The TIFF Daily: What’s on September 9, 2014

Here’s what should be on your radar on day six (Sept. 9) of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), from the buzziest screenings to the most happening parties!

Special Presentation: The Sound and the Fury, 8:45 a.m., Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

In his directorial effort, Renaissance man James Franco directs and stars alongside Seth Rogen, Joey King, Danny McBride and Janet Jones Gretzky in an adaptation of the classic tale by William Faulkner. Set in Jefferson, Mississippi, The Sound and the Fury tracks a family of Southern aristocrats coming to terms with their declining reputation.

Special Presentation: 99 Homes, 11:30 a.m., Ryerson Theatre

Is there an urban subject timely than cost of living, real estate and surviving a bubble that may or may not pop? In 99 Homes, Andrew Garfield portrays a down-on-his-luck construction worker struggling to keep his family home. To survive, he joins forces with an unscrupulous businessman (played by Michael Shannon) who profits from the underprivileged.

Gala Presentation: Haemoo, 6:30 p.m., Roy Thomson Hall

Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer) is back with a new, intense-as-ever effort. Haemoo is about a fishing boat crew that takes on a severely dangerous commission to smuggle a group of illegal immigrants into Korea – a rocky cinematic ride set on rocky waters.

Special Presentation: Good Kill, 9 p.m., Ryerson Theatre

Ethan Hawke portrays an Air Force officer who is tasked with completing devastating drone strikes - and the moral quandary that naturally ensues.

Gala Presentation: Maps to the Stars, 9:30 p.m., Roy Thomson Hall

David Cronenberg’s latest, Maps to the Stars, focuses on an ensemble of characters: a pyromaniac played by Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore's portrayal of an aging starlet and a limo driver in the thespian hands of Robert Pattinson. It’s an engrossing story about the world of stardom, and its dramatic highs and even-more-dramatic lows.

Special Presentation: Mommy, 9:30 p.m., Princess of Wales Theatre

Mommy explores the caustic relationship between a troubled child and his caring mother. The hotly anticipated new film from Québécois director Xavier Dolan shared the Special Jury Prize at Cannes.

TIFF at Night:Star-studded soirées, open late, Storys, America, Soho House Toronto

The best way to catch a glimpse of an A-list star after a splashy premiere is to steal a peek at stardom at some of the hottest festival haunts. Storys, Trump Hotel’s newly-minted America and Soho House are all slated to have an ongoing swell of parties with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, so they’re among the hottest spots to do some of the fest’s best people watching. For more hotspots to visit, check out our three-part video guide!

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