My pics of “Eastern Boys” North American Premiere Q&A at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 I attended the highly anticipated North American Premiere of Eastern Boys at the Toronto International Film Festival. The screening took place at the Scotiabank Theatre. The film was a selection in the Contemporary World Cinema section.

New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal has long been known as a magnet for homeless kids looking for a handout, or even a warm bed. Many end up turning tricks on the street to get by. Cities across the globe have their equivalents, and in Paris it’s the Gare du Nord train station. Boys from Eastern Europe are drawn there for the promise of a better life. Some end up in porn. But, as in New York, many become hustlers and are fodder for (usually) older men looking for a quickie. One of those men, Daniel (French actor Oliver Rabourdin) spies a group of youngsters milling about on the street. They could be underage, but who knows (or cares)? One “teen” in particular, Marek (played by Russian newcomer Kirill Emelyanov) catches his eye. Daniel is looking for a casual encounter, but ends up getting much more than he bargained for.        

For more see my full-length review.

Writer/director/editor Ron Campillo was brought onstage by Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, to introduce the film. After the screening, Campillo returned for a fascinating and informative Q&A session.

Here are some pictures I shot during the intro and Q&A:

GALLERY (24 photos)


NOTE: I selected Eastern Boys for my Toronto International Film Festival Top Picks.


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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