In less than a month, the city of Fort Lauderdale will once again play host to to Hollywood and World Cinema during the 26th Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) which will take place from October 21 to November 11. Like last year’s fest which featured two films that went on to score major Oscar nominations (“Black Swan” and “127 Hours”), this year’s event is also set to feature a group of films that will eventually become major players on the Oscar circuit. Heading the list is French director Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” which already has many in Hollywood screaming Oscar. The film – a black and white homage to the silent era of Hollywood – debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival where it won the Best Actor award for star Jean Dujardin. The film will be the festival’s official Opening Night film, premiering on October 22nd at the Bailey Hall on Broward College Campus.
Other major award contenders making their South Florida debut include Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and FLIFF Closing Night film “Like Crazy,” the pschological thriller “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” the Marilyn Monroe drama “My Week with Marilyn” starring Michelle Williams and the star-studded satire “Butter.”
Other than the Hollywood high rollers, the festival will feature six World Premieres, 15 U.S. Premieres and 61 Florida Premieres. Countries represented on the lineup will include films from Spain, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, Fiji, South Africa, Sweden, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Portugal among others.
“We’re looking forward a great festival this year,” comments FLiFF President and CEO, Gregory von Hausch. “The program offers an eclectic array of films; some reflect political and environmental concerns and others range from young love to how to keep love alive after 50. There are knee slapping comedies to edge of your seat thrillers, films that reflect other cultures as well as ours at home, films for families and films about families. There’s a party every night, live concerts, filmmaking seminars and for the first time in three years, films will be presented at three area theater venues. We’ll also launch the Inaugural year for FLiFF on Location: Grand Bahama Island with a four-day fest.”
Celebrities expected to attend the festival include actress Penelope Ann Miller who will be recieving a Career Achievement Award, U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. who stars in the festival’s centerpiece film “The Man on the Train,” and Dennis Haysbert (“Far From Heaven,” “24,” the AllState Commercials) who will also receive a Career Achievement Award. Both Haysbert and Miller will attend the Opening Night festivities on October 22. Others recieving Career Achievement awards include actor Dennis Farina who will be attending the festival for the premiere of his latest film “The Last Rites of Joey May” on November 4, and last but definitely not least, Academy Award nominated screen legend Piper Laurie who will be attending a screening of “The Grass Harp,” a film that netted her the FLIFF Best Actress award in 1995.
Other notables making an appearence at FLIFF will include Senator George McGovern who will receive a Lifetime Achievement in Humanity Award following a screening of the Oscar-winning “All the President’s Men,” and Peter Ford, son of Hollywood icon Glen Ford who will be autographing copies of his book Glen Ford: A Life which will be followed by a screening of the classic 1957 western “3:10 to Yuma” starring the older Ford.
Screenings of this year’s films, in Broward County, will be held at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise Civic Center in Sunrise and Muvico Pompano 18 in Pompano Beach . As mentioned earlier, Opening Night will be held at Bailey Hall on Broward College Campus.
Fast Passes for the fest are available now. Individual screening tickets, $10 general admission and $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for FLiFF Members. Special film events and parties are separately priced and range from $15 to $85. Details and advance tickets will be available at www.FLiFF.com beginning September 23. or by calling 954-525-FILM.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is a 501 (3)c not-for-profit organization dedicated to introducing American Independent films, World Cinema and film talent in South Florida and via outreach programs statewide and on Grand Bahama Island.
For the entire list of films playing at the festival, visit http://www.fliff.com