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Today at TIFF (Sunday, Sept. 16th): Last day, last chance to catch TIFF

Our daily roundup of opening galas, parties, screenings and more.

• 9 a.m. Love, Marilyn at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

• 9 a.m. It Was the Son (formerly The Son Did It) special presentation at the Cineplex Odeon Yonge and Dundas Cinemas

• 9:15 a.m. Disconnect special presentation at Scotiabank Theatre

• 9:15 a.m. Lore special presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

• 11:30 a.m. Imogene special presentation at Ryerson Theatre

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Red Carpet Style: 23 looks at TIFF’s leading men and women

Scrutinizing the glamorous gowns and sharp suits worn by film industry elite is one of the principal pleasures of TIFF (after all the movie talk, of course). And now that the festival is winding down—most of the A-listers have already dispersed, taking their impossibly attractive faces and designer wardrobes with them—it’s time to pick out the best of the bunch, as well as a few notable flubs.

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Venice vs. TIFF fashion showdown, Olga Kurylenko edition

Venice vs. TIFF fashion showdown, Olga Kurylenko edition

Olga Kurylenko may have hit the scene as a Bond girl, but she’s now looking quite at home on the festival circuit. The Ukrainian-born actress was in Venice earlier this month to promote her starring role in Terrence Malick’s latest puzzler film, To the Wonder, where she wore a sleeveless Valentino gown with a leather and lace bodice and tulle skirt (plus a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch for good measure). On the TIFF red carpet for the same film—one of two she was promoting at the festival—Kurylenko took a totally different approach: she went short, with a green Elie Saab dress in a ladylike silhouette, and pulled her hair down. (The pose, however, remained eerily the same).

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TIFF RED CARPET: Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko shine for To The Wonder (director Terrence Malick does not)

TIFF RED CARPET: Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko shine for To The Wonder (director Terrence Malick does not)

Time was, director Terrence Malick’s films came once in a blue moon, each an organic outgrowth of the filmmaker’s elusive personality and neo-transcendentalist philosophy. It’s only been a year since Malick’s insanely ambitious Tree Of Life divided critics, but now he’s back with To the Wonder, which arrives at TIFF like a whisper on the wind. The reclusive, press-shy Malick wasn’t there, of course, though rumours about him circled around TIFF (we heard someone say that To the Wonder’s producer said that, “Terry wakes up every morning and has literally billions of ideas,” which was pretty funny). Instead, To the Wonder‘s stars represented the film at the Princess of Wales theatre yesterday. Some of them, anyway. Ben Affleck (who of course showed up for the Argo premiere) and Javier Bardem were AWOL. Ditto Rachel Weisz, whose role was cut at the last minute (Malick is notorious for reshaping his films in the editing suite). But local girl Rachel McAdams, dressed up in a Gaia-green dress, and co-star (and ex-Bond girl) Olga Kurylenko made an appearance, gamely fielding questions about Malick’s obscure love story. Frankly, we were hoping to catch some of the wheat that dominates To the Wonder’s landscape, but not even a lone grain made its way to Toronto.

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