The 18th edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, commonly (and affectionately) known as Ebertfest, will open with Guillermo del Toro’s Gothic romance/horror hybrid, “Crimson Peak,” starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Jessica Chastain. This year’s festival runs from April 13 – 17 in Champaign, Ill.
Taking place in the late film critic’s home town, and now overseen by his wife, Chaz, and festival director Nate Kohn, Ebertfest is designed to “champion films that deserve a closer look,” and “Crimson Peak”—which failed to find a sizable audience, earning only $31 million at the domestic box office, despite receiving widespread praise from critics for its sumptuous detail and potent symbolism—certainly fits that bill. (As an added bonus, del Toro, one of the most lively social media presences in the ranks of leading filmmakers, will be in attendance.)
Ebertfest is presented in association with the University of Illinois College of Media. The rest of the 2016 lineup is to be announced. You can purchase one of the 1,000 available passes ($150) at the festival’s website.