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Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival starts this weekend

By Rachel Galvin

The 25th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival begins this weekend with its opening night comedic film, “Nice Guy Johnny,” held at Bailey Hall at Broward College, 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie, 33314, directed by Ed Burns, who will be in attendance with cast members: Matt Bush, Kerry Bishe, Aaron Lubin and Michael Harrop. The film is followed up by the Gala, sponsored by Entre Nous, at the nearby Signature Grand, 6900 W. State Rd. 84, Davie, FL 33317. Look for most of the other activities to take place at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6 Street in Ft. Lauderdale, 33301.

As usual, the festival, which runs officially until Nov. 11, will feature films from around the globe and bring in filmmakers and many cast members to mingle at after parties. There are so many events packed into the time period that it is hard to plan what to see next.

Other Highlights:
Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Cinema Paradiso – “The Trotsky,” as part of a Michael Murphy (“MASH,” “Nashville,” “Kansas City”) tribute. Murphy will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement award in acting. (Michael Moore is coming the same day at 9 p.m., but his talk is sold-out).

Oct. 30, 8 p.m., Cinema Paradiso –“Endure,” starring Judd Nelson, who will be in attendance. The Centerpiece party follows.

Nov. 6, 5 p.m., Cinema Paradiso – “Limelight,” by Charlie Chaplin, starring Claire Bloom, who will be at a special reception starting at 4:30 p.m. At 10 p.m., there will be a showing of another of her films, “The Haunting.”

Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Paradiso – “Casino Jack,” starring Kevin Spacey. The festival wrap party takes place afterward at Allied Kitchen & Bath, 616 W. Aakland Park Blvd.

Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Cinema Paradiso – “Gentleman Prefer Blondes,” after Meet Jane Russell (one of the film’s legendary stars) at 5:30 p.m. There is also an after party at 8 p.m.

Also, look for Cinema Paradiso to show Danny Boyle’s (“Slumdog Millionaire”) “127 Hours” Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso, “Black Swan,” starring Natalie Portman, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m., “Bones,” starring Jimmy Bennett (“Trucker,” “Star Trek”), Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. and “Conviction,” starring Hillary Swank, Sam Rockwell and Minnie Driver, shown later that night at 9:30 p.m. These are just a few of the many amazing films; the roster includes features, documentaries and shorts.

There is something for everyone, including the kids. On Oct. 31, kids can attend Boo-tacular from 5 to 7 p.m. For free. This will include a pumpkin patch, hayrides and a showing of “Quackbusters,” Loony Tunes cartoons. For adults, the drama/thriller/horror “Only the Righteous” will be shown at 7:02 p.m. and “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 11 p.m. (Also,on Nov. 6, kids can see “Here Comes Lola” for free at Cinema Paradiso followed by a dance party and ice cream).

For a full list of film schedules and descriptions, as well as locales of all the host soirees, go to Look for updated info. (it can often change) and new lists of celebs who may drop by.

That is also where you can purchase tickets. Regular screenings run $6 for FLIFF members, $10 general admission, $8 for students or seniors. Some films and events have different pricing so be prepared and check the site; for example, the gala is $60 for members, $75 for non-members and $80 at the door, the Centerpiece Party on the 30th is $20 for members, $25 general admission and the wrap party is $25 for members and $30 general admission. Fast passes availabel to include all films for $395/ members, $450/ non-members. This pass also includes the opening, centerpiece and wrap party.

Parking, by the way, is free at Cinema Paradiso, at neighboring parking garage, and at Bailey Hall and Signature Grand.

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