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THE 2012 STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES RED CARPET GALAS, SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS, & FILMS IN COMPETITION

10/12/2012
2012 Starz Denver Film Festival
- Festival sets A Late Quartet for Opening Night, Quartet for Big Night, and Silver Linings Playbook for Closing Night - 18 Films Chosen for Competition - Six Packs and Patron Packages on sale now

The 35th Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), sponsored by Starz Entertainment and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced today its Red Carpet Galas, Special Presentations, and Films in Competition. Recognized as the Rocky Mountain Region's largest film event, SDFF attracts over 55,000 film-goers and is widely recognized for presenting Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award-winning films, such as The Artist, Black Swan, Brokeback Mountain, No Country for Old Men, and Slumdog Millionaire - well before their collective accolades.

 

"As our country chooses its next President, the Starz Denver Film Festival will give tens of thousands of local film lovers the opportunity to 'Vote Film' and experience the artistic creations of some of the world's best film makers," said Festival Director Britta Erickson. "This year's festival will offer an astounding array of film choices and the festivities that only SDFF can provide.  This is one time you can vote often and never make a bad choice.

 

The Starz Denver Film Festival opens November 1 with a Red Carpet Presentation of A Late Quartet, directed by Yaron Zilberman and starring a stand-out cast of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ivanir, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken. Dustin Hoffman's touching directorial debut, Quartet, will take the stage on Big Night for a Red Carpet Presentation on November 3. David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook will wrap SDFF's Red Carpet Presentations on November 10.

 

SDFF Special Presentations include Any Day Now, Art of Conflict, Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Free Samples, Grassroots, Hyde Park on Hudson, Jayne Mansfield's Car, The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus, The Sapphires, Shadow Dancer, and Stand Up Guys.

 

"More than 225 films from close to 40 different countries make up the slate for this year's festival and we're once again looking forward to introducing a rich and diverse selection of titles to Colorado audiences, including 16 locally produced films", said Artistic Director, Brit Withey.

 

In addition, the SDFF presents an eleven-day full festival program including international and independent films, industry panels, workshops, achievement awards, and tributes. Media accreditation closes end of day on Friday, October 12. For details on how to apply, please visit www.denverfilm.org/about/press/.

 

To keep up to date with the Starz Denver Film Festival, visit www.denverfilm.org/festival, like the SDFF Facebook page www.facebook.com/denverfilmfestival, follow @DenverFilm on Twitter, and join the conversation by using the #SDFF35 hashtag.

 

 

RED CARPET PRESENTATIONS

 

Opening Night, November 1    

A Late Quartet - (DIRECTOR Yaron Zilberman, PRODUCERS Vanessa Coifman, David Faigenblum, Emanuel Michael, Tamar Sela, Mandy Tagger, Yaron Zilberman, WRITERS Seth Grossman, Yaron Zilberman, CAST Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ivanir, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken) - When cellist Peter (Christopher Walken) informs his string-quartet colleagues (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ivanir, and Catherine Keener) that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, dramatic passions arise from within their artistic souls. The soundtrack and score by Angelo Badalamenti, featuring works by Haydn, Bach and Strauss, segue smoothly into the action.  

 

Big Night, November 3

Quartet - (DIRECTOR Dustin Hoffman, PRODUCERS Finola Dwyer, Stewart Mackinnon, WRITER Ronald Harwood, CAST Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Sheridan Smith, Pauline Collins) - Making his directing debut at age 75, Dustin Hoffman brings an optimistic take on aging to this dramatic comedy about a houseful of retired-but still very much kicking-theater folk. Classical music absorbs the characters, played by a star-studded cast that includes Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay. 

 

Closing Night, November 10

Silver Linings Playbook - (DIRECTOR/WRITER David O. Russell, PRODUCERS Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon, CAST Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker) - Writer-director David O. Russell explores the dysfunctional family in his darkly comic adaptation of Matthew Quick's 2008 novel. Released from a psychiatric facility into the care of his not-so-sane parents (Jackie Weaver and Robert DeNiro), Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) finds solace in the company of a psychotic young widow (Jennifer Lawrence).

 

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Any Day Now - (DIRECTOR Travis Fine PRODUCERS Travis Fine, Kristine Hostetter Fine, Chip Houirihan, WRITERS Travis Fine, George Bloom, CAST Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Frances Fisher, Isaac Leyva, Gregg Henry, Jamie Allman, Kelli Williams, Chris Mulkey) - A moving and entertaining portrayal of a gay adoption case from 1970s California, Any Day Now pairs a flamboyant drag performer (Alan Cumming) with a straitlaced and tightly closeted district attorney as the would-be permanent custodians of a teenager with Down syndrome.

 

  • Art of Conflict - (DIRECTOR Valeri Vaughn) - Narrated by Vince Vaughn, this eye-opening documentary examines how the street art of murals tells the story of Northern Ireland's history and the violent Troubles, through interviews with muralists, political figures, art historians, and people who live and work in the region.

 

  • Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie - (DIRECTORS Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger, WRITER Daniel A. Miller) - Before Beck and Limbaugh, another populist reigned supreme. Re-meet Morton Downey Jr., the original f**king loudmouth. Lower the safety bar for a roller-coaster ride through Downey's euphoric ascent to fame and nauseating plummet to infamy.

 

  • The Fitzgerald Family Christmas - (DIRECTOR/WRITER Edward Burns, PRODUCERS Edward Burns, Aaron Lubin, William Rexer, CAST Kerry Bishé, Connie Britton, Edward Burns, Heather Burns, Dara Coleman, Brian D'Arcy James, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Noah Emmerich, Caitlin FitzGerald) - Writer/director/star Edward Burns revisits the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen, his 1995 breakout hit at Sundance, to fashion this holiday dramedy about a family reluctantly allowing a visit by the clan's patriarch after an absence of 20 years.

 

  • Free Samples - (DIRECTOR Jay Gammill, PRODUCERS Eben Kostbar, Joseph McKelheer, WRITERS Jim Beggarly, CAST Jess Weixler, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Tippi Hedren) - In Jay Gammill's debut, angry law school dropout Jillian has to hand out ice cream samples after a night of heavy drinking. Sporting a wicked hangover, she doles out more than her customers bargain for as she faces her own existential dilemma. Jesse Eisenberg and Tippi Hedren contribute.

 

  • Grassroots - (DIRECTOR Stephen Gyllenhaal, PRODUCERS MRB Productions, Matt R. Brady, Peggy Case, Michael Huffington, Peggy Rajski, Brent Stiefel, WRITERS Stephen Gyllenhaal, Justin Rhodes, CAST Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Cedric the Entertainer, Cobie Smulders, Lauren Ambrose) - In this fact-based dramatic comedy, scenes of beautiful but traffic-choked Seattle make a strong case for young City Council candidate Grant Cogswell's single cause: extension of the city's quiet, efficient monorail. Cogswell improbably came very close to unseating the incumbent in 2001.

 

  • Hyde Park on Hudson - (DIRECTOR Roger Michell, PRODUCERS David Aukin, Kevin Loader, WRITER Richard Nelson CAST Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Elizabeth Marvel, Olivia Colman, Sam Creed) - International affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR's domestic establishment when the president (Bill Murray) and his wife host the king and queen of England in upstate New York as Britain faces imminent war with Germany.

 

  • Jayne Mansfield's Car - (DIRECTOR Billy Bob Thornton PRODUCER Geyer Kosinski, WRITERS Tom Epperson, Billy Bob Thornton, CAST Kevin Bacon, Ray Stevenson, Robert Patrick, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Tippi Hedren) - Two families are brought together in 1969 Alabama by the death of a woman who was married first to Jim (Robert Duvall) and then to Kingsley (John Hurt). The families struggle with resentments, jealousy, fear of aging, and the tension between three generations of fathers and sons whose notions of manhood are shaped by their exposure to combat.

 

  • The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus - (DIRECTOR/WRITER Alexandre O. Philippe, PRODUCERS Alexandre O. Philippe, Robert Muratore) - Octopus as oracle? So say believers in Paul the psychic cephalopod, who correctly predicted the winners of eight 2010 World Cup soccer matches. Director Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas) explores Paul's meteoric rise to celebrity status in this charming documentary.

 

  • The Sapphires - (DIRECTOR Wayne Blair PRODUCERS Rosemary Blight, Kylie Du Fresne WRITERS Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson CAST Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell) - Exuberant renditions of classic Motown tunes carry this upbeat musical comedy/drama, based on the true story of a talented all-Aboriginal Australian girl group who win a contest to tour Vietnam entertaining American troops-and often dodging bullets.

 

  • Shadow Dancer - (DIRECTOR James Marsh, PRODUCERS Chris Coen, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, WRITER Tom Bradby, CAST Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson) - When a young Irish mother (Andrea Riseborough) is arrested for planting an IRA bomb in a London subway, she must choose between separation from her son and threatening the safety of her brothers. Clive Owen plays the MI5 agent whose job it is to tco-opt her.

 

  • Stand Up Guys - (DIRECTOR Fisher Stevens, PRODUCERSSidney Kimmel, Tom Rosenbeg, Gary Lucchesi, Jim Tauber, WRITER Noah Haidle, CAST Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies) - Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin star in this action comedy as retired gangsters reunited for one epic night. The three try to compensate for missed decades of crime, drugs, and sex, but one has been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss.

 

 

FILMS IN COMPETITION

 

KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM

  • Alps - (DIRECTOR Giorgos Lanthimos, PRODUCERS Giorgos Lanthimos, Athina Rachel Tsangari, WRITERS Efthymis Filippou, Giorgos Lanthimos, CAST Stavros Psyllakis, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed, Aggeliki Papoulia) - A paramedic, a nurse, a gymnast, and her coach provide the service of standing in for the recently deceased, by appointment. In this darkly comic, existential tale, director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) employs intertwining plots, striking camerawork and stirring performances to blur the line between reality and make-believe.

  • Guilty - (DIRECTOR/WRITER Vincent Garenq, PRODUCERS Christophe Rossignon, Philip Boeffard, CAST Philippe Torreton, Wladimir Yordanoff, Noémie Lvovsky, Raphael Ferret, Michèle Goddet) - This fact-based story of a man incarcerated nearly four years for horrific crimes he didn't commit grippingly shows just how far awry the judicial process can fall. Viewers feel Alain Marécaux's predicament with stunning immediacy as his life is slowly torn to shreds.

 

  • Lotus - (DIRECTOR Pascale Simons PRODUCER Marc Bary WRITER Philip Delmaar, CAST Monic Hendrickx, Edda Barends, Gaite Jansen, Martijn Lakemeijer, Chris Zegers, Georgina Verbaan, Peggy-Jane de Schepper, Nasrdin Dchar) - Bonds of love are tested to both humorous and sorrowful effect as couples and families tackle the challenging issues of suicide, injury, and infidelity. Five interwoven stories about need and desire create a rich tapestry of life-changing moments that take place in the space of 24 hours.

 

  • Paradise: Faith - (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Ulrich Seidl, WRITERS Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz, CAST Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh, Natalya Baranova, Rene Rupnik) - Religion and sexuality clash in unexpected ways when a woman devoted to the Catholic Church goes on her annual pilgrimage to evangelize others, only to have her loose-cannon, wheelchair-bound Muslim husband return after two years to take his rightful place in the household.

 

  • Sister - (DIRECTOR Ursula Meier PRODUCERS Denis Freyd, Ruth Waldburger, WRITERS Antoine Jaccoud, Ursula Meier, CAST Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Gillian Anderson) - A lower-class Swiss boy ascends to a luxury ski resort to steal from the wealthy patrons in order to support himself and his jobless sister. It's a risky lifestyle that he handles well, until family matters intrude and threaten to take away what stability he's been able to create for himself.

 

THE NEW DIRECTORS AWARD

  • 28 Hotel Rooms - (DIRECTOR/WRITER Matt Ross, PRODUCERS Lynette Howell, Louise Runge, Samantha Housman, CAST Chris Messina, Marin Ireland) - In his directorial debut, Matt Ross takes a new approach to filmmaking with this collage of hotel-room scenes between lovers (Marin Ireland and Chris Messina) who are married to other people yet find themselves falling deeper and deeper into a profound relationship.  

 

  • City World - (DIRECTOR/WRITER Brent Chesanek, PRODUCERS Brent Chesanek, Yvette Granata, Justin Strawhand CAST Sean Kaufman) - A beautifully drawn portrait of empty landscapes in Orlando, Florida, serves as backdrop for a boy's ruminations on history and family. Images rich in atmosphere contrast with his notions about how Orlando came to be and what his life is like, now that he's living alone with his father.

 

  • Consuming Spirits - (DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER Chris Sullivan, CAST Robert Levy, Nancy Andrews, Chris Sullivan) - Consuming Spirits combines meticulous pencil drawing, collage, cutout, and stop-motion animation to weave a spell as it tells of three tormented souls with closely guarded secrets in an imaginary Appalachian town. Chris Sullivan's film is a haunting ride for all who take the trip.

 

  • International Sign for Choking - (DIRECTOR/WRITER Zach Weintraub, PRODUCER Bradley Smith, CAST Zach Weintraub, Sophia Takal, Roger Delahaye) - Former exchange student Josh (writer/director Zach Weintraub) returns to Buenos Aires to work on a documentary, but can't fit in. He meets fellow American Anna, and though there's a mutual attraction, Josh's feelings of alienation spoil any possibilities of a relationship.

 

  • Pincus - (DIRECTOR/WRITER David Fenster, CAST David Nordstrom, Dietmar Franosch, Paul Fenster, Christy Idavoy) - After becoming sole caretaker for his Parkinson's-patient dad, slacker Pincus learns some life lessons despite himself. Director David Fenster drew from his experiences caring for his own father. With a cast of mostly family and friends-including Fenster's dad-Pincus is part fiction, part documentary and wholly authentic.

 

  • Richard's Wedding - (DIRECTOR/WRITER Onur Tukel, PRODUCERS Jason Klorfein, Devoe Yates, CAST Onur Tukel, Jennifer Prediger, Darrill Rosen, Jamie Dobie, Oona Mekas, Heddy Lahmann, Adam Schartoff, Lawrence Michael Levine, Dustin Guy Defa) - Writer/director Onur Tukel stars in this quirky comedy. Along with an offbeat group of comrades, Tuna is headed to Central Park for a friend's wedding. As their conversation-from inane to profound-unfolds and wedding plans go awry, the pals' faults and insecurities are exposed.

 

THE MAYSLES BROTHERS AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • Bestiaire - (DIRECTOR Denis Côté, PRODUCER Sylvain Corbeil) - French-Canadian director Denis Côté (an SDFF guest last year) looks at the fascinating interplay of human beings and exotic animals in this partially staged documentary, filmed at Quebec's Parc Safari. He suggests a kind of loneliness we may not grasp-and that the creatures are curious about us, too.

 

  • Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters - (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Ben Shapiro, FEATURING Gregory Crewdson) - Brief Encounters is a journey inside the mind of legendary artist Gregory Crewdson and a work of art in its own right. The film documents Crewdson's creative process, following him through small town Massachusetts as he sets up the "perfect frozen moment" for each mesmerizing photograph.

 

  • Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal - (DIRECTOR/WRITER Stephen Vittoria, PRODUCERS Stephen Vittoria, Noelle Hanrahan, Katyana Farzanrad, FEATURING Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Rubin Hurricane Carter, Peter Coyote, Giancarlo Esposito, Dick Gregory, Ruby Dee, Tariq Ali, Amy Goodman) - Mumia Abu-Jamal joined the Black Panther Party at age 15, and reported on the revolutionary movement until his arrest for murder in 1981. Even on death row, his voice would not be silenced. Long Distance Revolutionary focuses on Abu-Jamal's prolific writing, politics, and perseverance.

 

  • Private Universe (Soukromý vesmír) - (DIRECTOR/WRITER Helena Trestíková, PRODUCERS Katerina Cerná, Pavel Strnad) - Veteran Czech documentarian Helena Trestíková, the master of a time-lapse filming method she calls "time collection," charts 37 years in the lives of the working-class Kettner family-from the birth of their son Honza, in 1974, on through his uncertain adulthood. In the same period, Trestíková's homeland boots out Stalinist socialism and joins the European Union.

 

  • The Revisionaries - (DIRECTOR Scott Thurman, PRODUCERS Pierson Silver, Scott Thurman, Orlando Wood, WRITER Jawad Metni, Scott Thurman) - Dinosaurs rode on Noah's Ark? The Earth was created a mere 10,000 years ago? The battle for young people's minds resumes every ten years when the State Board of Education meets to revise Texas's textbooks. The Revisionaries documents the ongoing fight between fundamentalists and academics.

 

  • Virgin Tales - (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Mirjam von Arx, WRITERS Mirjam von Arx, Michèle Wannaz) - No sex before marriage, not even a kiss? Randy Wilson, founder of the Purity Ball in Colorado Springs, believes young women's bodies belong to God until the right man comes along. Virgin Tales documents two years with his evangelical Christian family as they promote chastity.  

 

About the Denver Film Society:  Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, non-profit SCFD Tier II cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival and Film on the Rocks. The Denver FilmCenter/Colfax presents film programs daily and is Denver's first and only year-round cinematheque. Members of DFS support one-of-a-kind programs reaching more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training each year.

 

 

Tickets for the 2012 Starz Denver Film Festival:

Individual tickets go on sale to Denver Film Society Members on Wednesday, October 17 and to the general public on Friday, October 19. Tickets are available for purchase online at denverfilm.org or at two box office locations, Denver Film Center/Colfax (2510 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206) or the Starz Denver Film Festival Pavilions Ticketing and Information Center (500 16th Street, Suite #188, Denver, CO 80202).

 

Six Pack tickets to any regularly priced films and Matinee Six Packs for screenings Monday - Friday before 5:30pm are now on sale. Six Pack and Matinee Six Packs are available to both Denver Film Society Members and Non-Members and can be purchased online at denverfilm.org.

 

Patron Packages are available for advanced ticket selection and to ensure seating at Red Carpet Presentations and Special Presentations. Contact Alison Greenberg to purchase a Patron Package at (303) 595-3456 ext. 229 or alison@denverfilm.org.

 

Red Carpet Presentations will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Buell Theater. Regular festival screenings will take place at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, UA Denver Pavilions Stadium 15, and L2 Arts & Culture Center.


2012 Starz Denver Film Festival Sponsors:  

PREMIER: Starz ASSOCIATE: Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, AOR Marketing & Advertising, Barbara Bridges, CEAVCO Audio Visual, Denver Pavilions, KeyBank, Liberty Global, Regal Entertainment Group SUPPORTING: Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Ciroc Vodka, Eron Johnson Antiques, GHP Horwath, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Harmonic Media, Husch Blackwell, Integrity Print Group, Rocky Mountain College of Art+Design, Stella Artois, Three Tomatoes Catering, The Westin-Downtown Denver PATRON: Alamo Drafthouse, Avnet, Basil Doc's Pizza, Butler Rents, Caz Matthews, Colorado Film School, Kentwood City Properties, New Forum Films, Photo: Laszlo, Pura Vida Fitness & Spa, Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast, The Reelist, School of Rock, Teatulia, UC Denver Live!, Wells Fargo MEDIA: CPT12, IMDb, InFocus TV, KBCO, KDVR/Ch.2, Westword GOVERNMENT: Arts & Venues Denver, City and County of Denver, Colorado Creative Industries Division, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Consulate General of Canada in Denver, The Japan Foundation, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District CONTRIBUTING: Billboard Ecology, Charcoal Restaurant, Contagious Media, Dynamite Laser Beam, Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Fine Arts Foundation, Freshies Food Corp, High Noon Entertainment, L2 Arts & Culture Center, Le Central, milkhaus, Open Media Foundation, Postmodern Company, SAGIndie, Zerosun Pictures

 

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