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Marshall: Thursday, October 12, 8:30 PM, Ace Hotel New Orleans Directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring a highlighted cast including Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, and Sterling K. Brown. This film examines the early career of Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) as he litigates a high-profile case of race and social discrimination amidst the backdrop of WWII.
Mudbound: Saturday, October 14, 9:00 PM, Ace Hotel New Orleans This locally-shot product is the early buzz of the film festival. Directed by Dee Rees and starring Carey Mulligan, Garret Hedlund, and Jason Mitchell (a New Orleans native who received acclaim for his role as Eazy-E in Straight Outta Compton) places two families of differing societal planes within the unforgiving farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Jason Mitchell will attend the screening and will receive the Trailblazer Award following the film for recognition of his work.
Darkest Hour: Sunday, October 15, 5:00 PM, Prytania Theater Gary Oldman is receiving high praise for his perception of Winston Churchill, the newly appointed British Prime Minister, during the Second World War. Directed by Joe Wright and also starring Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, and Kristin Scott Thomas, its historical context is worthy of recognition alone.
Last Flag Flying: Tuesday October 17, 7:30 PM, Prytania Theater Directed by Richard Linklater, this film embarks on a road trip with three former Vietnam veterans (Steve Carrell, Bryan Cranston, Lawrence Fishburne) to bury one of the veteran’s son who was killed in the Iraq War. As one of the most widely marketed films at the festival, this film will likely be popular with its audiences. For Linklater enthusiasts – he is renown at projecting his characters from the most obtuse light. I will watch out of sheer curiosity for his portrayals within this film.
Call Me by Your Name, Thursday October 19, 8:00 PM, Ace Hotel New Orleans This New Orleans Film Festival will close its 28th year with a film that presses boundaries but also forgives them. Directed by Luca Guadiagnino and starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet as the film’s focal point, this film has received several best film nominations across its film festival lineup.In addition to film screenings, the festival will also hold several special presentations. Patricia Clarkson and Gabourey Sidibe will host respective conversational pieces for All-Access and Weekender pass holders. Sidibe also makes her directorial debut at the film festival with her short film, The Tale of Four, which chronicles the connection of four women within their individual emotional quests. For further information on the film festival and to purchase tickets, please visit the New Orleans Film Society.