Fort Lauderdale Fest Plans Eclectic Offerings at Month-Long Event
by Ali Gitlow
The 18th-annual Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, running from October 17 through November 16, will screen 133 films from 25 countries. The opening night film, which will be shown on November 7, is the French comedy "Moi Cesar, 10 ans 1/2, 1m39." Prior to this gala, the festival will host three series of films: Asian Pacific, American Indies, and Documentary. The closing night film is "Manhood," which stars Janeane Garofalo and John Ritter in his last big-screen performance.
Among the notable offerings at the festival are "Breakfast with Hunter," a documentary about Hunter S. Thompson, includes interviews with Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, John Cusack, and Thompson himself. "Khamushiye darya" (Silence of the Sea) tells the story of a man who left his homeland of Iran illegally and struggles to go back for a visit. Other films set include Greg Pak's festival fave "Robot Stories," Jennifer Elster's "Particles of Truth," the doc "Tupperware!," Lone Scherfig's "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself," and Michael Winterbottom's refugee drama "In this World."
In addition to several world premieres, a number of Florida premieres are in the lineup as well, including Campbell Scott's "Off the Map," starring Joan Allen and Sam Elliott. "Dreaming of Julia" is produced by and stars Harvey Keitel, who plays Che Guevara. Gay and lesbian offerings at the festival include "Latter Days," "I Can't Marry You," and "Yossi & Jagger." Films will be screened at Cinema Paradiso and the Parker Playhouse. For the full lineup, visit http://www.fliff.com.