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Williamstown fest sets ‘Agent’ as opener

Fifth-anniversary includes 'Human Stain' gala

“The Station Agent,” Tom McCarthy’s Sundance award-winning pic, will kick off opening-night festivities at the fifth Williamstown Film Festival.

Event unspools over two weekends, Oct. 24-Nov. 2, in Williamstown, Mass.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward will inaugurate fest’s classic film program with a screening of their “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge.”

The opening weekend of the fest also will feature the New England preem of Clark Lee Walker skateboard doc “Levelland” as well as a screening of Thom Fitzgerald’s drama “The Event,” followed by a Q&A with star Olympia Dukakis and Fitzgerald.

Weekend two kicks off with Campbell Scott’s “Off the Map,” with Scott and scribe Joan Ackerman to answer questions after the screening.

An unspooling of “The Human Stain,” shot extensively on the nearby Williams College campus, will precede the annual gala Saturday night.

“This promises to be our best year yet,” fest director Steve Lawson said. “To hit the fifth-anniversary mark is exhilarating — this is our most diverse season, with films and events of every stripe.”

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