Jason Reitman's 'The Front Runner' to Open Turin Film Festival

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'The Front Runner'

The political drama about the media frenzy surrounding a politician's private life stars Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and Alfred Molina.

The Front Runner, the latest film from director Jason Reitman, will open the 36th edition of the Turin Film Festival. Reitman will be on hand at the Northern Italian festival to present his work at the opening gala.

Based on Matt Bai’s book, The Front Runner stars Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and Alfred Molina.

In May 1987, Colorado Senator Gary Hart (Jackman) seemed a lock for the Democratic presidential nomination, leading George H.W. Bush in multiple polls. Then, in one week, that all collapsed following a media frenzy, the likes of which the country had never seen before, around rumors of his infidelity.

The film, which premiered at Telluride and Toronto, will open in U.S. cinemas on Nov. 21 and in Italy on Feb. 21.

Reitman is a four-time Oscar nominee (Up in the Air, Juno), who frequently mixes comedy and drama. His first film in 2005, Thank You for Smoking, starring Aaron Eckhart, was nominated for two Golden Globe awards. His last film Tully, released in May, starred Charlize Theron as a mother struggling to regain a sense of normalcy after the birth of her third child.

Palme d'Or-winning director Nanni Moretti will close out the festival with his new documentary Santiago, Italia.

The 36th Turin Film Festival takes place Nov. 23-Dec. 1.