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iW NEWS | "El Cantante to Open 3rd Turks & Caicos International Film Festival

By Indiewire | Indiewire September 13, 2007 at 6:56AM

Twenty-eight films are on tap for the 3rd Turks & Caicos International Film Festival, taking place October 16 - 21 in Providenciales. Leon Ichaso's "El Cantante" will open the event with an outdoor screening on the beach. The film, which stars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, is the story of Hector Lavoe, who started the salsa movement in 1975. Other roster highlights include Hungarian director Gabor Herendi's world premiere, "Lora," and the Caribbean debut of "Guru" by Mani Ratnam, who will receive the fest's "Sal Del Mar Director's Excellence Award." Mos Def will also take TCIFF's "Tour de Force Award and Amanda Bynes will be honored with the Rising Star Award. "We have some beautiful films this year! I have my favorites although I know I shouldn't sway the jury in any way," commented executive director Jasmine Guy in a statement about this year's line up. "But assuming they won't read this, you have to see 'War/Dance,' 'Guru' and 'The Mentor.'" For more information and a full line up, visit the festival's website. [Brian Brooks]
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Twenty-eight films are on tap for the 3rd Turks & Caicos International Film Festival, taking place October 16 - 21 in Providenciales. Leon Ichaso's "El Cantante" will open the event with an outdoor screening on the beach. The film, which stars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, is the story of Hector Lavoe, who started the salsa movement in 1975. Other roster highlights include Hungarian director Gabor Herendi's world premiere, "Lora," and the Caribbean debut of "Guru" by Mani Ratnam, who will receive the fest's "Sal Del Mar Director's Excellence Award." Mos Def will also take TCIFF's "Tour de Force Award and Amanda Bynes will be honored with the Rising Star Award. "We have some beautiful films this year! I have my favorites although I know I shouldn't sway the jury in any way," commented executive director Jasmine Guy in a statement about this year's line up. "But assuming they won't read this, you have to see 'War/Dance,' 'Guru' and 'The Mentor.'" For more information and a full line up, visit the festival's website. [Brian Brooks]





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