#TBT: TIFF 2004

As TIFF 2014 hits Toronto, FLARE flashes back to our 2004 coverage of the fest—and an exclusive shoot with then up-and-comers Javier Bardem, Selma Blair, Gael García Bernal and more

Photograph: Michael Li Preti

In the December 2004 issue of FLARE, clockwise from top right: Johnny Knoxville, John Waters, Selma Blair, Gael García Bernal, Javier Bardem and Jennifer Tilly. (Photo collage: Michael Li Preti)

To kick off this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, a little blast from the past: 10 years ago, FLARE feted the fest with these exclusive portraits of then-buzzy actors, shot by George Pimentel. Some we miss these days—before “perfect b-tch” meant Kim Kardashian, it meant silver-screen ice queen Selma Blair—and some are bigger than ever, including now–Academy Award winner Javier Bardem and Mexican heartthrob Gael García Bernal, who graced TIFF 2004 in The Motorcycle Diaries and returns this year in one of the most-anticipated films of the festival: Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater, based on the true story of an Iranian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Tehran. Check out the super-intense trailer to see why GGB’s tipped for an Oscar nom; as FLARE wrote 10 years ago, “García Bernal seems to know how to play a rebel with a cause just right.” Welcome back, Gael—and welcome back, TIFF!