Thursday 18 December 2014

Winslet film to close Toronto fest

Published 23/07/2014 | 10:34

Kate Winslet will close the Toronto International Film Festival with her new film, A Little Chaos
Kate Winslet will close the Toronto International Film Festival with her new film, A Little Chaos

Kate Winslet's latest role in A Little Chaos is to close the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

The period drama, directed by Alan Rickman, stars the Oscar-winning actress as a Palace of Versailles landscaper. It will have its gala premiere in the Canadian city on September 14.

"It is a great privilege for A Little Chaos to have its world premiere in Toronto and for it to be given the festival's closing night gala, but it is also a very personal pleasure," Alan said.

"I have filmed in the city, visited often, and some of my closest friends live there. It will be like coming home."

Cameron Bailey, the festival's artistic director, added: "A Little Chaos is the perfect closing night film - it transports audiences to another time, another place, full of beauty, complexity, rivalry, politics and romance."

Toronto's slate, which includes 59 galas and special presentations, features performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon and Robert Downey Jr, as well as films from directors including Chris Rock, Noah Baumbach and Jon Stewart, making his directorial debut.

Benedict's portrayal of World War II code-breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, to open the London Film Festival in October, will be shown, alongside o ther British offerings including Mike Leigh's Mr Turner and Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, featuring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club, starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Douglas Booth, and Miss Julie - the big-screen adaptation of August Strindberg's play starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain - will also have their premieres at the Canadian festival.

The Equalizer, which reunites Denzel with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, and Cake with Jennifer Aniston will also be shown.

The Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 39th year, runs from September 4 to 14.

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