The 2009 Virginia Film Festival has unveiled a lineup of films loosely connected by the theme of "funny business" for its 22nd edition. According to the festival's website, the fest's program of 80 films was selected to "shed light on an array of topics ranging from the funny business of comedy, business, politics, wine and more."
Scheduled for November 5-8, the festival will kick off with with French director Claude Miller's documentary "Marching Band." Rodrigo Garcia's family drama "Mother and Child"--starring Annette Bening and Naomi Watts--will be the centerpiece event. Other highlights of the festival include screenings of Rebecca Miller's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" and the 1979 comedy "…And Justice For All," starring Al Pacino. The festival will also showcase the works of local, Virginia-based filmmakers, including the documentary "Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance," produced by WHTJ/PBS along with the University of Virginia Department of Politics, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the shameful decision to close Charlottesville schools rather than accept integration.
For the complete lineup, visit the Virginia Film Festival's official website. [Andy Lauer]