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Edward Norton opens 46th Chicago Film Festival with 'Stone'

Where is Ed Norton? Well, I'm not sure at the exact moment. But I do know where he will be on October 7, 2010 ... Chicago. News release ...

The 46th Chicago International Film Festival will officially open with the highly anticipated drama Stone. Oscar® nominee Edward Norton and director John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) will walk the red carpet and welcome the film for its Chicago premiere at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park (205 E. Randolph St – Chicago) on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 7pm. Other surprise guests to be announced at a later date.

Stone delivers powerful performances by Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro as a seasoned corrections official and Norton as a scheming inmate whose lives become dangerously intertwined. Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza says “De Niro pulls in his best performance in a decade. Norton and Conroy's performances are fantastic and Milla Jovovich offers a captivating breakthrough performance - the entire ensemble is at the top of their game.”Head of Programming Mimi Plauché adds, “It is great to welcome back Norton who filmed his first feature Primal Fear in Chicago.”

Tickets for the Opening Night of the 46th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale now. For ticket information, please visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com or call 312-683-0121. Tickets range from $35 for film-only tickets to $150, which includes the screening at the Harris Theater followed by a reception at theWit Hotel (201 N. State St. – Chicago).

“It is going to be a night to remember. We are so happy to open the Festival at the beautiful Harris Theater in Millennium Park and enjoy a wonderful reception at our headquarters hotel, theWitHotel” comments Managing Director Vivian Teng. Opening Night of the 46th Chicago International Film Festival is sponsored by presenting partner Columbia College Chicago and evening partners American Airlines and Stella Artois.

About Stone: As parole officer Jack Mabry (De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man’s decision have profound and unexpected effects on them both.

Stone skillfully weaves together the parallel journeys of two men grappling with dark impulses, as the line between lawman and lawbreaker becomes precariously thin. The film’s superb ensemble features Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) as Lucetta, Stone’s sexy, casually amoral wife, and Golden Globe® winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Madylyn, Jack’s devout, long-suffering spouse.

Set against the quiet desperation of an economically ravaged community and the stifling brutality of a maximum security prison, this tale of passion, betrayal and corruption examines the fractured lives of two volatile men breaking from their troubled pasts to face uncertain futures.

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