"Confidence" Opens the Florida Film Festival Kicking off 10 Day Event
by Brian Brooks
The Florida Film Festival, in a new March slot, will open its ten day event on Friday with the East Coast premiere of James Foley's "Confidence." The film, which debuted at Sundance, is a crime thriller starring Edward Burns as a con man who tries to avenge his friend's murder. Also set to screen at the festival is Lisa Cholodenko's rock & roll family story, "Laurel Canyon" starring Frances McDormand. It will be showcased as one of the festival's "Spotlight Films."
Swedish film "Lilya 4-Ever," which won an award at the Stockholm Film Festival, will also screen in the spotlight section. The film by Lukas Moodyson centers on a young woman living in a poor Soviet village dreaming of a better life. Multiple Goya winner "Mondays in the Sun," by Fernando Leon de Aranoa, is also on the roster. The film tells the story of unemployed dockworkers in Spain.
Other international spotlight screenings include the East Coast premiere of China's "Together" by Chen Kaige, "The Sweatbox" by J.P. Davidson and Trudie Styler (U.K.) and Steve James' "Stevie" (U.S.). On Saturday night, the festival will host its "Monster Movie Premiere party" with the world premiere of "Smoking Ninja," created by local radio personalities Blackbean and Daniel. For the first time this year, FFF will feature a live interactive performance by New York based animation studio The ILL Clan. The even will demonstrate the process of Machinima, a computer animation process. The performance will use audience participation to create a new film.
The annual dramatic and documentary competition will be a highlight of the acclaimed regional film festival. Additionally, the fest will present a Midnight Films program featuring six world premieres and a night of music videos. First-time screenings include "David & Mamet, the Man with the Smallest Penis in Existence and the Electron Microscope Technician Who Loved Him." Other world premieres screening at midnight are "Mementoke," "Misfortune," "Pornographic Apathetic," and "Stunt C*cks."
Music videos will screen on March 12th at the Enzian Theater. Bands including Iceland's Sigur Ros, Flaming Lips, and Nerf Herder as well as Queens of the Stone Age and Moby will be featured presenting videos by Floria Sigismondi, Traktor, Mark Romanek and Stylewar among others.
The Florida Film Festival is produced by the Enzian Theater in Maitland and sponsored by Universal Orlando. In addition to the annual FFF, the Enzian Theater also hosts Jewish, South Asian and children's festivals as well as a statewide filmmakers showcase. The Florida Film Festival was founded in 1992.
For more information, visit: http://www.floridafilmfestival.com.
[indieWIRE Editor-in-Chief Eugene Hernandez will be in Florida this weekend for the first-half of the Florida Film Festival.]