2005 Florida Film Festival to Open with “Saving Face” and Close with “Kiss Me Deadly”
by Shilpa Mankikar
The Florida Film Festival has unveiled plans for its April 8-17 event in Orlando, FL. The festival opens with the East Coast Premiere of Alice Wu‘s Sundance official selection “Saving Face,” starring Joan Chen. As 28-year-old Wil’s (Michelle Krusiec) mother (Joan Chen) sends her to singles’ parties to find a man, Wil meets Vivian (Lynn Chen), another victim of the matchmaking social scene. A romance begins. When Wil’s mother shows up at her doorstep —- unmarried, pregnant at the age of 48, and wanting to move in — Wil must “save face” with her family and keep her new love a secret. The closing night Retro Film features the classic “Kiss Me Deadly” on is 50th Anniversary. The quintessential film noir, catalyst for the French New Wave, and ultimate embodiment of atom-age nihilism. Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker), private detective, barrels through a maelstrom of death and deception after the murder of a hitchhiker.
The festival’s narrative competition section has 10 features: “The Civilization of Maxwell Bright,” directed by David Beaird; “Duane Incarnate,” directed by Hal Salwen; “The Last Hold-Outs,” directed by Edward Burns; “Lbs”, directed by Matthew Bonifacio; “Loggerheads,” directed by Tim Kirkman; “On the Outs,” directed by Lori Silverbush & Michael Skolnik; “Pizza,” directed by Mark Christopher; “Poster Boy,” directed by Zak Tucker; “Sexual Life,” directed by Ken Kwapis, and “XY,” directed by Vladimir Vitkin.
A 315-pound man decides to kick his food addiction by moving to the country in “Lbs.” Gwen and Connie’s lives are turned upside down as they try to discover the truth about their friend Gwen’s new perfect boyfriend in “Duane Incarnate.” Inspired by a true story, and set in three different geographical regions of North Carolina, ‘Loggerheads’ follows the journey of Mark, a soft-spoken drifter in his 20s who makes a pilgrimage to a small coastal town near Wilmington in order to save the endangered Loggerhead turtles that nest on the beach in the summer.
The Documentary Feature Competition: has 10 features: “Boxers and Ballerinas,” directed by Brit Marling & Mike Cahill; “The Fall of Fujimori,” directed by Ellen Perry; “Forgiving Dr. Mengele,” directed by Bob Hercules & Cheri Pugh; “Mardi Gras: Made in China,” directed by David Redmon; “Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power,” directed by Sandra Dickson & Churchill Roberts; “Pucker Up: The Fine Art of Whistling,” directed by Kate Davis & David Heilbroner; “Reel Paradise,” directed by Steve James; “The Royal Academy,” directed by Tony Cane-Honeysett; “Three of Hearts: A PostModern Family,” directed by Susan Kaplan; “Troop 1500,” directed by Ellen Spiro.
“Forgiving Dr. Mengele” examines how and why Auschwitz survivor Eva Moses-Kor, chose to heal her wounds by forgiving her oppressors. “Reel Paradise” shows indie film maven John Pierson‘s experience in Fiji as operator of the world’s most remote cinema. Austin’s Enterprising Girl Scouts Beyond Bars “Troop 1500” was established in 1998 as a model for a visiting program for women in prison and their daughters.
The festival also includes 27 narrative competition shorts, 10 documentary competition shorts, and 14 animated competition shorts. Highlights include “The Old Man and Hemingway” directed by Hugo Perez; “Learn Self Defense,” directed by Chris Harding; and the North American premiere of “The Intervention,” directed by Jay Duplass, winner of a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival last month.
[ For more information, please visit: http://www.floridafilmfestival.com. ]