THE FRONT RUNNER
An Oscar nominated and award-winning actress, VERA FARMIGA (Lee Hart) continues
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
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
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
premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. That summer, Farmiga
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
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,
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
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
Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds; Christopher Neil's Goats opposite David
Jones' Source Code opposite Jake Gyllenhaal; Malcolm Venville's Henry's Crime
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
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,
opposite Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson; Anthony Minghella's
Entering opposite Jude Law; Joshua opposite Sam Rockwell; and Never Forever
opposite Jung-woo Ha
and David McInnis.
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