Fulfilling the promise of taking more attention on serious personal, political, and emotional drama, the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival got it right in choosing one that fits the bill by screening "Fugitive Pieces" to mark its opening on Thursday, September 6.
A cautionary tale about the lasting impact of deeds, good or bad, through the eyes of a boy suffering from Holocaust survivor guilt, the picture was screened at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall as opening night gala presentation with producer Robert Lantos, director Jeremy Podeswa, and cast members of the film all coming.
"It demonstrates the best of what people are capable of, their boundless capacity for love, for generosity and self-sacrifice even in the most difficult of circumstances," Podeswa described the movie to audiences.
The tenth film produced by Lantos to open the annually-held festival, "Pieces" is an adaptation of a 1996 novel by Canadian poet Anne Michaels about a Holocaust survivor named Jakob Beer. Witnessing the murders of his family members as a young boy, Beer grows into adulthood coping with their deaths and despite his emotional scars, learns to show generosity and kindness to others.
Elsewhere in Toronto, Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster dropped by at Ryerson Theatre to attend the world premiere of her latest starring vehicle "The Brave One", which got screened as part of the festival's Special Presentation program. Other Hollywood notable names such as Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, and Sean Penn are expected to also be present over the next ten days to promote their movies at the prestigious film event.