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10 days, 75 films, 22 red carpet parties and panels - see the year's most exciting films, and meet the year's most interesting filmmakers.
This year's highlights include more than a half-dozen Oscar frontrunners. On October 17, the opening night gala spotlights "Nebraska," the new drama by Alexander Payne ("The Descendants," "Sideways"). On Oct. 22, the Centerpiece Gala is "The Armstrong Lie," a provocative new documentary by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side," "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room")
Other highlights of the fest include a quartet of groundbreaking films on Saturday, Oct. 26:
-"Remote Area Medical" at 10:45 a.m., a harrowing portrait of the doctors and nurses who are bringing health care to America's rural poor
-"Last Vegas" at 3 p.m., the uproarious new comedy starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman, about an unlikely Vegas bachelor party among old friends.
-"August: Osage County" at 6 p.m. (also showing the night of Thursday, Oct. 24), the critically-acclaimed hit from the Toronto Film Festival based on the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracey Letts. Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor, "August" tells the story of a most unlikely family reunion and an irascible, unforgettable matriarch (Streep) who leaves an imprint on her children's lives.
-"Nothing Without You" at 8:30 p.m. is this year's Closing Night Gala - an expert thriller about a woman who falls so in love with the men in her life that she becomes something of a stalker. Accused of a murder she didn't commit, she realizes that a court-appointed psychiatrist is her only ally. Starring local actress Emily Fradenburgh in a tour de force performance.