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Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball” opening Mumbai Film Festival – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Baseball may be America’s pastime, but Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” – focused on the intricate backdoor scheming that goes into building a winning team – is enjoying an international run through major festivals around the world.

Miller’s film already has been named the Closing Night film of this year’s Tokyo Film Festival. This morning, THR reports that Sony’s awards contender – based on Michael Lewis’s book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” – will open the 13th Mumbai Film Festival on Oct. 13. The eight-day fest will screen close to 200 titles, and will close with the inspirational family drama “Dolphin Tale.”

“We are extremely proud of the fact that the Mumbai Film Festival is fast getting recognized to be the best international film festival in this country,” said Mumbai Academy of Moving Images chairman Shyam Benegal.

In addition to “Moneyball,” this year’s Mumbai fest will host the India premieres of Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia,” Rachel Weisz’s drama “The Whistleblower” and George Clooney’s political thriller “The Ides of March.”

THR adds that a lifetime achievement award “will be conferred this year on acclaimed poet, lyricist, script writer and director Gulzar.”

Thankfully, you don’t have to wait so long to see Miller’s excellent “Moneyball,” which stars Brad Pitt as frustrated Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. It opens in the States this Friday, Sept. 23.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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