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Toronto International Film Festival 2019: 35 pictures from the latest premieres and parties

Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm are among the stars who've stepped out on the red carpet this week

Another day, another series of red carpets from the Toronto International Film Festival.

This year's event, which runs until Sunday, September 15, on Wednesday hosted screenings of films including space drama Lucy In The Sky and crime biopic True History of the Kelly Gang, attracting the likes of Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm and Zazie Beetz to the Canadian city.

Scroll through the gallery above for 35 pictures of Hollywood stars at premieres and press conferences for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas (L), US actress Meryl Streep (C) and British actor Gary Oldman (R) attends TIFF Tribute Gala during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival Day 5 at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel on September 09, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. / AFP / VALERIE MACON
Antonio Banderas, Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman at the Tiff gala dinner. AFP

On Monday night, the festival also hosted a gala dinner, which paid tribute to Joaquin Phoenix, Meryl Streep, filmmaker Taika Waititi and cinematographer Roger Deakins.

In the first event of its kind for Tiff, the fundraising dinner gave acting awards to Streep and Phoenix, the latter of whom paid tribute to his late brother, River, on stage.

"When I was 15 or 16 my brother River came home from work and he had a VHS copy of a movie called Raging Bull and he sat me down and made me watch it," said Phoenix of his brother who died in 1993. "And the next day he woke me up, and he made me watch it again. And he said, 'You're going to start acting again, this is what you're going to do.'

"He didn't ask me, he told me. And I am indebted to him for that because acting has given me such an incredible life."

Waititi, whose Jojo Rabbit premiered on Sunday, received the festival's Ebert Director Award, named after the late film critic Roger Ebert. Deakins, who photographed The Goldfinch, was honored for his life's work.

Updated: September 12, 2019 11:10 AM

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