It’s kind of a sad commentary when the opening night gala, a Canadian-made, Toronto-set film, attracts so few journalists to its press conference that the ones who are there have to be told to move up, so it doesn’t look like the room is empty.
But that’s what happened at the presser for Fugitive Pieces, Jeremy Podeswa’s gorgeous adaptation of Anne Michaels’s equally gorgeous book.
Most of the cast was in attendance, including little Robbie Kay, who plays the young Jakob Beer, and looked a tad overwhelmed by all the flashes going off in his face.
Rosamund Pike turned out to be the most thoughtful and well-spoken of the actors; she spoke slowly in her deep voice about how much she’d have liked to play both the female parts in the film: Alex, Jakob’s first wife (the role she actually played) and Mychaela, his true love (played by Ayelet Zurer).
“I loved Alex’s wit,” she said, flashing the red soles of her Louboutin shoes. “I was sorry more of it didn’t translate onto the screen.”
That was one of the few regrets expressed the whole day. Declining the moderator’s frequent invitations to dish about behind-the-scenes conflict, Podeswa and Michaels gushed over each other’s work.
“One of the golden rules is speak only when spoken to,” Michaels said. “You give your utmost respect and trust to someone working in another medium.”
Producer Robert Lantos had another explanation for the on-set camaraderie: “The Greek sun helped with the conflicts.”