By Brian Brooks | Indiewire May 26, 2009 at 4:8AM
Armando Iannucci's "In the Loop," starring Anna Chlumski and James Gandolfini will open the 2009 Newport International Film Festival, taking place June 3 - 7 with 90 international and American features, docs and shorts joining the roster. The political drama centers on the aim of the U.S. president and the British prime minister to enter a war, but insider intrigue may stop their entry. Pierre Marcel's new documentary "Tabarly," a portrait of yachtsman Eric Tabarly, will close the event. Additionally, the festival will present its Claiborne Pell Award and has partnered with New York's Museum of Modern Art to expand the scope of the prize by donating $10,000 to support the museum's film preservation work.
2009 Newport International Film Festival narrative films:
"(500) Days Of Summer" (USA) directed by Marc Webb, and starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
"35 Shots of Rum" (France/ Germany), directed by Claire Denis and starring Alex Descas, Mati Diop and Gregoire Colin.
"Adam" (USA) directed by Max Mayer and starring Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Frankie Faison and Peter Gallagher.
"Bronson" (UK) directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Tom Hardy, Matt King.
"Children Of Invention" (USA - Narrative Feature Competition), directed by Tze Chun and starring Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen and Crystal Chiu.
"Entre Nos" (USA - Narrative Feature Competition) directed by Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte and starring Paola Mendoza, Sebastian Villada and Laura Montana.
"Humpday" (USA - Narrative Feature Competition) directed by Lynn Shelton and starring Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard and Alycia Delmore.
"Kisses" (Ireland/ Sweden) directed by Lance Daly and starring Kelly O'Neill and Shane Curry.
Moon (UK) directed by Duncan Jones (who will be in Newport) and starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey.
"Natural Causes" (USA - Rhode Island Focus), directed by Michael Lerman, Alex Cannon and Paul Cannon and starring Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Leah Goldstein, Shonda Leigh Robbins.
"Paris" (France), directed by Cedric Klapisch and starring Juliette Binoche, Roman Duris and Fabrice Luchini.
"Quiet Chaos" (Italy/UK), directed by Antonello Grimaldi and starring the masterful Nanni Moretti.
"Still Walking" (Japan), directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda and starring Hiroshi Abe and Yui Natsukawa.
"That Evening Sun" (USA - Narrative Feature Competition), directed by Scott Teems and starring Hal Holbrook and Ray McKinnon.
"The Burning Plain" (USA), directed by Guillermo Arriaga and starring Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger and Jennifer Lawrence.
"White On Rice" (USA - Narrative Feature Competition), directed by Dave Boyle and starring Hiroshi Watanabe, Nae, Mio Takada, Lynn Chen and James Kyson Lee.
2009 Newport International Film Festival Documentary Films:
"45365" (USA - Documentary Feature Competition), directed by Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross.
"21 Below" (USA - Documentary Feature Competition), directed by Samatha Buck.
"58 Harrison Lane" (USA - Rhode Island Focus), directed by Sprague Theobold.
"Afghan Star" (USA/ Afghanistan), directed by Havana Marking.
"Art & Copy" (USA) directed by Doug Pray.
"Boy Interrupted" (USA), directed by Dana Heinz Perry.
"Dancing Across Borders" (USA), directed by Anne Bass.
"The End Of The Line" (UK), directed by Rupert Murray.
"Haze" (USA), directed by Pete Schuermann,
"P-Star Rising" (USA), directed by Gabriel Noble.
"Pop Star On Ice" (USA) directed by David Barba & James Pellerito.
"Prodigal Sons" (USA - Documentary Feature Competition), directed by Kimberley Reed.
"Racing Dreams" (USA), directed by Marshall Curry.
"Trimpin: The Sound of Invention" (USA - Documentary Feature Competition), directed by Peter Esmonde.
"The Way We Get By" (USA - Documentary Feature Competition), directed by Aron Gaudet.
"We Live In Public" (USA), directed by Ondi Timoner.
"The Windmill Movie" (USA), directed by Alexander Olch.