By Jim Slotek
Danny Aiello sang a lounge number, Franco Nero did stand-up comedy, Giancarlo Giannini said a few gracious words. And tireless, self-promoting low-budget filmmaker D'Angelo (Sicilian Vampire) even got up and bellowed Just A Gigolo (sorry, we failed to capture that last one)
It was a free-spirited, at times joyously-cheesy, memorable evening.
On the film side, my fellow Toronto Film Critics Association jurors and I chose Fiore (Flower) - Claudio Giovannesi's affecting film about a teenage girl in a reformatory - as best film. The People's Choice Award went to In Guerra Per Amore (At War With Love) - a romantic-comedy set amid the U.S. military's deal-making with the Mafia to help take back Sicily from the Nazis.
Original-Cin heartily recommends both movies. And we hope you enjoy the entertainment.
Jim Slotek is a former Toronto Sun columnist, movie critic, TV critic and comedy beat reporter. He’s been a scriptwriter for the NHL Awards, Gemini Awards and documentaries, and was nominated for a Gemini Award for comedy writing on a special (the NHL Awards). Prior to the Sun, he worked at the Ottawa Citizen as an entertainment reporter.