The 2006 Provincetown International Film Festival will open its eighth edition June 14th, debuting with the east coast premiere of Barry Pottermann and Frank Anderson's doc about actor Charles Nelson Reilly, "The Life of Reilly," which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in March. PIFF will screen sixty films during the event in addition to special programming and fetes for director Gregg Araki ("Mysterious Skin") and actress Lili Taylor.
The "Filmmaker On The Edge" award will be given to director Araki and the "Excellence in Acting" award will be given to actress Taylor. This festival tribute will include a discussion with the awardees and feature a three-film retrospective of each honoree's work.
Sundance Film Festival jury and audience award-winner "Quinceanera" by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer will screen as this year's centerpiece film. The film centers on Magdalena who is thrown out of her home before her 15th birthday after becoming pregnant. She then moves in with her brother, also expelled for being gay, and her great-granduncle, forming a makeshift family unit that must stand up against social stigmas and the encroaching urbanization that threatens their Los Angeles neighborhood.
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival's special jury prize for originality of vision winner "20 Centimeters" by Ramon Salazar will screen as the festival's "Friday Night Spotlight" film. The feature is about a narcoleptic transvestite who yearns to become a transsexual, and dreams up elaborate musical numbers in which she's the star.
Ali Selim's "Sweet Land," which won an audience award at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October, will screen as the "Saturday Night Spotlight." As Inge buries her husband Olaf on their Minnesota farm in 1968, her life story is recalled as she tells her grown grandson about how she arrived from Norway in 1920 as Olaf's postal bride.
The Northeast debut of Billy Kent's "The Oh in Ohio" will close out the fest June 18. Married to her childhood sweetheart and quickly climbing the corporate ladder, Priscilla Chase (Parker Posey) seemed to have everything going for her --except that she'd never had an orgasm. When her husband (Paul Rudd) unexpectedly leaves her, she embarks on a wild journey that leads her to satisfaction and love in the most unlikely place. The film also stars Mischa Barton, Danny DeVito and Liza Minelli.
"I am proud to say that the festival's new programmer, Andrew Peterson, has put together a schedule that expresses the diversity, creativity and independence of the Provincetown community as well as that of the independent film director," commented Gabrielle A. Hanna, executive director of the Provincetown International Film Festival in a statement. "And we are pleased to celebrate Gregg Araki and Lili Taylor as true notables in the independent film world, who stand up well against their predecessors."
[For more information and a full list of films, visit the festival's website.]