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Jonathan Levine's "50/50" to Open 10th San Diego Film Festival

The San Diego Film Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year opening with Jonathan Levine's cancer dramedy "50/50" Wednesday night (September 28). Actress Anna Kendrick and director Will Reiser will both attend the opening night premiere.

More than 75 feature, short and documentary films will be screened at the festival, including Drake Doremus' Sundance Best Picture winner "Like Crazy" and Ralph Fiennes' Shakespeare adaptation "Coriolanus."

“We could not ask for a better line-up on the celebration of our tenth anniversary,” said festival director Robin Laatz in a statment. “We are extremely excited about the caliber of films that were presented to us and can’t wait for our attendees to see them!”

The 10th San Diego Film Festival runs September 28 - October 2.

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San Diego Film Festival (SDFF), an annual celebration of film produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, announces it’s 2011 film line-up.

The festival will be celebrating its ten year anniversary this year from Wednesday, September 28 to Sunday, October 2 and will be screening more than 75 feature, short and documentary films. This year, SDFF is turning it up a notch by adding two more Short Film sections and one more Local Love section, celebrating local San Diego filmmakers.

The Festival kicks off with the Opening Night premiere of 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Anjelica Huston. Actress Anna Kendrick and director Will Reiser will be on hand to premiere the story of Adam, a 27-year-old writer of radio programs who is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer and learns he has a 50/50 chance of survival. Adam begins to discover what is most important to him when he is helped by his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer center. 50/50 is the story of a man’s transformative, and sometimes funny, journey to health.

On Friday night, the much-anticipated film, Like Crazy, starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence, will be premiering. The heartfelt, absorbing love story follows a British college student as she falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. Like Crazy was recently chosen as the Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival in addition to being awarded Best Picture and Best Actress.

The Feature Documentaries section is better than ever this year with notable films such as Marathon Boy, the story of a four-year-old boy plucked from the slums of India trained to become India's greatest runner, and The Bully Project, a film from Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, a SDFF alum, that examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Also screening is One in Seven, The New Face of Hunger, a film presented by Feeding America San Diego in support for September’s Hunger Action Month. The documentary, created by a group of students from Carlsbad High, aims to educate the public on the changing faces on hunger in the community of San Diego.

Also notable is Carlos Moreno’s Todos Tus Muertos, an Official Selection of the Sundance Film festival that features a peasant who wakes up to find a pile of corpses in the middle of his crops and East Fifth Bliss, a film starring Lucy Lui, Michael C. Hall and Peter Fonda, that tells the story of a guy who watches his life comically unravel after he enters into a relationship with the daughter of a former high school classmate.

Closing out the festivities is the soon-to-be blockbuster Coriolanus, starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes. This film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy features Butler as a banished hero of Rome as he allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

“We could not ask for a better line-up on the celebration of our tenth anniversary,” said Festival Director, Robin Laatz. “We are extremely excited about the caliber of films that were presented to us and can’t wait for our attendees to see them!”

A complete schedule and list of films can be found at www.sdff.org.

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