Middleburg Film Festival officials on Monday announced that Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" will open the inaugural film festival in October.
Justin Chadwick’s "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is the centerpiece selection.
“We are honored to host Nebraska and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at the inaugural Middleburg Film Festival,” said Sheila C. Johnson, founder and board chair for the Middleburg Film Festival in a prepared statement. “Both films are beautifully-told stories that represent the best in filmmaking and that is exactly what the Middleburg Film Festival is all about.”
"Nebraska," which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, is the story of a quiet old man (Bruce Dern) whose mild-mannered son (Will Forte) agrees to drive him from Montana to Nebraska to claim a non-existent $1 million sweepstake prize. The film moves from the comic to melancholy and regret, painting an unforgettable story of an aging father and his son. The Paramount Pictures release in theaters is Nov. 22.
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," is set to have its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It's based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name. The film chronicles his journey from growing up in small village to leading the fight against apartheid and spending 27 years in prison before becoming the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Idris Elba ("Prometheus," "The Wire") stars as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris ("Skyfall") stars as Winnie Mandela, with Justin Chadwick ("The Other Boleyn Girl") directing. The Weinstein Co. release is due in theaters Nov. 29.
The Middleburg Film Festival will begin Oct. 24 and continue through Oct. 27. It will start an opening night film and party. The festival’s signature event is an orchestral concert featuring the works of a noted film composer, accompanied by movie clips. Other activities and programs include: One-on-One Conversations with renowned filmmakers and actors; farm-to-table dinners and wine tastings at local vineyards; and master classes with leading members of the film industry. A “Conversation with Director Lee Daniels and former Washington Post Writer Wil Haygood” will take attendees behind the scenes of the critically acclaimed, "Lee Daniels’ The Butler."
The complete slate of films will be announced mid-September. For film listings and screening times, event schedule, FAQs and to order tickets visit: http://www.middleburgfilmfestival.com
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