By Phillip Valys
South Florida’s biggest film festival, Nov. 4-20, got glamorous for its 30th anniversary last year, staging parties at Hard Rock Live adding star wattage with Christopher Lloyd and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. This year’s FLIFF celebrities leave us eager still, with red-carpet arrivals Friday (Nov. 4) from indie-rocker Robert Schwartzman (photo, left); his mother, Talia Shire (Rocky, The Godfather), Johnny Simmons (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation). All four star in the Schwartzman-directed Dreamland, one of FLIFF’s marquee films. (Shire and D’Angelo also will collect lifetime achievement awards.) Other films debuting include the courtroom drama Custody (Viola Davis, Ellen Burstyn), the family drama Lion, (Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman) and the thriller The Red Maple Leaf (Martin Landau and James Caan).
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Nov. 4-20 at Savor Cinema, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale and Cinema Paradiso – Hollywood, 2008 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, with screenings at several other Broward venues; $6-$11 per screening, $450 for festival pass; 954-525-3456 or FLIFF.com