TIFF 2022: Glamour, glitz and best moments from this year’s star-studded festival | TBEN News

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The Toronto International Film Festival 2022 has come and gone faster than you can tell The Banshees of Inisherin.

For the first time in two years, TIFF personally welcomed celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Jessica Chastain, Kate Hudson, Eddie Redmayne and Seth Rogen back to King Street West – a place of chaos and Harry Styles fans camped for hours. outside to catch a glimpse of the pop star.

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Buzzy movies like Glass Onion, the fables and women talk triumphed, while Weird: The Story of Al Yankovic, The People’s Joker and my police officer made headlines.

But audiences and reporters alike were taken aback by the ticket sales issues ahead of the festival’s 10-day run, with organizers introducing a new system for getting people to downtown Toronto theaters, and some impressions let moviegoers in without tickets.

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Yes, the 47th edition of the famed party was a star-studded whirlwind of red carpet moments, rambunctious displays and the odd scandal — and TBEN News was on hand for everything. Most of it anyway.

Red carpet moments

  • Movie Star Behavior: After waving to the crowd outside, Daniel Craig stormed down the red carpet for the whodunit sequel Glass Onion: A knives from mystery wearing sunglasses, chewing gum and asking questions like a bullet-dodging secret agent. But the actor smiled just moments later and presented the film on stage for its world premiere.

Hugh Jackman walks the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival for The Son on September 12. (Evan Mitsui/TBEN)
  • While singer Harry Styles skipped interviews to pose with his many fans and take red carpet photos (in an excellent green coat, carrying a Gucci handbag), his my police officer colleagues sang his praises. “I’m very flattered to be the older Harry Styles,” said Linus Roache, who plays the older version of Styles’ character. “I’m waiting for him to invite me to tour with him.”

  • Sheila McCarthy, a force in Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley’s women talkexcitedly told reporters on the red carpet that she was wearing her wedding dress: a long dress with a black bodice and a dreamy white skirt.

  • The good nurseEddie Redmayne said he and co-star Jessica Chastain became very close while filming the medical thriller. The Oscar winners had “known each other socially, what you do in acting … you meet on the couches of talk shows and you get publicly humiliated together,” he joked.



  • Hugh Jackman, star of The son, earned some serious “man of the people” points after a full 30 minutes of talking to fans and then another 30 to reporters at the drama’s premiere. (That’s an eternity in red carpet days.) Jackman made his way through the crowd, grinning from ear to ear. How do you say “human” in Australian?

  • The children of Seaside Hockey – local hockey program for black youth – gathered on the black ice red carpet and excitedly posed for a photo, yelling, “Seaside!” The young team appears in the documentary about the history of anti-black racism in Canada’s favorite pastime.

  • Making its way across the carpet for war drama DedicationJonathan Majors put his hand on TBEN reporter Jackson Weaver’s shoulder, pulled him to him and asked him what he thought of the film: “Tell me what you think. Right now: 1 in 10. Go!”

Harry Styles attends the premiere of My Policeman during TIFF at the Princess of Wales Theater on September 11. The pop star plays a gay closet man who lives in the intolerant England of the 1950s. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Celebrities and Opportunities

  • Nightmare Scenario: Alice dear star Anna Kendrick got stuck in an elevator hours before a TIFF performance and happily documented it on Instagram. (It’s unclear if the people trapped with her enjoyed the viral moment as much as she did.) The group was later rescued by a team of firefighters who airlifted them from the top hatch of the elevator.

  • Speaking to TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey, Taylor Swift seemed to confirm rumors that her new video for But too good makes allusions — including that famous red scarf — to her past relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal. “I think if I say it’s a metaphor, I’m just going to stop,” the pop star said with a smile.

Jonathan Majors stars in Devotion, a Korean War play about the United States Navy’s first black aviator and his wingman. Majors was in high spirits at the red carpet premiere of the film. (TBEN/Radio Canada)
  • Realm of Light director Sam Mendes, musician Buffy Sainte-Marie, the swimmers filmmaker-screenwriter Sally El Hosaini, women talk composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and the ensemble cast of my police officer all took home TIFF awards this year.

  • Kathryn Hahn and Kate Hudson, now seen together in Glass Oniongushed on the red carpet about working together in Toronto nearly 20 years ago while shooting How to Lose a Man in Ten Days. The film was one of Hahn’s earliest roles and became Hudson’s signature role, making her the queen of the romantic comedy of the 2000s.

  • Brendan Fraser and Michelle Yeoh are reunited and it feels so good. The couple who also took home TIFF awards are both enjoying the early Oscar buzz (Fraser for The whaleyes for Everything everywhere at once). Both were 14 years after starring in Toronto The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor together.

Singer Taylor Swift poses with fans as she arrives to speak at TIFF on September 9. She spoke to TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey about the music video for her song, All Too Well. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Screenings and scandals

  • The crowd at Roy Thompson Hall burst into cheers when David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Blue velvet) made a well-timed cameo appearance in Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical love letter to filmmaking, the fables.
  • French director Alice Diop dedicated the screening of her film to Saint Omer to legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, whose death just hours earlier, on September 13, had made headlines.

  • It’s a time-honored tradition: movies try to win over festival audiences by naming the cities they appear in – but some references fail. The son, in the final scene, features a character who has moved to Toronto seemingly out of nowhere. “I love the city!” he persists, but he’s not fooling anyone – least of all the TIFF audience, who had a good laugh at the chilling scene.

Michelle Yeoh accepts the Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award on stage at the TIFF Tribute Awards Gala on September 11. (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
  • It’s rare for films to be taken out of the TIFF series, but this year there were two: The People’s Joker, a queer film set in the Batman universe, was pulled after its premiere because of what organizers called a “rights issue” — presumably raised by attorneys at Warner Bros. Discovery, which owns DC Comics. A social media mini-campaign was born in support of the indie satire: #FREETHEPEOPLESJOKER.

  • The film Sparta was withdrawn from the TIFF series after a news article in the German outlet of the mirror reported “improperness involving children” on the film set, accusing Austrian director Ulrich Seidl of child exploitation. The director has reportedly not disclosed the film’s subject matter – about a Romanian pedophile – to the production’s non-professional child actors.

  • During the Midnight Madness screening of Weird: The Story of Al Yankovica Photoshopped montage of Queen Elizabeth battling the titular character that sparked groans from the audience, with the film premiering just 12 hours after announcing her death.

  • Anthony Shim, the Canadian drama director Riceboy is sleepingtells a TIFF audience that he and his casting team first discovered eight-year-old actor Dohyun Noel Hwang through an ad in one of the Korean newspapers in Vancouver.

The People’s Joker, an unauthorized reinterpretation of Batman’s universe and the characters that inhabit it, was removed from the TIFF lineup after a single screening on rights issues. (TIFF/The Canadian Press)

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