TIFF '12 Scenes: The Weekend Edition
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TIFF ’12 Scenes: The Weekend Edition

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The TIFF red carpet premieres continued apace on Saturday, highlighted by the world debut of the Wachowski siblings’ epic adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. The film features what seems like half of Hollywood, as well as stars from the UK, South Korea, and China. Among many others, cast members Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, and Keith David were all in attendance at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

Elsewhere, Saturday also saw debuts for Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Jake Gyllenhaal cop vechicle End of Watch, Gwyneth Paltrow sex addiction dramedy Thanks for Sharing, and Midnight Madness selection No One Lives, while Johnny Depp turned up to support Amy Berg’s documentary about the West Memphis Three.

On Sunday, another high-profile celeb leant support to a social justice doc, with Will Smith walking the Roy Thomson Hall red carpet ahead of Shola Lynch’s Free Angela & All Political Prisoners. Other Sunday premieres included Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price; Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet; the Viggo Mortensen–starring Everybody Has a Plan; Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children; and Susanne Bier’s Love is All You Need. Also skulking on the festival’s fringes: the ever-furious Toronto Batman.

CORRECTION: September, 11 3:30 PM In the gallery, we mistakenly stated that Jim Sturgess was trapped in Hugo Weaving’s death-stare, but it’s actually James D’Arcy who is trapped in Hugo Weaving’s death-stare.

Text by Julian Carrington; captions by Christopher Bird.

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