Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Danish Girl competes in Venice and has special presentation at TIFF 2015

Two major festival's lineup announced in the past 24 hours and we know now, that The Danish Girl 
World premiere will be in Venice on 5th September. The film is one of 21 titles up for the Golden Lion 
award at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, which runs from 2 to12 September.

Brit megastar Eddie Redmayne comes to Venice in Tom Hooper’s 1920s-set movie The Danish Girl, in which
he plays one of the first men to become a trans woman. Alicia Vikander plays his wife – a remarkable pulchritude
face-off. Matthias Schoenaerts, Amber Heard and Ben Whishaw also stars in the film. No news yet about which
of them attend the premiere. Kristen Stewart, Michael Keaton, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson are among the stars coming to the world’s oldest major film festival.
The full line-up is available on the official festival website.
Video: Kristen Stewart, Idris Elba in Venice Film Festival Lineup
Video: Festival de Cinema de Veneza anuncia os competidores (portuguese)
The fest’s main jury, headed by Alfonso Cuaron, includes Elizabeth Banks and Diane Kruger alongside Turkish 
auteur and 2014 Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski, the director of Oscar winner 
“Ida”; French author, screenwriter and director Emmanuel Carrere; Taiwanese helmer Hou Hsiao-hsien, who won 
best director at Cannes this year for “The Assassin”; Italian director Francesco Munzi (“Black Souls”); and British director and screenwriter Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”).

It was announced on Tuesday that Tom Hooper’s biopic of Lili Elbe 
will also screen at the Toronto Film Festival.
The film is listed as being a North American premiere.
Among the other British stars who have films screening at the festival who will likely attend include Dame Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Emma Watson, Idris Elba, Kate Winslet and Jeremy Irvine.

The full list of films is available on the Toronto Film Festival website.

The real Lili Elbe and Eddie Redmayne in ‘The Danish Girl’

Excerpt from a letter written by Lili Elbe née Einar Wegener in 1930 shortly before her last surgery: “…One thing however consoles me that were it otherwise I must soon die. Grete and I believe we are dreaming, and are fearful of waking. It is too wonderful to think that Lili will be able to live, and that she will be the happiest girl in the world and that this ghastly nightmare of my life is drawing to an end. This wretched comedy as a man! Without Grete I should have thrown up the sponge long ago. But in these dark days I have had a fresh opportunity of seeing what a splendid girl she is… she is an angel. Overexertions, her own sufferings, have left her unscathed. She has contrived to work for two, now that I am no longer worth much…“

Updated on 31 July 2015 18:02


  1. I can't wait !!!!! My god.......... Captain Eddie I will guide The Italian Troop in Venice !!!!!

  2. Loved the movie. What outstanding performances. I was so moved by Lili's angst.


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