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TIFF To Host 30th Anniversary Screening of 'The Big Chill' On Opening Night

Indiewire By Julia Selinger | Indiewire July 25, 2013 at 11:14AM

Thirty years after its world premiere at the 1983 Toronto International Film Festival, "The Big Chill" is back.
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Thirty years after its world premiere at the 1983 Toronto International Film Festival, "The Big Chill" is back. 

On the opening night of TIFF's 38th edition, the festival is hosting a special anniversary screening of Lawrence Kasdan's classic film. Much like the reunion that conspired in the film, the screening is bringing together members of the cast and crew for an extended Q&A, though we can't say whether they'll be left dancing to The Temptations this time. Moderated by Variety's film critic Scott Foundas, the Q&A will feature actors Glenn Close, Tom Berenger, Meg Tilly, Mary Kay Place and JoBeth Williams; director/writer Lawrence Kasdan; screenwriter Barbara Benedek; executive producer Marcia Nasatir; and producers Meg Kasdan and Michael Shamberg.

Following its opening night screening thirty years ago, "The Big Chill" won the coveted People's Choice Award and went on to be nominated for three Academy Awards: best film, best screenplay, and best supporting actress.

"The story of how The Big Chill and the Toronto International Film Festival found each other is a fascinating one," says Cameron Bailey, TIFF's Artistic Director. "On this special night we’ll reunite the creative team that made an American classic, and indulge in a little glorious nostalgia. With that soundtrack, there might even be dancing."

"The Big Chill" will screen on Thursday, September 5 at 7pm at the Princess of Wales Theatre.  

This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, The Big Chill