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Chi. Filmfest Honors Cumming

Chi. Filmfest Honors Cumming

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Out actor Alan Cumming will receive the Chicago International Film Festival's OUTrageous Award October 18, with his latest film, The Tempest, to be shown afterward, the Windy City Times reports.

He costars with Helen Mirren in the film, directed by Julie Taymor. This adaptation of Shakespeare's play changes the main character, the magician Prospero, from a man to a woman, Prospera, portayed by Mirren. Cumming appears as Sebastian, who along with his brother -- the king of Naples -- and several others is shipwrecked on the island inhabited by Prospera and her daughter. Others in the cast include Russell Brand, Chris Cooper, Djimon Hounsou, Alfred Molina, David Strathairn, and Ben Whishaw. The film is scheduled for general release December 10.

The Chicago festival's OUTrageous program also includes the screenings, on various nights, of nine LGBT-themed films, such as Beautiful Darling, a documentary about Andy Warhol's muse Candy Darling, and French director Christophe Honore's steamy romance Man at Bath. In addition, outside this program, the festival will show Rabbit Hole, the screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire about a husband and wife mourning a child's death, directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star.

For more about the festival, click here.

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