Sunday may have marked the official end of this year’s Toronto International FIlm Festival, but the increasingly top-heavy affair unofficially ended early last week, when all the highest profile films had already screened, and their accompanying talent had skipped town. So while our first weekend involved breathlessly sprinting from screenings, to interviews, to parties, and still only meeting half our commitments, this past week was spent stealing sandwiches from the media lounge and reflecting on the week that was. Here, our highlights and lowlights from Toronto. See you next year!
Biggest breakout potential
Most of gen pop haven’t heard of Spring Breakers. Annapurna pictures—run by of-the-moment producer Megan Ellison (and daughter of Oracle’s Larry Ellison)—will look to change that with its acquisition and eventual release of Harmony Korine’s twisted tale of adolescent ennui, starring the bikini-clad, gun-toting trio of Selena Gomez, Vanessa Gudgens, and Ashley Benson in image-shattering performances. The buzz on this one had become so bloated by the festival’s end, that at least 200 journalists were turned away at its final screening. Mark our words: Everyone and their little sister will be talking about Spring Breakers by year’s end.