DAILY NEWS: Montreal Fest Lineup; "Washington Heights" Wins in NYC; and Big Mouth Celebrates Five Years
by Eugene Hernandez, Brian Brooks and Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE
>> Montreal World Fest Sets 2002 Slate; Event to Welcome Godard and Briand’s “Turbulence”
(indieWIRE: 08.07.02) — A total of 216 feature films are set to screen at
this year’s Montreal Festival of World Cinema (August 22 to September 2), with
159 short films on tap for the event. Organizers announced the lineup for
the 26th festival earlier this week. The Festival will open on August 22
with a screening of Quebec director Manon Briand‘s “La Turbulence des
Twenty-six films will screen in the event’s competition section, including
Alexie Balabanov‘s “Voina” (The War) from Russia, a film about the war in
Chechnya; Alireza Raisian‘s “Istgah-e Matrouk” (The Deserted Station) from Iran; Tetsuo Shinohara‘s “Inochi” from Japan; and Carlos Saura‘s “Salome” from Spain. Also in competition are Sophie Marceau‘s “Parlez-moi d’Amour” (Speak to Me of Love) and Vincent Perez‘ “Peau d’Ange” from France, and Karen Moncrieff‘s Sundance-entry “Blue Car” and Burr Steers‘ “Igby Goes Down” from the United States.
Screening in the Festival’s World Greats section are a number of films by
established directors that have shown in competition at other fests. Among
the notables are Andreas Dresen‘s “Halbe Treppe” (Grill Point) and Francois Ozon‘s “8 Femmes” (8 Women), both hits in Berlin this year; Fernando Meirelles‘ “Cidade De Deus” (City of God), which was a buzz film in Cannes; also Krzysztof Zanussi‘s “Suplement” from Poland, Otar Iosseliani‘s “Lundi Matin” (Monday Morning), Amos Gitai‘s “Kedma,” Michael Winterbottom‘s “24 Hour
Party People,” Tonie Marshall‘s “Au Plus Pres du Paradis” (Nearest to
Heaven), and Werner Herzog‘s “Invincible.”
Among the other sections of the upcoming festival are: a sidebar showcasing
television productions, a selection of student films and videos, Japanese
cinema, African films, Latin-American films, and avant-garde work.
Other highlights from the program include an appearance by auteur Jean-Luc
Godard, who will be on hand to deliver two lectures and participate in a
Q&A. [Eugene Hernandez]
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>> “Washington Heights” Takes Top Honors at NY Latino Film Fest
(indieWIRE: 08.08.02) — The third annual New York International Latino Film
Festival presented its top honor to “Washington Heights” at the close of
the six-day event. Directed by Alfredo de Villa, the film is a story of
frustrated and realized dreams that dominate a father-son relationship set
in the predominately Dominican area of Washington Heights in upper
In other awards, “Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story” by Randy Vasquez won the best vanguard documentary prize. The film traces Salvadoran political
activist Maria Guardado as she returns to San Salvador from exile to
participate in a march honoring a slain leader. Best vanguard short went to
Marina Gonzales Palmier‘s look at identity, “White Like the Moon,” while the Lincoln-Mercury Creando Estrellas award — carrying a $5,000 cash prize —
was presented to Felix Olivier‘s “All Night Bodega.” The film features a
young Latina girl growing up in Spanish Harlem who follows a path of
violence leading up to a murderous hold-up at a bodega.
The festival showcases the work of Latino filmmakers, and is the only event
of its kind in New York City. This year’s festival ran July 30 to August 4.
>> Big Mouth Hosts Fifth-Anniversary Doc Series
(indieWIRE: 08.08.02) — Big Mouth Productions has launched a special
documentary film series, 5 For 5, to celebrate its fifth anniversary. The
production company will present the five feature-length films September 18-24
at New York’s Pioneer Theater.
The five docs in the program are: Kirsten Johnson‘s “Innocent Until Proven
Guilty” (1999), Laurie Collyer‘s “Nuyorican Dream” (2000), Julia Pimsleur‘s “Brother Born Again” (2000), Phil Bertelsen‘s “Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America” (2001), and Katy Chevigny‘s “Journey to the West: Chinese Medicine Today” (2001).
Katy Chevigny and Julia Pimsleur started Big Mouth in 1997 to help
filmmakers produce socially relevant documentaries. Dallas Brennan joined
the company in 1998. [Wendy Mitchell]