Sarasota Film Fest: Virginia Madsen, Bo Burnham Movies Among Lineup

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Yen Tan's AIDS crisis drama '1985' and Burnham's directorial debut, 'Eighth Grade,' will anchor the centerpiece sidebar.

The Sarasota Film Festival on Wednesday unveiled its full film lineup, which includes Bo Burnham's directorial debut, 1985, an AIDS crisis drama starring Virginia Madsen.

The festival's centerpiece section will screen 1985, Yen Tan's indie about a closeted gay man unable to come out to his friends and family during the beginning of the AIDS crisis, which stars Madsen and Cory Michael Smith. Also screening is Eighth Grade, Burnham's portrait of young teenagers discovering their identities online and in reality, which debuted at Sundance.

Madsen and Burnham will be in Sarasota to host their screenings. And the spotlight section booked Brett Haley’s dramedy Hearts Beat Loud, starring Nick Offerman; Silas Howard’s comedy A Kid Like Jake, starring Claire Danes, Leo James Davis and Jim Parsons; Dominic Cooke’s On Chesil Beach, with Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle playing troubled newlyweds; and Barbara Kopple's true-life crime drama A Murder in Mansfield.

Sarasota earlier announced Eric Stoltz’s coming-of-age comedy Class Rank as its opening-night film, while Rory Kennedy’s Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow will close the festival. Sarasota also will honor Steve Guttenberg and Madsen with career achievement awards during the closing weekend.

The Sarasota Film Festival is set to run April 13-22.