Festival unveils competition titles
Helmers Francis Ford Coppola and David Cronenberg plus Gallic thesp Juliette Binoche are expected to be among guests at Portugal’s third Estoril Film Festival, which runs Nov. 5-14.Coppola will tubthump his Argentina-set “Tetro,” which screens out of competition in the official selection. Cronenberg will attend for a retrospective. The helmer is prepping an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel “Cosmopolis” that Estoril topper Paulo Branco is producing. Binoche will receive a tribute and unveil her poetry and painting exhibition, “Portraits In-Eyes.” Other confirmed guests include composer Alexandre Desplat, musician David Byrne, helmer Victor Erice, scribe Peter Handke, photographer-helmer Cindy Sherman and helmer Franco Piavoli. Fest unveiled its competition section, dedicated to European pics and the cream of this year’s fest circuit, on Monday. Among the 12 competing titles are six that played in Cannes — including top Un Certain Regard pic “Dogtooth,” directed by Yiorgos Lanthimos, and the section’s jury prize winner, “Police, Adjective,” helmed by Corneliu Porumboiu. Others pics include Duncan Jones’ space soliloquy “Moon,” which preemed at Sundance and won kudos at Edinburgh and Sitges, and Fredrik Edfeldt’s coming-of-ager “The Girl,” which received a special mention at Berlin and was screened in the Variety Critics’ Choice sidebar at Karlovy Vary. Alongside fest screenings, the event includes master classes and the European film schools meeting. Europa Distribution, repping 75 distribs, will holds its annual meeting during the closing weekend. It will focus on digital distribution, with speakers including John Dick of the Media Program, Peter Buckingham of the U.K. Film Council, Peter Dinges of the FFA in Germany, Regine Vial of Films du Losange in France and Louisa Dent of Artificial Eye in the U.K.