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David Hare's Spy Drama Page Eight, Starring Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz, to Close Toronto Film Festival

David Hare's Spy Drama Page Eight, Starring Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz, to Close Toronto Film Festival
Billy Nighy in 'Page Eight'
Bill Nighy will close the Toronto Film Festival in David Hare's 'Page Eight.'

Page Eight, a spy film written and directed by celebrated British playwright David Hare, has been chosen as the closing night attraction at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. The movie stars Broadway vets Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes alongside Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and Judy Davis.

Page Eight centers on Johnny Worricker (Nighy), a long-serving M15 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny's striking next-door neighbor, political activist Nancy Pierpan (Weisz) seems too good to be true.

Hare, a prolific playwright with a political bent, has received Best Play Tony nominations for Plenty, Racing Demon and Skylight. His most recent Broadway play was The Vertical Hour (which earned Nighy a Theatre World Award), and he directed Vanessa Redgrave in The Year of Magical Thinking. Hare is also a two-time Oscar nominee for the screenplays of The Reader and The Hours.

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