Greenwich International Film Festival will screen “Ben Is Back” starring Julia Roberts and Q&A with writer/director Peter Hedges on 12/17

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The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) has announced a very special screening of  “Ben is Back” starring Julia Roberts , Lucas Hedges and veteran actor Courtney B. Vance. The film was nominated for awards at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival.

The film follows troubled addict Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one Christmas Eve. Ben’s mother Holly Burns ( Julia Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. He has decided to skip rehab for the holidays to be with his family. However, during the 24 hours that make up the film, their lives may change forever. It is up to his mother, Holly to do whatever she can in her power to save her son and her family.

The film is written and directed by Peter Hedges (father of Lucas Hedges) and has written several novels, plays and movie scripts such as “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”, “About a Boy” and others.

The film will be screened by GIFF on Monday December 17th at the Bow Tie Cinemas in Greenwich.   This special evening will kick off with a cocktail reception at ASHA (409 Greenwich Ave.)  from 6pm to 7:15pm.  ASHA will be donating 10% of all purchases made at the reception to GIFF.  The film will then be screened at the cinema at 7:30 with a Q & A session to follow with director and writer, Peter Hedges.  This promises to be a very special evening, and is just another example of the fine and unique programming that the Greenwich International Film Festival brings to our area.

Not only does GIFF host its annual film festival, but produces great events like this one during the year.  Please consider becoming a GIFF member or give the gift of membership to a loved one this year.  Members are invited to special events and can take advantage of special VIP discounts as well  as have access to fantastic thought provoking cinema.

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For more information on GIFF, memberships, and tickets  please visit:

Greenwich International Film Festival

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