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Boston Film Festival offers varied program

The 28th annual Boston Film Festival, which opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 28, boasts a lineup that includes “The Sessions” (next Sunday) starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt and already generating Oscar buzz. Another big title is the topical political thriller “A Dark Truth” (Friday) featuring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Andy Garcia, and Eva Longoria. It’s about a multinational engineering corporation that with the aid of corrupt governments controls the water rights of developing countries.

As with any festival that tries to balance Hollywood and indie, it’s often the less star-studded fare that’s most enticing. “We’re happy to be able to offer our audience the opportunity to see big pre-releases, but we lean to new filmmakers who need this kind of forum to get attention,” says BFF executive director Robin Dawson. One of her favorites is the documentary “Free Throw” (Sept. 24).

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