RiverRun fest announces lineup

'(500) Days of Summer' picked as opening-night film

Mark Webb's "(500) Days of Summer" will serve as opening-night film at the 11th annual RiverRun International Film Festival, which runs April 22-29 in Winston-Salem, N.C. For its closing night, the fest will screen Harold Lloyd's 1928 silent comedy "Speedy," accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra.

The fest will present its inaugural Emerging Master Award to filmmaker Ramin Bahrani following a screening of his latest film, "Goodbye Solo."

RiverRun will screen 37 features and 63 shorts from 26 countries.

"Over the past few years, RiverRun has developed a loyal following and built a reputation as one of the country's most prestigious regional film festivals. I think that's because we place such an emphasis on filmmakers and the power and urgency of new cinematic voices, such as Ramin Bahrani, the recipient of our inaugural Emerging Master Award," executive director Andrew Rodgers said. "As far as what's different this year, we've extended the dates of the festival to accommodate an increased demand for tickets; added a new noncompetition sidebar section to showcase more films by emerging talents and greatly expanded the caliber of our special presentations. We're also proud to unveil the strongest narrative competition lineup that we've ever had."

The narrative competition will include Luigi Falorni's "Heart of Fire"; Paolo Sorrentino's "Il Divo"; Lea Pool's "Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's"; Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy's "Rumba"; Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Three Monkeys"; So Yong Kim's "Treeless Mountain"; Sergey Dvortsevoy's "Tulpan"; and Max Farberbock's "A Woman in Berlin."
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