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’12 Years a Slave’ to Open San Diego Film Fest; ‘August: Osage County’ to Close

Fest honorees to include Judd Apatow, Mariel Hemingway

Steve McQueen‘s “12 Years a Slave” and John Wells‘ “August: Osage County” will bookend the 2013 San Diego Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 2 to Oct. 6, the fest announced Wednesday.

“Slave” opens the fest next Wednesday night, with screenwriter John Ridley and producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner expected in attendance. “August: Osage County” will close the fest, which features more than 100 screenings over the five days, including world premieres of “The Republic of Two,” “Lost on Purpose,” “Brahmin Bulls” and “Grave Secrets.”

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Other notable titles include comical Tolstoy adaptation “2 Jacks” (Friday); the time-travel love story “About Time” (Saturday); and “The German Doctor” (Sunday), based on notorious Nazi physician Josef Mengele’s time on the lam in Argentina.

Documentary “Running From Crazy” follows the personal journey of Mariel Hemingway, who will be honored with the festival’s humanitarian award. The fest will also honor Judd Apatow at its annual Tribute Gala on Oct. 3.