Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 1997
Country: United States
Run Time: 120 minutes

The comically poignant story of an immigrant boy's quest to be an American . . . and to be a man.

There may be some interest in the summer Batman flick or a certain Spielberg dinosaur yarn, but here the screen event of 1997 is the opening of TELLING LIES IN AMERICA. Not since Paul Schrader's "Light of Day" in 1987 has Cleveland portrayed Cleveland in such detail for Hollywood cameras. TELLING LIES IN AMERICA utilizes dozens of local landmarks, and echoes Alan Freed and WHK-AM in its musical milieu. Written by Clevelander Joe Eszterhas ("Basic Instinct," Jagged Edge," "Flashdance," "Music Box," "Showgirls"), it makes for the perfect Opening Night of the 21st Cleveland international film festival.

Join us for this night to remember. The 7:00 PM screening includes a pre-film reception in the lobby of Hoyts Tower City Cinemas and dinner, music, and dancing after the World Premiere at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Ballroom. A second screening of the World Premiere is scheduled for 9:30 PM.

Joe Eszterhas

Guy Ferland

Ben Myron, Fran Kuzui, Fred Caruso; Executive Producers: Brian Swardstrom, Mickey Liddell, Naomi Ezsterhas

Reynaldo Villalobos

Jill Savitt

Principal Cast
Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Maximillian Schell, Calista Flockhart, Paul Dooley

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