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Stephen Frears’s THE PROGRAM

The Program has been selected as the Closing Night film of the 2015 Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference (AFF). From Academy Award ®-nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history: Lance Armstrong, the world-renowned Tour de France champion. Written by John Hodge (Trainspotting), The Program features Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Dustin Hoffman, and Jesse Plemons.

The Festival revealed new marquee titles, including Love the Coopers and The 33, rounding out the slate amongst previously announced films including Carol, Brooklyn, Miss You Already, The Adderall Diaries, By Sidney Lumet, Go With Me, I Saw the Light, Last Days in the Desert, Man Up, Mojave, Remember, Youth, the 2015 Opening Night Film, Legend, and Centerpiece Selection, the world premiere of Burning Bodhi.

Written by Steven Rogers and directed by Jessie Nelson, Love the Coopers stars Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, and Anthony Mackie, and follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for the annual Christmas Eve celebration.

The 33 stars Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche in a dramatic thriller based on the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a century-old gold and copper mine for 69 days in 2010.

AFF’s Extraordinary Contribution to Film – Actor award recipient, Chris Cooper, will present a retrospective screening of Lone Star, written and directed by John Sayles. The full retrospective series at the Festival will play host to John Singleton presenting Boyz n the Hood, Gary Ross presenting Pleasantville, Angelo Pizzo presenting Rudy, Charles Burnett presenting The Southerner, and Phil Rosenthal and Leon Vitali presenting a Halloween screening of The Shining.

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