Gary Oldman's 'Darkest Hour' to Open Whistler Film Festival

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Joe Wright's latest British period piece drama joins 'I, Tonya' and 'The Disaster Artist' in fest lineup.

Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in his dramatic first few weeks as British prime minister, is to open the Whistler Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

Wright's latest British period piece drama heads to the west coast Canadian festival from producer Working Title and Focus Features as distributor. Also booked into Whistler is Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya, which stars a foul-mouthed Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in a dark comedy about the infamous Olympic figure skater who fell from grace after the attack on fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

The festival will also show Bryan Cranston as a foul-mouthed former Marine in Last Flag Flying; Richard Linklater's post-war drama; Kyra Sedgwick's directorial debut, Story of a Girl; the Bill Pullman-starrer The Ballad of Lefty Brown, directed by Jared Moshe; and Eva Gardos' fifth directorial work, Budapest Noir.

Gardos is best known for editing Hollywood movies like Valley Girl, Barfly, Mask and Tales from the Crypt. Whistler will also play Francois Girard's Hochelaga, Land of Souls, Canada's best-foreign-language contender in the Oscar competition.

The festival, to run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, will close with the world premiere of the mountain biking documentary The Moment, by Darcy Hennessey Turenne.