On Friday, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) honoured Bill Murray with a special day dedicated just to him. The night kicked off with a devotion to the comic with a handful of screenings of the star’s films.
“I like to feel that every day is Bill Murray day. At least for a second every day,” the star, who is in town to promote his latest film, St Vincent, said.
St Vincent was met with a standing ovation and a Q&A session where he told fans: “The only reason I’ve had the career I’ve had is someone told me some secrets early on about living – the more relaxed you are the better you are”.
This made the festival a perfect launch pad for the premiere of the new film written and directed by Theodore Melfi. The story centers on the relationship between a rude and irascible Murray, who drinks and smokes a lot, and the boy who lives next door: an 11-year-old Jaeden Lieberher in the best kid role of the year.
A scene from the film St. Vincent (photo: News Moviefon)
An emotional Murray stated he was “slobbering while watching the damn movie.” He added that the goal of the movie was “to avoid being schmaltzy. We almost did. We almost did. We didn’t want to overcook everything.”
But on Saturday, the day after the premiere of St. Vincent, the new film While We’re Young, by Noah Baumbach, was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The stars Amanda Seyfried and Naomi Watts looked ready to be spotted in their brightly coloured dresses: a tight and purple gown complimented by pink lipstick for Amanda Seyfried and a floral multi-colour skirt for Naomi Watts.
Naomi Watts and Amanda Seyfried at TIFF (photo: US Nation Post)
“The young guy sees it all as collage,” director Noah Baumbach told The New Yorker. “There’s no genius—you just take what’s useful and you put it all together.” A story about midlife crisis between getting old and being young, “about realizing that you’re not the young people anymore”.
A scene from While We’re Young (photo: TIFF)
Many other films will also be premiered at the festival so stay tuned for updates. We will be showcasing the best (and worst) moments at TIFF!