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31. Jul 2004 at 00:22
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As joseph mentioned in another thread, the first few films accepted for this year's Montreal World Film Festival are starting to be announced.

I've opened this thread to keep track of films which might be of interest that have been scheduled for this year's fest.

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Reply #1 - 31. Jul 2004 at 00:42
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The pictures are nice! Thanks Zab!
  
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A very promising start too it seems.
  
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Reply #6 - 10. Aug 2004 at 23:28
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Haven't had time to hunt for images, but possible candidates so far:

(some of these already mentioned by Zab)

HÉCTOR (HÉCTOR) (COMP) (International Premiere)
Spain / 2004 / 35 mm / Colour / 107 min / Dir.: Gracia Querejeta
Héctor, a tall, fair-haired boy of 16, has just lost his mother, Sofía. She died when her car plunged into a ravine. It was his mother who raised him with some input from his aunt Tere. Héctor has grown up without a father. He has never seen him, not even once. Without a minute's hesitation, his aunt Tere decides to look after him. But while Héctor never expresses his grief openly, it is clear that he has taken his mother's death very hard. There are other changes, too. Héctor has to go from living in a house with a garden in the centre of Madrid, to a small apartment on the outskirts of the city. He tries to understand the new reality that is taking shape before his eyes. A way of life that is very different from the one he knew but one that is becoming more familiar each day. But everything is thrown into question when Martín, Héctor's father, arrives. He has travelled from across the ocean to meet his son. The boy knew that his father existed though he never wanted to meet him. Martín has come in order to explain the reason for his long absence and, in that way, win his son's heart and also offer him a new life in Mexico. Héctor will have to decide between his newly discovered family and adventurous possibilities abroad.

FUON (THE CRYING WIND) (COMP) (International Premiere)
Japan / 2004 / 35 mm / Colour / 106 min / Dir.: Yoichi Higashi
Seikichi, 70, makes his living fishing from a small boat off the coast of Okinawa. He and his 12-year-old grandson Akira live in a small, tree-lined village in the northern part of the island which is surrounded by a white-sand beach and plots of pine and flowering bushes. On the cliff that skirts the shore sits an open-air burial ground containing the skull of a kamikaze pilot who was shot down during the last days of World War II. When the wind blows through the bullet hole in the skull, it produces a whistling sound which causes the locals to cringe and shudder. They call it the “Crying Head”. It was Seikichi's father who brought the pilot's corpse during the fighting, an event that Seikichi still remembers well. One day in spring, Kazue, 30, returns to the village with her son Masashi, 10. She has fled her abusive husband and has returned to live with her aging mother. Akira befriends Masashi, introduces him to the other boys of the village and shows him how to fish with a bamboo pole. Soon afterwards Shiho, 70, comes to the village from the mainland of Japan. Long ago, the man she loved died as a kamikaze pilot during the battle of Okinawa and she has returned periodically to find what happened to his body. This time she is in luck: she meets Seikichi and when she shows him the picture of her lover he realizes to whom the “Crying Head” belonged. But if Shiho's quest is finally resolved, Kazue's nightmare is far from over...


JING CHA YOU YUE (THE LAW OF ROMANCE) (ASI) (International Premiere)
China / 2004 / 35 mm / Colour / 103 min / Dir.: Xu Geng
Shy young police officer Zhao Liu'an is single and is always the subject of everyone's matchmaking attempts. After countless fruitless dates, a little lost boy accidentally helps him find the girl of his dreams.

MACHUCA (MACHUCA) (LAT) (North American Premiere)
Chile - Spain - France / 2004 / 35 mm / Colour / 120 min / Dir.: Andrés Wood
Chile, 1973. Two 11-year-old boys from Santiago, one from a wealthy neigbourhood and the other from the barrios, meet and become friends while studying at an elite parochial school.


DANDELION (DANDELION) (USA) (Canadian Premiere)
United States / 2004 / 35 mm / Colour / 94 min / Dir.: Mark Milgard
Mason is a sullen, small-town teen hungry for love and firmly resolved not to follow in the disappointing footsteps of his parents. When a new girl arrives in town, Mason thinks things may be changing for the better, but his romantic hopes must first overcome some domestic hurdles in unexpected ways.

NOTE: Mason, the "teen" is played by 25-year-old Vincent Kartheiser. Sad

THE BEST THIEF IN THE WORLD (THE BEST THIEF IN THE WORLD) (USA) (Canadian Premiere)
United States / 2004 / Video / Colour / 93 min / Dir.: Jacob Kornbluth
A troubled adolescent living in New York City breaks into other people's apartments to rearrange their furniture and disturb their safe spaces.

Still looking. Will post more as I find more.
  
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Dandelion looks like a miss for me (Vincent Kartheiser is the lead and he's now 25  Shocked).

The Law of Romance is an award winning film from China but it appears from my early research that the little lost boy is a minor role.
  
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Oh, I just edited my post about Dandelion. Looks like you saw the same info I did. Too bad for that, cause it could have been good otherwise.
  
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The festival will also be doing a tribute to Theo Angelopoulos and among the films they'll be playing, there is Eternity and a Day, a film that won that Palmes d'or but that I absolutely destested.

Since the movie is available on video, it's probably not worth seeing at the festival when there are so many other films that will be playing and that you might not have another chance to see.

  
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Reply #10 - 11. Aug 2004 at 00:24
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Thanks for posting these pics and these synopses, guys!  I wish I was going to be there with you.   Grin

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Forgot to add this one the other day  Smiley

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Sugar Orange

Cast:
Leo... Lucas Gregorowicz
Lena... Sabine Timoteo
Clemens... Hyun Wanner
Frank... Bruno Cathomas
Sugar (Leo)... Kai Müller
Orange (Clemens)... Yury Han

Language: German
Shooting in Cologne and the state of Brandenburg in Spring 2003

Lukas is Sugar, Clemens is Orange. Together, they are two ten-year-old boys who are inseparable. More than just playmates, they share a unique bond which seems predestined to last a lifetime. Until, that is, powerful emotions come to the fore and a misunderstanding leads to a rift which tears both them and their world apart.

Twenty years later, Lukas is still terrified of being abandoned. He survives by forming loose relationships which don?t threaten him. Then one day he meets Lena who turns his feelings upside down and awakens his inner child, the one still searching for unconditional friendship.

While there is never a guarantee of security, there forms a bond of trust, and through Lena, Lukas again makes contact with Clemens. After years of silence, they are finally able to exorcise their ghosts in an explosion of emotion.

"The characters in this film aren't driven by outside events," says writer-director Andreas Struck, "but by their internal experiences and expectations. Just as Lukas' physical handicap mirrors his emotional handicap after being abandoned, so I intend to visualize the internal processes."

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Yury Han (ORANGE) und Kai Müller (SUGAR)
  
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Beat the Drum

Starring Mary Twala, Junior Singo, Owen Sejake, Nolunthando Maleka, Dineo Nchabeleng. (NR, 113 minutes).

From director David Hickson comes this drama about a young African's cross-country journey. Set in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Beat the Drum stars Junior Singo as Musa, a boy who has been orphaned by a plague that swept through his village. Now living with his elderly grandmother, Musa decides to seek out his uncle in Johannesburg, taking along only a drum given to him by his father. The trip proves to be enlightening for young Musa, who is faced with the culture shock of urban society. Also starring Clive Scott and Owen Sejake, Beat the Drum premiered at the 2003 Mill Valley Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

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The Crying Wind

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Little Masashi arrives on his mother's native island in Okinawa when he hears a strange timbre of sound on the wind. People believe that the wonder comes from the skull put in a seaside cave. Meanwhile, another visitor from the mainland comes; the old lady desperate for information about her beloved who was said to have been killed in the war. She visits an old man named Seikichi who is said to know something about the skull but he remains silent...
An excellent portrayal of feelings of Okinawa, a living memory of the war. Screenplay by Akutagawa Prize winner Shun Medoruma native to Okinawa.
  
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