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Ridley’s big in Beantown

Helmer feted; stars on hand for 'Matchstick' screening

BOSTON — Filmmaker Ridley Scott will be honored at this year’s edition of the Boston Film Festival, running Sept. 5-14.

Scott will receive the Film Excellence Award in tandem with the showing of his latest film, “Matchstick Men” on Sept. 7. In attendance with Scott will be the film’s stars, Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, and Sam Rockwell.

According to fest director Mark Diamond, this year’s 19th edition will open with “Off the Map,” introduced by director Campbell Scott, and “Bought and Sold,” with director Michael Tolajian in attendance. In addition to nearly three dozen features, eight world premieres will unspool as well.

Also attending the fest are director Randall Cole (“19 Months”), Richard Burridge (“Collusion”), Errol Morris (“The Fog of War”), Eli Roth, (“Cabin Fever”), John Kenney and Rick Knief (“Looking for My Brother”), Isabel Coixet and actress Sarah Polley (“My Life Without Me”), John Cadigan (“People Say I’m Crazy”), Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass”) and actress Neve Campbell (“The Company”).

The schedule includes films from 16 countries including five films by filmmakers with roots in Massachusetts. Films will screen at Loews Cineplex Copley Place and Boston Common.