Wayne Blair's Vietnam-era film about an all-girl pop group, 'The Sapphires,' was chosen to screen on opening night, as was Julian Farino's romantic comedy 'The Oranges.' Other festival highlights include Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut 'Quartet,' and festival closer 'Grassroots,' directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal.
Perhaps the most highly anticipated film at the festival is 'Seven Psychopaths,' a comedy written and directed by Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh that stars Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken. A Gus Van Sant retrospective and honorary tribute rounds out the bill.
Unlike in previous years, in addition to the Gaslamp District location the festivities, running Sept. 26-30, will be held at a second venue in nearby La Jolla.