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TIFF First Looks: Clive Owen & Juliette Binoche In ‘Words And Pictures’ Plus Rebecca Hall In ‘A Promise’

TIFF First Looks: Clive Owen & Juliette Binoche In 'Words And Pictures' Plus Rebecca Hall In 'A Promise'

Toronto is in the final push of getting things ready for TIFF and it looks like the red carpets will be even starrier, and premieres even bigger than previously thought. With over 80 new films announced today, there won’t be a moment to spare this year at the festival, and even more peeks at the upcoming films have arrived.

Flying a bit below the radar is “Words And Pictures,” pairing up two actors we dig in Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. The film comes from Fred Schepisi (“The Russia House,” “Six Degrees Of Separation,” “Roxanne“) and it seems right in his familiar wheelhouse, blending comedy and drama. Here’s the synopsis: 

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche star in this playful comic drama about an English teacher who challenges the school’s art teacher to a “war” between words and pictures — and, in the process, sparks an unlikely romance.

Meanwhile, things go period with “A Promise” (“Une Promesse“), the latest from filmmaker Patrice Leconte. Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, and Richard Madden, it tells the tale of a tragic, torrid romance. Here’s the full synopsis:

Set in pre-First World War Germany, Patrice Leconte’s venture into English-language filmmaking chronicles the simmering love triangle between an ailing factory owner (Alan Rickman), his young bride (Rebecca Hall) and his protégé (Richard Madden).

So just a couple more titles to keep an eye as the things heat up in the coming weeks.

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