You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Montreal fest low on U.S. pics

Only 'David' will unspool in competition

MONTREAL — The 35th Montreal World Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday with the world preem of Quebec helmer Andre Forcier’s “Coteau Rouge,” will be short on Hollywood stars and American films.

New York-based filmmakers Stephanie Levy and Joel Fendelman’s “David” is the lone U.S. film in the World Competition, the centerpiece of the fest.

The film, co-written and directed by Fendelman and exec-produced by Levy, is about a Muslim boy in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn who befriends a group of Jewish boys at the local yeshiva.

“Early on, I said ‘We have to do the Montreal World Film Festival because Montreal is the ultimate melting pot,’ ” said Levy, who hails from the city.

The World Competition also includes French director Emmanuel Mouret’s “L’Art d’aimer,” which stars Francois Cluzet, Julie Depardieu and Judith Godreche.

There is quite the Gallic flavor to the fest, only natural for an event taking place in Canada’s largest French-speaking city.

French screen icon Catherine Deneuve will be in town to pick up a lifetime achievement award, helmer Claude Lelouch will give a master class, and Bertrand Tavernier, who was at the fest with two films last year, will introduce some of his favorite obscure French and American pics.

There are two made-in-Quebec films in the World Competition — Forcier’s “Coteau rouge,” about a shady real-estate developer and an ex-boxer, and Montreal helmer Demian Fuica’s “La Run,” about a man who decides to break into the drug trade.

But the fest continues to miss out on many of the top Quebec titles of the season, with A-list pics including Philippe Falardeau’s “Monsieur Lazhar,” which won two prizes in Locarno, and Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Cafe de Flore” both heading to the Toronto Film Festival.

More Film

  • 'Lady Bird,' 'Three Billboards' Fly High,

    'Lady Bird,' 'Three Billboards' Fly High, Netflix Mum on 'Mudbound' Results

    MONTREAL — The 35th Montreal World Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday with the world preem of Quebec helmer Andre Forcier’s “Coteau Rouge,” will be short on Hollywood stars and American films. New York-based filmmakers Stephanie Levy and Joel Fendelman’s “David” is the lone U.S. film in the World Competition, the centerpiece of the fest. […]

  • get out Oscar Race

    'Get Out' and the Golden Globes: A Lesson Not to Laugh At

    MONTREAL — The 35th Montreal World Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday with the world preem of Quebec helmer Andre Forcier’s “Coteau Rouge,” will be short on Hollywood stars and American films. New York-based filmmakers Stephanie Levy and Joel Fendelman’s “David” is the lone U.S. film in the World Competition, the centerpiece of the fest. […]

  • Justice League

    Box Office: 'Justice League' Scores $185 Million International Opening, Led by China

    MONTREAL — The 35th Montreal World Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday with the world preem of Quebec helmer Andre Forcier’s “Coteau Rouge,” will be short on Hollywood stars and American films. New York-based filmmakers Stephanie Levy and Joel Fendelman’s “David” is the lone U.S. film in the World Competition, the centerpiece of the fest. […]

  • 'Justice League' Opens With Gloomy $96

    Box Office: 'Justice League' Opens With Gloomy $96 Million in North America

    MONTREAL — The 35th Montreal World Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday with the world preem of Quebec helmer Andre Forcier’s “Coteau Rouge,” will be short on Hollywood stars and American films. New York-based filmmakers Stephanie Levy and Joel Fendelman’s “David” is the lone U.S. film in the World Competition, the centerpiece of the fest. […]

  • Viacom Halts 'Padmavati' Release After Religious

    Viacom Halts 'Padmavati' Release After Religious Uproar

    MONTREAL — The 35th Montreal World Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday with the world preem of Quebec helmer Andre Forcier’s “Coteau Rouge,” will be short on Hollywood stars and American films. New York-based filmmakers Stephanie Levy and Joel Fendelman’s “David” is the lone U.S. film in the World Competition, the centerpiece of the fest. […]

  • EuropaCorp Sells French TV Production Unit

    Luc Besson's EuropaCorp Sells French TV Production Unit for $13 Million

    MONTREAL — The 35th Montreal World Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday with the world preem of Quebec helmer Andre Forcier’s “Coteau Rouge,” will be short on Hollywood stars and American films. New York-based filmmakers Stephanie Levy and Joel Fendelman’s “David” is the lone U.S. film in the World Competition, the centerpiece of the fest. […]

  • IDFA: Syrian Comedian Looks for Fresh

    IDFA: Syrian Comedian Looks for Fresh Start in France

    MONTREAL — The 35th Montreal World Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday with the world preem of Quebec helmer Andre Forcier’s “Coteau Rouge,” will be short on Hollywood stars and American films. New York-based filmmakers Stephanie Levy and Joel Fendelman’s “David” is the lone U.S. film in the World Competition, the centerpiece of the fest. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content