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Jennifer Lawrence film opens Asheville fest

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“The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence will return to Asheville this fall — at least on the big screen — in a big buzz movie that will open the 2012 Asheville Cinema Festival.

Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro star in the comedy-drama “Silver Linings Playbook,” which will screen Nov. 1 at the Cinema Festival, well in advance of its nationwide release on Thanksgiving weekend.

In the film, Cooper plays a former teacher who is fresh out of a mental hospital and moves back home, where he connects with a mysterious woman (Lawrence) with her own issues.

The movie just took the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, said Wyman Tannehill, executive director the Asheville Cinema Festival. This will be the North Caroliina premiere and one of the first U.S. showings of the movie.Tannehill said he’s reaching out to Lawrence to invite her to the Asheville festival. She is currently starring in “The Hunger Games” sequel, filming in the Atlanta area. Her latest film, the thriller “House at the End of the Street,” opened nationwide on Friday.

The Asheville festival landed “Silver Linings Playbook” through its connection with the Weinstein Company. Last year, Weinstein provided the Asheville Cinema Festival with “The Artist,” which went on to win Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

The Asheville Cinema Festival runs Nov. 1-4 with screenings at the Biltmore Grande, Asheville Community Theatre and the Masonic Temple theater. Tickets will go on sale in mid-October, Tannehill said.

Source: Citizen Times

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