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THE FRONT RUNNER

An Oscar nominated and award-winning actress, VERA FARMIGA (Lee Hart) continues to captivate audiences with her ability to embody each of her diverse and engaging roles. Farmiga is currently in production on Ava DuVernay's highly anticipated Netflix limited series, Central Park 5, which is centered around the 1989 case when five Harlem teenagers were incorrectly convicted to eventually be set free.

In addition to The Front Runner, also premiering in Toronto is Guy Nattiv's Skin, which Farmiga stars in alongside Jamie Bell and Danielle Macdonald. Based on the life of Bryon "Pitbull" Widner (Bell), Skin follows a member of a Neo-Nazi gang who faces deadly consequences when he makes the decision to change his life. Farmiga will play the maternal leader of the notorious and violent skinhead gang from which Widner removes himself.

In 2019, Farmiga will be seen in the next installment to the blockbuster Godzilla franchise, Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, opposite Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobby Brown, as well as Rupert Wyatt's dystopian thriller Captive State opposite John Goodman for Participant Media. Farmiga was most recently seen in Jaume Collet-Serra's thriller The Commuter opposite Liam Neeson, in an episode of the Amazon series Philip K. Dick's Electric DreamS directed by Dee Res and in Shana Feste's Boundaries opposite Christopher Plummer.

In 2017, Farmiga starred in the fifth and final season of the A&E original series, Bates Motel, a modern-day prequel to the genre-defining film, Psycho. Farmiga, who earned a 2013 Emmy nomination in the category of "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" for her role, starred as the iconic character, "Norma," in the series which gave audiences a glimpse into the dark and deeply intricate relationship Norman Bates has with his mother. The critically acclaimed series went on to win the 2016 People's Choice Award for "Favorite Cable TV Drama."

In 2016, Farmiga starred in Jordan Roberts' film Burn Your Maps opposite Marton Csokas which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. That summer, Farmiga starred alongside Patrick Wilson in James Wan's box office smash The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, the sequel to the 2013 hit The Conjuring in which she also starred. Both films broke box office records and grossed over $300 million worldwide.

In 2011, Farmiga directed and starred in the critically acclaimed independent film Higher Ground, which won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, the Gotham Awards, Satellite Awards, Artios Awards, and Alliance of Film Women Journalists.

Farmiga received critical praise and nominations including an Academy Award, BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics' Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe for her role in Jason Reitman's Up In The Air, opposite George Clooney.

Farmiga's past film credits include, David Dobkin's The Judge opposite Robert Downey Jr.; James Wan's The Conjuring opposite Patrick Wilson; Adam Rogers' At Middleton opposite Andy Garcia; Nae Caranfil's Closer To The Moon opposite Mark Strong; Daniel Espinosa's Safe House opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds; Christopher Neil's Goats opposite David Duchovny; Duncan Jones' Source Code opposite Jake Gyllenhaal; Malcolm Venville's Henry's Crime opposite Keanue Reeves; Jaume Collet-Serra's Orphan opposite Peter Sarsgaard; Niki Caro's The Vintner's Luck opposite Jeremie Renier; Carlos Brooks' Quid Pro Quo opposite Nick Stahl; Miramax's The Boy In The Striped Pajamas opposite Asa Butterfield; and Rod Lurie's Nothing But The Truth, which earned her a nomination for a Broadcast Film Critics Award. For her performance in The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, she was awarded the Best Actress Award from the British Independent Film Awards.

Farmiga won the Best Actress award from the Los Angeles Film Critics' Association for her performance in the independent film Down To The Bone, a revelatory drama about a weary working-class mother trapped by drug addiction. She also won Best Actress awards from the Sundance Film Festival and the Marrakech Film Festival and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the role. Additional film credits include: Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning police drama, The Departed, opposite Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson; Anthony Minghella's Breaking & Entering opposite Jude Law; Joshua opposite Sam Rockwell; and Never Forever opposite Jung-woo Ha and David McInnis.

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