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‘Cars 2’ opens Nantucket Film Festival

'Buck,' 'Higher Ground' also get prominent slots

Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 2” will open the 16th annual Nantucket Film Festival on June 22, just ahead of the animated pic’s June 24 national release.

Paul Haggis has been named the fest’s 2011 Screenwriting Tributee, while “Cars 2” scribe Ben Queen will take home the fest’s New Voices in Screenwriting kudo.

“Cars 2” opens the fest along with Sundance Select’s horse-whisperer doc “Buck.” Closing-night offering is Sony Pictures Classics’ “Higher Ground” from star-helmer Vera Farmiga.

Fest lineup also includes Sundance alums “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,” “Happy, Happy” and “Terri” as well as recent Tribeca screeners “The Last Rites of Joe May,” “Donor Unknown” and “When the Drum Is Beating.”

The 2011 Nantucket Fest, with an announced slate of 55 films so far, runs June 22-26.

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