In Chatham, the 13th annual FilmColumbia Festival kicks off on Wednesday (October 17). The five-day fest runs through Sunday (October 21) featuring plenty of hotly anticipated films, including Dustin Hoffman’s first credited role as director (“Quartet”); Bill Murray as FDR (“Hyde Park on the Hudson”); “The Sessions aka The Surrogate” (a sensation at Sundance this year); David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook”; Melissa Leo’s new film, shot in the Hudson Valley (“Francine”); and “Cloud Atlas,” a three-hour collaboration between co-directors Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”) and Andy & Lana Wachowski (“The Matrix”), starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent.
On the documentary front, look for Ken Burns’ latest, “The Central Park Five” and FilmColumbia alum Alex Gibney’s third film to play the festival, “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.” Internationally, this seems to be the year of Isabelle Huppert, starring in both Anne Fontaine’s latest, “My Worst Nightmare,” and Sang-Soo Hong’s “In Another Country,” nominated for Cannes’ Palme d’Or. FilmColumbia will also screen features and shorts from Argentina, Australia, Iran, Italy and Cuba (part of an exchange program with the Havana Film Festival).
Here are a trio of our picks from the FilmColumbia Festival’s rich selection of 2012 offerings: