Montreal Announces Lineup For Fest
by Brian Brooks
Several English language entries will compete with 17 other features in
the Montreal World Film Festival’s prestigious Grand Prix des Ameriques.
Two British films as well as two from the U.S. and one from Australia
are the English-language titles competing for the award. 200 features,
including 80 world premieres will be featured in the 21st edition of the fest
which takes place August 22 to September 2. Two French-Canadian films are
also included in the lineup, organizers announced in a press conference this
First time director James F. Robinson’s “Still Breathing” about a Texas
street artist who later finds himself in Hollywood as well as debut
director Bernie Casey’s “The Dinner” about a murder story in which he
stars– Casey is a former NFL wide-receiver– are among the American films in competition at the fest.
British entrants are John Duigan’s “Lawn Dogs” and Mike Barber’s “The James
Gang.” Also featured is Australia’s Bill Bennett for “Kiss Or Kill.” French
Canada’s Michel Poulette will compete with “The Haven”(La Conciergerie).
Also entered is “The Seat Of The Soul (Le Siege De L’Ame), a 19th century
philosophical story by writer-director Olivier Asselin.
Among the fest’s many scheduled premieres are Carlos Saura’s “Pajarico“
and fellow Spaniard director Jose Luis Garci’s “A Wound of Light“. Ingmar
Bergman’s son, Daniel, will premiere “Expectations” as will French
director Yves Angelo for is latest effort, “Un Air Si Pur.”
Other international representatives in competition include Japanese
directors Jun Ichikawa’s “Tokyo Lullaby,” Kei Kumai’s “To Love,” and
Yoshimitsu Morita’s “Lost Paradise.” China’s Xie Jin will present “The Opium
War.” Iranian Majid Majidi’s “The Children Of Heaven,” Venezuelan
Alberto Arvelo’s “One Life And Two Trails,” and Yugoslav Petar Lalovic’s
“Some Birds Can’t Fly” will also be featured.
The fest traditionally features 42 high profile films in the
non-competing Hors Concours section, many of which were important titles
from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Among these are Manuel Poirier’s
French road movie “Western,” Egyptian Youssef Chahine’s “Destiny,” Nick
Cassavetes’ “She’s So Lovely,” Shohei Imamura’s “The Eel” from Japan, which
shared the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes fest, as well as Hong Kong
director Wong Kar-Wai’s Buenos Aires gay-themed “Happy Together.”
[For more information, visit the official festival website at: http://www.ffm-montreal.org]