Every year, February is the month when the very beautiful Ice Fest takes place in Toronto. February is also the month when Elio Dell’Unto, Canadian producer who works with me from 28 years and President of our Film Festival’s Jury, and I celebrate our birthdays. Elio’s birthday is on February 14th, the same day of San Valentine, and mine is on February 15th.
The Ice Fest takes place in Yorkville, an area where a wonderful village used to be located in the old times, that is now the center of Toronto. My late friend, the great architect Boris Zerafa, had the vision to transform the old mews of the village, the old stables where the carriage riders put their horses to sleep, into a very elegant retail and residential area. Yorkville is one of the best parts of Toronto and, for many years, it was the base of the Toronto Film Industry.
I live in Toronto for more than 30 years, few steps from Yorkville, and I have a lot of great memories about the village. I shot some part of my first Canadian film “Maybe” in Yorkville, Yorkville was the old center of the Toronto Film Festival and, for several years, every meeting between filmmakers and/or between filmmakers and film investors was always taking place in Yorkville. Many years ago, we the filmmakers, used to go for a drinks at Hemingway’s, for a bite at Sassafraz and we cut our hair at the Roman Empire, or at Tony&Guy the Yorkville hairdressers.
This year, Elio Dell’Unto went to visit the Ice Fest and sent me the pictures that I post here because the Fest is dedicated to the film industry and the important role the industry had in Toronto, for many years, and still has.
So, Happy Birthday to Elio! I hope that you all enjoy the pictures of the Ice Sculptures, here they are: