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‘Evening’ start for Nantucket

Commercial debut set for June 29

Focus Features will use the conveniently timed Nantucket Film Festival as a showcase for its star-studded “Evening.”

Pic, which opens the fest June 13, has a cast headed by Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep and Eileen Atkins. Its commercial bow is June 29.

Closing the festival June 17 will be “Rocket Science,” a high school comedy written and directed by Jeffrey Blitz (“Spellbound”). Picturehouse is releasing it Aug. 10.

Also slated is an NBC Universal-sponsored screenwriting award to Robert Benton, an Oscar winner whose credits include “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Kramer vs. Kramer,” which he also directed.

Founded in 1996, the Nantucket fest has a stated aim to stress “screenwriters, screenwriting and storytelling.”

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