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The 41st Denver Film Festival will feature director Jason Reitman in-person with the presentation of Columbia Pictures’ The Front Runner, about Colorado’s most famous Senator, Gary Hart

September 27, 2018 (DENVER) – The Denver Film Festival (DFF), produced by Denver Film Society (DFS), announced today its first slate of films, including the Red Carpet presentation of THE FRONT RUNNER, with special guest Jason Reitman, Thursday, November 8 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House as part of its Big Night.

“We are excited to welcome Jason Reitman back to the Denver Film Festival,” said Festival Director, Britta Erickson. “After winning over audiences with Juno(DFF30), Reitman’s star has only risen with films like Up in the Air and Labor Day. Now he returns to showcase a story that will resonate deeply with Denver audiences—the controversial presidential campaign of Colorado Senator Gary Hart.”

Oscar® nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama THE FRONT RUNNER. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race—events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage.

After the screening, Reitman will sit down for an on-stage conversation about THE FRONT RUNNER.

Along with THE FRONT RUNNER, DFF41 announced a partial slate of Special Presentations, this year’s Culinary Cinema title and a new sidebar focusing on cinema from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Special Presentations announced include: EVERYBODY KNOWSMARIA BY CALLASSHOPLIFTERS and WILDLIFE. The Culinary Cinema selection for DFF41 will be ULAM: MAIN DISH. Other titles of note that were announced are the documentary film GENERAL MAGIC, and the Sheila K. O’Brien Spotlight on UK/Ireland Cinema: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSEBEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORYOLD BOYSPOSTCARDS FROM THE 48% and SWIMMING WITH MEN.

Just in time for Christmas, the apocalypse has begun, and the undead are descending on the sleepy Scottish town of Little Haven. Now teenaged Anna and her friends must fight—not to mention sing and dance—to survive in this zany, candy-colored zombie holiday musical.

Meet the real-life oddball whose story inspired the 2014 black comedy Frank. Over the course of two decades, almost-famous musician turned provocateur in papier-mâché head Chris Sievey lost himself in the very performance art that garnered him a cult following. This is his tragicomic truth.

EVERYBODY KNOWS / dir. Asghar Farhadi / Spain/France/Italy
Special Presentation
Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Ricardo Darín star in this suspenseful tale of love and betrayal, secrets and lies set during a wedding amid the vineyards of Spain. Two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, DFF34; The Salesman, DFF39) directs.

GENERAL MAGIC / dirs. Sarah Kerruish, Matthew Maude / USA/UK
From smartphones and touchscreens to e-commerce and emojis, the geniuses of General Magic invented it all. The only problem? They did it before most of us even knew what the Internet was. This fascinating documentary takes you behind the scenes of the world’s most successful failed company.

MARIA BY CALLAS / dir. Tom Volf / France
Special Presentation
Through never-before-seen video footage, audio recordings, and other archival material, legendary opera singer Maria Callas tells her story in her own words—decades after her death. This transcendent portrait also captures Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, and other leading lights of her era.

OLD BOYS / dir. Toby MacDonald / UK/Sweden
Cyrano de Bergerac goes to British boarding school in this charming update of the classic French comedy set in the 1980s, starring The End of the F***cking World’s Alex Lawther as an egghead who’s helping the handsome but dim-bulbed school hero to pursue a beautiful girl. Or is he?

POSTCARDS FROM THE 48% / dir. David Nicholas Wilkinson / UK
Made by and featuring voters who elected to remain in the European Union, this enlightening documentary about Brexit explores why 48 percent of United Kingdom residents have continued their fight against the momentous decision—against all odds.

SHOPLIFTERS (MANBIKI KAZOKU) / dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda / Japan
Special Presentation
There’s honor among thieves. But there isn’t always justice. Renowned Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s piercing, fiercely tender portrayal of a poor but loving family of petty criminals scraping by on borrowed time won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

SWIMMING WITH MEN / dir. Oliver Parker / UK
In this heartfelt dramatic comedy based on a true story, bored and possibly cuckolded accountant Eric (Rob Brydon, The Trip) is circling the drain of life—until, that is, he’s thrown a most-unexpected rope in the form of a synchronized swimming team for middle-aged males.

ULAM: MAIN DISH / dir. Alexandra Cuerdo / USA
Culinary Cinema Presentation
The American restaurant industry can be cutthroat. It can also be uplifting. That goes double for chefs seeking to bring immigrant cuisines and cultures to the table. This stirring documentary follows the visionaries at the center of the new Filipino food movement, including Eggslut’s Alvin Cailan.

WILDLIFE / dir. Paul Dano / USA
Special Presentation
With co-writer Zoe Kazan, acclaimed actor Paul Dano makes a whopping directorial debut with this gorgeous adaptation of a Richard Ford novel, set in midcentury Montana, about a teenaged boy coming of age amid the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan star.

DFF41 will present more than 250 titles including local, national and international cinema, industry panels, achievement awards and tributes, as well as a Focus on Hungarian Cinema. The full 12-day Festival program will be announced on Wednesday, October 10.

The year-round home of DFS, the Sie FilmCenter, will serve as the anchor venue for the Festival. Screenings will also be presented at the UA Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall, and all Red Carpet Presentations will screen at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. DFS will also be bringing back the Festival Annex, located inside the McNichols Building at Civic Center Park. The Annex will play host to panel discussions, virtual reality, interactive and immersive experiences, community engagement, and a Festival Lounge for the public.

Individual tickets go on sale to DFS members on Wednesday, October 10 and to the general public on Friday, October 12. High-level members will be able to purchase their tickets in advance of the public and member on-sale dates. Tickets will be available for purchase online at or the DFF41 main box office location at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206).

Festival Ticket Packages are currently on sale. The following packages offer the best discounted prices to attend the Festival. Packages increase in price after Friday, October 5.

Six Pack: $60 ($10 per ticket) Member, $84 ($14 per ticket) Non-Member – Valid for regular-priced screenings, not valid for special presentations. After October 5: $66 Member, $90 Non-member.

Fifteen Pack:  $135 ($9 per ticket) Member, $195 ($13 per ticket) Non-Member – Valid for regular-priced screenings, not valid for special presentations. After October 5: $150 Member, $210 Non-member.

Big Night Bundle$75 ($25 per ticket) Member, $90 ($30 per ticket) Non-Member – Three Red Carpet film experiences at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, including Opening Night – October 31, Centerpiece – November 2; and Big Night – November 8. These tickets are for the Red Carpet films only and do not include any Festival receptions or parties that proceed or follow the screening.

Enjoy DFF41 in a whole new way by becoming a Member. Memberships begin at just $65 and allow you to purchase DFF41 tickets at a member discount. No matter what membership level you choose to join DFS, your contributions will be appreciated and make a difference. For more information on membership please visit:

To experience DFF41 as an insider, join the DFS Leadership Circle for exclusive Festival access. Please visit: for a breakdown of levels and benefits. In addition, please contact Suzanne Yuzer at or 303-595-3456 ext. 223 to purchase a Leadership Circle Membership.

Press accreditation is currently open and closes on Friday, October 12.Complete details on how to apply are currently available at:

To keep up to date with DFF41 on social media: like the DFF Facebook ( page, follow @DenverFilm on Twitter, @DenverFilmSociety on Instagram, and join the conversation by using the hashtag: #DFF41.


2018 Denver Film Festival Sponsors:

PREMIER: Regal; ASSOCIATE: Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, AOR, Inc., Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Barbara Bridges, British Airways, CEAVCO Audio Visual, Harmonic Media, Liberty Global, Mike’s Camera, Relish Catering & Events; SUPPORTING: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Butler Rents, Capital One, Lyft, Sage Hospitality, SeriesFest, University of Colorado Denver – College of Arts & Media, Anna Maglione-Sie Endowed Chair of Italian Culture and the Department of Languages and Literatures-University of Denver, Instituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Sheila K. O’Brien; PATRON: Comcast/Xfinity, Good Chemistry, The Goods, Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Invisible City, Lighting and Design by Scott, Kentwood City Properties, Kind Snacks, Riverfront Community Park Foundation, Stranahan’s, Withoutabox/IMDB; MEDIA: 5280 Magazine, Birdy, Futuristic, iHeartMedia, Westword; GOVERNMENT: Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Consulate General of Italy, Denver Arts & Venues, National Endowment for the Arts, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District; CONTRIBUTING: Brookfield Properties, Baird – The Palm Group, Caz Matthews, Colorado Film & Video Association, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Denver Screenprint & Embroidery, Fine Arts Foundation, Lagralane, Ratio BeerWorks, SAGIndie, TV5MONDE, Visit Denver, WeWork, William LaBahn

About the Denver Film Society:

Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, the DFS provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.

The permanent home of DFS, the Sie FilmCenter, is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary – over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. DFS’s one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training.