Actress given special tribute at event

MONTREAL — French thesp Sophie Marceau is to receive a special tribute at this year’s edition of the Montreal World Film Festival. The fest also Thursday unveiled the line-up for its newly created Midnight Slam! Series, which will be devoted to horror thrillers and cult pics.

Marceau will receive a Special Grand Prix of the Americas for lifetime achievement and fest will also preem the pic “La Disparue de Deauville,” which she directed and toplines. It also co-stars Christophe Lambert. Both Marceau and Lambert will be at the fest. Marceau won the prize for director at the 2002 edition of the Montreal festival for the pic, “Parlez-moi d’amour.”

The brand-new Midnight Slam! program will include rocker-turned-helmer Rob Zombie’s remake of the 1978 John Carpenter horror classic “Halloween” — with a cast that includes Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane and Daeg Faerch — and Michael Davis’ “Shoot ‘Em Up” starring Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and Monica Bellucci.

The Midnight Slam! sidebar will feature helmer David Nerlich’s “Black Water,” which will have its North American preem at the festival. Pic centers around three tourists in Australia and their guide attacked by a crocodile. Section will host the Canadian premieres of Pavel Ruminov’s “Dead Daughters,” Brian Hooks’ “Seventy Five,” Roar Uthang’s “Cold Prey” and Gabriele Albanesi’s “The Last House in the Woods.”

As previously announced, Midnight Slam! will host the world preems of Jed Weintrob’s “Scar” and Laurent Courau’s “Predators.” “Scar” is about the abduc-tion of teenagers and their torture in a morgue basement. “Predators” is an essay on dark mysticism. Program will also have the world preem of helmer Brett Sullivan’s “The Chair.”

The fest runs Aug. 23 to Sept. 3. The full line-up for the festival will be announced at a press conference Tuesday in Montreal.

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