TIFF 2013 Scenes: Opening Night, Featuring The Fifth Estate and a Big Chill Anniversary
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TIFF 2013 Scenes: Opening Night, Featuring The Fifth Estate and a Big Chill Anniversary

TIFF celebrates the new and the (respectably, not-too) old on opening night.

Opening night at the Toronto International Film Festival is always notable for two things. Firstly, there is the opening night gala, which this year was The Fifth Estate: directed by Bill “mention Gods and Monsters and Kinsey, and please gloss over those two Twilight films I did” Condon, it’s a dramatic retelling of the events surrounding Julian Assange and Wikileaks in June 2010. All of the stars of the film made an appearance, which means Benedict Cumberbatch and a bunch of very good foreign actors you likely have never heard of but who will get really big in the next couple of years. Certainly Cumberbatch’s fans were wildly appreciative of the British actor and held up signs saying things like MARRY ME SHERLOCK and YOU WERE THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT WAR HORSE OTHER THAN THAT NICE HORSE. (Well, maybe they didn’t hold up that last sign, but they should have.)

The second thing about opening night at TIFF is that the festival traditionally programs not a lot of stuff other than the opening night gala. This year, the other sort-of-major event of opening night was the 30th anniversary screening of The Big Chill, which debuted at TIFF (back when it was still the Festival of Festivals) in 1983. Many of the stars of the film came out and reminded us that it has been thirty years since the movie came out, and that they have all aged quite a bit. (But gracefully, of course.) And elsewhere, David Cronenberg was very David Cronenbergish.

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CORRECTION: September 6, 2013, 11:40 AM This post originally had the wrong image for Dan Stevens. We regret the error.

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