FLIFF celebrates its 25th year with several films and celebrity appearances


  Starting tomorrow night, the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival (FLIFF) will kick off its 25th year with a variety of films and guests that will make their appearances from Oct. 22-Nov. 11.

  The FLIFF’s opening night film will be Edward Burns’ (The Brother McMullen) ninth film, Nice Guy Johnny, which is about a sports talk show host with an authoritarian girlfriend. The festival’s closing night film is director George Hickenlooper’s drama, Casino Jack, with Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey as Washington DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

  Among the interesting films that will be showcased at the FLIFF include: Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, about an established ballerina (Natalie Portman) whose rivalry with another dancer (Mila Kunis) turns into a twisted friendship; Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, the tale of mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco) who got trapped in a Utah canyon for five days; and the Argentinean film Carancho, which is about a relationship between a lawyer (Ricardo Darin) and a doctor (Martina Gusman).

  Edward Burns, Michael Murphy (Manhattan) and Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction) are among the abundance of celebrities and filmmakers that will make their appearance on Friday night for the festival’s opening night. On Saturday night, controversial director Michael Moore will conduct a live Q&A session featuring clips from his films.

  For ticket information and a complete schedule of films, go to the festival’s website at www.fliff.com

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