SAN DIEGO—The San Diego Film Festival has announced today that WILD starring Reese Witherspoon will be the opening night film at the festival on September 24, while “You’re Not You” starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel will be the closing night film on September 27. Duhamel will also be in attendance for the screening.
“We couldn’t be happier with our selections of Wild to open the festival, and You’re Not You to close it. Reese Witherspoon gives a powerful and poignant performance in WILD, while the cast of You’re Not You is across-the-board excellent. We’re also very excited to have Josh Duhamel attending the festival. Our thirteenth year will be our best yet,’ said Tonya Mantooth, Vice President of the San Diego Film Festival.
In Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyer Clubs), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award-nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. WILD powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures –as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) and Emmy Rossum (“Shameless”) intertwine in a surprisingly funny, defiantly unsentimental and starkly moving portrait of a high-stakes friendship between two women – one literally in need of a voice, the other discovering the full power of hers. Kate (Swank) is a suave, successful classical pianist just diagnosed with ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Bec (Rossum) is a brash college student and would-be rock singer who can barely keep her wildly chaotic affairs, romantic and otherwise, together. Yet, when Bec takes a job assisting Kate, just as Kate’s marriage to Evan (Duhamel) hits the skids, both women come to rely on what becomes an unconventional, sometimes confrontational and fiercely honest bond.
This year, the 2014 San Diego Film Festival will launch on September 24 to 28, with award-winning independent films, filmmakers, actors, panels and parties. The Festival, now in its 13th year and featuring more than 100 film screenings, will be held at the Reading Theater in Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, 701 Fifth Avenue in San Diego and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla, 4425 La Jolla Village Dr. in San Diego. It is produced by the nonprofit San Diego Film Foundation.
The San Diego Film Festival will begin announcing the film lineup on September 2.