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Virginia Film Festival to Welcome Director Tom Shadyac for Screenng of 'Bruce Almighty' and Special Sneak Peek at Scenes from the Upcoming 'Evan Almighty'

October 23, 2006

Oct. 23, 2006 -- The Virginia Film Festival has announced the final pieces of the puzzle for Revelations: Finding God at the Movies. The 19th annual event is coming up from October 26-29 at venues throughout Charlottesville.

Famed director (and U.Va. grad) Tom Shadyac will present a screening of his hit film Bruce Almighty on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10 p.m. at Newcomb Theater. Shadyac will also treat local audiences to their first sneak peek at scenes from Evan Almighty, which recently wrapped up filming in the area and is set for a June release.

In addition, the Festival is providing audiences with a second chance to see the legendary Robert Duvall as he presents a special screening of Tender Mercies on Friday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. in Regal Downtown Mall Cinema. The film, in which he plays the character of country singer Mac Sledge, won Duvall the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1984.

Little Children, directed by Todd Field (In the Bedroom) and starring Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson, has wowed the major film festival circuit this year, earning raves at Toronto, Telluride and New York. Adapted from the Tom Perrotta novel of the same name, the film is a provocative examination of modern suburban life, marriage, fidelity and the loneliness of secret dreams. The film will be presented by its producer, Virginia Film Festival board member Ron Yerxa (Little Miss Sunshine, The Ice Harvest, Cold Mountain). The film will play on Friday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. in Regal Downtown Mall Cinema.

“This is icing on the cake for a Festival that is shaping up to be our most exciting ever,” said Virginia Film Festival Director Richard Herskowitz. “We are thrilled that Tom Shadyac will be here to give our audiences a privileged first glimpse of Evan Almighty. To me, and to many critics, Tender Mercies is one of the most spiritual of American films, so I’m very happy to have it in the Revelations program, presented by Robert Duvall himself. Finally, Little Children is simply one of the best films of the year, and we’re grateful to Ron Yerxa and New Line for giving us its local premiere.”

Tom Shadyac completes one of the most star-studded guest lists in the Festival’s history, highlighted by appearances by Mr. Duvall, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber and many others. The weekend will include more than 60 films and 100 guests in all.

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