Organizers of the 16th Annual Fort Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival announced the complete line-up of films scheduled for October 19th-November 11th. The twenty-four day Festival is considered one of the longest in the world.
Nine National Premieres screen during the Festivalincluding, Almost America (U.S.) Fugitivas (Spain), He Died With a Felafelin His Hand (Australia/Italy), Jalla Jalla (Sweden), Room For Rent (France), Sladke Sanje(Slovenia), Taxi: Un Encuentro (Argentina) The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (France/Australia/Spain), Zoom (Germany).
A record seventeen 1st features make up part of the official selection, 531 (Rob Goodman), Acts of Worship (Rosemary Rodriguez), Bunny (Mia Trachinger), Dead Dog(Christopher Goode), Everything For A Reason (Vlas Parlapanides), A Gentleman’s Game (Mills Goodloe), Great Day in Havana (Laurie Ann Schag & Casey Stoll), Is It Clear My Friend? (Dejan Acimovic), Jalla!, Jalla! (Josef Fares), Maids(Fernando Meirelles & Nando Olival), Maryam (Ramin Serry), The Medicine Show (Wendell Morris), Mile Zero (Andrew Curry), Morning (AmiCanaan Mann), The Perfect Son (LeonardFarlinger), Taxi: Un Encuentro (Gabriela David), Way Off Broadway (Dan Kay).
World Premieres include, A Gentleman’s Game (U.S.), a directorial debut by Miles Goodloe, starring Gary Sinise, Philip Baker Hall and Dylan Baker, Plan B (U.S.),a light-hearted mob comedy starring Diane Keaton and Paul Sorvino and Josephine (Germany), a romantic love story.
The Festival’s Main Program opens with What Ever Happened To Harold Smith?, a 70’s coming of age comedy with a great performance by Michael Legge and this year’s Closing Night Film is Lantana, a labyrinth of love, sex and deceit starring Anthony LaPaglia, Barbara Hershey and Geoffrey Rush.
Also at this year’s Festival, the 2001 Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm winner, The Son’s Room and the 2001 Sundance Audience Award winner, Dogtown and Z-Boys by Stacy Peralta (also winner of Sundance Documentary Directing Award). Other festival highlights include sneak previews of some of the coming season’s most distinctive releases. Devil’s Backbone (produced by Pedro Almadovar), Lantana, a Lion’s Gate Release, The Cat’s Meow, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Kirsten Dunst, in the story of a mysterious Hollywood death in 1924 that occurred aboard media mogul William Randolph Hearst’s yacht.
Special guests include Paul Sorvino, most of the 1st time directors and Paul Mazursky who will be the recipient of the Director of Distinction Award. Lorri Bagley will receive the Star on the Horizon Award. Bagley stars in Peroxide Passion, a comedy also screening at the Festival, written by Paul Felopulos the co-writer of Novocaine, a future Artisan release starring Steve Martin and Helena Bonham Carter.
Get more info on the official Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival web site.
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