The 38th Toronto International Film Festival is all set to commence and fascinate all sort of celebrities, actors, directors, producers, cinephiles and star-chasers. The annual 11-day movie extravaganza is officially planned to start off tonight with the world premiere of Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate. The movie is based on the rise of WikiLeaks and its outspoken head, Julian Assange (role played by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch).
Speaking of the iconic event ahead, TIFF artistic director, Cameron Bailey, stated that “we have a number of films dealing with the idea of living in an information society, what that means now. [In addition to The Fifth Estate], we have a documentary called The Square, about the Arab Spring and the Tahrir Square revolution and how so much of that was about information — about Facebook and Twitter and YouTube.” He further elucidated that “these things are now part of our lives. People are asking questions about having political change enacted through media, but also how information about us is held through governments, by authorities.”
Another most noticeable and eye catching movie set to be displayed during the vent is Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The TIFF’s gala premiere will include the film starring noted British actor, Idris Elba, as anti-apartheid hero and former South African president Nelson Mandela. Mr. Bailey stated that “it’s powerful to see dramatized things that we read about in newspapers or see on television news, but you don’t often know the context, the emotional and social context.”
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