White House to Screen Weinstein’s ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

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President Obama will attend a screening of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” in an early echo of last year’s Oscar race during which a number of movies were shown at the White House, adding to their prestige in the midst of awards season.

The Weinstein Co. said that the movie will screen at the White House on Nov. 7, with stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris in attendance along with Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani. The movie premiered in Johannesburg on Sunday, with Mandela’s former wife Winnie in attendance.

“Knowing what a strong relationship President Obama has with President Mandela, it’s an honor for this film to be shown at the White House,” Harvey Weinstein said in a statement.

In last year’s Oscar race, the White House screened “Lincoln,” and held a special Q&A event for the movie “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” among other events. “Silver Linings Playbook” star Bradley Cooper and director David O. Russell met with Vice President Joseph Biden to talk about mental health issues. And Weinstein helped arrange for First Lady Michelle Obama to appear on the Oscar telecast to announce the winner for best picture.

The movie, which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 29, is based on Mandela’s autobiography.

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