Star-studded titles, local docs and more


Denver Film on Monday revealed the 200-film lineup for its 45th Denver Film Festival, led by star-studded award contenders and backed by acclaimed documentaries and immersive virtual-reality content.

The program for the event, which returns with in-person screenings, panels and parties Nov. 2-13, leans into crowd-friendly main titles as much as international features, shorts and music videos. Its quartet of Red Carpet screenings at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House includes a who’s-who of Oscar-bait, as is expected for a festival that arrives with the benefit of hindsight from Cannes, Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

The women of “Women Talking,” directed by Sarah Polley. From left: Michelle McLeod, Sheila McCarthy, Liv McNeil, Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Kate Hallett, Rooney Mara and Judith Ivey.(Michael Gibson, Orion Pictures)

Red Carpet shows this year are “Armageddon Time” from director James Gray, staring Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong (opening night, Nov. 2); “Empire of Light” by director Sam Mendes, starring Michael Ward, Olivia Colman and Colin Firth (centerpiece, Nov. 4); “Loudmouth” by director Josh Alexander, a documentary about Al Sharpton (Big Night, Nov. 10); and “Women Talking” by director Sarah Polley, starring Rooney Mara, Claire Foy and Frances McDormand (closing night, Nov. 12).

Notable titles at other venues — including the festival home base (the Sie FilmCenter), Denver Botanic Gardens, AMC 9 + CO 10 and the Tattered Cover East Colfax — include more big names, many of them focused on Special Presentation screenings. See “The Whale” (Brendan Frasier); “She Said” (Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan); and “The Son” (Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern).


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