The Montreal World Film Festival opened over the weekend with 383 films from over 70 countries playing over the 10-day run. Of those titles, 170 are world or international premieres.
Among those in contention is festival opener “Coteau Rouge,” from veteran Canadian director and 2006 MWFF jury member André Forcier. The host province is also represented by Demian Fucia’s “La Run.”
Other highlights from the international competition include a pair of Polish films (“The Mole,” “Black Thursday”) dealing with different aspects of the nation’s former Communist regime, the Israeli basketball film “Playoff,” from former MWFF grand prize-winning director Eran Riklis and “Here Without Me,” an Iranian spin on the Tennessee Williams play “The Glass Menagerie.”
The documentary category includes 64 films, 40 of them features. Among those of note are “The Rescuers,” a documentary from Emmy-winning director Michael King that traces the travels of a genocide scholar and Rwandan activist; and Germany’s “The Real American: Joe McCarthy,” chronicling the rise and fall of the 1950s Wisconsin Senator.
As part of its annual Grand Prize of the Americas, the festival will also honor the legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve. A showing of Jacques Demy’s “The Young Girls of Rochefort,” which starred Deneuve, will also take place as part of the festival’s free outdoor screening series.
The Montreal World Film Festival runs August 18 – 28 in Montreal, Quebec.