By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 4, 2009 at 5:5AM
The 12th Annual Brooklyn International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow under the theme "Open Source."
"We are living the times of free sharing information and knowledge," Festival executive director, Marco Ursino said in a statement. "With that in mind, we are putting together a very inclusive and accessible festival that will represent many countries and about 150 films (shown twice). More than ever before, the festival is not only present at the screenings and the parties, but also in every web-based social network available. Our "friends" and "followers" are becoming more interactive by the day and we truly welcome the invasion. At the end of the day, I recognize that this is what keeps the festival with an open mind."
The competitive event will run June 5th through June 14th at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, presenting over 120 film premieres that were selected over 2,786 submissions coming from 111 countries. The films will be combined in 81 film programs and each film will be shown twice. Daryl Wein’s "Breaking Upwards" will open the festival tomorrow night.
BiFF will award the winners with prizes totaling over $80,000 in film services, products, and cash. A single prize of $5,000 cash, the "Diane Seligman Award", sponsored by Lowel Light, will be given to Best Documentary.
Highlights of feature films to be shown include (with descriptions provided by the festival):
Sea Legs | World Premiere
Director: Craig Butta
Narrative Feature / United States, 2009 82 min
Using the power of gesture and a sparse script, writer/editor/director/actor and New York native, Craig Butta has created a vivid journey through the funk, vitality and downward spiraling world of Coney Island. A visual ode to a lost town, Sea Legs is Butta's first feature film.
The Timekeeper | World Premiere
Director: Louis Belanger
Narrative Feature / Canada, 2009 102min
In Canada's North-West Territories, a gang of asylum and prison inmates are hard at work on a railroad thanks to a cruel foreman. Then arrives young, moralistic Martin Bishop, the men's new Timekeeper who wants to use his position of power for good. Attempting to apply order, his actions result only in his exclusion from an isolated community of beasts and beasts-yet-to-be
Pig Hunt | NY Premiere
Director: Jim Isaac
Narrative Feature / United States, 2008, 100min
A dark, punkabilly comic thriller with one seriously cool monster at its core, this indie horror features performances by blues harp legend Charlie Musselwhite, and ex-Primus front man Les Claypool. Bold, bloody and bad, Pig Hunt is unforgettable fun.
Borderline | NY Premiere Director: Lyne Charlebois
Narrative Feature / Canada, 2008, 110min
Borderline is a sexually-charged drama about Kiki, a former wild-child facing her 30th birthday. Looking back at her life growing-up with her grandmother, bi-polar mother and her over-indulgence with men, she comes to realize that solace lies not in sex and alcohol but in her own self-dependence.
Dr. Aleman | US Premiere Director: Tom Schreiber
Narrative Feature / Germany, 2008, 102min
August Diehl (Inglorious Basterds, The Counterfeiters) plays bored med student Marc who swaps the German suburbs for an hospital internship in Colombia. But once there he finds himself stuck in a raging gang war, healing shotgun wounds by day and fraternizing with violent locals by night. And when gang leader El Juez, selects Marc to be his personal doctor, Marc finds he has a life-changing choice to make.
The Last Lullaby | East Coast Premiere
Director: Jeffery Goodman
Narrative Feature / United States, 2008, 93min
Co-written by the creator of The Road to Perdition graphic novel (Max Allan Collins) and starring Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Heat) and Sasha Alexander (NCIS, daughter-in-law of Sophia Loren), The Last Lullaby is a beautifully shot film noir that confidently spins the genre into subtle and meditative directions.
Cryptic | New York Premiere
Director: John Weiner, Danny Kuchuck
Narrative Feature | United States, 2008, 83min
A Twilight Zone-esque sci-fi-thriller which sees 19-year-old Jessie discover a way to use her old cell phone to communicate with her younger self Discovering a cryptic message, she changes her past, and cannot help but alter her present herself as a result.
For a complete list of programming and ticket information, visit the festival's website.