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Jason Reitman brings ‘Labor Day’ to Telluride

From left: journalist Scott Foundas, Joyce Maynard, and Jason Reitman discussing  the film “Labor Day” at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival.

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From left: journalist Scott Foundas, Joyce Maynard, and Jason Reitman discussing the film “Labor Day” at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival.

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Director Jason Reitman was at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado over the weekend to promote his Massachusetts movie “Labor Day,” based on the book by New Hampshire’s own Joyce Maynard. The “Up in the Air” and “Juno” filmmaker shot “Labor Day” around Shelburne, Medway, and Natick last summer. It stars Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, James Van Der Beek, and Tobey Maguire. (Winslet plays a single mom who develops a relationship with a convict, played by Brolin.) At Telluride, Reitman gave props to writer Maynard, who joined him for the festival screening. According to Deadline.com, he said, “This is probably the truest adaptation I will ever write. I wanted to make the movie that reflected my experience of reading the book ‘Labor Day’ for the first time. It’s a movie about inexplicable decisions and the unusual — sometimes rare — trust it takes to heal. It’s a love story.” He also said, jokingly, to his audience, “I know this is going to be a very tricky transition for you. You are going to have to somehow step out of this beautiful town on Labor Day weekend and walk into this beautiful town on Labor Day weekend.” Van Der Beek had his own “Labor Day” joke. He tweeted on Monday, “My next movie takes place over #LaborDay. @JasonReitman directed & it’s called “Labor Day.” It’ll be in theaters on Christmas #ofcourse.”

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