Northern exposure at Toronto

Film fest fraught with fetes

The Toronto Film Festival, currently being held (Sept. 5-14, 2002), drew crowds of stars and filmmakers looking to jumpstart their pic’s success.

Despite low expectations due to the poor film biz economy and 9/11, attendance was up. Critics even had a hard time getting into screenings.

While acqusitions heated up, stars like “Moonlight Mile’s” Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman, and Jake Gyllenhaal, schmoozed the crowd. Film bows, including “Phone Booth,” “White Oleander,” “Four Feathers,” “Welcome to Collingwood,” “Frida” and “Far From Heaven,” created plenty of partying opportuities for a bevy of celebrities.

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