OPORTO — Musician Lou Reed, thesp John Malkovich and helmer Stephen Frears will attend the 4th edition of the Estoril Film Festival, which consistently boasts the highest star wattage of any Portuguese film event.
They will be joined by Spanish actress Marisa Paredes, Palestinian-Israeli film director Elia Suleiman, New York performance artist Laurie Anderson and Spanish anti-corruption judge Baltasar Garzon.
Fest director and Portuguese producer Paulo Branco announced mid-September he is awaiting confirmation from actor Vincent Gallo, and directors Kathryn Bigelow and Roman Polanski, who will receive retrospectives.
Leading European film distributors will travel to Estoril Nov. 12-14 for Europa Distribution’s annual meeting, which has been hosted by the fest since 2007.
Between Nov. 8-11, Estoril will also host the 3rd annual meeting of Europe’s leading film schools.
Estoril has also unveiled five of its 12 main competition films. These include “The Sword and the Rose,” from Portugal’s Joao Nicolau, “In the Shadows,” helmed by Germany’s Thomas Arslan, and France’s “Copacabana,” by Marc Fitoussi.
The two best-known contenders are from Romania: “Aurora,” by Cristi Puiu, and “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu,” by Andrej Ujica.
Out-of-competition titles include “Machete” by Robert Rodriguez, “Road to Nowhere” by Monte Hellman and “Another Year” by Mike Leigh.
Estoril also features concerts, seminars, master classes and exhibitions, such as Lou Reed’s photo spread “Romanticism” — showcasing landscapes and architecture in Scotland, Denmark and Big Sur, California.
Alongside his work as fest director, Branco is currently prepping the $19.5 million David Cronenberg-directed “Cosmopolis,” based on Don DeLillo’s novel, starring Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard. It will begin shooting in Toronto in April, 2011. The Estoril Film Festival runs Nov. 5-14.