Mel Gibson's next film to debut at Texas festival

Friday, January 14, 2011
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Mel Gibson's return to the big screen will begin at the South by Southwest festival in March.

Organizers announced Thursday that "The Beaver" is one of five films that will have their international premieres at the multimedia film festival known as SXSW held annually in Austin, Texas.

The debut will be March 16, roughly a week before the film's limited theatrical.

SXSW film spokeswoman Rebecca Feferman says "Beaver" director and star Jodie Foster will attend the premiere, but it remains unclear whether Gibson will also attend.

His publicist, Alan Nierob, says in an e-mail that he did not yet know whether the 55-year-old actor-director will make an appearance.

Gibson stars as a troubled family man who uses a beaver puppet he wears on his hand to help him cope.

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