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Denver Fest Announces "Precious" Opener

A scene from "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." [Image courtesy of Lionsgate]

"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" will be adding another date to its festival calendar. The 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival has just announced that the film will play opening night at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House Thursday, November 12. The film has particular importance in the region because two of its producers -- Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness -- are locals.

"Precious," set in Harlem, follows the titular character (Gabourey Sidibe), a poor, illiterate young girl abused by her parents, as she gets placed in a new school where she will get special attention and instruction. Siegel-Magness, Magness, Sidibe, and director Lee Daniels will be on hand for the red carpet gala. The film has been receiving special attention after being the first film to win the audience awards at both Sundance and Toronto. Additionally, its high profile cast including Mariah Carey and Mo'Nique as well as the participation of Oprah Winfrey as executive producer raised attention during its recent Toronto International Film Festival screenings.

"We're extremely excited and honored to have 'Precious' open the 32nd Starz Denver Film Festival," commented executive director Britta Erickson in a statement. "This is an incredibly well-crafted film with local roots and provides yet another strong affirmation of the important role our city and state continue to play in the international film industry."

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