By Indiewire | Indiewire September 29, 2004 at 2:00AM
Late Night "Team America" Among Roster of Titles at 27th Denver Fest
by Eugene Hernandez
The 27th Starz Denver International Film Festival will present its first ever Opening Night After-Hours Special Screening on October 14th. Festival organizers announced that they will screen Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "Team America: World Police" at a special 11:30 p.m. showing on opening night. An all-wooden cast of marionette puppets are featured in the new Parker/Stone film, which follows "a daring team of puppets who thwart the world's evil forces, including every ilk of enemy from terrorists to washed-up celebrities."
"We are delighted, for the first time ever, to offer a second title to co-open our festival," said Festival Director Ron Henderson. "And we salute our own home-grown heroes, Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone for putting the 'F' back in Festival."
Earlier on the 14th, the Denver International Film Festival will officially kick-off with a screening of Taylor Hackford's "Ray," starring Jamie Foxx. The festival will run through October 24th in Colorado.
More than 200 films are on tap for this year's festival. Among the films set for the festival's world cinema section are: Istvan Szabo's "Being Julia," Yoav Shamir's "Checkpoint," Christophe Barratier's "Les Choristes," Kevin Willmott's "CSA: The Confederate States of America," Fatih Akin's "Head-On," Dan Harris' "Imaginary Heroes," Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's "Infernal Affairs" trilogy, Nimrod Antal's "Kontroll," Jean-Luc Godard's "Notre Musique," Shane Carruth's "Primer," and Alexander Payne's "Sideways."
This year, organizers have unveiled two new awards, the Emerging Filmmaker Award and The Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary. In other prizes, planners will present the Mayor's Lifetime Achievement Award to Morgan Freeman, while Kevin Bacon will receive the John Cassavetes Award.
Among the special events planned for this year's festival include an appearance by actress Laura Linney, with her two films "P.S." and "Kinsey," as well as director Bob Rafelson appearing with three of his movies, "Five Easy Pieces," "Mountains of the Moon," and "King of Marvin Gardens." This year the fest will also present a focus on German cinema, with filmmaker Margarethe Von Trotta ("Rosenstrasse") in attendance and screenings of a number of German films.
[ For more information, please visit: http://www.denverfilm.org. ]