Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard Bring Hollywood to TIFF Amid Strikes 

Jessica Chastain speaks to the media on the red carpet for the movie "Memory" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. (AP)
Jessica Chastain speaks to the media on the red carpet for the movie "Memory" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. (AP)
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Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard Bring Hollywood to TIFF Amid Strikes 

Jessica Chastain speaks to the media on the red carpet for the movie "Memory" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. (AP)
Jessica Chastain speaks to the media on the red carpet for the movie "Memory" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. (AP)

Actors Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard brought Hollywood glamour to the Toronto International Film Festival for their family drama “Memory” amid strikes that have kept most celebrities off the carpets.

The film received an interim agreement from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), allowing the stars to promote their work at a festival that’s been mostly star-less due to the ongoing writers’ and actors’ strikes.

Sarsgaard joins the North American premiere of the film after taking the prize for best actor at the Venice Film Festival, which marks the start of the awards season and regularly throws up big favorites for the Oscars.

"Memory” is a drama about Chastain’s character, Sylvia, trying to overcome the abuse of her past while struggling to build a future. For director Michel Franco, the story is important because it centers on people who are often ignored in society.

“It came from my need to shine a light on broken people,” he said. “These are mature characters that seem to have no opportunity to be happy."

For Sarsgaard, who plays a man with early-onset dementia named Saul, the film is about connection and working through trauma.

“This type of movie is to connect people back with ... what it’s like to be a human being, in whatever way that is,” he said.

Sylvia and Saul build an unlikely relationship after he follows her home from a high school reunion, leading the characters to confront their past.

“There is a way out of trauma through love,” said Chastain, and she hopes this film helps the audience realize that in their own lives.



German Police Detain Suspected Stalker Ahead of Taylor Swift Concert

17 July 2024, North Rhine-Westphalia, Gelsenkirchen: US singer Taylor Swift performs on the stage at the Veltins Arena during the first concert in Germany as part of her "The Eras Tour". Photo: Marius Becker/dpa
17 July 2024, North Rhine-Westphalia, Gelsenkirchen: US singer Taylor Swift performs on the stage at the Veltins Arena during the first concert in Germany as part of her "The Eras Tour". Photo: Marius Becker/dpa
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German Police Detain Suspected Stalker Ahead of Taylor Swift Concert

17 July 2024, North Rhine-Westphalia, Gelsenkirchen: US singer Taylor Swift performs on the stage at the Veltins Arena during the first concert in Germany as part of her "The Eras Tour". Photo: Marius Becker/dpa
17 July 2024, North Rhine-Westphalia, Gelsenkirchen: US singer Taylor Swift performs on the stage at the Veltins Arena during the first concert in Germany as part of her "The Eras Tour". Photo: Marius Becker/dpa

German police said Thursday that they detained a man suspected of stalking Taylor Swift ahead of the first of three shows by the pop star in the western city of Gelsenkirchen.
The man was detained following tips from organizers of the event, police said in a statement. They said he had previously made threats against the singer, German news agency dpa reported. They gave no more details of the man or the background to the incident.
Police said that Wednesday evening's concert, attended by about 60,000 people, went peacefully.
The American superstar has shows in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as part of her Eras Tour.
Ahead of the concerts, the city put up signs temporarily renaming itself “Swiftkirchen" and honored the singer on a “Walk of Fame” that commemorates local celebrities.
After Gelsenkirchen, Swift plans concerts in two other German cities, Hamburg and Munich.