Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna” will close the 2008 Bahamas International Film Festival, taking place December 4 – 11 on Paradise Island and Nassau. The film, recalls the true story of a regiment of African-American soldiers who managed to sneak their way well into enemy territory. As announced previously, writer/director Maria Govan‘s “Rain” will open the 5th annual event. BIFF plans to screen 80 films from 22 countries including 50 features of which several are world or international premieres, according to the festival. Most will be Bahamian debuts. Other highlights include Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden‘s Sundance fav “Sugar,” Aaron Woodley’s “Tennessee” starring Mariah Carey; Austin Chick’s “August” starring Josh Hartnett, Adam Scott, and Robin Tunney; “Fling” directed by John Stewart Muler and starring Brandon Routh; short film “Holly” starring Ron Livingston by director Guy Moshe; “The Skeptic” with Tom Arnold and Zoe Saldana; and Baillie Walsh’s “Flashbacks of a Fool” with Daniel Craig, Harry Eden and Eve Jihan Jeffers. “I am so pleased to be welcoming Spike Lee’s wonderful film back to Nassau, Bahamas as ‘Miracle of St. Anna’ was shot on Rose Island,” commented BIFF head Leslie Vanderpool in a statement. “What a perfect story book ending for the 2008 closing night film.” [Brian Brooks]
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