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iW NEWS | Luketic’s “21” to Open 15th SXSW Film Festival in March

iW NEWS | Luketic's "21" to Open 15th SXSW Film Festival in March

Robert Luketic‘s “21” will open the 15th South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival (SXSW) March 7th, the event anounced Wednesday. Written by Peter Steinfeld and Allan Loeb, the Columbia Pictures release is based on Ben Mezrich‘s book, “Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Student Who Took Vegas for Millions.” The feature stars Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, and Laurence Fishburne and will screen at Austin’s Paramount Theater, kicking off the nine day film fest taking place in the Texas capital March 7 – 15. Also joining the partial line up unveiled today along with “21” are Steve James and Peter Gilbert‘s drama “At the Death House Door,” Erik Nelson‘s doc on author Harlan EllisonDreams with Sharp Teeth,” Michael Radford‘s “Flawless” starring Demi Moore, “Run Fatboy Run” by David Schwimmer, and Celia Maysles‘ doc about her father, filmmaker David Maysles, “Wild Blue Yonder,” which iW profiled from IDFA in November. “We’re thrilled to have 21 screen as the Opening Night Film of SXSW 2008,” commented festival producer Matt Dentler in a statement. “With a great story, as well as fantastic talent in front of and behind the camera, we’re willing to bet that audiences will be just as excited.” [Brian Brooks]

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