By Indiewire | Indiewire March 15, 2006 at 9:32AM
The Bermuda International Film Festival announced that it will kick-off its 9th edition with a Universal Pictures film, "American Dreamz" by director Paul Weitz. The festival, which runs from March 17-25, will screen a total of 74 films during its newly extended 9-day lineup. Weitz's opening night film, "American Dreamz" is a political satire that stars Dennis Quaid as the President of the United States who has a nervous breakdown the night before his re-election campaign begins. In a desperate attempt to save the President from losing the race, his Chief of Staff (William DeFoe) books him as a guest judge on the popular talent show contest "American Dreamz." Closing the festival will be Julian Jarrold's "Kinky Boots," a popular choice at many recent festivals.
The BIFF line-up features other noteworthy segments in addition to its competition categories, which include a World Cinema Showcase to screen many of the award-winning films from international festivals, a South Korean Cinema Showcase, Special Presentation films, a children's film section and their Midnight Madness event, a festival release states.
Several of the films screening in the New Realities Documentary Competition are making their World Premiere at the BIFF. They include Jeff Pearson's "Pirate Radio USA," about the decline of pirate radio stations in the 1990s; Lucinda Spruling's "Rare Bird," about a native seabird species of Bermuda, the Cahow, that was rediscovered by a young boy after it was believed to be extinct; and Errol Williams' "Walking On A Sea Of Glass" another film focused on Bermuda and a man named Kingsley Tweed who was one of the leaders of the Theatre Boycott of 1959 that ultimately led to the desegregation of the country.
The three films set to screen as part of the festival's Modern South Korean Cinema segment are: "The President's Last Bang," by Im Sangsoo about the assassination of the South Korean president in 1979; "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance," director Park Chan-Wook's newest installation in his triptych; and "When Romance Meets Destiny," a romantic-comedy by Hyun Suk Kim. The BIFF is also an Academy-sanctioned festival for short films and will screen 86 minutes of shorts including Anthony Maras' "Azadi" from Australia and Mahmood Soliman's "Today 30th November" from Egypt.
Actor Michael Douglas, a Bermuda resident, will be a featured guest at the festival and will participate in a special event following a screening of his 1993 film, "Falling Down" by Joel Schumacher.
For more information and a complete line-up of films, please visit the festival website.