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Toronto: Hilary Swank, Mahershala Ali, Maggie Gyllenhaal to Keynote Festival

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Hilary Swank, Mahershala Ali and Maggie Gyllenhaal are set to take part in candid conversations as part of the Toronto Film Festival’s In Conversation With… series, organizers said Thursday.

Swank, in Toronto to tout What They Had, the directorial debut from screenwriter Elizabeth Chomko, will talk about her Oscar-winning career, as will fellow Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, who is bringing his latest film, Peter Farrelly’s 1960s-set road trip movie Green Book, to TIFF for a world bow.

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2018 Sundance lineup

Hilary’s new film will have world premiere at Sundance festivale next year.

What They Had / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Elizabeth Chomko, Producers: Keith Kjarval, Bill Holderman, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Alex Saks and Andrew Duncan) — Bridget returns home to Chicago at her brother‘s urging to deal with her mother‘s Alzheimer‘s and her father‘s reluctance to let go of their life together. Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster. World Premiere

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Bleecker Street Sets Release Date For What They Had

Bleecker Street has set its first five film releases for 2018. The lineup includes What They Had, Elizabeth Chomko’s debut film, based on her Nicholl-winning screenplay, starring Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon, which will bow in theaters March 16.

What They Had – March 16
From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, WHAT THEY HAD centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother’s (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her mother’s (Blythe Danner) Alzheimer’s and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.

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Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller I Am Mother

Hilary Swank is starring in the science-fiction thriller “I Am Mother,” which has started shooting at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank, who won best actress Academy Awards for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” is joining Clara Rugaard in a unique mother-daughter story.

Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.

“I Am Mother” is based on an original concept by director Grant Sputore and writer Michael Lloyd Green. The screenplay was on the 2016 Black List.

“I Am Mother” is Sputore’s feature debut. The special effects team at WETA Workshop (“Avatar,” “The Lord of The Rings”) has created the titular robot.

The movie is produced by Southern Light Films’ Timothy White and the Penguin Empire’s Kelvin Munro. Anna Vincent and Michael Lloyd Green co-produce. Executive producers are Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti from Rhea Films (“American Made”) along with Bryce Menzies, Philip Wade, John Wade and Sputore.

“It is a privilege to welcome Hilary Swank to our film,” Sputore said. “She is a remarkable performer who always brings tremendous commitment and honesty to the screen. I’m excited about the journey ahead with Hilary and the talented Clara Rugaard.”

Swank’s credits include Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman,” “Freedom Writers,” “P.S. I Love You” and Steven Soderbergh’s comedy “Logan Lucky.” She will next be seen in Danny Boyle’s television series “Trust,” starring as Gail Getty, the mother of kidnapped heir John Paul Getty III.

“I Am Mother” is an Australian production financed by Hercules Film Investments with major investment from Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation in association with Adelaide Film Festival, Screenwest, Lotterywest, Fin VFX, Blockhead and Kojo.

Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales, with WME Global’s Graham Taylor overseeing U.S. sales. Studiocanal is handling distribution in Australia and New Zealand. Swank is repped by WME.

Source: http://variety.com

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55 Steps at TIFF

55 Steps will have world premiere at TIFF.

Hilary Swank, Helena Bonham Carter, and Jeffrey Tambor star in this fact-based drama about a mentally ill woman fighting the powerful psychiatric establishment for greater self-control, and the lawyer who becomes her champion and friend.

The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017 and the festival schedule will be released on August 22nd.