Thursday, August 09, 2007

31st World Film Festival

The 2007 Montreal’s World Film Festival will include the following sections:

World Competition
First Films World Competition
Hors Concours (World Greats, out-of-competition)
Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
Documentaries of the World
Cinema Under the Stars
Canadian Student Film Festival

The festival in the World Competition gives the following awards: Grand Prix of the Americas, Special Grand Prix of the Jury, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Artistic Contribution and Innovation Award.

The First Films World Competition gives the Golden Zenith, Silver Zenith and Bronze Zenith awards.

Also the public will vote for People’s Choice Award, Most Popular Canadian Film, Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Film from Latin America, Best Documentary and Best Canadian Short Film.

World Competition Selection

1 Journée (1 Day), Jacob Berger, Switzerland and France
A Outra Margem (The Other Side), Luis Filipe Rocha, Portugal and Brazil
Ben X, Nic Balthazar, Belgium and Netherlands
Der Andere Junge (The Other Boy), Volker Einrauch, Germany
DP75-Tartina City, Issa Serge Coelo, Chad, France and Morocco
Go Go Tales, Abel Ferrara, Italy and France
Kuro-Obi (Black Belt), Shunichi Nagasaki, Japan
L’Uomo di Vetro (A Man of Glass), Stefano Incerti, Italy
Mutluluk (Bliss), Abdullah Oguz, Turkey and Greece
Noodle, Ayelet Menahemi, Israel
Oh-Oku (Oh-Oku, The Women of the Inner Palace), Toru Hayashi, Japan – This one seems Very Good! Set during the short reign of child Shogun Ietsugu Tokugawa, OH-OKU recounts the legendary power struggle between the young shogun's natural mother and his official wife, who must watch her stake in the bloodline.
Otets (Father), Ivan Solovov, Russia
Partes Usadas (Used Parts), Aarón Fernández, Mexico and France
Samira Fi Adayaa (Samira’s Garden), Latif Lahlou, Morocco
September Dawn, Christopher Cain, USA
Spinning into Butter, Mark Brokaw, USA
Surviving My Mother, Émile Gaudreault, Canada
Teresa: El Cuerpo de Cristo (Teresa), Ray Loriga, Spain, France and UK (It’s good!)
Toi (You), François Delisle, Canada
Un Secret (A Secret), Claude Miller, France

First Films World Competition

Ai Qing De Ya Chi (Theeth of Love), Zhuang Yuxin, China
All The Days Before Tomorrow, François Dompierre, USA and Canada
Bajo Las Estrellas (Under The Stars), Félix Viscarret, Spain
Bersten (Bursting), Michael Finger, Switzerland
¿Donde Están Sus Historias? (Where Are Their Stories?), Nicolás Pereda, Canada and Mexico
Dong Sun (Bamboo Shoots), Jian Yi, China
El Niño de Barro (The Mud Boy), Jorge Algora, Spain and Argentina
Fata Morgana, Simon Gross, Germany
Finn’s Girl, Domique Cardona, Canada – A must be seen: Dr. Finn Jefferies, a thoroughly modern lesbian with a demanding career, finds her world turned upside down when her longtime partner dies and she is left to raise a rebellious 11-year-old on her own.
La Caja (The Wooden Box), Juan Carlos Falcón, Spain and Portugal
La Logique du Remords (Remorse), Martin Laroche, Canada
Lastochki Prileteli (The Swallows Have Arrived), Aslan Galazov, Russia
Les Yeux Bandés, Thomas Lilti, France
Malos Hábitos (Bad Habits), Simón Bross, Mexico
Matok Ve’Mar (Bittersweet), Doron Benvenisti, Israel
Nu, Jan-Willem van Ewijk, Netherlands
Pusinky (Dolls), Karin Babinská, Czech Republic
The Fall of Night, Derrick Warfel, USA
The Gray Man, Scott Flynn, USA
The Orchard, Hu Ze, China
Vent Mauvais (Before The Storm), Stéphane Allagnon, France
Wind Man, Khuat Akhmetov, Russia
Yeo-Reumi Gagi Jeonae (Before The Summer Passes Away), Sung Ji-hae, South Korea

Hors Concours (World Greats - out of Competition)

Beaufort, Joseph Cedar, Israel
Bizan, Isshin Inudo, Japan
Bluff, Marc-André Lavoie, Simon Olivier Fecteau, Canada
Cobrador, In God We Trust, Paul Leduc, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil
Den Ny A Människan (The New Man), Klaus Härö, Sweden
Dialogue Avec Mon Jardinier (Conversations With My Gardener), Jean Becker, France
Dongjing Shepan (Tokyo Trial), Gao Qunshu, China
El Camino de los Ingleses (Summer Rain), Antonio Banderas, Spain
Farsh E Tran (Persian Carpet), Behruz Afkhami and fourteen other directors, Iran
Irina Palm, Sam Garbarski, Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, UK and France – seems interesting as its stars Marianne Faithfull is unforgettable as a middle-class, middle-aged frump who takes a job at a sex club in order to raise enough money for her grandson's life-saving operation, but most be heavy drama.
La Masseria Delle Allodole (The Lark Farm), Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain and France
Lady Chatterley, Pascale Ferran, France (Well, I liked it!)
Los Borgia (The Borgias), Antonio Hernández, Spain and Italy (This one I have to see it, stars Paz Vega!)
Mein Führer-Die Wirklich Wahrste Wahrheit Über Adolf Hitler (My Fuhrer-The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler), Dani Levy, Germany
My Dream, Wang Honghai, China
Obsluhoval Jsem Anglického Krále (I Served The King of England), Jirí Menzel, Czech Republic and Slovakia
Ópium-Egy Elemebeteg Nö Naplója (Opium-Diary of a Madwoman), János Szász, Hungary and Germany
Pethainontas Stin Athina (Dying in Athens), Nikos Panayotopoulos, Greece
Prête Moi Ta Main (I Do: How to Get Married and Stay Single), Eric Lartigau, France
Puffball, Nicolas Roeg, UK and Canada
Roman de Gare (Crossed Tracks), Claude Lelouch, France (Must see Lelouch’s latest film!)
Russky Treugolnik (The Russian Triangle), Aleko Tsabadze, Georgia
Vetka Sireni (Lilacs), Pavel Lounguine, Russia and Spain (A portrait of Sergei Rachmaninoff … hmm!?)
Vous Êtes de la Police? (Last Investigation), Romuald Beugnon, France
¿Y Tú Quién Eres? (And Who Are You?), Antonio Mercero, Spain
Yun Shui Yao (The Knot), Yin Li, China – Seems good: An unrequited love affair is played out against tumultuous events in Chinese and Taiwanese history in this epic-scale historical drama set across six decades.

Finally I am able to post a film festival that I have attended in the past. I used to live in Montreal and had the pleasure of attending this festival. Well, I hope to see some of the movies listed.

If you want more information about the festival go here.

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