Ernest Borgnine's Last Flick (and NBFF Fave) is Theater-Bound; Festival Accepting Submissions

Coming to a theater (possibly) near you: The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernández, which won Ernest Borgnine an acting prize after it premiered at April's Newport Beach Film Festival and, unbeknownst to anyone at the time, would be the last movie the late actor made.

Pictures acquired North American rights to the film, which is slated to open in Los Angeles this October before moving to select cities.

The goal will be to win Borgnine, who passed away in July at age 95, consideration for more awards.

Apartment in Athens, Nazi Drama from Italy, is Big Winner of Newport Beach Film Fest Awards

Her certainly deserved the one he received from Newport Beach Film Festival's panel, as Borgnine carries The Man Who Shook the
Hand of Vicente Fernández
which, unfortunately, is otherwise not a very good film.

Ernest Borgnine Shook the Mind of a Man Watching Vicente Fernández

Not that I want to rain on its theatrical release . . .

The plot of writer-director Elia Petridis' dramedy: an elderly man (Borgnine), who never
realized his dream of becoming a famous actor, finds “fame” among Latino
nursing home workers caring for him after he reveals he once locked mitts with legendary Mexican
singer-actor Vicente Fernández.

Besides the film festival award, I bestowed Oscar winner Borgnine and 71-year-old actor Barry Corbin, Ernie's foe in The Man Who Shook the
Hand of Vicente Fernández
, my first-ever Best Spaghetti Western Face-Off Award.

And the Other Newport Beach Film Fest Awards Go To …

In fact, it's still here; no one came to the awards ceremony . . . 🙁

Meanwhile, speaking of the film festival, submissions are now being accepted for the 14th run, scheduled for April 25-May 2, 2013.

Submit now and receive a discount from Withoutabox.

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Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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