RiverRun Film Festival to Open With 'Blancanieves' and 'Casting By'

Blancanieves Still H 2012

The fest, which runs from April 12-21 in Winston-Salem, N.C., will honor "Mud" director Jeff Nichols and close with Ramin Bahrani's "At Any Price."

The RiverRun International Film Festival, which runs from April 12-21 in Winston-Salem, N.C., will kick off with two opening-night films: Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves, a retelling of the Snow White tale set in the world of Spanish bullfighters, and Tom Donahue’s Casting By, a documentary about Hollywood casting directors.

The festival’s closing-night film will be At Any Price, the father-son drama starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, directed by Winston-Salem native Ramin Bahrani.

RiverRun also will honor Jeff Nichols with its Emerging Master Award following a screening of his latest film. Mud. on April 21.

The 15th edition of the festival will screen 143 films, including 66 features and 77 shorts, from 35 countries.

“Since its inception, RiverRun has grown into a well-regarded regional film festival with a reputation for showcasing great films and providing amazing hospitality,” RiverRun executive director Andrew Rodgers said. “This year, we’ve once again curated a strong lineup of films from around the world representing the very best emerging talents and established veterans of the filmmaking community."

The festival’s lineup also includes a spotlight on Ingmar Bergman, with a four-film retrospective of the Swedish director’s work; a new sidebar section called "From the Archives," screening films by Alfred Hitchcock, Terry Zwigoff and Orson Welles; and "Altered States: New Directions in American Cinema," showcasing new works by young American filmmakers.

A complete lineup and ticket information can be found at www.riverrunfilm.com.