Toronto Fest Docs; Montreal Lineup; and New AMPAS Prez
by Eugene Hernandez and Anthony Kaufman
>> NEW THIS WEEK: Docs Flock to Toronto for Annual Fest
(indiewire/08.09.01) -- The upcoming 26th Toronto International Film
Festival unveiled its documentary lineup, unveiling 22 non-fiction feature
World premieres include Tony Zierra's reality-blurring "Carving Out Our
Name" about four aspiring actor friends -- including a then-unknown Wes
Bentley -- striving for fame in L.A., Texas filmmaker George Ratliff's look
at a Christian haunted house, "Hell House," Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's
examination of Terry Gilliam's foiled attempt to adapt Don Quixote to the
big screen, "Tilting at Windmills," Australian director Michael Rubbo's
search into Shakespeare's identity, "Much Ado About Something," Lourdes
Portillo's "Missing Young Woman" about a Mexican border town where hundreds
of women have disappeared, and Simcha Jacobovici's "The Struma," which
investigates the sinking of a boat carrying Romanian Jews during World War
Notable documentaries making a festival appearance in Toronto include Arthur
Bradford's "How's Your News?", Stacey Peralta's Sundance favorite "Dogtown
and Z Boys," "Didn't Do It For Love" director Monika Treut's "Warrior of
Light," Chilean director Patricio Guzman's "El Caso Pinochet," and three
digital shorts by China's Jia Zhang-ke ("Platform"), Britain's John Akomfrah
("Speak Like A Child"), and Taiwan's Tsai Ming Liang ("The Hole"). Docs to
watch in the Canadian Perspectives program include new works from Peter
Lynch ("Cyberman") and Lynne Stopkewich ("Lilith on Top").
Four documentary shorts will also screen: Hany Abu-Assad's "Nazareth 2000";
Ayelet Menhemi and Elona Ariel's "It's About Time"; "Crazy" director Heddy
Honigmann's "Prive"; and Bradley Beesley's "Okie Noodling."
The festival also announced the subject of their annual Director's Spotlight
sidebar: Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl ("Dogdays," "Models," "Animal Love,"
"A Loss is to be Expected") whose work blurs the borders between documentary
Two new Gala premieres were also revealed: Irwin Winkler's New Line release,
"Life as a House," starring Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas, and Jose
Dayan's "Cet Amour-La," one of the closing films at Venice 2001. [Anthony
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>> Montreal Sets Lineup for 25th Festival
(indieWIRE/08.09.01) -- 24 films will screen in the official competition at
the 25th Montreal World Film festival. President Serge Losique announced the
lineup at a press conference this week.
Set to screen in the official competition are a number of movies from
Germany, including: Roland Suso Richter's "Der Tunnel" (The Tunnel), Vanessa
Jopp's "Engel & Joe" ("Engel & Joe), Oliver Hirschbiegel's "Das Experiment"
(The Experiment), and Joseph Vilsmaier's "Leo Und Claire" (Leo and Claire).
While from Canada, set to screen are Catherine Martin's "Mariages," Denis
Chouinard's "L'ange de Goudron" (Tar Angel), Francis LeClerc's "Une Jeune
Fille a La Fenetre" and Claude Miller's French Canadian movie, "Betty
Fischer et Autres Histoires" (Betty Fischer and other stories). Meanwhile,
screening from the United States are Todd Field's "In the Bedroom" and Leon
Competition films from Asia include Kwak Kyung-taek's "Chingu" (Friend) from
South Korea, Kon ichikawa's "Kah-Chan" (Big Mama) from Japan and Lou Jian's
"Fu Qin Ba Ba" (Fathers) from China. European films include Jan Troell's "Sa
Vit Som En Sno" (As White As in Snow) from Sweden and Denmark, Iglika
Triffonova's "Pismo Do Amerika" (Letter to America) from Bulgaria and The
Netherlands, Christoph Schaub's "Stille Liebe" (Secret Love) from
Switzerland, Pappi Corsicato's "Chimera" from Italy and Arpad Sopsits'
"Torzok" (Abandoned) from Hungary. Other competition entries include Majid
Majidi's "Baran" from Iran, Juan-Jose Campanella's "El Hijo de La Novia"
(The Son of the Bride) from Argentina, Luiz Fernando Carvalho's "Lavoura
Arcaica" (To the Left of the Father) from Brazil, Juanjo Gimenez Pena's
"Tilt" (Nos Hacemos Falta) from Spain, Humberto Solas' "Miel Para Oshun"
(Honey for Oshun) from Cuba and Spain, and Digvijay Singh's "Maya."
Other films in the lineup were also announced for the event that will run
August 23 - September 3, 2001.
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>> Frank Pierson Named Academy President
(indieWIRE/08.09.01) -- Writer/director Frank Pierson has been elected
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, succeeding
Robert Rehme who served the maximum four year term. Pierson, a former
president of the Writers Guild, won an Oscar for the script for "Dog Day
"I accept the presidency with great humility," Pierson told the Academy
board. "Bob Rehme has left a great gift to us all with his four years of
service, and I look forward to carrying on in his tradition. One thing I
know for sure; he's left a very clean desk." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: New in Theaters; "Fluffer" Deal; RESFEST Plans
(indieWIRE/08.7.01) -- Anthony Kaufman takes a look at new films opening in theaters this week. Also, First Run and TLA nab "The Fluffer" and RESFEST announces fall fest plans."
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