John Crowley's 'Brooklyn' to Open Vancouver Festival

'Brooklyn'

The Tom Hiddleston-starring Hank Williams biopic 'I Saw the Light' will close the 34th edition.

John Crowley’s Brooklyn, which stars Saoirse Ronan and Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Domhnall Gleeson, is to open the Vancouver Film Festival, organizers said on Tuesday.

Fox Searchlight Pictures paid $9 million at Sundance for the distribution rights to Brooklyn, the romantic drama based on Colm Toibin's novel of the same name and adapted for the big screen by Nick Hornby.

Brooklyn is set in 1950s Ireland and centers on a young woman (Ronan) trapped in between two men and two countries, testing her commitment to true love and her duty to her home country. Emory Cohen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent also star.

The west coast Canadian festival, to run from Sept. 24 to Oct. 9, will close with Sony Pictures Classics' I Saw the Light, the story of the legendary country music singer Hank Williams by writer-director Marc Abraham and starring Tom Hiddleston

The film portrays Hank Williams' meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. Based on Colin Escott’s biography of Williams, the film was produced by RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert, alongside G. Marq Roswell and Abraham.

Philippe Falardeau’s My Internship in Canada will open Vancouver's Canadian Images program, while Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest, starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood as sisters, is booked for the B.C. Spotlight Awards gala slot.

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