Bermuda to Open Seventh-Annual Film Fest with Jim Sheridan's "In America"
by Wendy Mitchell
The Bermuda International Film Festival will kick off its seventh-annual event on Friday with a screening of Jim Sheridan's Oscar-nominated "In America," about a family of Irish immigrants struggling with life and loss after they move to New York City. Sheridan is scheduled to attend the festival, which will also show his previous films "The Field," "In the Name of the Father," and "My Left Foot." The closing night selections on March 25 will be Michel Gondry's sophomore film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet with a script by Charlie Kaufman, and David Mackenzie's "Young Adam," a Scottish noir starring Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Emily Mortimer, and Peter Mullan.
Willem Dafoe will lead this year's Bermuda jury, his film "The Reckoning" is also playing at the festival as a special screening. The jury also includes screenwriters Carlos Cuaron ("Y Tu Mama Tambien") and Guillermo Arriaga ("Amores Perros," "21 Grams"), filmmakers Patricia Flynn ("Discovering Dominga") and Helen Lee ("Sophie"), and Shane Smith of the Canadian Film Centre.
In the narrative competition, the features are Adam Bhala Lough's "Bomb the System," Juan Carlos Desanzo's "El Polaquito" (The Little Polish), Jo Kennedy's "The Forest," Lech Majewski's "The Garden of Earthly Delights," Srdjan Vuletic's "Summer in the Golden Valley," Steven Lewis Simpson's "The Ticking Man," and Ntshavheni Wa Luruli's "The Wooden Camera."
The documentary competition will feature: Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's "Born Into Brothels," Bob Smeaton's "Festival Express," Alex Cooke's "How Arnold Won the West," George Csicsery's "Hungry for Monsters: A Tale from a New Age Witch Hunt," Jessica and Frank Gorter's "Piter," Priyanka Kumar's "The Song of the Little Road," and Laurie Kahn-Leavitt's "Tupperware!"
Bermuda will also host a selection of four features and four short films in its Modern Mexican Cinema section. The features are sexy hit "Y Tu Mama Tambien," multiple fest-winner "Nicotina," Mexico City street drama "De La Calle," and teenage drama "Perfume de Violetas." From other parts of the world, the fest's world cinema section includes films such as "Osama" (Afghanistan), "Reconstruction" (Denmark), "Distant" (Turkey), "Love Me if You Dare" (France), "The Green Butchers" (Denmark), "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring" (South Korea), and "A Good Lawyer's Wife" (South Korea). World docs include "S21, The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine," "Touching the Void," "The Agronomist," "Jesus, You Know," "The Story of the Weeping Camel," and "The Five Obstructions."
New this year, the festival will launch a Midnight Madness program, including screenings of Eric Tessier's "Evil Words," about a crazed police officer who murders children and how his life may intertwine with a horror novelist, and Jeffrey Lando's "Savage Island," a fest winner about a family's troubled trip to a remote island.