Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood hosts Opening Night of the The 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the East Coast Premiere of “The Return of the Hero”

FLiFF to Donate a Portion of the Proceeds to Assist Victims of Hurricane Michael

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host the 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s opening night festivities at the Hard Rock Event Center on Friday Nov. 2, 2018. The evening includes the East Coast Premiere of the swashbuckling comedy The Return of the Hero and a post-screening soiree with a French flair that includes scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

Directed by Laurent Tirard (Molière), The Return of the Hero pairs Oscar® winner Jean Dujardin, (The Artist) as dashing swindler Captain Neuville and Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards) as his sharp-tongued nemesis, Elizabeth.  Set in the year 1809, Neuville is to marry the naive Pauline when war breaks out, forcing him to depart for the battlefield. After not hearing from the captain for months, Pauline becomes ill with worry. Her sister Elizabeth devises a plan to write fake letters on behalf of Neuville, thinking he would never come back. But it all goes south when Neuville reappears.

“In 2011, we opened our Festival with The Artist starring Jean Dujardin. We’re proud to launch this year’s fest with Jean Dujardin’s hilarious new comedy The Return of the Hero at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, whose team is making our opening night stylish and fun, for the 4th year in a row,” commented Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

This year, in light of the recent devastation in the Florida Panhandle by Hurricane Michael, the festival will donate 50% of each full price, $12 ticket sold for the film, to United Way of Northwest Florida. The donation will be applied to relief efforts in that area, which bore the brunt of the Category 4 storm.

Venue location:  The Hard Rock Event Center is located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33014.  Valet parking is available. Self-parking will be available in the Winners Way garage and Seminole Way garage.

Admission Prices:

Film Only:   $12 general admission, $10 seniors, $9 Students/Military, $8 FLiFF Members

Party & Film:  $100 general admission, $75 FLiFF Members.

For advance tickets visit: www.FLiFF.com

For a downloadable catalogue of films and events go to: https://issuu.com/kenpernadesign.com/docs/2018_fliff_catalog

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.  It is a world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination that features a AAA Four Diamond-rated luxury hotel; expansive gaming offerings including first-in-class slots, high-stakes table games and South Florida’s premier poker room; spa and fitness center; award-winning dining and nightlife; and the popular Hard Rock Event Center which hosts A-list entertainers, comedy and sporting events. A $1.5 billion expansion slated to open in fall 2019 will bring 638 luxury guestrooms to a first-ever, iconic, guitar-shaped hotel and 168 upscale guest accommodations in an adjacent hotel tower overlooking a lush, “Bora Bora” style, private cabana environment; a 41,000 square-foot Rock Spa®; a 13.5 acre recreational water-focused experience for sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding; 30 distinctive  restaurants, bars and lounges; an expanded gaming floor featuring 3,000 slots, 193 table games and a 46-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and 21,000 square feet of new retail space.  The highly anticipated 6,500 seat Hard Rock Live theater-style concert venue will feature headline performances and live broadcast capabilities.  The resort is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation along State Road 7, (U.S. Highway 441). The resort is 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

About Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing people together through cinema, developing an appreciation of the art and talent, and introducing audiences to other cultures through film. FLiFF presents both current and classic American Independent and foreign language films, supports local filmmakers and hosts legendary and up-and-coming talent via the annual Film Festival and daily programming at the festival’s two year-round art theaters, Savor Cinema and Cinema Paradiso. For more information visit www.FLiFF.com  @FortLauderdaleInternationalFilmFestival,  @SavorCinema  @CinemaParadisoHollywood

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