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Lone Star Film Festival Announces Initial Slate


by Stephen Becker 14 Oct 2009

A couple of more films have trickled out for this year’s Lone Star International Film Festival. Last week, we let you know the first film announced, the Meg Ryan-Timothy Hutton pairing Serious Moonlight. And now we can pass along that The Eclipse, Touching Home and Distance will also show during the festival. Keep reading for […]

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A couple of more films have trickled out for this year’s Lone Star International Film Festival. Last week, we let you know the first film announced, the Meg Ryan-Timothy Hutton pairing Serious Moonlight. And now we can pass along that The Eclipse, Touching Home and Distance will also show during the festival.

Keep reading for descriptions of each of those films from the festival:


The Eclipse
Ireland/English
Acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson wrote and directed this moving drama, seamlessly acted by a stellar cast led by Michael Farr (Ciaran Hinds of HBO’s Rome) as a widower in a small Irish coastal town whose definitions of the supernatural blur during the local literary festival. Drawn to visiting ghost story writer Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle, High Fidelity ), whom he is assigned to take around, who is also pursued by visiting, arrogant author Nicholas Holden (Aidan Quinn, Legends of the Fall), Michael grapples with the eerie lines of life and the death and how they hold him. Set against the backdrop of large literary egos and pretensions, a quiet, contrasting depth of expansive emotion washes over this elegantly crafted film. Ciarán Hinds took Best Actor for a Narrative Feature at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for this performance.

Distance
Germany/German with English Subtitles
Jana (Franziska Welsz) quite likes Daniel (Ken Duken), her shy, introverted co-worker at the botanic garden. They have a few dates and Jana feels that Daniel also likes her. What she doesn’t know however, is that Daniel also likes to kill people. Frequently. For his debut feature, Thomas Seiben has put together a quiet, stylish thriller punctuated by well-timed shocks and the blackest of humor.

Touching Home
USA/English
Identical twins Logan and Noah Miller write, direct, produce and star in this deeply personal story of young men coming to grips with their fading dreams of baseball stardom. When Lane (Logan Miller) is dismissed from his minor league team for a fast ball that is not quite fast enough his brother Clint (Noah Miller) drops out of community college to follow him home. Back in the small town they grew up in, they practice for upcoming tryouts, work at the local gravel pit, deal with their alcoholic father (Ed Harris), and live with their simple-minded uncle (Brad Dourif). For the first time they realize that truly growing up may involve growing apart.

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