Roger Ebert Film Fest announces final six films for 2016 event

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The annual Roger Ebert Film Festival in Champaign has announced six more films completing in this year’s lineup.

The newly booked films include “Disturbing the Peace,” a 2016 documentary about Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters who become peace activists, and “Grandma” starring Lily Tomlin.

The 1924 French silent science-fiction movie “L’Inhumaine” is on the program. Other additions are the 1997 film “Eve’s Bayou” and two 2015 movies, “Radical Grace” and “Love & Mercy.”

Guest appearances associated with the films will include “Eve’s Bayou” director Kasi Lemmons and “Grandma” director Paul Weitz.  These films join the previously announced “Crimson Peak” (2015), “Blow Out” (1981), “Force of Destiny” (2015), “Body & Soul”(1925), “The Third Man” (1949) and “Northfork” (2003). Other special guests slated to attend the festival are director/actor Guillermo del Toro and veteran film critic Leonard Maltin.

Affectionately known as “Ebertfest,” the annual event features a collection of films overlooked by audiences, critics and/or distributors, as well as panel discussions with filmmakers and actors. The festival runs April 13-17 at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign. Festival passes are available now at the theater box office; individual tickets go on sale April 1.

Associated Press; contributing: Sun-Times staff reporter Miriam Di Nunzio

Posted March 4, 2016

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