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TIFF’14: Fundraising gala offers an evening with Al Pacino

Al Pacino is the star attraction for TIFF Sept. 3 gala.
Al Pacino is the star attraction for TIFF Sept. 3 gala.

Meet Al Pacino. The opportunity exists for anyone attending the Toronto International Film Festival’s third annual fundraising gala taking place on the eve of the Festival, Sept. 3, at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

The night belongs to Pacino who, in addition to his onstage conversation (TIFF has yet to reveal who will interview him), will mingle with patrons during the cocktail dinatoire that follows. Catered by TIFF’s resident food services company Oliver and Bonacini, the party will float throughout the TIFF Bell Lightbox building, from the red carpeted lobby to the rooftop terrace of Malaparte.

Pacino has been a movie star since the 1970s when he first played Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.” He famously reprised the role in two sequels. Along with iconic performances in “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” and “And Justice For All” he embodied passionate, outspoken characters with an intensity that established his acting style and reputation for decades to come.

In addition to his role as Festival fundraiser and charming cocktail party guest, Pacino will attend red carpet premieres for his two latest films, both of which take place during the Festival. In “The Humbling” (VVS Films) and “Mangelhorn” he conveys aging male anxiety encompassing fear, regret, and dementia, in stories wrought with loss and diminishing prospects.

Tickets for the Pacino party are $1500 per person with a limited number available. Proceeds enable TIFF to continue free, community-based, year-round activities like Reel Comfort and Pocket Fund which benefit targeted audiences not otherwise able to attend screenings or participate in TIFF’s educational and cultural programming.

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 4-14, 2014. See you at the movies.