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Victoria and Abdul


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Victoria and Abdul

From Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) comes the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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Q&A filmmaker Stephen Frears & author Shrabani Basu with JBFC Board President Janet Maslin
Wednesday, Sep. 13 2017, 7:35
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Unanimously regarded as one of Britain’s finest directors, Academy Award nominee Stephen Frears has always embraced a wide variety of styles, themes and genres. Most recently, Frears directed Meryl Streep's Oscar-nominated performance in Florence Foster Jenkins, and directed The Program, starring Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong. Frears also directed the Oscar-nominated film Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, as well as The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II. Frears’ other directing credits include Mrs. Henderson Presents (Oscar nomination), HBO’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, Dirty Pretty Things (Oscar nomination), High Fidelity, The Grifters (Oscar nomination), and Dangerous Liaisons (Oscar winner).

Born in Calcutta and raised in Dhaka, Kathmandu and Delhi, Shrabani Basu began her career as a trainee journalist in the bustling offices of The Times of India in Bombay. She moved to London in 1987, and has since then been the correspondent of the Calcutta-based newspaper Ananda Bazar Patrika and The Telegraph. She has always combined her journalism with her love of history, evident in her books that examine the shared histories of India and Britain, including Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, Curry: The Story of the Nation’s Favorite Dish, Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan, and For King and Another Country.

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