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SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Film Festival kicks off Wednesday with an opening night screening of Septembers of Shiraz and an appearance of one of the film’s stars, Academy Award winner Adrien Brody.

Brody, who plays the role of a jeweler in Iran who is wrongly suspected of being a traitor and imprisoned and abused by the Revolutionary Guard, will attend the opening night screening. The film will screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday and be followed by a question and answer session with critic and festival host Jeffrey Lyons.

The festival, which returns for its 14th year, will continue through Sunday. Film buffs will have the opportunity to see more than 100 film screenings at the Reading Theater in the Gaslamp Quarter and the ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla. The movies cover a diverse range of feature films, independent productions, documentaries and shorts. Festival goers can purchase tickets to individual films or various kinds of festival passes.

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FOX 5’s entertainment reporter, Sam Rubin, will be on the red carpet at Variety’s Night of the Stars Tribute Thursday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art. You can see Sam with Cinema Vanguard Winner Adriene Brody and Geena Davis, winner of the Reframed Humanitarian Award, Thursday on FOX News at 5 and 6 p.m. FOX 5’s Kathleen Bade will also have an exclusive interview with Brody.