On September 9, the eve of Toronto’s opening day, Natalie Portman will grace the stage for the first annual TIFF Soirée, a starry (and rather pricey) charity event that will honor her illustrious career that began with 1994’s “The Professional.”
An intimate onstage conversation with Portman will be followed by “musical performances and a cocktail” (just one?). One can assume we’ll at some point see her directorial debut “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” which premiered out-of-competition to mixed reactions at Cannes, at the festival.
Natalie Portman lifted her Hebrew-language effort from Israeli scribe Amos Oz’s 2002 memoir of the same name that chronicled his upbringing in Jerusalem during Israel’s early days as a state. After she met Oz, whose mother she plays in the film, Portman spent eight years writing the movie and securing funding to keep it in Hebrew. “A Tale” still seeks US distribution.
The TIFF Soirée will take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, with tickets starting at $300. Proceeds will benefit TIFF’s year-round programming and outreach work.