Fest repositions as awards buzz builder

H'wood event showcases kudos hopefuls

Opting for an eclectic mix of contempo and period dramas, the Hollywood Film Festival will turn its spotlight on a group of awards season hopefuls including “The Human Stain,” “Shattered Glass,” “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” “The Singing Detective” and “11:14” to its mix.

Fest, which received over 1,500 film submissions, will run Oct. 15-21, with most screenings at the ArcLight Theater.

With the recent Motion Picture Assn. of America decision to ban Academy consideration screeners, fest director Carlos de Abreu said the event provides a heightened opportunity to build buzz for kudos among potential voters.

Opening night will feature the U.S. premiere of “11:14,” the helming debut of Greg Marcks, which stars Hilary Swank, Rachel Leigh Cook, Patrick Swayze and Barbara Hershey.

The festival will then present a trio of Centerpiece Gala Premieres on the next two nights, led off by Paramount Classics’ “The Singing Detective,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Keith Gordon, on Oct. 16. Lions Gate’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” starring Scarlett Johansson, will screen the following night along with the world premiere of Peter Rosen’s docu “Khachaturian.”

Fest will wrap up with the unspooling of Miramax’s “The Human Stain,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris, on Oct. 21. Hopkins will be honored at the event.

The festival also announced it will celebrate European cinema with a European Film Showcase and a European Film Award, presented during ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Oct. 20.

Lineup also includes world premieres of “12,” by Lloyd Silverman; “Exposed,” by Misti Barnes; “Hotel Lobby,” by Jenny Foster; and “Unlikely Heroes,” by Richard Trank, as well as premieres of John Murlowski’s “Black Cadillac,” Lawrence David Foldes’ “Finding Home,” Alberto Sciamma’s “Jericho Mansions,” Joaquim Sapinho’s “Police Woman,” Jyunji Hanadoh’s “Touch a Dream” and John Henderson’s “Two Men Went to War.”

Other entries include “Absence, Presence More Intense,” from Italy; “Amazing Story,” Japan; “Deutschland, Deutschland: A Musical Journey With Siegmund Nissel,” Austria; “Dog Gone Love,” “Unlikely Heroes” and “Hotel Lobby,” U.S.; “Fearless: Stories From Asian Women,” Australia; “Mods,” France; “Miffo,” Sweden; “The Love of Don Robaina — Scenes From a Cuban Tobacco Plantation,” Denmark; “Moonlight,” the Netherlands; “New Found Land,” Germany; “Rosa Fuzeca,” Italy; and “Sin Libertad,” Spain.

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