'Stone' to open Palm Beach film fest

James Cromwell, Joel Silver to receive awards at event

Charles Martin Smith's "Stone of Destiny," which tells of how four students in Glasgow, Scotland outwitted the British government, will screen as the opening-night film at the 14th edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival, which runs April 23-27. Marc Webb's "(500) Days of Summer" has been tapped as the closing-night film.

James Cromwell, whose credits include "Babe," "The Queen" and "W.," will receive the fest's Career Achievment Award. Director Joel Zwick, who directed "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," will receive its Visionary Award.

The fest's awards gala, hosted by Tristan Rogers, will be held April 24 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

More than 110 films will screen at the five-day event, executive director Randi Emerman said.

"We're a little shorter this year yet we have added more venues as well as a second weekend featuring the 'Best of the Fest,' " he added.

The schedule also includes a special Italian Cinema sidebar, curated by Veronica De Laurentiis.

Other events on tap are "A Conversation With Director Joel Zwick"; seminars on such topics as "Finding an Agent" and the second annual Business of Film: From Idea to Audience finance conference; the Student Showcase of Films Screenings; and a special "Sing-a-Long Screening Under the Stars" featuring "Mamma Mia!"

Screenings will take place at Sunrise Cinemas, Mizner Park in Boca Raton, with special presentations throughout the county, including Movies of Delray, Lake Worth Playhouse, FAU and Cobb Theaters Jupiter and Downtown at the Gardens.
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