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Philadelphia To Screen "Confidence," "Laurel Canyon"

Philadelphia To Screen "Confidence," "Laurel Canyon"

by Eugene Hernandez



Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz in "Confidence," which will open the 2003 Philadelphia Film Festival.

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The 2003 Philadelphia Film Festival will open on April 3 with the East Coast premiere of James Foley's "Confidence," which debuted at Sundance last month. The Lions Gate film stars Ed Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia, and Rachel Weisz. The event will close on April 16 with Lisa Cholodenko's latest, the Sundance 2003 entry "Laurel Canyon." The Sony Pictures Classics release stars Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, and Kate Beckinsale.

In "Confidence," Ed Burns stars as "a con man who plays the ultimate shell game inside a shell game when he inadvertently scams a mobster (Dustin Hoffman) and has to find a way to pay him back -- or else." While in "Laurel Canyon," Christian Bale stars as "a straight-laced graduate of Harvard Medical School (who) reluctantly brings his rich fiance (Beckinsale) home to meet his pot-smoking, free-wheeling mother, and discovers to his dismay that the two women have more in common than he thought."

The 2003 event will feature several changes for the fest, run by the Philadelphia Film Society. The fest has changed its name from the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema to the Philadelphia Festival. Also, it is introducing the Independence Seaport Museum as a new venue.

"We are very proud to bring two Sundance Festival highlights to Philadelphia," said Film Society Board Chairman and Artistic Director Ray Murray in a prepared statement. Continuing he added, "These films demonstrate our commitment to presenting the full variety of filmmaking at the Philadelphia Film Festival, from major American movies to innovative international cinema to the sharpest of cutting-edge works."

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