Saturday night was probably one of the busiest nights at TIFF this year, and stars were spotted all over Toronto.
Cactus Club Cafe
Cactus Club Cafe hosted a private party for the world premiere of the film The Hummingbird Project.
Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated, Montreal-born Kim Nguyen, the film stars Salma Hayek, Alexander Skarsgård, Jesse Eisenberg and Michael Mando in this thriller which sees two scheming cousins try to build a tunnel from Kansas to New Jersey in an effort to gain a one-millisecond edge on transactions at the New York Stock Exchange.
They were all spotted at the party.
Soho House Toronto
Meanwhile at Soho House Toronto, a celebration for the international premiere of The Front Runner, a biopic about the downfall of US Senator Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign, saw the cast at the hot spot. Those at the party included director Jason Reitman, along with Hugh Jackman, Kaitlyn Dever, Steve Zissis, Mark O’Brien, Chris Coy, and Sara Paxton.
RBC House also hosted the premiere parties of Everybody Knows and Farming.
First at Everybody Knows, stars Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz along with director Asghar Farhadi spent the evening tucked in their corner booth catching up over cocktails while listening to live Spanish music, transporting the entire party to the set of the film.
Later in the evening, the cast of Farming, starring Kate Beckinsale and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje celebrated inside RBC House with an energetic and excited crowd.
It was another busy day at Bisha. Among the stars spotted at the location were Annette Bening, Colin Farrell, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya, Elizabeth Debicki, Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patino, Lorenza Izzo, Mandy Patinkin, Michelle Rodriguez, Olivia Cooke, Robert Duvall, Sergio Meris-Mencheta, Jaime Ray Newman, and Olivia Munn.
And Patria celebrated North American premiere of The Sisters Brothers. Directed by Jacques Audiard, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly in this 1850s western based on the adaptation of Patrick deWitt’s award-winning novel about an infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers. After a screening at the Princess of Wales Theatre, the cast including Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Riz Ahmed, Rebecca Root, Carol Kane and Creed Bratton were spotted at Patria.
Autograph Collection Hotels transformed the always-buzzed-about Mongrel House at TIFF this year, and hosted cocktails to celebrate Maggie Gyllenhaal as newly-appointed Independent Film Advisor for the Brand’s Indie Film Project.
Gyllenhaal proudly spoke on the importance of female voices in the industry, before introducing her friend Martha Wainwright, who performed songs for the intimate crowd.
House of Aurora
At the Creative Coalition dinner, Olivia Munn broke her silence with a moving and emotional speech following the controversy she stirred around her new film Predator, which just premiered at TIFF. During her 12- minute acceptance speech for the Spotlight Initiative Award, Munn addressed the controversy, taking aim at the director, the cast and Hollywood for not supporting her regarding scenes which featured an actor who is a registered sex offender. The scenes were removed from the final cut.
The dinner honoured Munn along with Mandy Patinkin (Life Itself, “Homeland”) and Dan Fogelman (Life Itself, “This Is Us”).
Later in the evening, the Premiere party for Entertainment One’s Wild Rose got underway with all the cast members attending, including Jessie Buckley, Julie Walter and Sophie Okonedo, along with actors Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson.