A mid-year changeup behind the scenes at the Denver Film Society hasn’t diminished the group’s ability to bring big-name films to the annual Starz Denver Film Festival, starting Wednesday, Nov. 6.
The departure of programming manager Keith Garcia and the hiring of Ernie Quiroz — former film program coordinator for the Phoenix Art Museum — may have caused some slight changes in the myriad film offerings, but the many Oscar-buzzed titles the festival — now in its 36th year — usually brings to town are still there.
The collection of festival highlights kicks off at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, with a screening of the Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin drama “Labor Day,” directed by Jason Reitman (“Up In The Air,” “Juno”).
Also featured in a gala screening is the latest film from acclaimed director Alexander Payne (“The Descendants,” “Election”), the father-and-son road trip film “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, whose characters travel more than 700 miles across country after the father (Dern) receives a letter announcing a sweepstakes victory to be collected at the company’s headquarters in Lincoln, Neb. The screening is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Caulkins Opera House in Denver.
Perhaps the biggest and most-talked-about of the major releases showing at this year’s festival is the big-screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit “August: Osage County,” directed by “ER” and “The West Wing” producer John Wells. Among the stars of the ensemble cast are Meryl Streep as Violet Weston, Julia Roberts as Barbara Fordham, Ewan McGregor as Bill Fordham and Benedict Cumberbatch as Charles Aiken.
Of course, there are dozens of other titles that will screen daily at the Sie FilmCenter on East Colfax Avenue and at the Denver Pavilions. Visit www.denverfilm.org for showtimes and tickets.
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