The Grand River Film Festival welcomed an Oscar-winning actress.

Susan Sarandon, who is best known for her role as Lousie Sawyer in Ridley Scott’s 1991 film, Thelma & Louise, appeared Saturday at the Grand River Film Festival (GIFF).

The actress was at the festival promoting the film Robot and Frank, in which she plays a librarian who becomes the target of both the Robot and Frank’s affections.

Sarandon introduced the film to the packed audience at the Empire Theatre in Kitchener and said that, although she is a New-Yorker, our city is a bit further into fall than New York. She also added that having the festival promotes smaller films like the one she appears in, Robot and Frank.

“It’s really great that you have a festival because this is where a lot of people (directors) get there films seen”, Sarandon told the audience.

GIFF’s Executive Director, Tamara Louks told 570 News the star power really helped to boost sales and create a draw to GIFF.

“It has really helped with our ticket sales, obviously, and created a lot of buzz which is exciting for the region as a whole.”

While in the region, Sarandon will be visiting many local spots of interest.