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Love Actually stars surprise director Richard Curtis at Montclair Film Festival

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Paul Zimmerman

Love Actually is all around us — even in New Jersey.

The 2003 romantic comedy’s Laura Linney and Chiwetel Ejiofor surprised Love Actually director Richard Curtis over the weekend at the New Jersey-based Montclair Film Festival, where they presented him with the festival’s inaugural Filmmaker Tribute

Curtis, the man behind several British romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bridget Jones’s Diary, was celebrated at the film festival with a day of events dedicated to his work, co-presented by BAFTA New York. Among the events were a Love Actually live commentary and conversation with late-night host Stephen Colbert, an enthusiastic supporter of the film festival.

“I’m so delighted to be part of the festival,” Curtis previously said in a statement, “and excited to have a chance to be on stage with Stephen Colbert — and looking forward to undermining Love Actually with my scurrilous memories and revelations about the low quality of the filmmaking, and quite how many members of my own family are in it, including my mother-in-law.”

A portion of the festival’s proceeds will go toward Red Nose Day, a charity co-founded by Curtis that raises funds to help children living in poverty.