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Source: Toronto International Film Festival
August 9, 2005
World Premiere of Niki Caro's North Country a Gala Presentation
Toronto – Niki Caro's NORTH COUNTRY receives its world premiere as a Gala
Presentation at the 30th Toronto International Film Festival. NORTH COUNTRY
stars Academy Award©-winner Charlize Theron in an inspiring story of a single
mother who rallies her female coworkers to rise above the unfair treatment
they face at a local mining company. At once inspiring and heartwrenching,
NORTH COUNTRY also delivers commanding performances from fellow cast
members and Academy Award©-winners Frances McDormand and Sissy Spacek,
along with Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan,
and Woody Harrelson.
In the wake of a failed marriage, Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) returns to her
hometown in Northern Minnesota hoping to build a better life for herself and
her two children. Encouraged by her friend Glory (Frances McDormand), one of
the few female miners in town, Josey takes a job at the mine.
She's prepared for the back-breaking and often dangerous work, but coping
with the harassment she and the other female miners encounter from their
male coworkers proves far more challenging.
Josey's attempts to carve out a better future for her family put her at odds
with her children, her disapproving parents (Sissy Spacek and Richard Jenkins),
and her community. Through this struggle she finds the courage to stand up
for what she believes in – even if that means standing alone. Ultimately, her
journey takes her farther than she could have ever imagined and inspires
countless others to follow.
NORTH COUNTRY is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Michael
Seitzman. Produced by Nick Wechsler, the film is distributed by Warner Bros.
Gala Presentations at Roy Thomson Hall are made possible through the
sponsorship of VIACOM, Paramount Pictures Canada Distribution Inc., and
Showtime Networks Inc.
[Toronto International Film Festival Dates: Sep 8-17, 2005]


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