A Star-Studded Night Celebrating Women in Film
Toronto, September 13, 2023
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In a dazzling display of talent and celebration, Patricia Arquette, Lulu Wang, Finn Wolfhard, Barry Jenkins, Camila Morrone, Willem Dafoe, and Colman Domingo gathered for a memorable evening at Variety during the Toronto Film Festival, Chanel hosts an annual dinner exclusively for female filmmakers.
A Glamorous Affair at Soho House
Held at the prestigious Soho House on Saturday night, this star-studded event was hosted by Variety’s co-editor-in-chief, Ramin Setoodeh. VIP attendees were treated to an exquisite culinary experience, indulging in delectable dishes like tuna tartare, striploin steak, and heirloom tomato salad, all while raising their glasses to honor the recipients of Chanel’s Women Writers’ Network. This year-round program aims to propel the careers of women and non-binary alumni of the TIFF Writers’ Studio.
Exclusive Welcome by Setoodeh
Setoodeh, in his warm welcome address, declared, “Welcome to the most exclusive event of the Toronto Film Festival. This is one of our favorite events to host.” He emphasized the enduring partnership between Chanel and Variety, dating back to 2018, in their joint commitment to celebrating female filmmakers at TIFF.
Stars Shine Bright
Inside the enchanting venue, Patricia Arquette and Willem Dafoe graciously posed for photographs, capturing the essence of the event. Meanwhile, “Dumb Money” screenwriters Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo savored espresso martinis as they shared their sleepless excitement, cheekily noting that their chosen cocktails were exclusive to the occasion.
A Night of Conversations
Elsewhere at the dinner, “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard, present at the festival with his directorial debut “Hell of a Summer,” engaged in conversation with German actor Christian Friedel. Wolfhard expressed his anticipation to witness “Zone of Interest,” the poignant Holocaust drama that had garnered acclaim at Cannes and was now featured at TIFF. “Jonathan Glazer is one of my favorite directors,” Wolfhard confided in Friedel.
Morrone’s Playful Banter
As Camila Morrone made her way to her seat, she crossed paths with Colman Domingo, the lead of Netflix’s “Rustin,” who was comfortably ensconced in a cozy booth alongside Wolfhard, Friedel, and “Sound of Metal” actor Paul Raci. With a light-hearted tone, Morrone quipped, “You’re at the fun table! I’m going to go sit with the adults.”
Variety and Chanel’s annual female filmmaker dinner at the Toronto Film Festival once again proved to be a night to remember, uniting industry luminaries in a celebration of talent, diversity, and the enduring spirit of women in film.