'Choke' gets hold as Raindance opener

'Hush' will be London film festival's closing-night film

LONDON -- Clark Gregg's big-screen adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Choke" will open this year's Raindance Film Festival in the British capital.

The movie -- which stars Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston and Kelly Macdonald -- will kick-start the U.K.-based shindig, which sets itself apart from other fests here by focusing on discoveries, innovation and indie filmmaking.

Closing out this year's event will be Mark Tonderai's directorial debut "Hush," a road horror movie complete with kidnapped girlfriends, an unrelenting psycho killer and duff policing.

Organizers said the festival's 16th edition boasts 75 features and more than 100 shorts, all thrown into the usual mix of Q&As, master classes and live events.

The competition jury includes actor Peter Capaldi, Beastie Boys filmmaker Adam Yauch, producer Rebecca O'Brien and veteran helmer Nicolas Roeg.

This year's lineup also features the London premiere of the documentary "Arctic Monkeys Live at the Apollo," with director Richard Ayoade and the band due to attend.

The Hollywood Reporter will host an event during the festival, which is set to run Oct. 1-12.
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