October 27, 2005
Charlottesville rolled out the red carpet tonight as the 18th annual Virginia Film Festival kicked off. Themed "In Justice," the festival kicked off with Hollywood star Vanessa Redgrave.
After months of anticipation, the 2005 Virginia Film Festival premiered here in Charlottesville. The four day tribute kicked off with the premier of Redgrave's new film, "The Fever."
People were guided by the lights to Culberth Hall for the U.S. premier of this HBO film. Tickets were sold out as people crammed the small theater. Just after, VIP guests and Redgrave herself made their way to the UVA Art Museum for the opening night gala. The invitation only party brought a standing room only crowd.
Redgrave says she feels strongly about the movie and its cinematic value. "It's a kind of self-examination, really, of a particular woman who has been very happy and priveleged in her life and through various chance meetings and chance journeys she comes to question her own responsibility to what's going on," Redgrave explained.
The festival continues tomorrow as featured guest and novelist John Grisham talks about his legal thrillers from novels to the big screen.
On Saturday, director Harold Ramis will premier his new movie, "Ice Harvest." For those not familiar with Ramis, he directed "Groundhog Day" and also starred as the character 'Egon' in "Ghostbusters." The festival will continue with several more premiers on Sunday.
If you are interested in catching a flick or going to a matinee, movies are showing throughout the weekend at the Paramount Theater as well as Culbreth Theater on UVA Grounds.