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Chicago film fest dedicates opening night to Ebert

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.

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Online: http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com

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