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'At Any Price'
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Starring: Zac Efron, Heather Graham, Dennis Quaid
Screening at: Venice, Toronto
Why: North Carolina native Ramin Bahrani holds a special place for this graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts film school, but his work in films like "Chop Shop" and "Goodbye Solo" in recent years has shown an ever-developing confidence. I noted him as someone to watch when charting my best-of-the-decade list in 2009 and his latest, with an interesting A-list cast, could be the spark that really ignites him for a wider audience. Currently set for both Venice and Toronto, it could also pop up at Telluride first.