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‘Messenger’ to open Sarasota fest

Ben Foster, Wood Harrelson star in Iraq drama

Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger,” starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton and Jena Malone, will open the 11th annual Sarasota Film Festival on March 27.

Fest will feature 160 narrative, documentary and short films from the U.S. and around the world.

Ten-day event will also present new sidebar series including the Green Cinema Now! Program and two retrospective presentations: “Being Hal Ashby: Mind of a Hollywood Rebel” and “Environmental Spaces: Christo and Jeanne-Claude on Film.”

Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern’s doc “Every Little Step” will close the fest April 5.

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