Montreal Announces More Than 400 Films For 28th World Film Fest
by Wendy Mitchell
The Montreal World Film Festival has selected 416 films (and counting) from 72 countries for its 28th event, to be held August 26 - Septembert 6 (just three days before that other Canadian powerhouse, Toronto, kicks off). Montreal has landed more than 100 world or international premieres, plus 68 North American premieres and 55 Canadian premieres.
The World Competition will include Raoul Ruiz's "Dias De Campo"; Carlos Saura's Spanish drama "The 7th Day"; Nikos Panayotopoulos' "Delivery," a story of contemporary Athens during a heat wave; Paul Cox's "Human Touch" from Australia; Yoichi Higashi's "The Crying Wind" from Japan; Juan José Campanella's "Avellaneda's Moon"; Niko von Glasow's Third Reich story "Edelweiss Pirates"; and several other selections from across the globe. The American contenders in competition are Paul McGuigan's "Wicker Park," starring Josh Hartnett, and Jordan Roberts' "Around the Bend," starring Michael Caine, Josh Lucas, and Christopher Walken.
Notable out-of-competition screenings include Xavier Bermúdez's "Leon and Olvido," Eric Rohmer's "Triple Agent," Hans Weingartner's "The Edukators," Stephen Low's IMAX selection "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea," Ingmar Bergman's "Saraband," Dennis Gansel's "Napola," Ondrej Trojan's Czech romance "Zelary," Youssef Chahine's "Alexandria... New York," and many more.
The U.S. portion of the Cinema of the Americas program will showcase Jacob Kornbluth's "The Best Thief in the World," Shona Auerbach's "Dear Frankie," Mark Milgard's "Dandelion," and Jordan Hawley's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover." Latin American offerings include Martín Lobo's "Two Illusions" (Argentina), Jorge Furtado's "The Man Who Copied" (Brazil), Pavel Giroud, Lester Hamlet & Esteban Insaust's "Three Times Two" (Cuba), and Matías Bize's "Saturday" (Chile).
Cinema of Europe will include dozens of notable films, such as Fatih Akin's Berlinale winner "Head-On," Nimród Antal's Hungarian hit "Kontroll," Paprika Steen's Danish drama "Aftermath," the "Visions of Europe" project from 25 filmmakers, and the latest films from Chantal Akerman, Cedric Kahn, and others.
Cinema of Asia's lineup features Kim Ki-Duk's "Samaritan Girl," Xu Geng's "Samaritan Girl," Yang Chao's "Passages," Nonzee Nimibutr's "Baytong," Asghar Farhadi's "Beautiful City," Sabu's "Hard Luck Hero," and many more.
The festival has chosen six selections for the Oceania section, such as Larry Parr's "Fracture" and Alkinos Tsilimidos's "Tom White." The Cinema of Africa section offers 10 selections, including Dani Kouyaté's "OUAGA SAGA," set in Burkina Faso; Naguel M. Belouad's "Father," about an Algerian boy; and David Hickson's "Beat the Drum," a South African AIDS story.
Local offerings will be represented by 136 Canadian films in all sections, including the Panorama Canada section of features and shorts.
The World Documentaries program will screen more than 30 films, such as Catherine Tambini & Carlos Sandoval's "Farmingville," Slava Tsukerman's "Stalin's Wife," Maria de Medeiros's doc about artists and critics, "Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus," Andres Veiel's "Addicted to Acting," Lesli Klainberg & Gini Reticker's "In the Company of Women," Jim de Seve's gay marriage doc "Tying the Knot," Celesta Davis' "Awful Normal," Rania Ajami's "Quaddafi's Female Bodyguards," Eran Torbiner's "Matzpen, Anti Zionist Israelis," and Jose Maria Berzosa's "Pinochet and His Three Generals."
This year's Montreal festival will pay tribute to French actress Isabelle Adjani, Croatian producer/director Krsto Papic, and Greek master Theo Angelopoulos. The festival is hosting two new sections: a "cinema and sport" sidebar in honor of the 2004 Olympics, and a Variety Critic's Choice program devoted to films from the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
[ For the full line-up, please visit: http://www.ffm-montreal.org. ]