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Jessica Chastain, Benedict Cumberbatch, & Judi Dench Celebrate Achievements in the Film Industry at TIFF

Jimmy Horowitz, Jason Cassidy, Adeel Akhtar, Eddie Izzard, Robert Walak, Judi Dench, Abhijay Prakash, Peter Kujawski, Beeban Kidron and Ali Fazal at Focus Features’ VICTORIA & ABDUL premiere party hosted by GREY GOOSE Vodka and Soho House

GREY GOOSE® vodka and Soho House Toronto hosted two parties in celebration of the North American premiere of Victoria & Abduland the world premiere of Woman Walks Ahead.

The night kicked off with an early evening party for Victoria & Abdul, a charming dramedy chronicling the friendship between Queen Victoria, played by Judi Dench and a decades-younger Indian clerk named Abdul Karim, played by Ali Fazal. Guests filled the room as Judi, Ali, director Stephen Frears and cast members Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar posed for photos and made their way through the crowd, chatting with attendees. GREY GOOSE cocktails such as the Femme Fatale and Directors Cut flowed throughout the evening.

Later, Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes, director, Susanna White and screenplay writer Steven Knight were joined by friends at the Soho House Toronto first floor club bar to share a toast for the premiere of Woman Walks AheadTrays of GREY GOOSE Espresso Martinis and bite size chocolate brownies were passed as the party continued into the late night. Soho House and French luxury brand GREY GOOSE vodka have co-hosted film industry events and parties for nine concurrent years during the Toronto International Film Festival, as part of their ongoing support of the film community.

Grey Goose has deepened its ties to the film industry this year by introducing a new Q&A format brunch series at Toronto hotspot Lavelle entitled “Grey Goose Cocktails and Conversations” – an intimate discussion series showcasing the vision, inspiration and creativity of the best in film. On Sunday morning, Grey Goose welcomed the cast and filmmakers of Woman Walks Ahead – director Susanna White, screenplay writerSteven Knight, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain and actor Michael Greyeyes – for an intimate discussion about the film over handcrafted Grey Goose vodka Caesars with a series of elevated custom garnishes.

The Q&A series continued with a discussion about The Current War with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, screenplay writer, Michael Mitnick and the film’s stars, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult and Michael Shannon. GREY GOOSE Global Brand Ambassador Joe McCanta toasted to the bold spirit of invention embodied by Cumberbatch’s role as Thomas Edison during the cutthroat race to determine which electrical system would power the modern world.

Both the film industry and GREY GOOSE share the same daring spirit and passionate pursuit of the extraordinary, after all “if you can imagine it, it can be done.” (François Thibault, GREY GOOSE creator and Cellar Master).


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