Toronto International Film Festival 2013: WHO, WHAT, & WHERE?

Toronto International Film Festival 2013: WHO, WHAT, & WHERE?

It’s that time of the year again; the time when the city of Toronto bustles with excitement and anticipation for all the A-list celebrities visiting. There’s a lot to look forward to next week. Let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy great movies and great company? This is a fun time for everyone! In honour of the beloved Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), we at tripcentral.ca curated a quick overview ideal for your escapade next week.

WHAT TO SEE

Osage County is a comedy drama based on Tracy Letts’ hours-long, Pulitizer prize-winning play. It looks into the lives of a dysfunctional family whose paths converge after a sequence of divorces and funerals. The film promises to be a crowd-pleaser, with big-named celebrities such as Julia Robert, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin and Benedict Cumberbatch at the forefront.

Osage County

Osage County. (c) TIFF, 2013

WHO WILL BE @ THE FESTIVAL FROM THE FILM:

Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch

Prisoners is a thriller story by Montreal director, Denis Villeneuve who is known for his Oscar nominated film, Incendies. The story of Prisoners focuses on Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Keller Dover’s (Hugh Jackman) investigation into the shocking disappearance of two young girls. It is a suspense-packed film that continues to generate buzz amongst film critiques.

WHO WILL BE @ THE FESTIVAL FROM THE FILM:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo

12 Years a Slave, directed by UK artist and filmmaker, Steve McQueen tells the story of Solomon Northup, a 19th century free black man from upstate New York who gets abducted and sold as a slave. It features a line-up of star-studded cast (Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender) and a potential Oscar-winning performance in Chiwetel Ejiotor.

WHO WILL BE @ THE FESTIVAL FROM THE FILM:

Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender

The Fifth Estate is a dramatic thriller film about the notorious and controversial website known as WikiLeaks which was founded by Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch). The film is set to open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival on September 5.

WHO WILL BE @ THE FESTIVAL FROM THE FILM:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Mackie

Mandela Long Walk to Freedom chronicles the inspirational life of Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba) – from childhood through his inauguration as the first elected president of South Africa.

WHO WILL BE @ THE FESTIVAL FROM THE FILM:

Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Robert Hobbs

The F Word is a heartwarming romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace and Zoe Kazan as Chantry. It tells the story between Wallace, a hopeless romantic and med-school drop-out and Chantry, an irresistible animator. Almost immediately they become great friends – but with undeniable chemistry between them, can that last?

WHO WILL BE @ THE FESTIVAL FROM THE FILM:

Daniel Radcliffe

Other celebrities to watch for at TIFF 2013 include: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Mel Gibson, Nicolas Cage, Sandra Bullock, Olivia Wilde, Zac Efron, Emma Watson, Mila Kunis, James Franco, George Clooney, Adam Levine, Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlet Johansen, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bradley Cooper.

WHERE TO SEE

TIFF BELL Lightbox

Besides holding screenings for the event, the TIFF BELL Lightbox also stands as a venue for star interviews and press conferences. So you’re guaranteed to come across several famous faces on your casual drop by the area.

Drake Hotel Sky Lounge 

This year, Drake‘s Down the Line Launch Party has a lot of exciting things in store for the crowds at TIFF. With various exciting performances and internationally-acclaimed acts, a 70’s-inspired cocktail list, and the infamous Drake 22 Room turned tattoo parlour, a party here is simply something you wouldn’t want to miss. (Note: Last year, Adams Driver from HBO hit show, Girls stopped by!).

Panorama Lounge

Panorama Lounge is a celebrity favourite year after year, with prior appearances from the likes of Prince, 50 Cent, Bruce Willis, Samuel Jackson & Rachel McAdams to name a few. According to Panorama Lounge Director, Sebastien Centner, “as with every year we expect to have some of our regular celebs drop by and of course some surprises too!  We are open to the public most nights, take the elevator to the 51st floor to do some celebrity spotting of your own!”

Holt Renfrew 

Holt Renfrew is a luxury department store that’s been known to attract celebrities every year with their impressive designer lines. So why not take this opportunity to do a little shopping of your own – and you never know this may be your shot at meeting one of your favourite stars.

Are you going to see TIFF this year? What are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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