Zak Penn's poker comedy tops int'l festival

Zak Penn’s poker comedy, “The Grand,” will open the 13th annual Palm Beach International Film Festival, running April 10-17. Among 141 films unspooling are twelve world premieres, including Daniel and David Holechek’s “300” spoof, “305” and Michael King’s docu “Rapping with Shakespeare.” Stephen Walker’s doc on a spirited senior citizen chorus group, “Young@Heart,” will close the event.

Fest will also put on a black-tie awards gala at the Boca Raton Resort and Club to honor Mickey Rooney and “Juno” director Jason Reitman. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines and “Bridge to Terabithia” actor Josh Hutcherson will also receive awards.

Other special features include a Family Film Fest, “A Salute to the Middle Eastern Rim,” showcasing films from Israel, and “Visions of Morocco.” Seminars include topics on emerging technologies, film production and financing.

13TH PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

FEATURES LINE-UP

NARRATIVES:

305, USA – World Premiere

Director: Daniel and David Holechek

All Roads Lead Home, USA – Florida Premiere

Director: Dennis M. Fallon

American East, USA

Director: Hesham Issawi

Animals with the Tollkeeper, USA – World Premiere*

Director: Michael Di Jiacomo

Crazy, USA – East Coast Premiere

Director: Rick Bieber

Doughboys, USA – Florida Premiere

Director: Louis Lombardi

Foreign Devils, USA – World Premiere

Director: Avery Pack

Fugitive Pieces, USA

Director: Jeremy Podeswa

Goodbye Baby, USA – East Coast Premiere

Director: Daniel Schechter

Goodbye Mothers, Morocco – Florida Premiere

Director: Mohamed Ismail

Greetings from the Shore, USA

Director: Greg Chwerchak

Hank and Mike, Canada – U.S. Premiere

Director: Matthiew Klinck

Home of the Giants

Director: Rusty Gorman

Hotel Very Welcome, Germany – East Coast Premiere

Director: Sonja Heiss

Islamour, Morocco – US Premiere

Director: Chraibi Saad

Keith, USA – US Premiere

Director: Todd Kessler

Kings, Ireland – Florida Premiere

Director: Tom Collins

Language of The Enemy, USA/Israel

Director: Mitch Davis

Les Jardins de Samira, Morocco

Director: Latif Lahlou

Magic Flute Diaries, Canada – World Premiere

Director: Kevin Sullivan

Niñas Mal, Mexico

Director: Fernando Sariñana

Noodle, Israel

Director: Ayelet Menahemi

Oud Al Ward (The Lost Beauty) – U.S. Premiere

Director: Lahcen Zinoun

Remarkable Power!, USA – East Coast Premiere

Director: Brandon Beckner

Roman de Gare, France

Director: Claude Lelouch

Rosso Come Il Cielo (Red like the Sky), Italy

Director: Cristiano Bortone

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, USA – Special Presentation

Director: Richard Thorpe

The Flock, USA

Director: Wai-Keung Lau

The Flyboys, USA

Director: Rocco DeVilliers

The Grand, USA – Opening Night

Director: Zak Penn

The Little Traitor, Israel

Director: Lynn Roth

Starring: Alfred Molina

The Run, United Kingdom – US Premiere

Director: Tania Meneguzzi

The Stone Angel, Canada – Florida Premiere

Director: Kari Skogland

Young@Heart, USA – Closing Night

Director: Stephen Walker.

Waiting for Pasolini, Morocco – U.S. Premiere

Director: Daoud Aoulad-Syad

Yoriko, Japan – US Premiere

Director: Kazuto Tanaki

DOCUMENTARIES

A Hebrew Lesson, Israel

Director: David Ofek

A Rock & A Hard Place, USA – World Premiere

Director: Aaron Wells

All of Us, USA – Florida Premiere

Director: Emily Abt

Apology of an Economic Hitman, Greece/USA/UK/Ecuador – World Premiere

Director: Stelios Kouloglou

Begging Naked, USA – Florida Premiere

Director: Karen Gehres

Children of the Sun, Israel – Florida Premiere

Director: Ran Tal

Cracker – The Last Cowboys of Florida, USA – World Premiere

Director: Victor Milt

D’Une Seule Voix (With One Voice), France – World Premiere

Director: De Lauzanne Xavier

Finding Kraftland, USA

Director: Adam Shell, Richard Kraft

JUMP!, USA

Director: Helen Hood Scheer

Kick the Lion- Witchcraft and Football in Africa, Germany – North American Premiere

Director: Oliver G. Becker

La Americana, USA – World Premiere

Director: Nicholas Bruckman

Objects and Memories, USA – World Premiere

Directors: Jonathan Fein, Brian Danitz

Of All the Things, USA

Director: Jody Lambert

Praying in her Own Voice, Israel – US Premiere

Director: Yael Katzir

Rapping with Shakespeare, USA – World Premiere

Director: Michael King

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Untitled Doc, USA – Florida Premiere

Director: David Hausen

Starring: Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, Chad Smith

Saving Luna, USA – Florida Premiere

Director: Suzanne Chisholm

Secrecy USA – Florida Premiere

Directors: Peter Galison, Robb Moss

Spine Tingler, USA

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

Straight Outta Puerto Rico, USA – U.S. Premiere

Director: Leigh Savidge, Jim Chankin

The Big Fat World of Fernando Botero, United Kingdom

Director: Richard Collings

The Godfather of Disco, USA – Florida Premiere

Director: Gene Graham

The Man of Two Havanas, USA/Cuba

Director: Vivian Lesnik Weisman

Trying to Get Good- The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon, USA – World Premiere

Director: Penny Peyser, Doug McIntyre

Weiner Takes All, USA

Director: Shane MacDougall

Will Eisner: Portrait of A Sequential Artist, USA – Florida Premiere

Director: Andrew D. Cooke

You Never Know, Israel – U.S. Premiere

Director: Boaz Shahak

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