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“Hachiko,” “Cyrus” Headline First Ever Aruba Film Festival

"Hachiko," "Cyrus" Headline First Ever Aruba Film Festival

The inaugural Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) has announced details of its program. The fest – which takes place June 4-11, 2010 – will showcase 28 films from 18 different countries, featuring several international premieres and many Caribbean/South American premieres. The lineup was announced by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza along with Festival founders Giuseppe Ciocarrelli and Jonathan Vieira.

The fest will open with Lasse Hallstrom’s “Hachiko: A Dog’s Story,” which stars Richard Gere and Joan Allen. Gere will be present at the festival as its “official host,” additionally being given a special humanitarian award and participating in the Festival’s “In Conversations With” series. Jay and Mark Duplass’s comedy “Cyrus,” starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei and Catherine Keener, has been selected as the closing night film.

Films having their international premiere at the Festival include the Dutch drama “Amsterdam,” directed by Ivo van Hove; the Italian dark comedy “Questione di Cuore,” directed by Francesca Archibugi; the Susanna White directed English family comedy “Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang” starring Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Smith and Rhys Ifans; and the English horror/drama “Black Death” starring Sean Bean, diected by Christopher Smith.

“The first year of a Festival is a double test: the director is testing the reactions of his audience, knowing that the audience is testing him,” said AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza in a statement. “I believe that this program presents elements to please and interest everybody, balancing amusement with more engaging stories. I chose films coming from almost all of the Latin nations because the Aruba culture is very close to theirs. I also chose several American movies, mainly independent, and included a special ‘window’ on Italy, my home country, that could give an idea of the contemporary industry there.”

Besides Richard Gere, notable guests participating in the “In Conversation With” series include Guillermo Arriaga, Thelma Schoonmaker, Patricia Clarkson, Griffin Dunne and Longiness Fernandes. The Festival will also host a special Bollywood night, which serves to “celebrate Indian cinema and attract many people of Indian descent residing in nearby islands who often to do not get the opportunity to see new Bollywood films in local theaters.”

The official lineup is comprised of the following films:

3 Idiots (Country: India / Director: Rajkumar Hirani)
Abel (Country: USA / Director: Diego Luna)
Alamar (Country: Mexico / Director: Pedro Gonzales-Rubio)
Amsterdam (Country: Netherlands / Director: Ivo Van Hove)
A NY Thing (Country: USA / Director: Oliver Lecot)
Barry Munday (Country: USA / Director: Chris D’arienzo)
Black Death (Country: UK / Director: Christopher Smith)
Boy Ecury (Country: Netherlands / Director: Frans Weisz)
Cairo Time (Country: Canada/Ireland/Egypt / Director: Ruba Nadda)
Christina (Country: USA / Director: Larry Brand)
Cyrus (Country: USA / Director: Jay And Mark Duplass)
Delhi 6 (Country: India / Director: Rakesh Omprakash Mehra)
El Secreto De Sus Ojos (Country: Argentina/Spain / Director: Juan Jose Campanella)
Hachiko (Country: USA / Director: Lasse Hallstrom)
Happy Family (County: Italy / Director: Gabriele Salvatores)
Holy Rollers (Country: USA / Director: Kevin Asch)
I Travel Because I Have To I Come Back Because I Love You (Country: Brazil / Director: Karim Ainouz)
Lucky Country (Country: Australia / Director: Kriv Stenders)
Mine Vaganti (Country: Italy / Director: Ferzan Ozpetek)
My Queen Karo (Country: Netherlands/Belgium / Director: Dorothee Van Den Berghe)
Nanny Macphee 2 (Country: UK/France/USA / Director: Susanna White)
Penso Che Un Sogno Cosi (Country: Italy / Director: Marco De Luca)
Questione Di Cuore (Country: Italy / Director: Francesca Archibugi)
Rabia (Country: Mexico/Spain/Columbia / Director: Sebastian Cordero)
Sell Out (Country: Malaysia / Director: Yeo Joon Han)
The Burning Plain (Country: Usa/Mexico / Director: Guillermo Arriaga)
The Traveler (Country: USA / Director: Michael Oblowitz)
Venezzia (Country: Venezuela / Director: Haik Gazarian)

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