Robert Redford received a standing ovation at the Toronto premiere, the swan song of the movie, which is tipped to earn him his first acting Oscar.
The Old Man and the Gun tells the fact-based story of a serial bank robber and prison escapee who rejects firmly to go straight.
Last month, the veteran Hollywood said the film, in the united KINGDOM, on 7 December, the last in which he is acting.
Redford, 82-year-old, won an Oscar for directing 1980’s Ordinary People and received an honorary Academy Award in 2002.
The veteran of Hollywood, known for such films as The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Africa, has said he now intends to concentrate on the staging.
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Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek and singer Tom Waits also star of David Lowery’s film, which had its first public screening in Toronto on Monday.
The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in August and will be presented at the London Film Festival next month.
Speaking on Monday, Redford – co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, said the film “fit with his sensibility.”
“I’ve always been attracted to the idea of out-of-the-law, and I played that in my work a lot, so this just followed suit,” he continued.
A key aspect of the film, based on the life of career criminal Forrest Tucker, is the fighting spirit of the relationship between Redford’s character and a police detective on his trail.
Affleck plays the cop in question, after having worked with Lowery on Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and A Ghost Story.
“Casey has represented the predator and I represented the prey,” said Redford. “I’ve always been attracted to this dynamic.
“The prey know the predator is going to come after him, and the predator knows that he will eventually get him.
“But in this contest there is a mutual understanding that almost becomes a friendship. There is a strange respect that develops.”
Winks Redford’s career are interspersed throughout the film, which at one point includes footage of his 1966 thriller The hunt.
Lowery said he has chosen to turn its long on 16mm film, “to make it feel old-fashioned, and made in a different era.”
“It is easy to romanticise shooting on the film, but there was a tangible thing that happens when you hear the film whirring through the camera,” he went on.
“Everyone takes a little more seriously, because they know that something is being captured at that time.”
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Affleck, for his part, expressed his gratitude to the Lowery repeatedly casting him in his films.
“David has seen me fall on my face and make a fool of myself in countless ways, and he hired me again,” said the Oscar-winning star of Manchester by the Sea.
“I’m like, ‘I guess it is safe ground, here I can make an ass of myself and it goes well.'”
The idea for The Old Man and the Gun, and its title, came from a 2003 New Yorker article by David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z, and the Killers of the Moon Flower.
The former has been made into a movie in 2016, while Martin Scorsese is set to adapt the latter with Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Toronto Film Festival continues until 16 September.
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