Finally, Canadians, it’s happened: TIFF is upon us and we can finally step into the cultural spotlight and flaunt our natural affinity for the arts. And with the festival officially kicking off yesterday, we’ve assembled a list of the breakout stars you need to watch – if not for their films, then at least for their fashion.
Proving that talented, funny and beautiful women are quickly becoming the social norm, Superbad‘s Emma Stone is looking to shine in the teen-oriented (and adult-friendly) Easy A, the comedic updated version of The Scarlet Letter (that really isn’t The Scarlet Letter at all). Offering socially awkward boys a chance to shine, her character jeopardizes her own reputation, and with a smart script and supporting cast, men and women of all ages will be made proud.
Remembered best as the straight-laced Vicky in Vicky Cristina Barcelona or as the free-wheeling socialite in the Academy-Award nominated Frost/Nixon, England’s Rebecca Hall is set to take audiences by storm in the gritty Affleck-directed The Town (the dramatic Boston-set film that also stars the wonderful Jon Hamm). Premiering tonight, Hall’s fashion choice will likely make just as many top 10 lists as her previous roles, as her classic aesthetic has made her look timeless.
The beacon of hope in an industry defined by actresses seeking shameless publicity, Kat Dennings has remained the darling of indie films and TIFF’s Daydream Nation is no exception. Playing a new teen in a small town being ravaged by a serial killer, Dennings’ character strikes up a love affair with her teacher (Josh Lucas), prompting a love triangle and leading to a genre-bending film that will keep everyone talking. Noted for her natural beauty and striking aesthetic, Dennings has already garnered attention from Toronto press, being applauded for her natural style and effortless vibe.
True, Michelle Williams has been established in Hollywood since her days on Dawson’s Creek, but that doesn’t mean her indie cred can’t continue to grow with every film she approaches. This time, she plays Ryan Gosling’s wife in Blue Valentine, the dramatic story of a husband and wife’s deteriorating relationship and the night they use to attempt to salvage it. Like most of her roles, it promises to be memorable at the very least – and with her striking pixie cut, you can assume it won’t just be her role that’s on the radar.