Halle Berry was ‘doing backflips’ when she discovered that her directorial debut in ‘Bruised’ will be screened at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival! She celebrated with a video of her looking like a boss in a custom director’s chair!
Halle Berry has a lot to celebrate! The actress, 53, will make her directorial debut in Bruised — a UFC inspired MMA movie — at the newly revamped 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this September. She reposted a boomerang clip to her Instagram Stories, that showed her sitting in a custom director’s chair with her name printed on it in white writing. Halle re-shared the video from “Respin,” the digital health and wellness community she founded in April — partly inspired by her diabetes diagnosis at age 22.
(Video credit: Respin/Halle Berry/Instagram)
“I’m going crazy, I’m humbled, thrilled, out here doing backflips in the yard to announce that my directorial debut #BruisedTheMovie will be screening at this year’s #TIFF2020,” Halle captioned a separate post on her personal Instagram feed, which featured a photo of her on the set of Bruised.
She continued, “Thank you @tiff_net for this wonderful acknowledgement! A special thank you to my unbelievable cast and crew, team of producers and the @ufc! See y’all in September!” Halle wrote, adding the hashtag “#TorontoInternationalFilmFestival.”
Many of her peers, including fellow directors, actors and actresses all congratulated Halle in the comments. “YOU DID IT,” Lena Waithe, creator of the current series’ The Chi, Boomerang, and Twenties, wrote. Kerry Washington, (singer) Michelle Williams, Taraji P. Henson and Us The Duo all shared sweet comments.
Halle Berry filming ‘Bruised.’ (Photo credit: LRNYC / MEGA)
Other stars who will debut new films at this year’s TIFF include: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, and many more. Films debuted and screened at TIFF will begin the official race to the Oscars. The annual film festival recently announced major changes to the event amid the COVID-19 pandemic. TIFF, which is slated to take place September 10-19, will feature physical, socially-distanced screenings for the first five days of the event. The event will feature digital film premieres, talks and other activations for the full 10 days.