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At a festival full of high-profile films about L.G.B.T. characters, it’s no surprise that Freeheld was one of the hottest tickets on Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. At a party before the film’s premiere, hosted by Vanity Fair, Lionsgate, and Entertainment One, star Ellen Page mingled with well-wishers alongside both her real-life girlfriend, Samantha Thomas, and her on-screen wife, Julianne Moore, who greeted Vanity Fair’s senior West Coast editor Krista Smith on the red carpet outside. They were joined by many of the Hollywood players who have decamped north of the border during the festival, from Lionsgate chief marketing officer Tim Palen to Freeheld director Peter Sollett and Orange Is the New Black’s Ruby Rose, who along with Page made chic women in menswear a theme of the evening.

Freeheld star Michael Shannon told us that his favorite kind of festival party is “the one where they keep bringing you food and drinks,” and the Vanity Fair party, sponsored by Hugo Boss and Jaeger-LeCoultre, fit that bill, hosted at the downtown Toronto restaurant owned by Ivan Reitman, Montecito. Reitman himself worked the room, which was decorated with photographs from behind the scenes of Ghostbusters, Meatballs, and more of his classic films. Reitman may be the reigning king of the Toronto Film Festival—there’s a whole downtown corner named for his family—but many of this year’s festival’s brightest lights were in attendance, too, including The Martian’s Donald Glover, Spotlight director Tom McCarthy, and Brie Larson, who chatted about her recent film Digging for Fire even as Room held its first festival screening.

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Vanity Fair Celebrates Freeheld at the Toronto Film Festival

By Katey Rich

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