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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director David Lowery to Host Maryland Film Festival Opening Night

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 29, 2013 at 1:10PM

Now in its 15th year, the Maryland Film Festival (May 8-12) announced today that "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery will host the opening night in Baltimore, which is devoted to short films.
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David Lowery
David Lowery

Now in its 15th year, the Maryland Film Festival (May 8-12) announced today that "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery will host the opening night in Baltimore, which is devoted to short films.

Lowery has had a pretty good year so far. Shortly after his appearance at MFF, Lowery will head to Cannes to present "Saints" at Critics' Week, where the film will screen out of competition. Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, "Saints" was well-received by critics upon premiering at Sundance earlier this year and has elicited comparisons to Terrence Malick's "Badlands" (our TOH! review of "Saints"). Lowery also co-edited the much-talked-about "Upstream Color," now in limited release, with director Shane Carruth. What's more -- Lowery is attached to direct "The Old Man and the Gun," starring Robert Redford, and has been tapped by Disney to write the remake of "Pete's Dragon."

Previous opening night hosts at MFF have included Salon critic Andrew O'Hehir and director Barry Levinson. Among the films in MFF's full lineup (see it here) are Carlos Reygadas' divisive Cannes 2012 film "Post Tenebras Lux" and Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's complete "Paradise" trilogy.

Read The Playlist's Sundance interview with Lowery here.

This article is related to: Maryland Film Festival, David Lowery, Ain't Them Bodies Saints


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