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PARIS– Tom Harper’s political thriller “War Book” is set to play on opening night of Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) on Jan. 21.

Fest will close with J.C. Chandor’s critically-aclaimed “A Most Violent Year” on Jan. 31.

“‘War Book’ is a topical and relevant film that fits perfectly with the contemporary issues we are exploring and debating at IFFR 2015, an ideal film to open the Festival and the reason why we have also included it in our Everyday Propaganda programme. J.C. Chandor’s ‘A Most Violent Year’ is a beautiful film made by a hugely talented and ambitious auteur,” said the festival director Rutger Wolfson.

“War Book” stars Ben Chaplin (“The Thin Red Line”) and Sophie Okenedo (“Hotel Rwanda”). Penned by Jack Thorne, the film depicts the inner-workings of U.K. officials struggling to address a deadly nuclear attack on their soil.

Harper and Thorne will both attend Rotterdam to present the film.

Set in New York City 1981, “A Most Violent Year” stars Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) as an ambitious immigrant and Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as his wife. The pair fight to protect their business and family, while facing the city’s rampant political and industry corruption. The movie has earned a Golden Globe nom for Chastain.