41st Toronto International Film Festival Coverage: Day Ten

September 17th, 2016 by Ian Evans

Day ten. Yes, there’s a few public screenings and an awards ceremony tomorrow but the hoopla came to an end tonight with a closing night gala at Roy Thomson Hall. The film chosen to officially close the Festival was The Edge of Seventeen by writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig.

The film stars Hailee Steinfeld as a high school junior named Nadine, who continually tries to garner attention with one drama after another, usually using her history teacher (Woody Harrelson) as her sounding board. When her best friend begins to date her brother, and when she accidentally sends an explicit text to a guy she likes, Nadine has plenty of real high school drama to deal with in this coming-of-age comedy. Steinfeld and Harrelson were joined on the carpet by co-stars Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner (and his wife, Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist), Hayden Szeto, director Kelly Fremon Craig and producer James L. Brooks.