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Chicago – There ain’t nothing like Dame Helen Mirren, international star and Oscar winner for “The Queen.” She, along with her husband Taylor Hackford (director of “Ray” and “An Officer and a Gentleman”), were honored at the Cinema/Chicago Spring Gala on May 24, 2017.
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. Their programs include the Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago International Television Festival, the CineYouth Festival, international screenings, and a year-round education program. Celebrating its 53rd edition October 12-26, 2017, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest running competitive film fest.
Helen Mirren at the Cinema/Chicago Spring Gala, May 24th, 2017
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Dame Helen Lydia Mirren was born in London, and »
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Colin Firth has just been cast in the lead role in Pat O’Connor’s Benjamin’s Crossing. Per Deadline, the film is based on the true story of Walter Benjamin, a Jewish philosopher who escaped Nazi Germany by crossing the Pyrenees Mountains in 1940. It will be based on the novel of the same name by Jay Parini.
This is the second time Firth and O’Connor have worked together; O’Connor directed the King’s Speech actor in the 1987 film A Month in the Country.
The film begins in 1940 as “Benjamin finds himself forced to flee his home in Paris on the heels of the Nazi invasion. With nowhere else to turn, he meets Lisa Fittko, who is helping refugees escape to Spain through the Pyrenees. Despite his weak physical condition, Lisa reluctantly agrees to bring him along, leading an unlikely group of refugees on a daring adventure that will change their lives forever. »
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