“Stone of Destiny” to close Toronto film festival

August 15th, 2008 - 10:06 am ICT by IANS  

Toronto, Aug 15 (IANS) This year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will close Sep 13 with the North American premiere of “Stone of Destiny”, written and directed by Charles Martin Smith. The film re-creates the story of four Glasgow University students who plotted to steal the 300-pound Stone of Destiny, the ancient coronation stone of the Scots from the English in 1950.

Considered to be the pillow stone of Jacob as per the Bible story, the stone was taken away by King Edward I of England in 1296. It was kept in Westminster Abbey and fitted under St. Edward’s Chair, upon which English monarchs were crowned for centuries.

“Stone of Destiny” shows how the four friends, fired by patriotism, reach London on Christmas day in 1950 to steal back the symbol of their heritage right under the noses of the English police.

The film features Robert Carlyle, Billy Boyd, Brenda Fricker, Charlie Cox and Kate Mara.

“We’re thrilled to have `Stone of Destiny’ close this year’s festival,” said film festival co-director Cameron Bailey. “This is a movie that wills you over with its charm, its sense of mischief and its pure Scottishness,” he said.

The organizers also announced Thursday 19 full-length feature films from 18 countries that will complete the Discovery line-up for this year’s festival.

“Discovery is the place at TIFF to find this year’s most exciting debuts in cinema,” said Bailey adding that “this is your one-stop shop for new filmmaking talent.”

These 19 films are in addition to seven movies already announced for this section.

All the 26 titles will be eligible for the Diesel Discovery Award, to be chosen by the festival’s press corps comprising over 1,000 journalists from around the world

The 33rd Toronto International Film Festival, which starts Sep 4, will close Sep 14.

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