The big news coming out of the gates for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival is that the annual TIFF Soirée is being honoured by the presence of Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee, Mr. Michael Fassbender. TIFF Soirée not only kicks off the festival each year, but is also a high-profile fundraiser extravagant and lavish enough to be crashed by a Batman villain. The event comes with a price tag that ranges from $350 to $7,500 with, naturally, varying accessibility and options the higher the dollars climb. Fassbender is on hand for an onstage conversation (no one does interviews anymore). No word as to who will be conducting the conversation. It’s not me, I checked. Likely this one will go to either a TIFF heavy-weight or wrangle in a notable Toronto filmmaker (I’d like to see Matt Johnson covering this one).
Likely you don’t need much of a breakdown of Michael Fassbender’s pedegree but it’s always fun to mention specific cinematic highlights (and Fassbender’s work is almost all highlights) like 12 YEARS A SLAVE, HUNGER, STEVE JOBS and the highly polarizing but, to my thinking, the best film about the fallout of sexual abuse, SHAME. It would be worth the high-end ticket price just for the chance to ask Fassbender about SHAME even if it is in a packed theatre filled with people who can barely contain their laughter because I ‘d be tripping over every single syllable trying to spit out my question.
The evening takes place at the Bell Lightbox and includes dancing on the terrace to the spins of DJ Kardinal Offishall as well as soul-jazz pop singer Chloe Charles.
All this happens Wednesday September 7 at 7 pm. (Darn, I think I promised my daughter I’d take her to see SUICIDE SQUAD that night).
Tickets are currently on sale for TIFF members
Tickets go on sale for the general public on July 27.
For tickets and information please visit tiff.net.
Michael Fassbender photo courtesy of TIFF