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Film Adaptation of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom Premieres at Toronto International Film Festival

Long Walk to FreedomAnant Singh’s film adaptation of Nelson Mandela’s biography, Long Walk to Freedom, received an eight-minute standing ovation from the audience at its first international screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Idris Elba, who plays Mandela, joined fellow cast members Riaad Moosa (Ahmed Kathrada), Lindiwe Matshikiza (Zindzi Mandela), Deon Lotz (Kobie Coetsee), Terry Pheto (Evelyn Mase) and Naomie Harris (Winnie Madikizela-Mandela) on the red carpet.

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory posted photos of the event:

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom had its first international screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, 7 September 2013.

The stars of the film, Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Riaad Moosa, Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz and Lindiwe Matshikiza, surprised throngs of fans when they stopped to pose for pictures with them before taking to the red carpet. The screening ended on a high note with an unprecedented eight-minute standing ovation from a visibly moved audience.

Director Justin Chadwick spoke to Huffington Post about the “brave choice” to cast Elba in the role of Mandela:

The Nelson Mandela biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival with a heavy dose of reverence for its subject, and a few extra pounds of muscle, too.

Idris Elba stars as the South African leader in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which the Weinstein Co. will release in late November. The film, directed by Justin Chadwick, takes a classical, inspirational biopic approach to telling the epic tale of Mandela’s life story.

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