Individual tickets left for only 5 Ebertfest films
CHAMPAIGN — Less than a week before the red carpet's rolled out, individual tickets remain for just five of the 12 movies set to be shown at Roger Ebert's Film Festival.
The latest to sell out: "A Simple Life," directed by Ann Hui, one of the leaders of the Hong Kong New Wave.
It joined earlier sellouts "Life Itself," "Young Adult," "Do the Right Thing," "Wadjda," "Goodbye Solo" and "Born on the Fourth of July."
Tickets remain available for "Capote," "Museum Hours," "Short Term 2," "He Who Gets Slapped" and festival closer "Bayou Maharajah," with pianist Henry Butler performing live after the screening.
The festival will open with "Life Itself" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Virginia Theatre. It will close five days later with a noon showing of "Bayou Maharajah," a music documentary about the late James Booker, the self-described "black Liberace" of the New Orleans R&B scene.
People who want to see any of the sold-out movies are advised to stand in line outside the Virginia, starting 30 minutes before curtain time.
At most Ebertfests, all of the people waiting in the so-called "rush line" get into the movie of their choice.
Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for senior citizens and students. They're available at the Virginia Theatre box office or by calling 217-356-9063. Festival passes are sold out.