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2005 04 03
Reading the Festival - 5
imageKieslowski had just finished his monumental 10 part "Decalogue" and we were lucky enough to have secured the North American premiere of the entire series. While Kieslowski was known in festival circles in Europe, he was completely unknown in North America. When we announced his name as our "Spotlight" director, it drew puzzled looks. A Polish director - how important - or good - could he be. Being in ten parts, we decided to programme one episode a day throughout the ten days of the festival - in the Showcase. The cinema held about 500 people, large-ish, especially for an unknown director. Attendance on the first day was spotty, about 100 people. By the second day, it had grown. In those days, we did not have a single ticketing system so everyone lined up for the films they wanted to see, which meant word-of-mouth was important. By the third day the place was almost full. After that sell-outs were the order of the day.
[email this story] Posted by Piers Handling / Toronto Int'l Film Festival on 04/03 at 08:58 AM

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