Here’s the First Wave of Films for Denver Film Festival 2018

Denver Film Festival (DFF) is back this October 31 through November 11 with 12 full days of screenings. That’s correct — 12 days of screenings.  Over the duration of the festival, Denver Film Society (DFS) is playing over 250 films, most of which are seeing the light of day in Colorado — or the United States — for the very first time. The festival will also host actors, directors, filmmakers and workshops and also a reality pavilion and much more. This season ’s focus is Hungarian film.

This season ’s Red Carpet Presentation is The Front Runner, a movie about Colorado Senator Gary Hart played with Hugh Jackman (Logan, X Men, Les Misérables). The Movie also stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, Bates Motel), J.K. Simmons (Juno, La La Land, Spider Man) and comic Bill Burr (Breaking Bad, F is for Family). It s ironically slated for an official release on Election Day. Director Jason Reitman (Juno, Thank You for Smoking, TullyUp in the Air, episodes of The Office and Saturday Night Live) is scheduled to stay around for a dialogue at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House screening. In a press release, festival manager Britta Erickson stated,

“We are eager to welcome Jason Reitman back into the Denver Film Festival. After winning over audiences with Juno (DFF30), Reitman’s star has only climbed with films like Up in the Air and Labor Day.  He returns to showcase a narrative that will resonate deeply with Denver audiences–the presidential campaign of Colorado Senator Gary Hart. ”

Notably about the lineup is Wildlife, a movie co-directed from the comedy actors Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, Swiss Army Man, There Will Be Blood) along with Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick). The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan within a version of the Richard Ford publication of the Identical name. Dano has already received acclaim for the debut introduced with IFC Films, along with Mulligan who’s been commended for a career-defining performance. Another star-studded attribute is Everybody Knows with Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall) and Penélope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona, Vanilla Sky). The suspense-drama is led by two-time Oscar winner along with DFF favored Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman).

If you’re a fan of flicks, take a look at Swimming with Men and Old Boys.  Camping with Men is a UK dramedy about a man’s synchronized swimming pool. The UK retains down their comedic representation with Old Boys too — a romantic comedy based on a French classic. The Movie stars Alex Lawther (The End of the F*cking World, Black Mirror).

Horror fans are also catered to at Denver Film Festival and this season there will be a hot-damn zombie Christmas musical. The surely original film — Anna and the Apocolypse — has gained a great deal of buzz, was an official selection at this season ’s Fantastic Fest and can be screaming at Telluride Horror Show in mid-October. Though this is the scary flick announced so much, be on the lookout for more than DFF’s full lineup statement on October 10. 

Documentary lovers will get their fill with the technology-focused General Magic, Postcards From the 48 percent — a political doc around Brexit — along with ULAM: Main Dish for many you foodies. The movie about the rise of Filipino flavors was an official decision in the year’s San Francisco International Film Festival.  Maria by Callas utilizes never-before-seen footage to tell the story of singer Maria Callas through her very own words.  Oh, and also for those that recall the 2014 black comedy, Frank, you’ll have the opportunity to fulfill with up with the guy who inspired the movie in Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story.

Take a look at the beneath, provided by Denver Film Society in a press release. Go here for tickets and more info regarding this year’s holiday season. 

In time for Christmas, the apocalypse has started, along with the undead are descending on the weary Scottish city of Little Haven. Now teenager Anna and her friends must fight–and of course dancing and sing –to survive within this zany, candy-colored zombie vacation musical.

Meet with the real-life oddball whose story inspired the 2014 humor Frank. Over the span of two years, almost-famous musician turned provocateur in papier-mâché head Chris Sievey lost himself in the very performance art that garnered him a cult following. That is his tragicomic very fact.

EVERYBODY KNOWS / dir.  Asghar Farhadi / Spain/France/Italy
Special Presentation
Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Ricardo Darín star in this suspenseful tale of love and betrayal, secrets and lies set during a wedding in the vineyards of Spain. Two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, DFF34; The Salesman, DFF39) directs.

GENERAL MAGIC / dirs.  Sarah Kerruish, Matthew Maude / USA/UK
From telephones and touchscreens into emojis along with e-commerce, the geniuses of all General Magic invented everything. The only problem? They did it before many of us knew what the Internet was. This fascinating documentary takes you behind the scenes of the planet ’s most successful failed company.

MARIA BY CALLAS / dir. Tom Volf / France
Special Presentation
Through never-before-seen video footage, audio recordings, and other archival material, mythical opera singer Maria Callas tells her story in her own words–decades following her death. This transcendent portrait also catches Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, along with other leading lights of her era.

OLD BOYS / dir.  Toby MacDonald / UK/Sweden
Cyrano de Bergerac belongs into British boarding school in this charming update of the classic French comedy series in the 1980s, starring The End of the F***cking World’s Alex Lawther as a egghead who’s assisting the handsome however dim-bulbed college hero to pursue a more gorgeous girl. Or is he?

POSTCARDS FROM THE 48 dir.  David Nicholas Wilkinson / UK
Produced by and incorporating voters who elected to remain in the European Union, this enlightening documentary about Brexit explores why 48 percent of United Kingdom residents have continued their struggle against the momentous decision–against all odds.

SHOPLIFTERS (MANBIKI KAZOKU) / / dir.  Hirokazu Kore-eda / Japan
Special Presentation
There’s no honor among thieves. However there isn&rsquo. Renowned Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s piercing, fiercely tender portrayal of a poor but loving family of petty offenders scraping by on borrowed time won the Palme d’Or at this season ’s Cannes Film Festival.

SWIMMING WITH MEN / dir.  Oliver Parker / UK
In this heartfelt dramatic comedy based on a true story, bored and possibly cuckolded accountant Eric (Rob Brydon, The Trip) is circling the rest of existence –until, that is,” he’s thrown a most-unexpected rope in the form of a synchronized swimming group for middle-aged males.

ULAM: MAIN DISH / dir.  Alexandra Cuerdo / USA
Culinary Cinema Presentation
The American restaurant sector could be cutthroat. It can also be uplifting. This goes double for chefs seeking to attract immigrant cuisines and cultures . This stirring documentary follows the visionaries at the center of their new Filipino food motion, including Eggslut’s Alvin Cailan.

WILDLIFE / dir. Paul Dano / USA
Special Presentation
Together with co-writer Zoe Kazancelebrity Paul Dano makes a whopping debut with this version of a Richard Ford book, set in Montana, about a teenaged boy coming of age amid the dissolution of his parents’ union. Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan star.

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