The Starz Denver Film Festival schedule is live; ticket sales open later this week

You can start planning now: The schedule for the 34th annual Starz Denver Film Festival, which runs November 2 through 13 at various venues throughout town, is now available online at the user-friendly Denver Film Society website. DFS member early ticketing opens Wednesday, October 19; the rest of the hoi polloi can swoop down on their tickets beginning on October 21. Some standouts? Read on:

On opening night, the fest rolls out the red carpet for

Like Crazy

, the Drake Doremus long-distance love story gone bad.

Closing night features a bit of Denver Film Society nostalgia, with a screening of Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, the first film shown in 2002 at the opening of the Starz FilmCenter at Auraria.

Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling star in Melancholia, a wedding story turned doomsday drama from Lars von Trier.

The Artist, from director Michel Hazanavicius, could be the most unique bit of film at this year's fest: It's a modern silent movie, filmed in black-and-white and set in Hollywood, circa 1927, at the dawn of the talkies.

Rest assured, there is much more. Peruse the schedule now; buy tickets later at the Denver FilmCenter box office.

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