Some of the most heavily anticipated films of the fall/winter season -- including August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with Idris Elba, and Nebraska, from director Alexander Payne (The Descendants) -- are in the lineup for this years Lone Star Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.
The festival, running Nov. 7-10 at the AMC Palace Theater in downtown Fort Worth, will also feature Philomena, the new film from director Stephen Frears ( The Queen), and Tims Vemeer, a documentary by Teller (of Penn & Teller fame) about Tim Jenison, a man obsessed with the techniques of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.
Last year, Lone Star debuted ReScreen, a selection of classic films, and that continues this year with showings of digitally remastered versions of Jean-Luc Godards 1963 Contempt and Yasujiro Ozus 1953 Tokyo Story, and a digitally restored version of the 1924 documentary Epic of Everest.
The musician being honored this year with the Stephen Bruton Award is musician/composer/actor Lyle Lovett. Stephen Murrin Jr., who played a major role in the restoration of the Fort Worth Stockyards, is getting the inaugural Visionary Award.
Here are descriptions of the films scheduled so far, with a complete line-up of approximately 35 films to be announced in early October. Showtimes, including opening and closing night films, have not been announced. Two levels of passes are available at $50 and $250. Individual tickets are $8 ($6 for Lone Star Film Society members), except for the opening night where tickets will be $10 ($8 for members). For more information, go to lonestarfilmfestival.com
August: Osage County: The popular Tracy Letts play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family comes to the big screen starring Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Delbert Mulroney, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin, and Chris Cooper.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: Director Justin Chadwick, who told the story of an elderly, illiterate Kenyan man who decides to go to primary school in The First Grader, returns to an African setting for this Nelson Mandela biography.
Nebraska: Bruce Dern and Will Forte star in this drama about a father and sons road trip to claim a lottery prize. Dern won the Best Actor nod at Cannes and director Payne was nominated for the Palme dOr.
One Chance: David Frankel, director of The Devil Wears Prada, tells the story of Paul Potts, the shy, intimidated man with the big voice who won Britains Got Talent a few years back. James Corden ( The History Boys), Julie Walters ( Billy Elliot), and Colm Meaney ( Hell on Wheels) star.
Philomena: Directed by Englishman Frears, written by versatile English actor/writer Steve Coogan, and starring Judi Dench, this drama about a journalist and a woman searching for her long-lost son, came in second place for the Peoples Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Tims Vermeer: An intriguing cast -- including David Hockney and Penn Jillette -- contribute to this doc from the half of Penn & Teller who never speaks. It will be interesting to see what he has to say.