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SAV Film Fest announces opening night film
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The Savannah Film Festival will open this year’s festival with Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” as its opening night screening.

Academy Award-winner Payne will be presented with an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award by the film’s star, Academy Award-nominee and 2006 Savannah Film Festival honoree Bruce Dern.

This year’s festival runs Saturday, Oct. 26 through Saturday, Nov. 2. The full festival schedule will be unveiled on Tuesday, Oct. 1, when tickets go on sale to the public.

Shot in black and white across four states, “Nebraska” tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune.

Alexander Payne’s first two feature films were the comedies "Citizen Ruth” (1996) and “Election” (1999). “About Schmidt” premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. Both “Sideways” (2004) and "The Descendants”(2011) won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and were nominated for four others, including Best Picture and Best Director.