CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago International Film Festival is dedicating its opening night to late film critic Roger Ebert.
The festival opens Thursday night in downtown Chicago with a screening of the Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard movie "The Immigrant." Festival officials say they're dedicating the opening night to Ebert, who died in April after a long battle with cancer. Ebert was the Chicago Sun-Times movie reviewer for decades. He also was long-affiliated with the festival.
Ebert's widow, Chaz Ebert, and "The Immigrant" director James Gray are scheduled to attend.
Festival found Michael Kutza says Ebert leaves a "strong legacy" because his reviews made filmmakers fall in love with the movies.