The 12th annual Fort Lauderdale Intl. Film Festival unspools Oct. 27- Nov. 16, with more than 100 independent features from 30 countries, including the U.S., Brazil, China, Israel, Australia and Canada.

The Florida fest will including retrospectives of Federico Fellini and actor Ben Gazzara, who along with director Arthur Hiller will be granted the fest’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Among the offerings are Alain Berliner’s “Ma vie en rose,” “The Wings of the Dove” and “American Perfekt,” starring Amanda Plummer and Robert Forster. English thesp Alan Rickman will make his directorial debut with “Winter Guest.”

A four-day program of seminars include a lecture by Oscar-winning composer Leonard Rosenman and a talk by scribe team Aaron Mendelson and Paul Tamasay (“Air Bud”).

The festival is being presented by Blockbuster Entertainment, and co-produced by Planet Hollywood. It’s hosted by AMC Theaters and co-sponsored by Broward Cultural Affairs.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Oct. 16. For information, contact the fest at (954) 563-0500, or on the Internet at

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