‘The Lady’ to be Premiered in Toronto
08 September 2011: A biopic film The Lady about Burma’s democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is to be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) scheduled to open today in Toronto, Canada.
The Lady, one of the major 10 films selected for Gala Presentations of more than 300 films and documentaries from across the world, will be on screen on 12, 13 and 17 September, according to a report by the Canadian Friends of Burma.
The statement said that 56 percent have responded to watch ‘The Lady’ according to an online survey by CBC News, and that tickets for most shows have been sold out, according to sources from Burmese community in Toronto.
Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) said: “It believes this film will attract the viewers to learning her life and struggle for the democratic system in her homeland. Moreover, the film will generate more interest and support in the struggle of democracy and human rights in Burma.”
In June, a Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh, who plays Aung San Suu Kyi in the film, was deported from Rangoon International Airport in Burma during her second visit to the country since the start of the shooting.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a recipient of Honorary Canadian Citizenship conferred by Canadian Parliament – among a few international figures recognized by Canada, the statement said.
The Toronto International Film Festival will run till 18 September.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang