Magazine article Screen International

Mira Nair's 'Queen of Katwe' to Get European Bow at London Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Mira Nair's 'Queen of Katwe' to Get European Bow at London Film Festival

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Mira Nair's (Monsoon Wedding) drama biopic Queen Of Katwe will get its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival (October 5-16) where it will screen on Oct 9 at Odeon Leicester Square in the festival's headline gala section.

Queen of Katwe is the true story of a young girl who sells corn on the rural streets of Uganda until her world is turned upside down when she is introduced to the game of chess.

The film stars David Oyelowo (Selma), Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga and is Nair's seventh film to be presented at the festival.

Nair directed the film from a screenplay by William Wheeler. The film is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and John Carls with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film will be released in the UK on Nov 4 by Disney.

Nair said: "It makes me very proud that the European premiere of Queen Of Katwe, a film so close to my heart, and set in my hometown of Kampala, will take place at the BFI London Film Festival. …

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