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.