DAILY NEWS: Edinburgh Slate; "Stardom" Deal; World Record Fest
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Edinburgh Offering Lars Von Trier and Won Kar Wai in Key Fest Slots
(indieWIRE/7.17.00) -- The festival circuit heats up next month
as Cannes 2000 entries begin a series of high-profile screenings at
fests around the world. Edinburgh's annual event, running August
13th - 27th, is offering two Cannes 2000 films in high profile festival
slots, kicking off a string of fests including Montreal, Telluride,
Venice, Toronto, New York and others.
Lars von Trier's Fine Line release, "Dancer in the Dark," which is
opening the New York Film Festival, will kick off the Edinburgh fest,
according to the industry trade, Screen Daily. The event will close with
Wong Kar Wai's "In the Mood for Love," a USA Films acquisition.
The Festival's program is chaired by artistic director (and noted
British editorial writer) Lizzie Francke. Each year the lineup
offers UK films alongside notable Festival debuts from around the
"My line is that this a festival for the 21st century, moving from
the mechanical to the digital age," Francke told Screen Daily, "That
tension is exemplified by films such as the opening picture."
Among the Festival's Gala films, according to Screen Daily, are Paul
Verhoeven's "The Hollow Man," Terence Davies' "The House of Mirth,"
Valerie Breiman's "Love and Sex," Marleen Gorris' "The Luzhin Defence,"
Neil LaBute's "Nurse Betty," Joel Coen's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
and Kenneth Lonergan's "You Can Count Me." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Lions Gates Sings "Stardom" Deal
(indieWIRE/7.17.00) -- Denys Arcand's "Stardom," which closed the 2000
Cannes Film Festival and will open the 2000 Toronto International Film
Festival, has been acquired for US distribution by Lions Gate Films
in a deal with Alliance Atlantis and Serendipity Point.
The movie, with a cast that includes Dan Akroyd, Thomas Gibson, Robert Lepage and Frank Langella, will be released this fall.
>> Ft. Lauderdale Sets Festival Record
(indieWIRE/7.17.00) -- In four years of indieWIRE, we have
never written an article about a Guiness World Record.
The 15th Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival, set to kick-off on October 16th,
has been accepted into the Guiness record book as "the longest film
festival in the world." The event will run for 28 days throughout
The Festival, which began as a seven-day event grew to 19 days in 1997
and later hit 26 days (in 1997). It offers screenings in Miami,
Hollywood and Boca Raton. [Eugene Hernandez]
[For more information, visit the Festival site at: www.fliff.com.]