The Front Runner


Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30pm
Tivoli Theatre

Based on Matt Bai’s “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,” “The Front Runner” is directed by SLIFF favorite Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air,” “Juno”), who receives our Contemporary Cinema Award. Having lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Walter Mondale in 1984, U.S. Sen. Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) makes a triumphant return to candidacy in 1987. Hart has everything going for him: intelligence, charisma, and experience as a lawyer, campaign manager, and senator — not to mention an ideal first lady in wife Lee (Vera Farmiga). But everything starts to crumble when word circulates that Hart is a womanizer — a rumor quickly followed by reports of his affair with Donna Rice (Sara Paxton). Vogue writes: “(Jackman) gives a crackerjack turn as a real-life political figure in Jason Reitman’s jaunty ‘The Front Runner.’… In telling this story, Reitman aspires to something of an Altmanesque sweep, putting Hart and his wife, Lee (Vera Farmiga, tremendously good), at the center of a circus that includes consultants, staffers, reporters, paparazzi — the whole mad political swirl at a pivotal point in the media’s coverage of candidates.”

113 min.

Directed by

Jason Reitman



Film Category

Studio Spotlight


Media Politics


Biopic Historical Drama
With director Reitman, SLIFF Contemporary Cinema Award honoree.

Sponsored by

Marcia Harris, Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty