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May 26, 2011 6:34 AM
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Aruba Film Fest Announced 2nd Annual Slate

The 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival has announced its lineup, with Kim Cattrall (whose "Meet Monica Velour" will open the festival), Jonathan Demme, Milcho Manchevski, Sergio Sanchez Suarez and Lech Majewski among its noted guests. The lineup was announced by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza and Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira. The festival takes place June 10-16, 2011.

Full press release below.

Aruba - May 26, 2011 - Program details for the 2nd Annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which takes place June 10-16, 2011, were announced today. The Festival will showcase a diverse array of films from 13 different countries and feature several international premieres. The lineup was announced by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza along with Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira.

Among the titles, the international premieres at AIFF include the Massimiliano Bruno directed Italian comedy "Nessuno mi puo giudicare" (English title "Nobody Can Judge Me"); American drama "Meet Monica Velour," written and directed by Keith Bearden; the Mario Van Peebles directed drama "Things Fall Apart" starring rapper, actor and multi-tiered business mogul Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, who will be attending the Festival; and "Tequila" directed by Sergio Sanchez Suarez.

AIFF will open with "Meet Monica Velour" starring Golden Globe(R) Award winning actress Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City" franchise, "The Ghost Writer") who will kick-off the Festival's opening night Red Carpet on Friday, June 10th at Paseo Herencia.

The Festival's "In Conversation With..." series will start on Saturday, June 11, 2011 with the Oscar(R) winning director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "The Manchurian Candidate"). Demme is also presenting his film "The Agronomist," which will be followed by a Q&A.

Kim Cattrall, BAFTA Film Award-winning Hollywood costume designer Michael Kaplan ("Blade Runner," "Burlesque," "Fight Club") and Academy Award(R) nominated director Milcho Manchevski ("Before the Rain," "Mothers") will also take part in the "In Conversation With..." series with particiaption dates scheduled to be announced in the next few days.

Milcho Manchevski will introduce his latest film "Mothers" which he wrote and directed, and also screen his Macedonian drama "Before the Rain," which earned him an Oscar(R) nomination and 12 award wins.

Among the international stars confirmed to attend AIFF are Italian actress Paola Cortellesi ("Nessuno mi puo ' guidicare-Nobody Can Judge Me," "Piano, solo"), director Sergio Sanchez Suarez ("Tequila") and his leading actress Daniela Schmidt ("Casi divas," "Sea of Dreams"), Mexican actress Barbara Mori ("Kites," "La mujer de mi hermano," "Ugly Me"), Italian actor and screenwriter Alessandro Calza ("Ciao"), and Polish director and artist Lech Majewski ("The Mill and the Cross," "Angelus"). Additional names will be announced in the coming weeks.

The official AIFF lineup is comprised of the following films:

 BEFORE THE RAIN (Country: Republic of Macedonia / Director: Milcho Manchevski)
 BEGINNERS (Country: USA / Director: Mike Mills)
 BIBLIOTHEQUE PASCAL (Country: Hungary / Director: Szabolcs Hajdu)
 CIAO! (Country: USA / Director: Yen Tan)
 EVEN THE RAIN (Country: Spain / Director: Iciar Bollain)
 HERMANO (Country: Venezuela / Director: Marcel Rasquin)
 KITES (Country: India / Director: Anurag Basu)
 MADE IN HUNGARY (Country: Hungary / Director: Gergely Fonyo)
 MEET MONICA VELOUR (Country: USA / Director: Keith Bearden)
 MOTHERS (Country: Republic of Macedonia / Director: Milcho Manchevski)
 NESSUNO MI PUO' GIUDICARE (Country: Italy / Director: Massimiliano Bruno)
 TATANKA (Country: Italy / Director: Giuseppe Gagliardi)
 THE SON OF NO ONE (Country: USA / Director: Dito Montiel)
 TEQUILA (Country: Mexico / Director: Sergio Sanchez Suarez)
 THE AGRONOMIST (Country: USA / Director: Jonathan Demme)
 THE BIG BANG (Country: USA / Director: Tony Krantz)
 THE GUARD (Country: Ireland / Director: John Michael McDonagh)
 THE LIFE OF FISH (Country: Chile / Director: Matias Bize)
 THE MILL AND THE CROSS (Country: Poland / Director: Lech Majewski)
 THINGS FALL APART (Country: USA / Director: Mario Van Peebles)

**Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS)

Encouraged by strong local support last year, AIFF expanded its popular "Spotlight" series, which was created to showcases movies from Aruban and Caribbean filmmakers. Having proved its popularity among locals, the Festival has created a broader experience for the series this year. There will be an official competition, jury and award, as well an audience award.

The three person CSS jury consists of journalists Noel DeSouza and Rosalie Klein and producer Emmanuel Itier. They are charged with evaluating and selecting the competition winner and bestowing the Festival's first competition award.

The winner of the CSS Audience Award will receive a $1,500 cash prize.

The official films have been selected by Director of CSS Aaron Hose and the CSS committee. AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza and the founders of AIFF Giuseppe Cioccarelli and Jonathan Viera proudly announce CSS 2011:

CSS Films In Competition

O 100,000 (Country: Puerto Rico/ Director: Juan Agustin Marquez)
O CHILDREN OF GOD (Country: Bahamas/ Director: Kareem Mortimer)
O CURACAO (Country: Netherlands/ Director: Sarah Vos and Sander Snoep)
O FIRE BURN BABYLON: (Country: Montserrat/United Kingdom/ Director: Sarita Siegel)
O VOICES OF MARIEL: (Country: Cuba/USA/ Director: Jim Carleton)

CSS Special Screenings (Not in Competition)

O LA FUGA: (Country: Puerto Rico/ Director: Edmundo H. Rodriguez
O RISE UP: (Country: Jamaica/ Director: Luciano Blotta)

The full AIFF program is available to print online at www.arubafilmfest.com. Tickets can be booked through the website and purchased at the AIFF's office at Paseo Herencia. Tickets are available in a variety of price ranges, from a simple movie ticket to packages of multi-event attendance, to top accreditation tickets for VIP events.

About the Aruba International Film Festival

The breathtaking Caribbean island of Aruba provides the backdrop for the film industry's newest "must-attend" event, taking place June 10-16, 2011, with an inviting atmosphere, suited like none other, to attract actors, directors, filmmakers, and film lovers.

AIFF stands to further global awareness for the Island of Aruba as a center of art, culture and creativity and serve as a platform to promote the understanding and appreciation for the art of cinema and filmmaking. With participants enjoying a relaxed Aruban ambiance and a casual interaction between filmmakers and audience.

The annual AIFF brings people from around the world to view a wide selection of films, join in discussions and attend special parties and events.\

AIFF has a mission to encourage, educate and activate young Aruban filmmakers. Throughout the Festival, notable film professionals will be conducting master classes on all facets of filmmaking and the creative process.

For more information please visit the Aruba International Film Festival website at www.arubafilmfest.com

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