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Montclair Film Festival Announces 2021 Opening, Closing, and Special Screenings

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The 10th Annual Montclair Film Festival is scheduled to commence on October 21st and will run through to the 30th. Just like every year, the festival is sure to be packed with tons of films but up until today, we were in the dark as to what films would open and close the festival, as well as what the special screenings would be.

But now we have our answers. This year’s Montclair Film Festival will open with a screening of Wes Anderson‘s upcoming film The French Dispatch, starring Saoirse Ronan and Benicio Del Toro, at 7:30 PM in the Wellmont Theater.

The following day, Jeymes Samuel’s The Harder They Fall, starring Jonathan Majors and Idris Elba, will screen as the festival’s Fiction Centerpiece and will eventually release on Netflix for streaming to the general public.

On October 23rd, Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, directed by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner will serve as the festival’s Non-Fiction Centerpiece. Both Dionne Warwick and director Dave Wooley will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

Jane Campion‘s The Power of the Dog – which also just screened at Venice Film Festival a few weeks ago – will be presented as the festival’s closing film. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee to name a few.

This year’s festival will also feature a free outdoor screening of The Mitchells vs. the Machines on Friday, October 22 at 6:30 PM at Lackawanna Plaza as the festival’s Family Centerpiece.

And in celebration of the launch of The Clairidge, Montclair Film’s six-screen art house
cinema, the Montclair Film Festival will be hosting the return of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday, October 30 at 9:00 PM at The Clairidge.

Going off of those films, it seems as though the upcoming Montclair Film Festival is shaping up to be quite an eventful and loaded ceremony this year and will hopefully impress in the long run.

The 10th Annual Montclair Film Festival begins on October 21st and runs through to October 30th.


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Written by Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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