Ticket giveaway: Attend an advance screening of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

Ahead of the Feb. 22 Japan release of “Silver Linings Playbook,” the acclaimed new film from director David O. Russell and starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, a special preview screening will be held in Tokyo. The Japan Times has 10 pairs of tickets to give away free to readers for the screening, which takes place on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.

The romantic comedy-drama centers on Pat (played by “The Hangover” star Cooper), an ex-teacher who is released after eight months in a mental institution and is struggling to regain his former life and a grip on his temper. Moving back in with his parents (De Niro and Jacki Weaver), who have their own problems, he hopes to rebuild bridges with the wife who had him sent away after a violent episode.

But when he meets Tiffany (Lawrence, star of “The Hunger Games”), a young widow who has her own all-consuming neuroses, things take a turn — and Pat discovers a new sense of optimism and a friendship that could be his salvation.

The film’s ensemble cast also includes a noticeably chunkier Chris Tucker as Pat’s friend Danny, Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher as Pat’s court-mandate psychiatrist and “Bourne” series mainstay Julia Stiles. Director Russell is best known for 2010′s “The Fighter” and 2004′s “I Heart Huckabees.”

“Silver Linings Playbook” has been nominated for eight Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards, held Feb. 24, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Cooper), Best Actress (Lawrence) and Best Director.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets, send a postcard stating your name, address, telephone number, age, a comment on The Japan Times’ film section and the title of the film to: Gakugei-bu, The Japan Times, 4-5-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8071. Or enter online at jtimes.jp/film.

The deadline is Feb. 13. For more information, call (03) 3452-3599.