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Pride or insecurity at the Toronto festival? “I don’t know, you tell me”

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FILM-TORONTO/If there’s one thing the (mostly local) media seems to do well at the Toronto International Film Festival,  it’s pestering filmmakers and stars with questions about Canada, Toronto, and the festival.

Call it the Sally Field complex.

There have been some lovely and flattering comments, of course — this is a film festival, after all. But what happens when the media doesn’t get the answer they want? They’re nothing if not persistent. Undaunted. Like a dog with a bone.

But if we’re squirming in our seats a bit by the third question, knowing they really have nothing especially enlightening to say, it’s really time to move on, no?

One local reporter clearly tested Robert De Niro’s patience during the press conference for “Stone”. De Niro offered some nice, polite words about the festival (“it’s a big festival, and a very good one obviously”), but admitted he hadn’t attended in over a decade and was only in town for just the day. The reporter doggedly pressed him no less than three times for his thoughts on TIFF. De Niro — not exactly known for his loquaciousness — seemed to search for words. Finally, he just said to the reporter: ”I don’t know, you tell me.”

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