The Woodstock Film Festival announced today more than 150 films have been selected to screen at this year's four-day event. The roster of films includes 9 world, 12 U.S., 4 east coast and 24 New York premieres. Simultaneous screenings of Adam Rapp's "Winter Passing" and Shane Meadows' "Dead Man's Shoes" are slated to kick-start the sixth annual festival, running from September 28 through October 2.
Rapp's first-time feature "Winter Passing" stars Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan and will be making its U.S. premiere at the festival. Penned by Rapp, it's the story of an estranged father, a reclusive novelist, and his actress daughter, as she attempts to convince him to publish the love letters he once wrote her mother, who has since passed away. Meadows' "Dead Man's Shoes" is a thriller starring Paddy Considine. Set in a Midlands village, it's a genre-bending exploration of the violent and crime-riddled underbelly of rural Britain.
Lajos Koltai's directorial debut, "Fateless," will be the centerpiece film. In the holocaust drama, a 14-year-old boy is shuttled between the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald and Zeitz - all the while maintaining his stubborn, stoic belief that 'There's nothing too unimaginable to endure'.
Other WFF highlights include "212" directed by Anthony Ng, a New York City love story about three sets of urbanites trying to find love despite seemingly unending obstacles; Glen Scantlebury and Lucy Phillips' dark-comedy "My Tiny Universe," the story of a couple on the verge of divorce and a suicidal actor who pushes them to the verge of insanity; and Ian Gamazon and Neill de la Llanna's "Cavite," set in the poverty stricken town in the Philippines, in which Adam, an American citizen, arrives for his father's funeral but soon learns that both his mother and sister have been kidnapped.
Among the short films screening are "Breached" directed by Laura Richard, about a Mexican woman determined to give birth on American soil, Joshua Leonard's "The Youth In Us," a story of a couple who forge a new type of relationship by acknowledging their pasts, and James Israel and Jeff Israel's "The Tourist," about a lonely woman who finds her way back to the world beyond her apartment door,
Closing out the festival are Steve Buscemi's "Lonesome Jim" and Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies." In Buscemi's portrait of working-class life, Casey Affleck plays a prodigal son of sorts, who returns to his hometown and haphazardly finds himself at the head of the family. "Where the Truth Lies" stars Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth, as the comedic duo, Lanny Morris and Vince Collins, respectively—two of the most famous entertainers in 1950s America -- but who's friendship is torn-apart when a young woman is found dead in their hotel suite.
Other highlights of the festival include the inaugural Trailblazer Award, given to John Sloss, an entertainment attorney/producer and the founder of Cinetic Media and a partner in Independent digital Entertainment, for his work in technology within the industry. And in addition to screening his film, WFF will honor Buscemi with this year's Maverick Award for his commitment to and impact on the independent film industry.
[For a full listing of screenings, panels and events please visit the Woodstock Film Festival website.]