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Toronto film festival adds Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Kidman movies

August 16, 2011 |  7:00 am

The already-crowded 2011 Toronto International Film Festival lineup just got more packed with the addition Tuesday of eight galas and 18 special presentations, including "Winnie," the biopic of South Africa's Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard; "Trespass," a  Joel Schumacher thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage; and the French film "Beloved," starring Catherine Deneuve.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher ("Precious") will unveil his directorial debut, "Violet & Daisy," featuring  Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna"), Alexis Bledel ("Gilmore Girls") and James Gandolfini. Meanwhile, Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton will star in Nick Murphy's thriller "The Awakening."

The festival, which runs from Sept. 8-18, will feature the British film "Page Eight" as the closing-night film. Starring Bill Nighy, the spy pic from director David Hare also features Michael Gambon and Rachel Weisz.


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-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Jennifer Hudson, left, and Terrence Howard in a scene from "Winnie." Credit: Toronto International Film Festival.