Film-lovers can get a sneak peek of Bill Condon’s highly anticipated film “The Fifth Estate” at Aspen Filmfest in September before it premieres nationwide in October. The movie, about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, will close out Aspen Film’s annual festival, running Sept. 25-29 at the Isis Theatre and Paepcke Auditorium.
“We are honored and excited to present this terrific new film. Aspen has a rich tradition of providing unique cultural platforms for audiences to actively engage in timely ideas and issues. At Filmfest, it’s through the movies they see. We can’t imagine a better finale for our 35th edition than a film that will be an important part of the national conversation,” says Laura Thielen, Aspen Film’s artistic director.
“The Fifth Estate” tracks Assange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) development of an internet start-up which eventually broke more news than major media organizations, and turned into one of the most controversial organization’s in recent history.
Aspen Filmfest previews a selection of fall releases, plus documentaries, independent productions and features from the international festival circuit. Filmmakers also join for conversations. The complete schedule is available starting Aug. 30 at Aspen Film. Tickets go on sale Sept. 11 through the Wheeler Opera House Box Office.