DAILY NEWS: Fest News from Edinburgh and Toronto
by Eugene Hernandez and Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE
>> "Amelie" Kicks off 55th Edinburgh Fest
(indieWIRE/07.12.01) -- The fall film festival calendar gets an early start
this August when the Edinburgh International Film Festival (Aug. 12-26)
opens with Jean-Pierre Jeunet's new French favorite, "Amelie," it was
announced yesterday in several trade publications. The annual Scottish event
will showcase world premieres of several new British films, such as "Gabriel
and Me," written by Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot") and directed by Udayan Prasad ("My Son, the Fanatic"); "Full Monty" director Peter Cattaneo's "Lucky Break," John McKay's "Crush," Andrew Kotting's "The Filthy Earth," two DV features from "Trainspotting" director Danny Boyle, called "Strumpet" and "Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise," both shot by Dogme 1, 2, and 6
cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, among several others.
"All the new British features are by first or second-time directors,"
outgoing Festival Director Lizzie Francke told Variety. "And, by including
quite a few TV-backed films this year, I wanted to show how television is
still an enduring training ground for British talent. I didn't want the
festival just to be a launch pad for theatrical features."
Special programs include a selection of shorts and commercials by Roman
Coppola, director of "CQ" and Francis Ford's nephew, and documentaries by Werner Herzog. The festival will close with Mike Nichols' "Wit," which already premiered on HBO in the U.S. [Anthony Kaufman]
>> Toronto Announces Early Crop of Films for 2001 Fest
(indieWIRE/07.12.01) -- With 8 weeks to go before the opening of the 26th
Toronto International Film Festival, organizers recently announced a handful
of films and plans for the event.
Fred Schepisi's "Last Orders" will have its world premiere at the festival,
the new movie stars Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, and Ray Winstone. While Jan Sverak, director of "Kolya," will bring the international premiere of "Dark Blue World." Also on tap are the North
American premieres of "Shine" director Scott Hicks' "Hearts in Atlantis,"
as well as Danic Tanovic's Cannes entry, "No Man's Land."
New in Toronto this year will be an avant-garde program, entitled,
"Wavelengths." Among the directors set to offer work are Robert Breers,
Matthias Müler, and Stan Brakhage. This year's National Cinema Spotlight, dubbed Nordic Visions, will offer 13 features and one short from Sweden,
Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. Included in the group will be Lone
Scherfig's Dogme movie, "Italian for Beginners."
Among the Asian films set for the festival are Hirokazu Kore-Eda's
"Distance," Ryosuke Hasiguchi's "Hush!," Stanley Kwan's "Lan Yu," Wang Chao's "The Orphan of Anyang," Shinobu Yaguchi's "Waterboys," and Hsiao Ya-chuan's "Mirror Image," and Kim Kiduk's "Address Unknown."
The Festival will honor Canadian filmmaker Jean Pierre Lefebvre with a
special program, while the Canadian Open Vault will present Phillip Borsos'
"The Grey Fox." Finally, the Fest will screen F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu."
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