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Palm Beach Fest Sets Lineup; To Open With “Destiny,” Close With “Summer”

Palm Beach Fest Sets Lineup; To Open With "Destiny," Close With "Summer"

The Palm Beach International Film Festival announced its film line-up for the 14th edition, to run April 23-27, 2009 in Palm Beach, Florida. More than 110 films will screen at this year’s event, which now spans five days. “We’re a little shorter this year, yet we have added more venues, as well as a second weekend featuring the ‘Best of the Fest,” said Emerman. “The festival takes pride in our determination to bring Palm Beach County only the highest of quality in today’s independent film world!”

The 2009 Festival will present features, documentaries, shorts and student shorts from the U.S. and around the world, including Canada, Italy, England, Germany, Israel, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and India. The festival also features a special Italian Cinema sidebar, curated by Veronica De Laurentiis.

The fest will open with Charles Martin Smith’s “Stone of Destiny,” starring Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Robert Carlyle, Billy Boyd and Ciaron Kelly. “Destiny” retells the true story of four young Glaswegian students who, in 1951, outwitted the British authorities in their successful attempt to take back the Coronation Stone – Stone of Scone, a beloved symbol of Scottish pride – from Westminster Abbey back to its country of origin. Closing night in Palm Beach will find “500 Days of Summer,” director Marc Webb’s romantic comedy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

This year, the festival has also announced its first honorees to be recognized for their excellence in film. Actor James Cromwell will receive the Career Achievement Award, while director Joel Zwick will receive the Visionary Award. Additional honorees will soon be announced. The annual PBIFF black-tie Awards Gala celebration takes place on Friday, April 24 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club and will once again be hosted by Tristan Rogers.

Other special events and features include the Student Showcase of Films Screenings on Sunday, April 25, at Cobb Theatres Downtown at the Gardens, honoring the student filmmakers and celebrating the artistic successes they have achieved in this field; a special “Sing-a-Long Screening Under the Stars” on Sunday, April 26 at 8pm featuring a sing-a-long version of “Mamma Mia”; the festival will present the World Showcase of Italian Cinema curated by guest programmer Veronica De Laurentiis, author and actor, and the daughter of film star Silvana Mangano and legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis on Sunday, April 26 at the Sunrise Cinemas Mizner.

Some of the additionally announced features include Max Mayer’s “Adam,” Anthony Fabian’s “Skin,” Jeffery Balsmeyer’s “Lightbulb,” Rafael Monserrate’s “Poundcake,” Sebastian Doggart’s “Courting Condi,” Paul Saltzman’s “Prom Night in Mississippi,” and Ibtisam Mara’ana’s “Lady Kul El Arab.”

Screenings of this year’s films will be primarily at Sunrise Cinemas, Mizner Park in Boca Raton, with special presentations throughout the county, including Movies of Delray, Lake Worth Playhouse, FAU and Cobb Theaters Jupiter and Downtown at the Gardens.

For a complete list of films, please visit the festival’s website.

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