Montreal pic fest serves ‘Soft Shell’

Event includes 77 features, 50 new-media works from 41 countries

MONTREAL — Quebec helmer Andre Turpin’s “Soft Shell Man” (Un Crabe dans la tete) will premiere in Turpin’s home province Oct. 11, the opening night of the 30th Montreal Intl. Festival of New Cinema and New Media.

The lineup for the fest, an artier, less commercial event than the Montreal World Film Festival, was unveiled Tuesday.

This year’s festival includes 77 features and 50 new-media works from 41 countries. High-profile pics include “The Piano Teacher” (La Pianiste), by Michael Haneke; David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive”; seasoned Gallic auteur Eric Rohmer’s “The Lady and the Duke” (L’Anglaise et le duc); Taiwan director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Taiwanese-French co-production “Millennium Mambo”; Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s “ABC Africa”; and “As I Was Moving Ahead I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty,” from U.S. helmer Jonas Mekas.

The fest, which closes Oct. 21, also will host Canuck helmer Zacharias Kunuk’s “Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner,” the first Inuit-lingo feature and the winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes film festival.

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