Special Presentation: Shelter, 6 p.m., Visa Screening Room
A romance that defies odds is the focus of Shelter, a film about two homeless people from New York City (Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie) who find strength together.
Special Presentation: Before We Go, 6:30 p.m., Princess of Wales Theatre
Chris Evans may be known for heroic turns in Snowpiercer and Captain America, but the star makes his directorial debut with Before We Go. It answers the question: “What happens when two people miss the last train.” The answer: a magical and unexpected romance.
Gala Presentation: The Connection, 6:30 p.m., Roy Thomson Hall
Another drug ring picture is set to premiere at TIFF, and this one stars The Artist’s Jean Dujardin. He plays a French policeman who stages a long-fought battle against the “French Connection” drug ring in Marseilles.
Special Presentation: Nightcrawler, 9 p.m., Ryerson Theatre
Jake Gyllenhaal enters the fold of freelance photographers, tracking the city’s most gruesome crimes while most people are asleep. Of course, to stay afloat, he hashes out a deal with a new station. He quickly learns how truly bleak the dark side of Los Angeles really is.
Special Presentation: Ned Rifle, 8 p.m., Visa Screening Room
The trilogy is finally complete. Hal Hartley directs the final chapter in the Fay Grim-focussed franchise, telling the story of the next generation: Henry and Fay's teenage son, Ned. While the parents were the leads in Henry Fool and Fay Grim, Ned Rifle sees their offspring attempting to kill his father for destroying his mother’s life.
Gala Presentation: The Forger, 9:30 p.m., Roy Thomson Hall
Heists are naturally entertaining to watch, especially when forgery is added to the mix. John Travolta plays an expert art forger who is coerced into pulling off another job shortly after being released from prison in the hope of being with his dying son.
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 see, check out our three-part video guide!