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THE 2012 STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES RED CARPET GALAS, SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS, & FILMS IN COMPETITION
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
"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.
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.
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
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
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
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).
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.
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
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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
(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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
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
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
(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
- 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.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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,