TIFF 2014: Four British Movies to Watch at Toronto International Film Festival
By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | July 25, 2014 6:08 PM EST
The Toronto International Film Festival officially announced the list of films to be shown in its 39th edition on Tuesday, July 22. The list includes some of the biggest names in the United Kingdom. Here are the four UK films selected at the festival.
Cast members Kate Winslet (L) and Shailene Woodley pose at the premiere of "Divergent" in Los Angeles, California, March 18, 2014. The movie opens in the U.S. on March 21.
A Little Chaos (UK) - Director: Alan Rickman
This historical drama stars Academy Award winning actress Kate Winslet who plays the role of a landscape designer. She gets the opportunity to design King Louis XIV's garden at Versailles. During the construction process, she must battle her way through against the chief architect of the king, played by Matthias Schoenaerts. However, in this case, the battle is both professional and romantic.
Miss Julie (Norway/United Kingdom/Ireland/France) - Director: Liv Ullmann
This is a movie adaptation of the classic play written by Swedish playwright August Strindberg. The interesting star-cast of the film includes Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and Jessica Chastain. Set in 1890, the film deals with an Anglo-Irish aristocratic woman who asks her father servant to seduce her. The affair between two distinct individuals from two particularly separate classes gets interesting as their social status and power struggle play a major role.
Mr Turner (UK/France/Germany) - Director: Mike Leigh
In this biographical drama, Timothy Spall plays British landscape painter JMW Turner. Spall won the Best Actor award at the Cannes 2014 for his portrayal of the historical character. The film also stars Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson and Dorothy Atkinson. Cinematographer Dick Pope won a special jury prize as well.
The Theory of Everything (UK/U.S.A) - Director: James Marsh
This British biopic deals with the life of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne of "Les Misérables" fame. Hawking's wife Jane (played by Felicity Jones of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" fame) struggles with his illness, while the iconic scientist works on the revolutionary study of time. The film, which will be shown at the festival as a part of the Special Presentations), is based on Jane's memoir.
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