One of the largest international film festivals, the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival will run from August 26 to September 6, and will feature 430 films from 80 countries. Louis Bélanger’s World Competition title “Route 132” will kick off the festival. The fest will close with Bertrand Tavernier’s World Greats out-of-competition selection “Princess of Montpensier.”
In addition to the World Competition, the festival will spotlight first-time filmmakers in its First Films World Competition and world auteurs in its World Greats section, featuring new work from Carlos Saura, Zhang Yimou, Otar Iosseliani, Gabriel Aghion, Fabio Barreto, and more. The festival also includes the Focus on World Cinema and Documentaries of the World sections.
This year’s festival will include tributes to French actress Nathalie Baye (Guillaume Canet’s “Tell No One”) and Italian actress Stefania Sandrelli (Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Stealing Beauty”). Last year’s jury president, Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who is consistently embroiled with his home nation’s authorities, will be feted with a tribute screening of five of his features, “The White Balloon,” “The Mirror,” “The Circle,” “Crimson Gold,” “Offside,” and “Accordion.” Director Gilles Carle, who died last year and was a member of the fest’s board of directors, will have his film “Les Plouffe” screened at the fest.
Also included on the schedule is a public master class taught by French superstar Gérard Depardieu. The 41st Canadian Student Film Festival will take place in conjunction with the Montreal World Film Festival. The student festival will award the Norman McLaren Award, offered by the National Film Board of Canada, with an in-kind prize of CAD$2,500 in technical services, and the Kodak Imaging Award for Best New Canadian Student Director, which includes a prize of a camera and CAD$4,200 worth of film stock. Throughout the festival, there will be free evening screenings at the Place des Festivals, and Quebecois cinema will be shown free to the public at the Grand-Place of the Complexe Desjardins.
For the complete lineup and more information, visit the fest website here.
The World Competition lineup for the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival:
“Box – The Hakamada Case,” Banmei Takahashi (Japan)
“The Day I Was Not Born,” Florian Cossen (Germany)
“From Childhood,” Carlos Carrera (Mexico)
“From the Waist On,” Gianfrancesco Lazotti (Italy)
“The Land of the Astronauts,” Carl Colpaert (USA)
“Limbo,” Maria Sødahl (Norway)
“Lost Heritage,” Christian Lara (France)
“Meeting With an Angel,” Sophie de Daruvar and Yves Thomas (France)
“The Murder Farm,” Bettina Oberli (Germany)
“Nannerl, Mozart’s Sister,” René Féret (France)
“Oxygen,” Hans Van Nuffel (The Netherlands)
“Route 132,” Louis Bélanger (Canada)
“Silence Lies,” Julie Hivon (Canada)
“Sword of Desperation,” Hideyuki Hirayama (Japan)
“Tête de turc,” Pascal Elbé (France)
“Three-Way Wedding,” Jacques Doillon (France)
“Truce,” Svetlana Proskurina (Russia)
“Twelve Thirty,” Jeff Lipsky (USA)
“Venice,” Jakub Kolski (Poland)
“Villain,” Lee Sang-il (Japan)