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16th Annual Woodstock Film Festival Announces World Cinema Program

16th Annual Woodstock Film Festival Announces World Cinema Program

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The Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) has announced its New for 2015 World Cinema Competition, including a special “Focus on Dutch Cinema” selection. In partnership with the Netherlands Consulate General in New York, WFF has programmed three Dutch titles: “Rendez-Vous,” “Meet Me in Venice” and “Summer.” All Dutch filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&As following their respective film’s screening. 

“It is only fitting that the Woodstock Film Festival embrace that global spirit and bring to its fold outstanding films and filmmakers from many cultures, religions, and nations,” said WFF co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. “As such, we are thrilled to have created a partnership with the Netherlands Consulate to develop this brand new World Cinema Competition category.” 

The full list of World Cinema titles is below. Synopses courtesy of the Woodstock Film Festival.

“Rendez-Vous” – U.S. Premiere
Director: Antionette Beumer
Simone needs a change. Together with her husband Eric and their two children, she buys a decrepit mansion in the south of France, to turn it into a home and B&B. While the chaos of the renovation grows, Simone flees into a thrilling affair with one of the French construction workers, the gorgeous twenty-year-old Michel. She slowly loses control of her life and the French dream turns into her worst nightmare.

“Meet Me in Venice” – U.S. Premiere
Director: Eddy Terstall
Recounted by Lisa through a video she makes for her son, this Dutch father-daughter story of reconciliation unfolds between a woman and the father she first meets in adulthood. When the absentee Mauro invites Lisa to join him in Venice, she decides to go. But the journey doesn’t stop there, and the father-daughter road trip takes them from Italy to Istanbul along the Orient Express route, with breathtaking imagery of the Balkans and heartwarming musical interludes. In getting to know her father, Lisa gets to know herself. 

“Summer” – New York Premiere
Director: Collette Bothof
Summer is sweltering in a Dutch village where everyday life is dominated by the continually droning power plant. Anne, a quiet girl who longs to escape the confines of her small town, often feels like an outsider — until she meets Lena, a new girl in town who rides a motorbike, wears leather and is different from everybody else. With the awkward tenderness of youth and innocence, the two girls quickly form a bond and the audience gets to watch as young love unfolds. Authentic performances and cinematography that captures the languor and heat of summertime create a beautiful story of sexual awakening and a girl daring to be different. For those who have traveled beyond the teenage years, it is a reminder of the possibilities life holds.

“Moscow Never Sleeps” – U.S. Premiere
Director: Johnny O’Reilly (Russia)
“Moscow Never Sleeps” is a multi-narrative drama about the hidden bonds that connect us all. The film dives headlong into the volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people. O’Reilly’s short “The Terms” screened at the 2001 Woodstock Film Fest, winning for Best Short Film.

“There Should Be Rules” – East Coast Premiere
Director: Linda-Marie Bribeck (Sweden)
Mia and Mirjam, two passionate, free-spirited 14-year-olds, along with Karl, who is inventive and wise beyond his years, are a close knit threesome in a small town in Sweden where nothing ever happens. Mia wishes there were no rules and tempts life again and again. Mirjam, seeking love, finds her road to adulthood in a steamy romance with an older man who claims he loves her. Karl, supporting Mia’s sense of loss as her best friend, is pulled away by new love. While friendship and family bonds are tested and facades eventually crumble, the teens declare, “We are never becoming ordinary.”

The 2015 Woodstock Film Festival runs September 30 – October 4. Visit the WFF website for more information.

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