Van Sant's "Last Days" To Launch P-Town Fest, Harron To Be Honored at June Event
by Ellen Keohane
Organizers of the seventh annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) recently announced this year's lineup, which includes 55 feature-length films from 10 countries. The festival will take place on Cape Cod, Provincetown, MA from June 15-19. Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" will open the festival on June 15. The film, which is inspired by the last days of Kurt Cobain's life, stars Michael Pitt as the suicidal musician. Van Sant is scheduled to make an appearance at this year's festival. The screening will be followed by an opening night party at Provincetown's waterfront Crown & Anchor.
Tim Kirkman's "Loggerheads" and Phil Morrison's "Junebug" will also be featured at PIFF. "Loggerheads," like "Last Days," is also inspired by true events. Set in North Carolina, the film tells three interweaving stories about the complexity of feelings and politics surrounding adoption from the point of view of birth mother, son and adoptive parents. Kirkman will introduce the film. "Junebug," also set in North Carolina, is about an art dealer who experiences culture shock when she travels from Chicago to the South to meet her new husband's family for the first time. The film features original music by Yo La Tengo, who will attend this year's festival along with Junebug's director.
Andy Byatt and Alastair Fothergill's documentary "Deep Blue" will be screened on June 16 at Wellfleet Cinemas' drive-in movie theater back-to-back with Steven Spielberg's classic shark attack tale, "Jaws." Byatt and Fothergill's visually striking film about the natural history of oceans was shot in more than 200 locations. The film includes an original score composed by George Fenton and recorded by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
German director Werner Herzog's "Grizzly Man" will also be screened at the festival. The documentary explores the life and untimely death of Timothy Treadwell, an outdoorsman and author who thought he could live safely with grizzly bears in the Alaskan wilderness. Not surprising, Treadwell was eventually killed by one of the animals he spent his life to studying. Herzog uses Treadwell's own video footage in much of the film.
This year, the festival will honor director/writer Mary Harron with its annual "Filmmaker on the Edge" award. Harron is the director of "I Shot Andy Warhol," "American Psycho," and the upcoming "The Notorious Bettie Page" starring Gretchen Mol as the pin-up icon. Past recipients for this innovation in filmmaking award include directors Jim Jarmusch, Todd Haynes and Gus Van Sant, among others. Photographer Michael Childers will also be given an award for "Outstanding Hollywood Portraiture." His black and white stills of various Hollywood icons will be on display at the Patron/Filmmaker Reception on June 18.
PIFF will close with HBO's annual audience choice awards ceremony and a party hosted by the Boatslip.
[ For more information, please visit: http://www.ptownfilmfest.org. ]