David Bowie – ‘Criminal Minds and Criminal World’


I have never seen Shemar Moore in ‘Criminal Minds’ , but all I can say is that my mother for whom the show is like a good fix she has nothing but nice things to say about Moore and what a good speaker he is. David Bowie covered a song by Peter Godwin ‘Criminal World’.   It took The Toronto International Film Festival to bring them together in the lobby of The Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Someone whom I have come to know Peter Godwin is a new wave musician who was part of the band Metro, as well as a solo artist and songwriter.  Peter was introduced to me by NJ Taylor a singer, songwriter, in Montreal.  She had sent me a text about Godwin this guy who I must meet because I am making a film David Bowie Is Around The World and she told me in a very excited manner and guess what David Bowie covered Godwin’s song ‘Criminal World’ .  Naturally I said yes I want to meet Godwin, because I know Bowie he is just not about to cover anyone unless there is something about their work that is speaking to him.

N.J. Taylor , Shemar Moore and David Bowie ( well the Bowie paddle ) anyway are all at the Toronto film festival, it’s one of those once of a lifetime and less than six degrees of separation moment coming together and no one could have planned this better.

Here are both versions of Godwin’s song ‘Criminal World’.

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