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Here’s What Happened On The First Day Of TIFF


It’s festival season in Toronto, but not the floral crown, dust storm, hipsters dancing in the rain kind of festival. The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off it’s 40th year yesterday. Here’s what happened.

Natalie Portman makes her directorial debut with A Tale of Love and Darkness (and looks amazing at the premiere)

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Natalie Portman attends the "A Tale Of Love And Darkness" premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 10, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

A Tale of Love and Darkness is based on an autobiographical novel by Amos Oz that focuses on Jews and Palestinian Arabs conflict after World War II. To the premiere, she wore a beautiful champagne lace dress.

Broad City made Portman insecure about her 2005 film Garden State.


“I’ve been insecure about it recently because of Broad City,she said. Vulture reports:

On the show there’s a really dorky character who’s a gym instructor, like an Equinox guy or something, and he’s the worst. And he’s like, ‘Oh my God, I love Garden State! I donated all my money to Zach Braff’s Kickstarter.’ And I’m like” — Portman buried her head in her hands — “‘Oh my God.’ So now, because the people I think are the coolest think it’s really lame I’m kind of insecure about it.”

Jake Gyllenhaal loves Toronto.


“I love coming here, I love coming back to Toronto,” he said at yesterday’s Demolition premiere, “People are like ‘you should try this restaurant,’ and I’m like, ‘I know that restaurant, it’s fine, don’t worry.’”

..and he also loves KFC


In the film DemolitionGyllenhaal’s character writes a letter of complaint to a vending machine company about Peanut M&M’s. At the panel, he recalled a time when he sent a complaint letter to Kentucky Fried Chicken because they discontinued Chicken Littles. He said,

When I was a little child I was at school and we were supposed to learn to write letters and complaint letters, and so, I decided to write to Kentucky Fried Chicken and tell them I was upset they had discontinued Chicken Littles, which were a particular type of mini hamburger with fried chicken in the middle of it. It was deeply upsetting at the time, and they brought them back, and I think I indirectly had something to do with that. So, you know, it’s empowering and I encourage most people to really express themselves and bring back whatever they feel like has been taken away from them in their lives. In my case, really important things, like fried chicken. Seriously.

Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next is the first hit of TIFF

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22: Filmmaker Michael Moore visits backstage at The Woody Guthrie Prize honoring Pete Seeger at Peter Norton Symphony Space on February 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage)

His first film since 2009, Where To Invade Next, focused on American policy and was well received last night. The packed Princess of Wales theater gave the director a standing ovation.