CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The opening film of this year’s Virginia Film Festival has been announced.

The festival, which will be held for the 36th year late next month, will open with Maestro.

According to a release, the movie focuses on the relationship between Leonard Bernstein, portrayed by film writer, producer and director Bradley Cooper, and his wife Felicia Montealegre, played by Carey Mulligan.

Kazu Hiro, Academy Award-winning makeup effects artist, will be there to receive the VAFF Craft Award.

The festival also says its centerpiece this year will be The Holdovers, about a New England prep schoolteacher who forms an unexpected bond with a wayward student.

This film will be followed by a post-film discussion with producer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Mark Johnson.

This year’s Gala will include screenings of Ava DuVernay’s Origin, Cord Jefferson’s American Fiction, Bruce Cohen’s Rustin, and Kristoffer Borgli’s Dream Scenario.

Other films that will be shown include May December, War Pony, and Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project.

There will also be acclaimed international films from Ukraine, Turkey, Finland, Tunisia, Japan, Chile, France, Germany and Mexico, among many other films that will be screened around downtown Charlottesville.

And finally, the closing night film will be American Symphony with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman and multi-award-winning recording artist Jon Batiste on hand.

For more information about the film festival and a full lineup, click here.