​The TIFF Daily: What’s on September 10, 2014

Here’s what should be on your radar on day seven (Sept. 10) of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), from the buzziest screenings to the most happening parties!

Special Presentation: Learning to Drive, 12:30 p.m., Visa Screening Room

Divorce doesn’t always lead to a deluge of sadness – sometimes with one end comes a rebirth. That’s an idea explored in Learning to Drive, starring Patricia Clarkson, who finds postpartum comfort in taking driving lessons with a Sikh driving instructor. The story is an adaptation of a popular essay by Katha Pollitt that was featured in The New Yorker.

Special Presentation: Madame Bovary, 4:30 p.m., Visa Screening Room

The adaptation of this once-banned book stars Mia Wasikowska in the titular role. The story follows an unhappy woman who is looking to break free from her mundane life by taking up extra-marital affairs and living outside of her means. The film also stars Paul Giammati, Ezra Miller and Rhys Ifans.

Special Presentation: Goodbye to Language 3D, 6 p.m., Ryerson Theatre

Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D film won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and for good reason. Jean-Luc uses highly stylized visual cues to probe ideas like history and eternity, Sartre ideology, desire and death.

Gala Presentation: Infinitely Polar Bear, 6:30 p.m., Roy Thomson Hall

A family can already be a struggle to manage, but add manic depression to the picture, an ailment suffered by many, and those struggles can seem astronomically harrowing. Mark Ruffalo plays the ailing father in Infinitely Polar Bear, wherein he struggles to maintain a life as a newly single father of two.

Special Presentation: Elephant Song, 6:30 p.m., Isabel Bader Theatre

This adaptation of a play by Nicola Billon stars rising star director Xavier Dolan and Catherine Keener. Elephant Story is a psychological thriller that shows the complexities involved in a relationship between a psychiatrist and a deeply disturbed patient.

Gala Presentation: Laggies, 9:30 p.m., Roy Thomson Hall

There comes a time in a twenty-something’s life where reflection is essential. Some call it the quarter-life crisis, and that’s observed in Laggies, a film starring Keira Knightley as the twenty-something and Chloë Grace Moretz as the teenager who gives her a reprieve from the hardships of life.

Party With a Cause: Best Buddies Gala, 6:15 p.m., The Carlu

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the annual Best Buddies Gala returns to Toronto to raise funds and awareness for Best Buddies Canada. The gala, themed “Anything is Possible,” will honour legendary Academy Award-winning actress and philanthropist Goldie Hawn with the International Humanitarian Leadership Award. $15,000 per table.

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