AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 12: Actor Burt Reynolds (L) and director Jesse Moss attend the screening of ‘The Bandit’ during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Paramount Theatre on March 12, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for SXSW)
The 5th Annual Key West Film Festival has announced its official 2016 lineup, including the opening night film, “20th Century Women,” directed by Mike Mills and starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup. As part of the festival’s signature Critics Focus program, MTV’s Chief Film Critic Amy Nicholson will present and lead a conversation around the film, alongside David Fear, Senior Film/TV Editor of Rolling Stone.
Director of Programming Michael Tuckman said of Nicholson’s pick, “I could not be more thrilled with Amy Nicholson’s choice of ’20th Century Women’ to kick off our 5th Anniversary edition of festival. Annette Bening’s performance is Oscar-deserving and the rich depth of the balance of the leading cast is Altman-esque in its quality. Amy’s discussion after the film will bring a cunning critic’s eye to this fabulous film for audiences.”
The festival will take place in Key West from November 16 – 20, and includes a number of other special event screenings, along with a curated selection of over 25 feature films encompassing narrative features, costume design, documentaries, foreign language cinema, LGBT cinema and works by Florida filmmakers. Other notable highlights include Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” Pablo Larraín’s “Neruda,” Bill and Turner Ross’ “Contemporary Color” and Justin Kelly’s “King Cobra.”
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