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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Downey Jr film to open Toronto fest

Robert Downey Jr's new film The Judge will open the Toronto International Film Festival

Robert Downey Jr's new film The Judge is set to open the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

The drama, featuring the Iron Man star, Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga, will kick off the Canadian event on September 4 with a glitzy premiere.

Director David Dobkins said: "I brought my first film, Clay Pigeons, to Toronto, so 15 years later to actually be on opening night with The Judge is incredibly special and thrilling.

"The festival audiences are terrific, and I know I speak for everyone involved in the film when I say we are so pleased to be unveiling it there."

Downey Jr plays successful lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home when his estranged father (played by Duvall), the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth, and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also appear in The Judge.

Piers Handling, the festival's director and CEO, added: "The stars aligned... David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past. We couldn't have asked for a better start to this year's event."

Alan Rickman's period drama, starring Kate Winslet, will close the festival on September 14.

Toronto's slate, which includes 59 galas and special presentations, features performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, as well as films from directors including Chris Rock, Noah Baumbach and Mike Leigh.

The Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 39th year, runs from September 4 to 14.

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