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Austin Film Festival to screen I, Tonya as closing night movie

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Courtesy of TIFF

Austin Film Festival has added the based-on-real-events I, Tonya as the event’s second closing night movie, it was announced Tuesday. Director Craig Gillespie’s film stars Margot Robbie as disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding, Sebastian Stan as her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, and Allison Janney as Harding’s mother. The movie’s writer, Steven Rogers, will be in attendance at the screening.

As previously announced, the festival’s other closing night film is Chappaquiddickwhich details the drowning of campaign specialist Mary Jo Kopechne while trapped in a car that Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge and later failed to report.

The festival also revealed that director Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle, Eddie Murphy Raw) will participate in AFF’s Writers Conference and will present AFF’s Extraordinary Contribution to Television award to Keenen Ivory Wayans, with whom Townsend co-wrote Hollywood Shuffle.

Austin Film Festival takes place in Austin, Texas, Oct. 26-Nov. 2. Learn more about the events at the festival’s official website.