VICTORIA & ABDUL Screenigs at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

Jesus Figueroa

Academy Award winner Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”) reunites with Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (“The Queen”), and returns to the role of Queen Victoria, in “Victoria & Abdul.”

The screenplay of “Victoria & Abdul” is by Academy Award nominee Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”), based on journalist Shrabani Basu’s book "Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant," which brought to light the long-hidden history of Victoria and Abdul from their own diaries and journals.

The extraordinary true story of the amazing and unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a young clerk, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), who becomes her teacher, her spiritual advisor, and her devoted friend.

In 1887, Abdul travels from India to present a ceremonial medal as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee but surprisingly finds favor with the elderly Queen.

The unprecedented and unlikely relationship causes a battle royale within the royal household, pitting the Queen against court and family.

“Victoria & Abdul” humorously explores questions of race, religion, power, and the farce of Empire through the prism of a highly unusual and deeply moving friendship.

2017 TIFF Screening Dates and Time:

  • September 10 at 2:30pm – Princess of Wales Premiere
  • September 11 at 11:30am – Princess of Wales
  • September 16 at 6:15pm – Winter Garden

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