The Agency films at TIFF and Venice
This autumn The Agency has five wonderful films showing at festivals – with William Nicholson’s latest work opening the Venice Biennale and Andrew Haigh, Louise Osmond, Lucinda Coxon and Morwenna Banks all showing at Toronto International Film Festival.
EVEREST will open Venice International Film Festival on 2nd September
Co-written by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy, this epic 3D thriller-adventure film, based on real events, tells the story of two separate expedition groups attempting to scale Everest on one ill-fated day in 1996. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur and starring Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllanhaal, Keira Knightley and Emily Watson.
45 YEARS will screen as a special presentation at Toronto International Film Festival
Written and directed by Andrew Haigh, this intimate film about a couple approaching their 45th wedding anniversary has already won four major festival awards this year. Based on a short story by David Constantine and starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, this ‘subtly shattering’ film explores how a major revelation from the past tests the couple’s relationship after four decades.
DARK HORSE will screen at Toronto International Film Festival TIFF Docs
Louise Osmond and Judith Dawson’s feature documentary DARK HORSE will screen in this year’s Toronto documentary category. The category presents ‘candid and unscripted: the best non-fiction cinema from around the world.’
Set in a former mining village in Wales, DARK HORSE is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on a slagheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners, he makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the track for a heart-stopping comeback.
MISS YOU ALREADY will screen at Toronto International Film Festival on 12th September for the world premiere
MISS YOU ALREADY tells the story of two best friends’ struggle when cancer strikes, exploring how the emotional strain of the disease tests friendship. Expertly written, the film is both heart breaking and hilarious throughout. Written by Morwenna Banks, and starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette Dominic Cooper and Paddy Considine.
THE DANISH GIRL will premiere at Venice Film Festival on 5th September and screen as a special presentation at Toronto International Film Festival on 12th September.
Adapted by Lucinda Coxon from the novel by David Ebershoff, this biopic tells the story of Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. Directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).