Reel Performances: TIFF Film Circuit presents Churchill

Thursday November 16th at 7:00pm

Rating: PG

A gripping portrait of the man often referred to as “the greatest Briton of all time,” Churchill chronicles the tense days before the D-Day landing in June 1944. Haunted by memories of Gallipoli and the carnage of World War I, Winston Churchill (Brian Cox, Citizen Gangster; Forsaken) finds himself the sole opponent of a proposed Allied offensive in Normandy, intended to deliver the final blow that ends that war. Facing staunch resistance from General Dwight Eisenhower (John Slattery, Spotlight; The Adjustment Bureau) and the commander of the Allied troops, Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery (Julian Wadham, War Horse; The Iron Lady), Churchill desperately tries to impress upon King George VI (James Purefoy, High-Rise; Equity) the incredible risk of sending thou¬sands of men onto a beach with, in his mind, inadequate preparation. Unable to escape memories of the bloodshed of “the war to end all wars,” Churchill appears to retain the respect of his peers, but not their deference.

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