TIFF 2013: Inside the Words And Pictures pre-party with Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen’s moustache
The first thing I saw when my cab pulled up to Blowfish Restaurant on King Street West for the Words and Pictures TIFF pre-party was Juliette Binoche, a vision in noir charming the cameras outside. With a chic, cropped hair cut and immaculate, glowing skin, she looked every bit the movie star, even if the September air was a tad balmy for her stunning full-length fur coat—the French actress later revealed that it was vintage Lanvin, her sheer, black gown Chanel.
Arriving before Binoche, who had just flown in from Germany, was her co-star Clive Owen, sporting a perfectly-fitted suit and what can only be described as the most attractive moustache ever. The rakish Brit nibbled on sushi and sipped Moët & Chandon on a banquet at the back of the restaurant but when Binoche made her entrance, he rose to greet her with a warm hug and peck on the cheek. The two showed they are clearly more than just co-stars, sitting next to each other and catching up with director Fred Schepisi. While both actors spent the evening chatting and posing for photos with their admirers, their co-star David Negahban of Homeland fame also had a large following of impassioned fans.
In Words and Pictures, Binoche and Owen play art and English teachers who inspire their students to start a war over which are more powerful, words or pictures. Naturally romantic entanglement ensues. Later on at the premiere, Schepisi told the audience that this was the first time the movie would be screened for an audience. Judging by the laughs, gasps and cheers heard in Roy Thompson Hall during the viewing, he’s got a hit on his hands.