DAILY NEWS: Toronto Plans, Frameline Winners and Karlovy Vary Update
by Eugene Hernandez, Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Toronto Fest Set to Debut with Egoyan's "Ararat"; Other Films Also Announced
(indieWIRE: 07.03.02) -- The 27th Toronto International Film Festival will
kick-off on September 5th with a screening of Canadian Atom Egoyan's latest
film, "Ararat." The film, which features David Alpay, Charles Aznavour, Eric Bogosian, Brent Carver, Marie-Josee Croze, Bruce Greenwood, Arsinee Khanjian, Elias Koteas and Christopher Plummer, was out of competition this year at Cannes. The event will close on September 14th.
Among the gala presentations also announced yesterday were David
Cronenberg's "Spider," Peter Kosminsky's "White Oleander," Brad Silberling's "Moonlight Mile," and Im Kwon Taek's "Chihwaseon."
In other sections, the festival announced that it will offer a tribute to
French filmmaker Robert Guediguian, showcasing eight of the director's
films. The filmmaker is known for such films as "Marie-Jo Et Ses 2 Amours,"
"La Ville Est Tranquille," and "Marius Et Jeannette."
The other sidebars announced yesterday include screenings in the
Ramiro Puerta tribute, Alan King as the subject of the annual Canadian
Retrospective, a group of titles in the Harvest: South Korean Renaissance,
the Canadian Open Vault screening of Gilles Carle's "La Vraie Nature de
Bernadette," and a screening of Charlie Chaplin shorts accompanied by the
Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Twenty screens will be used in the Festival Village that takes over Bloor
Street during the annual event. Gala screenings will again be anchored
at the Roy Thomson Hall. The Rogers Industry Centre will again host the biz side of the fest, welcoming 700 sales and acquisitions execs at the OMDC
Sales Office. [Eugene Hernandez]
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>> Frameline Concludes Largest Gay Fest Event Applauding "Fancydancing" and "Radical Harmonies"
(indieWIRE: 07.03.02) -- Boasting an attendance level of more than 84,000
film fans from June 13-30, the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay
Film Festival retained its status as the largest and oldest film festivals
of its kind in the world as well as one of America's largest in general. The
audience award for best feature went to Sherman Alexie's "The Business of
Fancydancing," the story of a gay Native American man who returns to his
family on the reservation. Meanwhile, Dee Mosbacher's "Radical Harmonies," a history of the women's music movement from the folk singers of the '70s to
the riot grrls of the '90s took the audience award for best documentary, and
"The Parlor" won the award in the best short film category. Maja Weiss'
"Guardian of the Frontier" was the recipient of the fest's inaugural Levi's
First Feature award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize. The film, the
first directed by a woman from Slovenia, follows three young Slovenian women
who take a journey down the Kolpa River, and encounter national, political,
and sexual challenges.
Also recognized was Annie Goldson and Peter Wells' "Georgie Girl," which took the festival's inaugural Stu & Dave's Excellent Documentary award for a doc
that received its Bay Area premiere at the event. The film profiles New
Zealander Georgina Beyer, the first transgendered person elected to a national
office anywhere in the world.
Isaac Julien ("Looking for Langston," "Young Soul Rebels") received the 2002 Frameline Award for outstanding contributions to lesbian and gay media arts. Julien attended the festival, which hosted a retrospective of his work and
sponsored an onstage interview with the director. The awards culminated
an 18-day event -- increased from 11 days previously -- which began with
Stanley Kwan's "Lan Yu" and Margaret Cho's latest concert film "Notorious C.H.O." opening night. "Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House" by three-time Oscar-nominee Deborah Dickson closed the event.
Frameline, presenters of the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film
Festival, is a non-profit media organization, which works to support,
develop and promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer
visibility through the media arts. [Brian Brooks]
>> Euro Fest Circuit Continues Over the Pond in Karlovy Vary
(indieWIRE: 07.03.02) -- As the U.S. movie industry takes a much needed long-
weekend from what has turned out to be one the busiest summers in recent memory,
one of the oldest, biggest, and most prestigious European film festivals is just
about to get underway. From July 4 - 13, the pleasant Czech spa city of Karlovy
Vary will become host to thousands of visitors (the 2001 attendance fell just
short of 10,000) and nearly 300 films.
Now it its 37th year, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (which
unspooled for the first time in 1946) will present an 18-film world premiere
competition line-up as well as a number of hits from this year's and last
year's festival circuit, including Cannes 2002 award-winners from Aki
Kaurismaki ("The Man Without a Past"), Im Kwon-taek ("Chihwaseon"), and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne ("The Son"). Opening night will feature a screening of Czech director Petr Zelenka's "Rok dabla" (Year of the Devil).
The event will close with Chris and Paul Weitz's "About a Boy." Actor Sean Connery will receive this year's Crystal Globe award for his "contribution to world cinema." [Matthew Ross]
[EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE senior editor Matthew Ross will be in Karlovy Vary
from July 5 - 10 and will be filing regular reports.]