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The 41st Denver Film Festival will open with The Favourite, celebrate its Centerpiece with The Upside, and close with Vox Lux

October 4, 2018 (DENVER) – The Denver Film Festival (DFF), produced by Denver Film Society (DFS), announced today its Red Carpet Presentations for Opening Night, Centerpiece and Closing Night. Opening the Festival on Wednesday, October 31 is the highly anticipated film, THE FAVOURITE, starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman. The Centerpiece selection, THE UPSIDE, starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman, will play on Friday, November 2 and the Festival will close with the pop-star story VOX LUX, starring Natalie Portman, on Saturday, November 11.

“This year’s Red Carpet Presentations showcase strong cinematic voices,” says Festival Director, Britta Erickson. “From Yorgos Lanthimos’ hilarious and tragic The Favourite, to Neil Burger’s comedic and heartfelt remake The Upside, to Brady Corbet’s challenging film Vox Lux, audiences will find something to celebrate throughout the twelve-day Festival.”

Opening Night will take place on Wednesday, October 31 at 8pm at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House—home to all of the Red Carpet Presentations. Set in the early 18th century, THE FAVOURITE tells the story of Abigail, a servant in the court of Queen Anne, skillfully played by Emma Stone (Excellence in Acting Award, DFF39), who quickly endears herself to Lady Sarah (Weisz). The Red Carpet Presentations continue on November 2 at 6pm with the Centerpiece selection THE UPSIDE, starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman, which chronicles the unlikely friendship between Phillip (Cranston), a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident, and ex-con Dell (Hart), in need of a job and a fresh start. The Festival will celebrate its Closing Night on November 10 at 8pm with VOX LUX, which tells the story of a pop-star, played by Natalie Portman, who has to face the tragedy originally responsible for her launch to stardom.

Previously announced Red Carpet Presentation, THE FRONT RUNNER, starring Hugh Jackman as Colorado Senator Gary Hart, will premiere as the Big Night Presentation on Thursday, November 8 with director, Jason Reitman appearing in-person.

Red Carpet Presentations:

THE FAVOURITE / dir. Yorgos Lanthimos / Ireland/UK/USA
Opening Night / October 31 at 8pm
Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman star in this period drama about three women with the fate of 18th-century England in their hands. Queen Anne is ill, but the war with the French must go on; enter Lady Sarah and her cousin Abigail, who have their own motives for royal servitude.

THE UPSIDE / dir. Neil Burger / USA
Centerpiece / November 2 at 6pm
Based on a true story, this buddy comedy starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman chronicles the friendship between Phillip, a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident, and ex-con Dell, in need of a job and a fresh start. As they form an unlikely bond, they gain invaluable wisdom—and a renewed sense of passion for all of life’s possibilities.

THE FRONT RUNNER / dir. Jason Reitman / USA
Big Night / November 8 at 8pm
Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, and J.K. Simmons star in Jason Reitman’s closely observed portrait of one of the headiest scandals of our time, foreshadowing our current predicament in political journalism: the news of the affair that brought Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential bid to an ignominious end.

VOX LUX / dir. Brady Corbet / USA
Closing Night / November 10 at 8pm
As teenagers, sisters Celeste and Eleanor survived a seismic tragedy; in making music about their experience, Celeste became a star. But now, as an adult (played by Natalie Portman) with a teenage daughter of her own, Celeste is struggling anew—faced once again with an act of terrifying violence.

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.

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.