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Exclusive: Inaugural Middleburg Film Festival Announces Full Slate of Films, Including 'Nebraska' and 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Indiewire By Clint Holloway | Indiewire October 11, 2013 at 5:4PM

The historic wine country of Virginia is set to get a strong taste of cinema as the Middleburg Film Festival begins later this month with a slew of prestigious films. Opening the inaugural edition of the festival is Alexander Payne's midwest family drama "Nebraska."
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The historic wine country of Virginia is set to get a strong taste of cinema as the Middleburg Film Festival begins later this month with a slew of prestigious films.

Opening the inaugural edition of the festival is Alexander Payne's midwest family drama "Nebraska." Serving as the centerpiece for the four-day event will be Justin Chadwick's Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." The festival will also feature a sidebar program commemorating "The Year of Italian Culture," showcasing contemporary Italian films as well as a restoration of Roberto Rosselini's 1954 masterpiece "Journey to Italy."

“We are thrilled to present our line up for the first Middleburg Film Festival,” said Executive Director Susan Koch. “Our goal was to curate an engaging slate of films, drawing from the U.S. and abroad and across all genres, that will satisfy casual movie goers and avid film lovers alike.  We are grateful for the generous support of our distributors and are looking forward to a glorious weekend of film, music and conversation.”

The Middleburg Film Festival is scheduled to run from October 24 - 27. For tickets, scheduling and more information, you can head over to the festival's official website. Here's the main slate:

Opening Night Gala Selection: NEBRASKA
Director: Alexander Payne

Centerpiece Gala Selection: MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
Director: Justin Chadwick

THE ARMSTRONG LIE
Director: Alex Gibney

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY 
Director: John Wells 

THE BEST OFFER
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

THE BUTTERFLY’S DREAM
Director: Yılmaz Erdoğan

CAPITAL
Director: Costa-Gavras

CHILD'S POSE
Director: Calin Peter Netzer

COMEDY WARRIORS: HEALING THROUGH HUMOR
Director: John Wager

ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME 
Director: Chiemi Karasawa

GLORIA
Director: Sebastián Lelio

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu

LOST FOR LIFE 
Director: Joshua Rofé

MUSCLE SHOALS 
Director: Greg “Freddy” Camalier

ONE CHANCE 
Director: David Frankel

PHILOMENA
Director: Stephen Frears

SLOW FOOD STORY
Director: Stefano Sardo

THE SQUARE
Director: Jehane Noujaim

TIM’S VERMEER  
Director: Teller

LE WEEK-END 
Director: Roger Michell

Special Screening: HARVEST OF EMPIRE
Directors: Peter Getzels, Eduardo Lopez

Special Screening: LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER
Director: Lee Daniels

Special Screening: JOURNEY TO ITALY
Director: Roberto Rossellini

Special Screening: THE GAMBLER WHO WOULDN'T DIE
Director: Giancarlo Giannini

This article is related to: Middleburg Film Festival, Festivals, Nebraska, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom