Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in a scene from “Green Book.” Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures via AP
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Peter Farrelly's "Green Book" is based on a true story, which in this case shouldn't be read as a warning not to go. It recounts a story from the life of Jamaican jazz pianist and composer Don Shirley and his 1962 concert tour through the then unabashedly racist deep south, accompanied by Italian-American driver Frank Vallelonga, who was charged with keeping the artist safe from Americans.The film opens with a vignette from the life of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class bouncer at New York's Copacabana nightclub. Otherwise the story remains utterly true to road movie conventions.You may know how the film will end in the first half-hour but, as with all road movies, the end of the journey is less important than all the stuff that happens along the way.Between now and Nov. 29, CIFF will project films in several different sections. The international competition and official out-of-competitive selections are accompanied by Horizons, an Arabic film competition, an International Critics Week competition, a contest for short films, a program devoted to recent Egyptian films, a tribute to Arab women filmmakers, a focus on Russian cinema and a first Midnight Screenings.
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