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DENVER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES RED CARPET SCREENINGS
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
‘La La Land’ to Open, ‘Jackie’ to Close, ‘Lion’ for Centerpiece, ‘Lost in Paris’ to receive Rare Pearl Award

The 39th Denver Film Festival (DFF39), produced by Denver Film Society (DFS), announced the lineup of Red Carpet screenings, special presentations and films in competition. Recognized as one of the nation’s premier film events, the Festival will open on November 2, 2016, with LA LA LAND, directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The Festival will close on Saturday, November 12 with JACKIE, directed by Pablo Larraín and starring Natalie Portman.

Rounding out the Red Carpet schedule are; LION, the drama directed by Garth Davis and starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, screening as the Festival’s Centerpiece presentation on Friday, November 4, and THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN by writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig as the Red Carpet Matinee on Saturday, November 12.

“The 39th Denver Film Festival Red Carpet and Special Presentations represent compelling voices in cinema and continue our tradition of bringing the most anticipated films from the fall circuit to our audiences,” says Denver Film Society Festival Director Britta Erickson. “From Damien Chazelle’s modern musical La La Land, starring the dazzling Emma Stone, to Natalie Portman’s iconic portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie, these films set the bar for the entire program of impressive work coming to our screens in November.”

In addition to Red Carpet screenings, DFF39 will present more than 200 titles representing local, national and international independent films, as well as industry panels, workshops, achievement awards and tributes.

Other highlights include a screening of the comedy LOST IN PARIS, which will be honored with the Festival’s Rare Pearl Award, and a Tribute to the writing, directing and acting duo behind the film, Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon. The couple will also appear with two of their previous films, RUMBA and THE FAIRY. The Stan Brakhage Vision Award will be presented to internally-recognized, avant-garde filmmaker Saul Levine. In addition, the Festival will recognize Alex Karpovsky (Girls, Inside Llewyn Davis) with its Reel Social Club Indie Voice Award at a screening of FOLK HERO & FUNNY GUY, in which he stars.

The full program lineup for the 12-day Festival will be announced on Monday, October 10 and individual tickets for the general public will go on sale Wednesday, October 12 online at www.denverfilm.org or in-person at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206).

DFF39 highlights include:

RED CARPET SCREENINGS

OPENING NIGHT
LA LA LAND – USA / Director: Damien Chazelle
Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) wrote and directed this original musical set in modern-day Los Angeles, where aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, struggle to make ends meet against the backdrop of a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

CENTERPIECE
LION – Australia/UK/USA / Director: Garth Davis
Separated from his family at age five, Saroo survived on the streets of India, found love with his adoptive parents in Australia—and now, 25 years later, is setting out anew. Armed only with unwavering determination and Google Earth, he embarks on a quest for the ages: going home again.

RED CARPET MATINEE
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN – USA / Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Everyone, everywhere, understands the growing pains of adolescence. Times change, modes of communication evolve, but some things—like the first pangs of love or the sting of a friend’s betrayal—never do. Creating a film about growing up in our digital age took artists who could poignantly capture the voice of this generation. From writer/first-time director Kelly Fremon Craig and five-time Oscar-nominated and three-time Oscar-winning producer James L. Brooks, The Edge of Seventeen is a coming-of-age comedy with a refreshingly authentic voice.

CLOSING NIGHT
JACKIE – USA/Chile/France / Director: Pablo Larraín
This searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history—as seen through the eyes of iconic First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman)—is already garnering buzz as an Oscar contender. Acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín directs.


  
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