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DAILY NEWS: Festival Films — Toronto, Urbanworld, Hollywood

DAILY NEWS: Festival Films -- Toronto, Urbanworld, Hollywood

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

>> Toronto Festival Touts More Pics

The line-up of the Toronto International Film Festival is taking shape with
the recent announcement of several films added to the program. Along with
Atom Egoyan‘s Cannes premiere “Felicia’s Journey” opening the esteemed fest
on September 9, Scott Hicks‘ “Snow Falling On Cedars” and Lawrence
‘s “Mumford” will have their world premieres.

North American premieres already slated to screen include veteran Hungarian
helmer Istvan Szabo‘s “Sunshine,” Ang Lee‘s “Ride with the Devil,” Carlos
‘ “Orfeu” and Fernando Treuba‘s multiple Spanish Goya award winner
The Girl of Your Dreams.” Alan Rudolph‘s adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut
novel “Breakfast of Champions” will have a Special Presentation screening.

Other programs announced, include Indiscreet Charms, a section of New
Spanish Cinema which selects new work from young Spanish filmmakers,
including “Day of the Beast” director Alex de la Iglesia‘s “Dying of
” and Mariano Barroso‘s “Washington Wolves.” This year’s Director’s
Spotlight focuses on Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to
Akira) whose new film “Charisma” premiered in Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight
section; and a special Tribute to Perspective Canada Coordinator David
, who died last December, will feature some of the programmer’s
notable films over his 22 year tenure at the festival, from John Woo‘s “A
Better Tomorrow
” to Charles Burnett‘s “Killer of Sheep.”

[For more information, visit the official Toronto website at:

>> Urbanworld Film Festival Reveals Plans for ’99 Event

Now in its third year, the Urban World Film Festival (Aug. 4-8) — the
nation’s largest showcase of black films — also announced its line-up on
Monday. This year’s event opens with a presentation of HBO’s “Introducing
Dorothy Dandrige
,” starring Halle Berry. High-profile premieres include
Columbia Pictures’ “Blue Streak,” starring Martin Lawrence, Dimension
Films’ “In Too Deep,” and closing the Festival is a special
work-in-progress presentation of Malcolm Lee‘s “The Best Man,” starring
Taye Diggs and Nia Long.

The 1999 Official Competition will be made up of 19 dramatic features and 8
feature-length documentaries. Dramatic selections from the competition
include Mike Sargent‘s “Personals,” Timothy Wayne Folsome‘s “An Invited
,” Eric Bross‘ “Restaurant,” Cauleen Smith‘s “Drylongso,” and Kwyn
‘s “Loving Jezebel.” The festival also includes an Actor’s Workshop
with Samuel L. Jackson, and panels ranging from Civil Rights Activists on
the Impact of Docs, Latin Boom and Will Digital Filmmaking Do for Black
Film What New Technology Did for Hip Hop?

[For more information, visit the Urbanworld Film Festival Website at:
>, or call the UWFF Hotline at (212) 501-9668.]

>> Hollywood Fest Hollers Competition, Market

Selected from over 800 film submissions, the Hollywood Film Festival
unveiled yesterday (Monday) the films competing for their 1999 Discovery
Awards. The festival’s official selection opens with the world premiere of
John Brenkus‘ “Kiss and Tell,” followed by a number of world premiere
features including Paige Taylor‘s “American Intellectuals,” Clay Essig‘s
Fortune Cookie,” and Jeff Hare‘s “A Perfect Little Man.” Foreign films
vying for attention include “Hostage” (Sweden), “Last Call” (Chile),
Lithium” (Sweden), “Rosenzweig’s Freedom” (Germany) and the Australian DV
feature “Redball.”

Documentaries include Lisa Gossels‘ “The Children of Chabannes,” John
‘s “The Children of the Fourth World,” Frederick Keeve‘s “From Russia
to Hollywood
,” Dan Alexe‘s “Howling for God” (Belgium), and Asher Tlalim‘s
My Yiddishe Mama’s Dream” (Israel). Rounding out the selection are James
‘s “Anoosh of the Airways,” Bradford Tatum‘s “Standing on Fishes,”
and Glen Freyer‘s “Suicide, the Comedy.”

This year’s Hollywood Film Festival also features a market including 7
features, 2 short films, and several works in progress and a film
conference that promises 100 industry professionals and 25 major company
presidents in attendance. Screenings will run Aug 6-8 at Paramount Studios.

[For more information, visit the HFF website at:

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