Seven world, two North American, seven U.S., nine East Coast and 15 New York debuts are among this year’s line up for the 2006 Woodstock Film Festival, taking place in the famed Catskills, New York town and surrounding areas October 11 – 15. Douglas McGrath‘s “Infamous” will kick-off the fest in Woodstock, while Rachid Bouchard‘s “Days of Glory” will open the event in Rhinebeck, NY. The French film is the story of some of the 130,000 young North Africans who, though having never stepped foot on French soil, enlisted in the French Army during World War II to liberate the “fatherland” from the Nazi enemy. These forgotten soldiers won battles in Italy, Provence and the Vosges before finding themselves alone to defend an Alsatian village against a German battalion.
At Woodstock’s Tinker Street Cinema, the East Coast premiere of McGrath’s “Infamous” will have it east coast premiere. The film stars Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Peter Bogdanovich and more. It is another look at author Truman Capote’s life at the time of his research and writing for his seminal work, “In Cold Blood.” In the film, what starts out as the humorous journey of the openly gay Capote as he moves through the elegant circles of Manhattan’s sophisticated cafe society, turns darker as he becomes increasingly consumed by the murder case that sets the backdrop for the film. “Infamous” will open in theaters nationwide the following day.
In other highlights, Woodstock’s centerpiece is Danish director Susanne Bier‘s “After the Wedding.” In the film, Jacob, (Mads Mikkelsen) a Danish aid worker in India, thinks a wealthy businessman has come to the rescue of his orphanage only to discover that the offer of financial salvation comes with some very long strings attached, leading him back to Denmark for a wedding and forcing him to confront the most intense dilemma of his life.
Other titles this year include: “After the Wedding (Efter Bryllupet),” directed by Susanne Bier; “Black Brush,” directed by Roland Vranik; “Buffalo Dreams,” directed by Ani Pandit; “Chalk,” directed by Mike Akel; “Cherry Valley“,” directed by Patrick Steward; “Come Early Morning,” directed by Joey Lauren Adams; “Dance Party, USA,” directed by Aaron Katz; “Day Night Day Night,” directed by Julia Loktev; “Days of Glory,” directed by Rachid Bouchard; “Dirt Nap,” directed by D.B. Sweeney; “Flannel Pajamas,” directed by Jeff Lipsky; “Forgiveness,” directed by Udi Aloni; “Gretchen,” directed by Steve Collins; “Heavens Fall,” directed by Terry Green; “Infamous,” directed by Douglas McGrath; “The Last Winter,” directed by Larry Fessenden; “The Limbo Room,” directed by Debra Eisenstadt; “Off the Black,” directed by James Ponsoldt; “The Orange Thief,” by Boogie Dean, Vinnie Angel and Artie Wilinski; “Steel Toes,” directed by Paola D’Agnolo; “Stephanie Daily,” directed by Hilary Brougher; “Swedish Auto,” directed by Derek Sieg; “Ten Canoes,” directed by Rolf De Heer; and “Vertigo,” by Alfred Hitchcock.
Woodstock’s doc line up includes: “Air Guitar Nation,” directed by Alexandra Lipsitz; “Andrew Jenks, Room 335,” directed by Andrew Jenks; “Arctic Sun,” directed by Andrew Walton; “Autumn’s Eyes,” directed by Paola Mendoza and Gabriel Noble; “Beyond Conviction,” directed by Rachel Libert; “Beyond Eyruv,” directed by John Mounier; “Blue Blood,” directed by Stevan Riley; “The Bridge,” directed by Eric Steel; “A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash,” directed by Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack; “Darkon,” directed by Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer; “Lover Other, The Story of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore,” directed by Barbara Hammer; “Mario’s Story,” directed by Jeff Werner and Susan Koch; “Maxed Out,” directed by James D. Scurlock; “More Than 1,000 Words,” directed by Solo Avital; “Saint Misbehavin’: The Life & Time of Wavy Gravy,” directed by Michelle Esrick; “Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing,” directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck; “Si Sos Brujo: A Tango Story (If You Know Magic),” directed by Caroline W. Neal; “Tales of Rat Fink,” directed by Ron Mann; “Unauthorized And Proud Of It,” directed by Ilko Davidov; “Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club,” directed by Dean Budnick; and “Who Needs Sleep?” directed by Haskell Wexler and Lisa Leeman.
This year’s honorees are IFC Entertainment‘s Jonathan Sehring who will receive the Honorary Trailblazer Award, while two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple (“American Dream“) will be the recipient of the festival’s Honorary Maverick Award.
Closing the festival is Kopple and Cecilia Peck‘s latest doc, “Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing,” which recently had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The duo travel with the Chicks from their peak of popularity as the national anthem singing favorites of country music through the anti-Bush comment made by the band’s Natalie Maines in 2003.
[For more information and a full line up, please visit the festival’s website.]