Who: Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Harvey Weinstein, Shane West, Aiden Gillen
What: Can A Song Save Your Life? premiere party
Why: To celebrate the premiere of the new Jon Carney film, Can A Song Save Your Life?
We arrived at the Can A Song Save Your Life? party just as Keira Knightley alighted out of a black SUV to a swarm of frantic fans, who actually clawed and clutched at the actress as she was hurried into the party by her massive bald bodyguard. The new-ish resto Patria (part of Charles Kabouth’s empire) was a relaxing setting for the soiree: dim, chic and lots of cozy wood. It was complemented perfectly by the Hudson’s Bay signature-stripe candles and moss strewn around, and the Grey Goose cocktails (hurray! more of the elderflower fizzies and blackberry slushies from Friday night!) being poured out of massive old-country jugs by Spaniard servers (wearing those signature stripes, natch).
Knightley—donning a very pretty brocade strapless cocktail dress and a simple bun—made her way to a secluded part of the patio and plunked down next to Adam Levine, who spent most of the event sprawled out on the comfy cushions as if it was his own backyard retreat. Power executive Harvey Weinstein eventually joined the group, while in the main area, TV star Shane West accessorized with his usual glower while posing for pics. Mark Ruffalo was MIA due to family commitments, but actor Aiden Gillen (Littlefinger in Game of Thrones, Tommy Carcetti in The Wire) was also on the premises to sub in on the Sassy Actor Crush front.
Who: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Richard Ayoade
What: Moet premiere parties for Words & Pictures and The Double
Why: To celebrate the premieres of Words & Pictures and The Double
Moet hosted a pair of TIFF parties at Blowfish Saturday night. At each soiree, guests were immediately handed a gigantic gold goblet brimming with champagne upon entering the restaurant, which was an intimate venue for a party: The long narrow room (bisected by a leather banquette) was packed for both parties. Clive Owen—sporting a sexy daddy mustache—had everyone tittering in their champers at his non-Hollywood height and old-school handsomeness; he was game to chat with everyone and take photos with fans. A pixie-cutted Juliette Binoche lounged in the corner in a draped, layered Chanel slip-dress and a huge vintage Lanvin fur coat. Her louche French attitude was offset by the excitable hijinks of the impossibly tall Navid Negahban (Abu Nazir from Homeland), who spent what seemed like the entire party posing for fan photos.
The Japanese-inspired menu was outstanding, from the plump sushi rolls and dim-sum dumplings to the delicate, crispy wontons and tempura shrimp. The same delicacies were served at the party for The Double later in the evening. Star Jesse Eisenberg wore a simple black suit and tie, while his director, the foxy Brit Richard Ayoade (also surprisingly tall, and more reserved than one would expect from such a comic talent) chose a beautiful gray tweed suit for the occasion. Eisenberg’s new girlfriend, Mia Wasikowska, wore a dramatic black-and-white Roland Mouret greatcoat paired with very pretty, very high black suede pumps, and her usual lo-fi no-make-up look and messy bob. The co-stars stayed apart for most of the night, until he finally slid in the booth beside her and gave her a shy kiss before the twosome headed off into the night for more late-summer romance.
Who: Most of high society
What: The Annual Four Seasons TIFF Cocktail Reception
Where: The Four Seasons Hotel (naturally)
Why: The 30th anniversary party in honour of long-time TIFF supporter George Christy
There were no stars to be seen at the Four Seasons cocktail reception, but several column’s worth of bold-faced society names—sporting some serious, serious multi-carat jewels—swanned around the swank Vinci room, throwing back champagne and raspberry lemonade, and nibbling at tiny fig-and-whipped-cheese tartlets (the stern chefs who spent the cocktail hour carefully squeezing a dollop of cheese into each tartlet were prone to giving guests who dared actually take a tartlet a bad look; they were even more snooty when pressed about why, inexplicably, halfway through the cocktail, the tartlets were converted into frozen fig-and-cheese confections).
We managed to spot Conrad Black and Barbara Amiel, Suzanne Rogers, and Ben Mulroney, while Gordon Pinsent, Paul Haggis, Atom Egoyan and Norman Jewison made up the film CanCon-tent. It will, apparently, be the last luncheon in honour of George Christy, a former Hollywood Reporter correspondent who was an early supporter of TIFF. Once the cocktaisl wound down, the luncheon proper began as the chef served up the event’s signature chicken pot pie to guests like Roots co-founder Michael Budman, Ivan Reitman, Galen and Hilary Weston, Piers Handling, and Edward Greenspan.