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Boston film fest to fete duo

Bridges, Burstyn to cop kudos, while Blatty, Bair there to scare

BOSTON — Jeff Bridges and Ellen Burstyn will be feted at the 16th Boston Film Festival, which unspools Sept. 8-17. Fest director Mark Diamond announced a list of 40 features that will run, plus 7 packages of nearly as many shorts.

Burstyn will be honored in conjunction with the showing of “Requiem for a Dream” while Bridges will be in for a special screening of “The Contender.”

Burstyn is also appearing in two other films at the fest, “The Yards” and the restored 1973 “The Exorcist.” Writer William Peter Blatty and actress Linda Blair will be in attendance for the “Exorcist” screening.

According to Diamond, the festival has become an important date on the fall festival circuit for filmmakers. “We’ve had more submissions than we’ve ever had before,” he said.

The selections were culled from more than 100 features and 150 shorts. Among those making the cut are “Enlightenment Guaranteed,” the new film from German director Doris Dorrie; “Songcatcher” starring Oscar nominee Janet McTeer from “Tumbleweeds” (which played last year’s fest); Cesar-award winning “Venus Beauty Institute” with Nathalie Baye and Bulle Ogier; and “Shadow of the Vampire” with John Malkovich as German director F. W. Murnau and Willem Dafoe as mysterious actor Max Shreck.

As in past years, the films will play at Loews Cinemas Copley Place and Cheri theaters, although Diamond revealed that Loews has already offered the fest space for next year at their new Millennium Place complex, which opens in the spring of 2001.

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