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Robert Downey Jr. opens Toronto Film Festival

Robert Downey Jr. opens Toronto Film Festival
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The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has kicked off with the world premiere of Robert Downey Jr’s latest movie ‘The Judge’.

Downey plays a big-city lawyer who returns home when his estranged father, a small-town judge played by Robert Duvall, is accused of murder.

Speaking at the opening night, Downey said he was thrilled to have his film open the 2014 festival.

“I like the idea, too, that, like, if you have the first dance at a wedding, you really want to whip it up, you want to get the floor hot and sticky and I’m hoping that ‘The Judge’ will do that,” he said.

The film received luke-warm reviews at the Toronto screening with one critic accusing director David Dobkin of "first-degree cheese, with intent" while another predicted a moderate commercial life for ‘The Judge’. It is on worldwide release this autumn.

Juliette Binoche also hit the red carpet in Toronto for the North American premiere of French director Olivier Assayas’ latest movie ‘Cloud of Sils Maria’, which was screened in Cannes earlier this year.

“It’s really exciting that the film has this new life here. I feel such a great relationship with the film festival so it’s a continuation of something great,” said Assayas.

Binoche plays a veteran theatre actress who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that once launched her career. This time round, however, she takes on a different role, and a rivalry emerges with the younger actress playing the role that made her famous. Binoche’s character turns to her assistant for solace.

Nearly 300 films are being screened at the Toronto Film Festival, one of the most important events on the film industry calendar, which ends on the 14th of September.