Wednesday, August 17, 2011

TIFF 2011 Adds Another Canadian Film to its Line-Up

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held between September 8 and 18, announced that another Canadian film called Winnie will be added to the TIFF's 2011 line-up.

Winnie, which is a co-production between Canada and South Africa, is a biographic drama about Winnie Mandela (Jennifer Hudson), the wife of black South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard). This film, which is based on the biography written by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob, will follow Winnie Mandela during her childhood, her marriage with Nelson Mandela and her husband's life-sentence in the slammers.

The film Winnie will be included in the Gala category. It will accompany three other Canadian films that are very anticipated: David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Ken Scott's Starbuck and Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz.

With the addition of Winnie, Canada will be represented at the 2011 TIFF with twenty-five films.

Let's notice that last year, another Canadian-South African co-production was part of the TIFF's line-up, which is The Bang Bang Club.

A theatrical release has yet to be announced for Winnie. However, according to, a specialized website on films and TV series, Winnie will be released in Canada in December.

Canadians Everywhere!
  • Winnie also stars Canadian thespians Elias Koteas (Defendor) and Wendy Crewson (Air Force One).
  • Besides being shot in South Africa, some parts of Winnie were also filmed in Montreal, Quebec.

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