Cannes has set its Opening Night film and selected its Jury President. Now speculation begins to mount on which films will and won't join the May festival's lineup. Also, dueling Muhammad pics from Iran and Qatar, Zurich fest set to fete Brazil, and Tribeca All Access names 11 projects for its 2013 program.
With 222 films set to screen at the fest, it is one of the largest regional events of its kind. This year's lineup features new work from a cross-section of international filmmakers including Olivier Assayas, Andrew Bujalski, Xavier Dolan, Sophie Fiennes, Ken Loach, Lucy Walker and Thomas Vinterberg.
Bess Kargman's ballet documentary will open the 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece this Friday. Also in today's news round-up, details about the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival; Chinese artist Ai Weiwei plans an album release; and Brazil's It's All True doc film fest unveils lineup.
Sean Penn, Michael Moore and Oliver Stone all had kind words for the former president of Venezuela, who died Tuesday; Israel Film Festival to honor first woman to head a major movie studio at Opening Night gala; plus news from the Brussels and First Time Film Fests.
The Tribeca Film Festival released details of its non-competition offerings, including the latest from Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green and even Whoopi Goldberg, plus more screening in its Spotlight section. Also announced were the re-branded Midnight and new transmedia Storyscapes sections.
Selections screening in the Tribeca Film Festival's narrative and documentary competitions were unveiled Tuesday. The festival also announced titles in its out of competition Viewpoints section.
Organizers of the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival unveiled 10 Narrative Features and 12 Documentaries that will compete in the 2013 edition of the event taking place April 25 – May 9. The selection includes several North American and U.S. debuts.
While accepting the visual effects Oscar for Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer was cut off by the theme from Jaws when he started to talk about the bankruptcy of VFX house Rhythm + Hues; Casey Affleck joins IFFBoston as Creative Director; and the winners of France's César Awards in our FilmLinc Digest.
Films shot and set in Miami will be feted in the Miami International Film Festival's Florida Focus and other sections, including Sundance documentary competition feature Blackfish and the world premiere of Eenie Meenie Miney Moe