See all the Red Carpet Presentations at the 41st Denver Film Festival. Make sure to get tickets to the Red Carpet, the film and of course the after party!
Opening Night • October 31 • 8:00PM Ellie Caulkins Opera House
It’s set in 18th-century England, where Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is in ill health and ill temper, with only her trusty companion Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) to help her with the household chores, such as war with France. Sarah could use some help too: Enter her penniless cousin Abigail (Emma Stone), who’s all too willing to play the servant. Until, that is, she sees a way to play a juicier role—which happens to resemble Sarah’s own. Let the palace intrigue begin.
Sponsored By: Davis Graham & Stubbs
Sie FilmCenter Opening Night • november 1 • 6:30PM & 7:00pm
Struggling but unable to accept Jared’s attraction to men, his father delivers an ultimatum: Jared must attend a religious gay-conversion program. Facing the overwhelming rejection of his family and friends, he agrees. It’s there that he encounters therapist Victor Sykes (writer/director Joel Edgerton), whose dubious therapeutic methods only further fracture Jared’s relationships with people who genuinely care about him but don’t understand him. He is left with only one choice: to find himself by questioning every aspect of his identity.
Sponsored By: Argonaut Wine & Liquor
Centerpiece • november 2 • 6:00PM Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Based on a true story, this affecting buddy-comedy chronicles the unlikely friendship between Phil Lacasse—a widowed Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident—and Dell Scott, an ex-con in need of a job and a fresh start.
Sponsored By: Regal
Spotlight • november 2 • 9:30PM Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Lucas Hedges (see also Boy Erased), stars as 19-year-old Ben, who shows up unannounced on his mother Holly’s doorstep just in time for Christmas. Holly—played by “world-class empathy generator” Julia Roberts (to use Variety’s term)—is at once overjoyed and anguished to see him: Ben, it turns out, is an addict in rehab, and there’s no telling what might happen in the next 24 hours. Instead, there’s only watching and waiting, with Ben’s wary stepdad Neal (Courtney B. Vance) and their other kids by her side, for the Ghost of Christmas Past to make his entrance. So he does when the family dog goes missing—a stark reminder that past is prologue, and the Ghost of Christmas Future awaits.
Big Night • november 8 • 8:00PM Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Adapted from journalist Matt Bai’s All the Truth Is Out, the electric biopic stars Hugh Jackman as the charismatic Hart, considered a shoo-in for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination until his campaign was broadsided by reports of an extramarital relationship. A stellar supporting cast—including Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, and Alfred Molina—ensures that the backroom drama crackles with energy, even as the long-term implications of the new normal in news coverage loom into view.
Sponsored By: Baird
Red Carpet Matinee • november 10 • 2:00PM Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Indeed, Cuarón not only wrote and directed but shot and co-edited this black-and-white—yet profoundly colorful—family saga in 1970s Mexico City. Based loosely on his own childhood, Roma centers around a household in which the passage of time unfolds as a series of comedies and tragedies of varying degree: some daily and small, others large-scale and life-changing. That their objective impact depends on whom they’re happening to—the children, the maids, the community at a time of political unrest—only underscores their subjective impact for the audience, as Cuarón increasingly trains our eyes on a heroic slice of working-class life against the backdrop of society at large.
Sponsored By: Kentwood City Properties & Latino Cultural arts center
Closing Night • november 10 • 8:00PM Ellie Caulkins Opera House
As teenagers, sisters Celeste and Eleanor survived a seismic tragedy; in making music about their experience, Celeste became a star. Fast-forward 14 years, and the babe in the woods– turned-diva now has a teenage daughter of her own and a scandal to live down. But on the brink of a comeback, she finds herself thrust into the midst of shattering violence once again.