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iW NEWS | “Savages” to Kick off 30th Starz Denver Film Festival Thursday

iW NEWS | "Savages" to Kick off 30th Starz Denver Film Festival Thursday

The 30th Starz Denver Film Festival will open with Tamara Jenkins‘ “The Savages,” a look at the fate of two grown siblings who are forced to re-examine their lives when they have to team up to care for their aging father. “Savages” opens Thursday launching an 11-day festival that will host 175 films including six world, seven North American and three U.S. premieres from 36 countries. DFF highlights this year include an effot to break the Guinness Book of World Record for largest toy drive as part of its Saturday-at-the-Movies event, which will also include a sneak screening of “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman. Director Jason Reitman will attend a screening of “Juno” as part of the fest’s “Big Night Film.” The evening includes a fundraising gala dinner hosted by Starz. Norman Jewison will be presented with DFF’s Mayor’s Career Achievement Award following a 40th anniversary screening of “In the Heat of the Night,” while experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon will take the event’s Stan Brakhage Vision Award. Cannes favorites “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and “Persepolis” are slated to screen in the festival’s line up. To view a full list of this year’s slate, visit the DFF website. [Brian Brooks]

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