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TIFF '17 Press Conferences: Day 5

Director's cinema led by Guillermo del Toro, Armando Iannucci, and Joe Wright

Sep 11, 2017

Day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival’s press conferences were director-led — and plentiful.

Adopted Torontonian Guillermo del Toro had a short commute to TIFF Bell Lightbox for the press conference for his creature feature The Shape of Water. Before heading back to the Elgin — where the film was shot — the Mexican maestro once again may impart some of his brilliance on a rapt audience, with The Shape of Water’s Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon on hand.

Not to be outdone, TIFF’s three-year-old Platform programme brought nearly all of the directors in its slate — including Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin), Lisa Langseth (Euphoria), and Mike White (Brad's Status) — to TIFF Bell Lightbox for a roundtable on director-driven cinema.

Iannucci’s fellow writer/director/swear-savant, Martin McDonagh, also had a press conference on Day 5 of the Festival, with the Frances McDormand–led cast of his Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in attendance. McDormand’s former castmate Gary Oldman also will visit TIFF Bell Lightbox to represent Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, which follows Winston Churchill at the outset of World War II.

Oh, and Eric Clapton is coming. You know, just a totally normal day at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Watch the Platform roundtable as well as the press conferences for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (9:30am), Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (10:30am), Darkest Hour (11:30am), and The Shape of Water (2:30pm) below:

Tickets to The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Darkest Hour, and Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars can be purchased online, by phone (416.599.TIFF), or in-person. If a screening is sold out, don’t worry — you can still Rush!

Tomorrow, tune in to the TIFF Live YouTube channel for two press conferences: Breathe at 10:45am ET and Alias Grace at 4pm ET.