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John Turturro docu opens Cinequest

San Jose-based fest closes with 'Soul Surfer'

Cinequest Film Festival has announced opening and closing night films for its 21st edition.

Thesp-turned-helmer John Turturro will be present to open the fest with his Italian music docu “Passione” and accept the Maverick Spirit Award. Closing pic on March 12 is “Soul Surfer,” helmed by Sean McNamara, the true story of 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton who returns to the ocean after losing her arm in a shark attack. The real Bethany Hamilton and Jeff Clark will present McNamara with his Life of a Maverick kudo.

Pic’s star AnnaSophia Robb will also receive Cinequest’s Emerging Maverick Award.

The fest runs March 1-13 in San Jose, Calif.

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