Eddie Redmayne’s “The Danish Girl” will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.
The film sees Redmayne in the role of transgender woman Lili Elbe, one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery. The festival runs from Sept. 2 -12.
Redmayne, who won an Oscar last year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” said earlier this year that playing “transformative” characters is “not a concerted choice.”
“If your dream is to tell stories, interesting stories, play interesting people. That’s the bottom line,” he told GQ UK. “I have been incredibly lucky to portray Stephen Hawking and Lili. They are both extraordinary people and as an actor it doesn’t get better than that.”
“There is so much I need to investigate,” added Redmayne. “It’s a very famous story within the trans community.”
Redmayne and fellow Englishman Benedict Cumberbatch’s enormous Hollywood success has drawn the ire of many in the British acting community, who argue that the superstar duo, because of their privileged upbringings, were afforded far more opportunities to make it big than were their working class actor counterparts.
English actor James Fox, in an interview published Tuesday, called the criticism of Redmayne and Cumberbatch “classist.”
“I was one of the only actors of my background who made it in my 20s,” Fox told the Telegraph. “All the rest were working class: Terry Stamp, Albie Finney, Tom Courtenay, Michael Caine. No-one turned around and said, ‘Oi, all those working class people have got an advantage over you posh twits.'”
British actor Rupert Everett has also dismissed the criticism. “The upper class people are making the films that the Americans like but that’s how it is. There’s nothing we can do about that,” he told the Radio Times in May. “We can’t force the Americans to change their minds but we could also just not be so envious and bitter about it and celebrate at the same time all the other people who do amazing work and are huge stars in our own country and then get to break out as well.”
The 40th Toronto Film Festival has just announced the Gala Presentations and Special Presentations films for this year’s event.
DEMOLITION, from Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee, will open this year’s festival. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.
Among this year’s entries will be:
THE DANISH GIRL (directed by Les Mis’ Tom Hooper), starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, the 1920’s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignement surgery.
TRUMBO, starring Tony Award winner Bryan Cranston as the famous screenwriter and Hollywood blackist victim Dalton Trumbo.
VICTORIA, starring Christopher Plummer as an elderly Holocaust Eddie Redmayne, Helen Mirren & More Among Toronto Film Festival Line-UpSurvivor.
EYE IN THE SKY,a timely thriller starring Helen Mirren.
THE LADY IN THE VAN, starring MAGGIE Smith in the film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play.
The 40th edition of the festival begins on September 10th and runs through September 20th and will feature a host of special events commemorating four decades of the festival.
The full list of films follows:
Beasts of No Nation- directed by Cary Fukunaga, starring Idris Elba
Black Mass- directed by Scott Cooper, starring Johnny Depp
Anomalis – directed by
Brooklyn- directed by John Crowley, starring Saoirse Ronan
The Club- directed by
Colonia – directed by Florian Gallenberger
The Danish Girl- directed by Tom Hooper, starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander
The Daughter- directed by Simon Stone, starring Geoffrey Rush
Desierto- directed by Jonas Cuaron, starring Gael Garcia Bernal
Dheepan- directed by Jacques Audiard, starring Jesuthasan Antonythasan
Families- directed by
The Family Fang- directed by Jason Bateman, starring Nicole Kidman
Guilty- directed by
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The Idol- directed by Hany Abu-Assad
The Lady In The Van – directed by Nicholas Hytner, starring MAGGIE Smith
The Lobster- directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Colin Farrell
Louder Than Bombs- directed by Joachim Von Trier, starring Gabriel Byrne
Maggie’s Plan- directed by Rebecca Miller, starring Julianne Moore
Mountains May Depart- directed by Jia Zhangke
Office- directed by Won-Chan Hong
Parched- directed by Leena Yadav
Room- directed by Lenny Abrahamson, starring Brie Larson
Sicario- directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Emily Blunt
Son of Saul- directed by Laszlo Nemes
Spotlight – directed by Thomas McCarthy, starring Mark Ruffalo
Summertime- directed by Gabriele Muccino
Sunset Song -directed by Terence Davies, starring Peter Mullan
Trumbo- directed by Jay Roach, starring Brian Cranston
Un Plus Un- directed by Claude Lelouch
Victoria- directed by
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Eye in the Sky
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