The TIFF Daily: What’s on September 7, 2013

Gala Presentation: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Idris Elba moves from a big-budget action flick (Pacific Rim) to biopic, playing former South African president Nelson Mandela during his years fighting to overcome apartheid. Onscreen sparks also fly between Idris and Skyfall’s Naomie Harris, who plays Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie.
: Roy Thomson Hall, 6 pm
Star Power
: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris

Gala Presentation: Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon
Mike Myers takes his first spin in the director’s chair for this laugh-laced documentary, a tender tribute to one of Hollywood’s most iconic personalities: talent manager Shep Gordon. From musicians like Alice Cooper to the celebrity chef movement itself, Shep has left an indelible mark on the industry.
: Roy Thomson Hall, 1:30 pm
Star Power
: The doc’s interview subjects include Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more.

Midnight Madness: The Green Inferno
There will be blood! Hostel’s Eli Roth looks to Italy for inspiration in this gory homage to cannibal classics. A young group of college students head to Peru to fight the clear-cutting of tribal Amazonian lands, only to come a little too close to the tribes themselves.
: Ryerson Theatre, 11:59 pm

Tonight’s Best Parties

Hello! Hollywood Party
The Ritz-Carlton plays host to Hello! Canada’s annual soiree, a see-and-be-seen private affair teeming with Canadian celebs. Think: Paul Haggis, Kardinal Offishall, Lisa Ray, Emily Hampshire, Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2, and the list goes on.

OneXOne Party
Another mainstay on the TIFF scene (and another hard ticket to come by), this annual fete raises funds for Matt Damon’s child-focused charity. Patricia Arquette is on the bill at the Storys-hosted soirée, as is Kardinal Offishall.

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