#TIFF15: DAY 3 SPOTTINGS – EDDIE REDMAYNE, TOM HIDDLESTON, SUSAN SARANDON, SARAH SILVERMAN, LUKE EVANS, EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI, BRYAN CRANSTON, JESSICA CHASTAIN, EMILY BLUNT, MATT DAMON, GEOFFREY RUSH, DANIKA YAROSH, DOMINIC SHERWOOD, KATHERINE MCNAMARA + MORE!
Although the rain repeatedly held us back, we gained a bit of star-spotting momentum midday. Here’s some snaps from the rain-filled first Saturday of the Festival! Brrr.
Matt Damon. Lightning strikes twice and despite hearing rumours he was flying back to Europe to film the latest Bourne installment, we can confirm we saw him right before our eyes again heading to the Entertainment Weekly party!
Joel Edgerton. The shaved-headed Australian Actor/Filmmaker is at TIFF ’15 with Black Mass, also starring Johnny Depp.
Jean-Marc Vallée. We love Dallas Buyers Club and it was a great pleasure meeting finally the Canadian Filmmaker who created that masterpiece. He was represented by Opening Night Gala Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Dominic Sherwood, Katherine McNamara + Alberto Rosende. The three stars of upcoming Toronto-filmed TV Series Shadowhunters were out partying together at the Entertainment Weekly party earlier.
This adorable kid will steal your hearts in Thriller, Room. Jacob Tremblay, everybody!
Geoffrey Rush, screen legend, here this year with The Daughter.
Emily Blunt. She’s done few photos with Fans oddly this year. Not sure why? She looks amazing and was out alone earlier at the Entertainment Weekly party.
Jeff Daniels, quietly making an exit from the Entertainment Weekly party. He is here for The Martian.
We love emerging talent and this young actress Danika Yarosh got lots of exposure on hit series Shameless. She is here filming Heroes Reborn, which premiered at TIFF‘s new TV Programme.
Former TIFF Rising Star Mackenzie Davis is set for the big time and she stars in The Martian.
Bryan Cranston. The Trumbo star will wow you bigtime with his performance in that TIFF ’15 selection.
Our George Kozera attended the Premiere of He Named Me Malala by Davis Guggenheim at Ryerson Theatre and the response was unanimously positive for the Documentary. A Skype session with young activist Malala Yousafzai herself was held in the Q&A.
Eddie Redmayne at TIFF ’15 for The Danish Girl. Johnny Depp showed-up to his Premiere in support of partner Amber Heard who has a supporting role in the Film!
Toronto’s Emmanuelle Chriqui at TIFF ’15 for The Steps.
Luke Evans at TIFF ’15 for High-Rise.
Sarah Gadon at the In-Style Magazine party, TIFF ’15.
Patrick Stewart, who stars in Green Room at TIFF ’15, blowing Fans a kiss.
Harry Potter star Clémence Poésy at TIFF ’15 for The Ones Below.
Potential James Bond, Idris Elba at TIFF ’15 for Beasts of No Nation.
Ben Foster at TIFF ’15 for The Program, a Film about the Lance Armstrong scandal.
Michael Shannon at TIFF ’15 for Freeheld.
Susan Sarandon at TIFF ’15 for About Ray.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#TIFF15: “THE DAUGHTER”
Based on the his play The Wild Duck, Australian Theatre Director/Writer/Actor Simon Stone‘s The Daughter offers a modernization of the award-winning production. The Drama centers on two childhood friends, Christian (Paul Schneider) and Oliver (Ewen Leslie) as they reunite. A recovering alcoholic, Christian returns home for his estranged father Henry‘s (Geoffrey Rush) wedding to a woman half his age. Upon reuniting, we realize that there are buried tensions between son and father. We meet also Oliver‘s wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto) and their teenage daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young). This reunion, which should be a joyous affair, culminates in great tension with a deep, dark, buried history. Combined with the fact that Henry is forced to close his mill, which employs Oliver and several others in their town, leads to the untangling of a web of secrets and lies which if uncovered, could prove detrimental to all involved.
Despite building-up in unsuspecting enough a manner, The Daughter veers sharply to melodrama late, becoming a full-on theatrical tragedy. And this inconsistency tonally is a little off-putting even with some sprinkles of foreshadowing earlier on. That being said, young talent Odeya Young actually is quite a presence, and it is quite easy to sympathize with her as her world unravels. Australian actor Ewen Leslie begins as the easy Oliver and he transforms also his world unravels, doing so with great commitment. Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush sadly is underutilized and we wish there was a bit more development on his Henry.
Certainly not the feel-good Movie of TIFF ’15, The Daughter should still find an audience at the Festival for those looking for something more emotionally-heavy.
Mongrel Media release THE DAUGHTER, which screen at TIFF ’15:
Fri Sep 11 5:00 PM
WINTER GARDEN THEATRE
Sat Sep 12 8:45 AM
ISABEL BADER THEATRE
#FIRSTLOOK: 2014 ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW
The third edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival kicks-off this Thursday, June 12 and runs through Friday, June 20, 2014 throughout Toronto, Vaughan, Hamilton, Quebec City and Montreal! We had a chance to preview a couple of the Festival’s Marquee Titles including the Opening Night Gala, THE BEST OFFER which stars Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess and Sylvia Hoeks and BLAME FREUD, a Box Office Smash in Italy.
THE BEST OFFER
Geoffrey Rush delivers one of his best performances in recent years as a Master Auctioneer named Virgil who becomes obsessed with a mysterious Heiress, Claire (Hoeks), who hires him to auction off some high-end Art and Antiques. The two form an unlikely bond with the help of Robert (Sturgess), who is enlisted to take mechanical parts among Claire‘s inherited belongings, building an Automaton. All the while, Virgil’s Friend Billy (Sutherland) secretly helps him acquire a collection of Master Paintings, which could jeopardize everything he has worked for. Meticulously-stylized and undeniably suspenseful, the Film with its patient precision handling from Director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) is a fittingly prestigious kick-off to the Festival.
Watch the Trailer:
Originally titled Tutta colpa di Freud, this Romantic-Comedy from Paolo Genovese, offers a light-hearted Alternative at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival. The Tale about a Father’s wish for his three Daughters to find love with only the top percentile of Men, is a celebration of love in all its forms, giving validity to the statement that love just happens. One by one we see his Daughters veer off on their own tangents, while he too finds himself falling for someone he’d never have guessed he would! The right combination of charming, scandalous and stimulating to the eyes, make Blame Freud an obvious choice to see at the Festival!
See the Trailer below:
Vittoria Puccini, Stephen Baldwin, Carlo Verdone, Paolo Genovese Nick Mancuso, Enrico Brignano and more are expected to be in attendance this year!
More on the ICFF including Tickets, Venues, Showtimes and Films here!
(Photo credit: Warner Bros.)