Mostra Competish boasts large Euro presence
“Tracker,” “Brighton Rock” and “King of Devil’s Island” are among Competition titles at the 32nd Valencia Mostra Action and Adventure Film Festival.A shortened film version of Olivier Assayas’ TV mini “Carlos,” about Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos the Jackal, will kick start the eight-day fest April 7. Mostra director Salomon Castiel aims to lure larger audiences to the Spanish fest with a largely European crop of action-adventure features, which often combine genre fare with social issues. Of the titles announced, Brit pic “Tracker,” from Ian Sharp, looks at imperialism via a 1902 New Zealand-set Maori manhunt thriller; “Brighton Rock” is Rowan Joffe’s makeover of Graham Greene’s classic novel; epic drama “Island,” helmed by Norway’s Marius Holst, retells the true story of a brutally repressed 1915 revolt at a reform school. In Isild Le Besco’s “The Dregs,” a sapphic couple hold up a bakery to escape poverty; and South Africa-set “The Bang Bang Club” was described by Daily Variety as a “socially conscious date movie.” Part of a strong Gallic presence at the Mostra, Eric Lartigau’s genre-blending “The Big Picture” mixes social criticism in an identity theft thriller; “Outside the Law,” from Rachid Bouchareb, chronicles the Algerian National Liberation Front’s struggle for independence. “Snowman’s Land” is an offbeat hit-man tale from Germany’s Tomasz Thomson. But only Frenchman Fred Cavaye’s unrelenting kidnap thriller “Point Blank” and Jose Padilha’s Brazilian blockbuster “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” could be described as full-on actioners. The Competition also features “Casino Jack” and India’s corrupt cop actioner “Dabangg.” High-octane junkies will be served full-bore action out of competition, where Valencia unleashes its big U.S. fare. Titles include: Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” a hit-girl adventure thriller, with Saoirse Ronan for Focus Features; Lee Jeong-beom’s “The Man From Nowhere,” casting Korean heartthrob Won Bin as a gang war vigilante; Jaume Collet-Serra’s Berlin-set identity theft thriller “Unknown,” produced by Joel Silver and starring Liam Neeson; Summit sci-fi thriller “Source Code,” helmed by Duncan Jones, which opened March’s South by Southwest fest; and documentary “Senna,” about Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna.