Whit Stillman's 'Love & Friendship' to Open San Francisco Film Festival

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The closing night and centerpiece screening have also been announced.

The San Francisco International Film Festival has set the opening and closing night screenings, as well as the centerpiece selection.

Whit Stillman's Jane Austen adaptation starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, Love and Friendship, will open the festival. The documentary Bandit, which centers of the friendship of Burt Reynolds and stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham, will be the closing night screening.

The Logan Lerman-starrer Indignation will be the festival's centerpiece screening on April 30. The film is directed by James Schamus and is based Philip Roth’s fictionalized account of his college experiences in the 1950s.

“From venerable indie director Whit Stillman delivering a refreshingly contemporary Jane Austen adaptation, to James Schamus—one of the world’s greatest writer/producers—directing his first film, to Bay Area star documentary maker Jesse Moss bringing his raucous Hollywood portrait home, we look forward to welcoming these exceptionally talented folks to San Francisco to help us celebrate our 59th edition,” said San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan.

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 21–May 5.