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The Prince of Denmark, Yukio Mishima and the Incredible Hulk are planning to convene in Champaign-Urbana, IL, for Roger Ebert's Film Festival (April 23-27, 2008). Joining them (off-screen) for the Ebertfest No. 10 will be directors Paul Schrader, Bill Forsyth, Sally Potter and actors Christine Lahti, Aida Turturro, Joe Pantoliano, among others. The emphasis is still on the (re-)discovery of "overlooked" films (with that term defined however Ebert wants to define it), but the festival is now known simply as Ebertfest. The full schedule is here:
Wednesday, April 23
Thursday, April 24
Friday, April 25
11:30 am -- "Shotgun Stories" (Jeff Nichols, 2007) 2 pm -- ''Underworld'' (Josef von Sternberg, 1927), Alloy Orchestra 7 pm -- "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" (Taggart Siegel, 2005) 10 pm -- "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (Paul Schrader, 1985)
Saturday, April 26
Sunday, April 27
Noon -- "Romance & Cigarettes" (John Turturro, 2006)
All screenings take place at the historic Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL: http://www.thevirginia.org/
Complete Ebertfest 2008 information: http://www.ebertfest.com/
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