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Al Pacino, Christopher Walken attending Chicago International Film Festival's opening night

The Chicago international Film Festival has had its share of celebrity guests over the years, but this year's opening night could be its most star-studded yet.

Oscar winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin and Emmy winner Julianna Margulies will be on hand at the 48th annual festival to screen their film “Stand Up Guys” Oct. 11 at the Harris Theater. The action comedy, which doesn't roll out nationwide until Jan. 11, was produced by Tom Rosenberg and directed by Fisher Stevens, both Chicagoans and fellow Oscar winners.

“This is without a doubt the most exciting opening night for the Chicago International Film Festival in many years,” fest founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza said in a news release. “Tom Rosenberg has been a (long-time) friend of the festival and we are honored that he and Lionsgate have chosen this year's festival for the world premiere of this extraordinary film.”

Chicago cop-turned-actor Dennis Farina kicked off last year's festival with “The Last Rites of Joe May,” and Oscar-nominated actor Edward Norton kicked it off with “Stone” the year before that.

Tickets for opening night can be purchased at chicagofilmfestival.com.

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