'Michael Clayton' closing Atlantic fest


TORONTO -- Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton" will close the Atlantic Film Festival on Sept. 22, organizers said Tuesday.

The Warner Bros. drama, which stars George Clooney as a fixer in a New York law firm, will screen at the Halifax, Nova Scotia, event ahead of its Oct. 5 theatrical release. The movie also has earlier festival slots in Venice, Deauville and Toronto.

Unveiling the lineup for its 27th edition, the Atlantic Film Festival also announced gala slots for Halifax filmmaker Chaz Thorne's "Just Buried," Peter Greenaway's "Nightwatching" and Clement Virgo's "A Poor Boy's Game," a boxing drama starring Danny Glover that was shot locally.

Also joining the gala party in Halifax is Francois Ozon's "Angel," Francois Girard's Keira Knightley starrer "Silk" and the French animated film "Max & Co.," from Frederic Guillaume and Samuel Guillaume.

The festival's Special Presentations sidebar will include Kari Skogland's "The Stone Angel," which stars Ellen Burstyn; Bruce McDonald's "Tracey Fragments"; Jeremy Podeswa's "Fugitive Pieces," which opens Toronto on Sept. 6; Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution"; and Paolo Barzman's "Emotional Arithmetic."

Atlantic Film Festival organizers earlier announced that Roger Spottiswoode's Rwandan drama "Shake Hands With the Devil," produced by Halifax-based Michael Donovan, will open the event Sept. 13.