Tuesday, August 11, 2015

39th Festival des films du monde / Montreal World Film Festival announces World Competition, First Feature Competition


The Montreal World Film Festival is proud to announce the line-up of its World Competition as well as First Feature Competition. Members of both Juries are also public as of today. “Over the decades, the MWFF has achieved its cultural and an economic mission by offering audiences and professionals a multitude of films, of all genres and provenances,” stated Serge Losique who added “An institution recognized by cineastes the world over, this great cinematic institution has always worked hard to assure its perenniality. It has always been about bringing to Montreal screens the new and interesting films that constitute the best showcase of essential cinema culture.”

This year the number of entries to the MWFF sections has overtaken those of previous years : over 2000 feature and short films (in equal proportion) have been screened by the selection commitee not mentioning the other films viewed during festivals abroad. The number of countries within the selection highlights this increase as 86 countries will be representred during the 39th edition of the Festival. There are 36 World Premieres in those competitions.

The 39th Montreal World Film Festival and its International Film Market will take place from August 27th to September 7th 2015.

World Competition

26 Feature films from 31 countries will compete for the Grand Prize of the Americas.

2 Nights Till Morning by Mikko Kuparinen (Finland-Lithuania) 84 mins

A Havana Moment by Guillermo Ivàn Duenas (USA – Cuba - Mexico – Colombia)

A Matter of Courage by Roberto Gervitz (Brazil – Uruguay) 90 mins

Chucks by Sabine Hiebler, Gerhard Ertl (Austria) 93 mins

Demimonde by Attila Szàsz (Hungary) 88 mins

Gassoh by Tatsuo Kobayashi (Japan) 87 mins

Getaway of Love by Tonino Zangardi (Italy) 90 mins

Grey and Black by Luís Filipe Rocha (Portugal – Brazil)

Happy 140 by Gracia Querejeta (Spain) 98 mins

John Hron by Jon Pettersson (Sweden) 127 mins

L’Accabadora by Enrico Pau (Italy – Ireland) 97 mins

Mad Love by Philippe Ramos (France) 96 mins

Memories of the Wind by Özcan Alper (Turkey - Germany - France – Georgia) 140 mins

My Enemies by Stéphane Géhami (Canada) 106 mins

On the Road to Berlin by Sergei Popov (Russia) 82 mins

Outliving Emily by Eric Weber (USA) 88 mins

Rider Jack by This Lüscher (Switzerland) 90 mins

Secret by Selim Evci (Turkey) 102 mins

Seven Days by Xing Jian (China) 73 mins

Summer Solstice by Michal Rogalski (Poland – Germany) 95 mins

Taboo by Khosro Masoumi (Iran) 108 mins

The Invisible Artery by Pere Vilà Barcelo (Spain) 119 mins

The Midnight Orchestra by Jérôme Cohen Olivar (Morocco) 114 mins

The Petrov File by Georgi Balabanov (Bulgaria – Germany) 90 mins

The Soul of a Spy by Vladimir Bortko (Russia) 110 mins

The Visitor by Mehmet Erylimaz (Turkey) 127 mins

First Feature Competition

Beijing Carmen by Wang Fan (China) 95 mins

Closer by Mostafa Ahmadi (Iran) 90 mins

Crushed by Megan Riakos (Australia) 111 mins

Das Deckelbad by Kuno Bont (Switzerland) 97 mins

Dear Deer by Takeo Kikuchi (Japan) 107 mins

Fire Birds by Amir Wolf (Israel) 105 mins

Kagurame byYassuo Okuaki (Japan) 112 mins

Legacy by Nemanja Cipranic (Serbia – Montenegro) 90 mins

Live by Vlad Paunescu (Romania) 107 mins

Lost and found by Show Yanagisawa (Japan) 111 mins

Maresia by Marcos Guttmann (Brazil) 90 mins

Neboke by Norihito Iki (Japan) 115 mins

Our Everyday Life by Ines Tanovic (Bosnia-Hezegovine – Slovenia – Croatia)

Rainbow Without Colours by Tuyen Quang Nguyen (Vietnam) 93 mins

Rosa Chumbe by Jonatan Relayze Chiang (Peru) 75 mins

Orage by Fabrice Camoin (France) 80 mins

Stubborn Boy by Moritz Kramer (Germany) 82 mins

The Funeral by Qi Wang (China) 115 mins

The Plastic Cardboard Sonata by Enrico Falcone, Piero Persello (Italy) 80 mins

The Sum of Histories by Lukas Bossuyt (Belgium – Netherlands) 85 mins

The Thin Yellow Line by Celso Garcia (Mexique) 95 mins

Three Days in September by Darijan Pejovski (Macedonia – Kosovo) 90 mins

Under Heaven by Dalmira Tilepbergen (Khirgizistan) 88 mins

Vals by Anita Lakenberger (Austria) 120 mins


Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1953, Dany Laferrière left his native country following the killing of his colleague and friend, journalist Gasner Raymond. His first novel, Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer was published in 1985 and became an overnight success, propelling him into the front ranks of the new generation of Quebec writers. The novel was later adapted into a sccreenplay by Laferrière and Richard Sadler, earning critical plaudits and several honours.He continued his novelistic output (Éroshima, L’Odeur du café, Le Cri des oiseaux fous…) even as he became a widely read and viewed journalist. He also penned several screenplays, made his directorial debut in 2004 with Comment conquérir l’amérique, and won the 2006 Governor-General’s Award for his youth album Je suis fou de Vava. Among the many honours his books have garnered are the Prix Médicis and Grand Prix du livre de Montréal in 2009, and the Grand Prix littéraire international Metropolis Bleu and the Prix des libraires in 2010. In 2013 he was named to the Académie française and in 2014 Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec.

Italian actress and photographer Tea Falco was born in Catania, Sicily in 1986. In 2011 she won one of the most prestigious Italian awards for contemporary art, the Basilio Cascella Award, and soon had her work exhibited, in Italy and abroad. but also in Greece and Los Angeles. She discovered her passion for acting in 2003, and trained at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, then at various professional workshops. In 2004 she made her stage debut and her cinema debut the following year in Un angelo per amico by Adriano Chiaramida; from then on she has continued both her theatrical and cinematographic careers. Her first starring role, bringing her to international attention, was in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Me and You, shown in Cannes in 2012. In the same year she also appeared in the fourth episode of Young Montalbano, a popular Italian TV series. Today she lives and works in Rome as an actress and photographer.

One of Spain’s most prominent filmmakers, Catalan director Ventura Pons has made over two dozen features which are regularly shown on screens around the world. He has been the subject of more than 30 international tributes and retrospectives: at London’s ICA , New York’s Lincoln Center and in the world's foremost cinematheques. Pons has received “lifetime achievement awards” in Chicago, Galway, Piestany, Lima, Torino and Montpellier and in Spain he has received the Catalan National Film Award, the Spain Fine Arts Gold Medal, the Catalan Sant Jordi Cross, the Gaudi Honour Award among many others. In 2012 the University of Colorado at Denver held an academic conference on his cinema about which Vervuert has published a book: Ventura Pons: The Unconventional Gaze of Catalan Cinema. He has published his memoirs Mine (and the others) (2011), and a world tour diary, 54 days and a bit more (2012). His most recent film, Virus of Fear, is showing in this year’s MWFF.

Peter Rainer is the film critic for the Christian Science Monitor, president of the National Society of Film Critics, and a regular reviewer for "Film Week" on National Public Radio. In 1998 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. His most recent book is "Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era." He has twice won the National Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Online Entertainment Critic. Prior to the Christian Science Monitor, Rainer served as film critic for New York magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He has also written and co-produced two documentaries for the A&E Network, on Sidney Poitier and the Hustons. In 1995 he was a member of the main jury for the Venice Film Festival.

Gerardo Salcedo studied communication sciences at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). In 1983, he worked as a film professor at UNAM and joined the Dirección de Cinematografia staff. Between 1992 and 2006, he was a programmer and deputy director at Cineteca Nacional. In 2007, he co-founded the film distribution company MVFilms, as well as working as a programmer for the Acapulco and Chihuahua film festivals and sitting on the pre-selection jury for the Expresión en Corto festival in Guanajuato. In 2010, he became deputy director of the Guadalajara Film Festival.

Mexican filmmaker Luis Urquiza graduated from UAM (Autonomous Metropolitan University) in communications and complemented his studies with cinema and journalism classes. Since 1987 he has worked as a producer and a director, first for television and then for the large screen. In 2001 he co-founded Astillero Films with Lourdes García. In 2006, he produced and directed a short film, Mother’s Love, followed, in 2014, by Perfect Obedience, his first fiction feature, winner of the Grand Prize of the Americas and Glauber Rocha prize for best Latin American films at the 38th Montreal World Film Festival last year. Urquiza has also produced, among others: Who is Mr. Lopez? (2006) by Luis Mandoki, Teo’s Journey (2008), by Walter Doehner, Hidalgo, the Untold Story (2009) and Morelos (2012) by Antonio Serrano.


Pierre-Henri Deleau began his career as an assistant director to Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Pierre Kast and then as a director in educational television. He directed a short, Virginie ou la double rupture, in 1969. He is the co-founder of the FILMOBLIC production house which produced or co-produced films by Hugo Santiago, Jean-Louis Comolli, Jean-François Dion, Claude Miller, Edouardo de Gregorio and Jean-Pierre Lefebvre. In 1969, he co-founded the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and was its director for three decades. In 1996, he co-founded the Forum of European Cinema in Strasbourg, and in 1987 co-founded FIPA (Festival international des programmes audiovisuels) and directed the event in Cannes, Nice and Biarritz until 2009. That year he became member of the selection committee for first works at the European Film Academy. As director of the Cinéma and Littérature collection of Les Éditions Jean-Claude Lattès, he has published books on Michelangelo Antonioni, Groucho Marx, Andrezj Zulawski and Yilmäz Güney, among others.

Anglo-Italian with a French name and a marked tendency toward the Brazilian, Donald Ranvaud taught at universities of Warwick and East Anglia, where he became chairman of the film department. He founded the independent film magazine Framework in 1975, which he edited until 1988 and freelanced for MFB, Sight and Sound, The Guardian, La Repubblica, Les Cahiers du Cinéma, American Film as well published books on Italian cinema. During this period he directed documentary items for Channel Four and RAI Uno, including portraits of Paul Schrader, Raul Ruiz, Cui Jian, Laurie Anderson and David Mamet as well as co-directed a feature, Visioni Private. In 1989 he helped start the European SCRIPTFund. Since then he embarked on production full time, with directors and in countries before they become fashionable, particularly China: 1989-1993 (especially Life on a String and including Farewell my Concubine); and Latin America, 1994 - today (Central do Brasil, Familia Rodante, Xango, Lavoura Arcaica, Babilonia 2000, Madame Sata, Cidade de Deus, nominated for four Oscars in 2004). Most recently he was executive producer on The Constant Gardener by Fernando Meirelles.

President of A-Z Films, over Antoine Zeind has worked in all facets of the motion picture industry, from the production and distribution of films to their exhibition. Along with an MBA from University of Quebec in Montreal, he holds a master’s degree in cinema from the University of Montreal. Over his career, he has held key posts with well-known organizations in the industry. From 1999 to 2001, he was the general manager of the “Grande Fête du Cinema Comique”. He also collaborated on screenings at the Montreal World Film Festival. As an exhibitor, he helped plan and coordinate the opening of the 18-plex Colossus in Laval that opened under the Famous Players banner in November of 2000. He also supervised operations of the IMAX theatre inside Montreal’s downtown Famous Players Paramount complex. With Christal Films, he held the post of director of booking and marketing. Zeind served as producer of the short film, Une blonde pour Anatole (1999), A-Z Films Productions, directed by Isabelle Raynauld and starring Andrée Lachapelle, which was broadcast on Radio-Canada.


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