TIFF: Food Inc., Valentino: Last Emperor

Food Inc.
While “Food Inc.” won’t turn you into a fasting monk subsiding on homegrown sprout, this film will certainly, at a bare minimum, have you reconsidering the source of your meals. The world premiere of “Food Inc.” was well attended and well received by a diverse audience.

On hand for a Q&A after the screening was the director Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, author of infamous “Fast Food Nation”, who is heavily featured in this searing new documentary exploring how modern developments in food production pose grave risks to our health and environment.

Director Kenner spoke about how when he started off making this film, the intention was to investigate how we eat in America, but when most of the major American food producers refused to participate, the direction turned to more of a crusade in exposing problems and naming monopolizing big business offenders.

Valentino: The Last Emperor
“Valentino: The Last Emperor” is a gorgeous, emotionally rich and surprisingly touching and funny look at one of the greatest arbiters of taste and 20th Century design, Italian designer Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani.

Focusing on the period between Valentino’s seventieth birthday and his final couture show, this engrossing documentary takes us into his lavish world and the beautifully complex relationship with his business partner, lover, best friend and confidante of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.

At the helm is director Matt Tyrnauer is a New York-based writer and filmmaker. He has worked for Spy magazine and The New York Observer, and is currently Special Correspondent of Vanity Fair.

For “Valentino: The Last Emperor”, his first feature documentary, he was granted liberal access to the couple and the business dealings of a rapidly changing fashion empire.

The elegant Valentino and his partner Giammetti where on hand for the special presentation, bringing the crowd at Toronto’s historic Wintergarden to its feet with cheers of ‘bravo’. It was a memorable night, even if you aren’t a follower of fashion.