Monday 24 July 2017

Knightley drama to close Toronto

Keira Knightley's drama will close the Toronto Film Festival
Keira Knightley's drama will close the Toronto Film Festival

Keira Knightley's new drama will be the closing attraction at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

The British actress's marital drama Last Night, which sees her share the screen with Avatar leading man Sam Worthington and Hollywood star Eva Mendes, has been announced as the event's closing night movie.

Other premieres newly added to the line-up include Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, a drama about mortality starring Matt Damon, and Dan Rush's Everything Must Go, featuring Will Ferrell as a motivational speaker staging a colossal lawn sale after his life falls apart.

Director Danny Boyle, whose Slumdog Millionaire played at Toronto in 2008 and went on to win best picture at the Academy Awards, returns to the festival with 127 Hours, a mountain-climbing survival tale starring James Franco.

Casey Affleck's documentary I'm Still Here, chronicling his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix's retirement from acting to pursue a hip-hop music career, is also on the bill.

Passion Play, featuring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray in a story about a down-and-out jazz trumpeter and a woman born with wings who works as a carnival sideshow attraction, will also be shown.

Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 9 to 19.

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