Montreal World Film Festival unveils its slate

Of 432 pics, 110 are world or international preems

MONTREAL — The Montreal World Film Festival announced its full slate of 432 films from 80 countries on Tuesday, including 110 world or international preems.

Bernard Rose’s film biz tale “Two Jacks,” starring Sienna Miller, Billy Zane and Danny Huston, is among 17 titles vying for the World Competition prize. This year’s jury is led by Greta Scacchi.

Other Competition pics include Claude Gagnon’s “Karakara,” Imanol Uribe’s “Orange Honey,” Patricia Ferreira’s “The Wild Ones,” Franziska Schlotterer’s “Closed Season,” Nina Grosse’s “The Weekend” and Jan Troell’s “The Last Sentence.”

As announced last week, Montreal opens with Lin Lisheng’s “Million Dollar Crocodile,” about an escaped reptile and his young human protector.

The fest is holding China Film Business Week from Aug. 27 to 31 — centered around a delegation representing four Chinese film groups — as part of its industry confab.

Among the 18 titles in the First Films World Competion are U.S. helmers Jack C. Newell’s barrista tale “Close Quarters” and Jeremy Teicher’s Senegal-set rescue story “Tall as a Baobab Tree.”

Montreal’s new World Greats program of 28 titles includes Dheeraj Akolkar’s docu “Liv & Ingmar,” about the love story between cinema legends Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman; Antoni Stutz’s “Rushlights,” starring Beau Bridges, Aidan Quinn and Josh Henderson; and Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal’s Sundance-preeming “The Words,” starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons and Dennis Quaid.

U.S. pics in the 46-pic docu slate include Phillip B. Roth’s “Confessions of a Self-Hating Jew” Ann Fessler’s”A Girl Like Her,” Tim Cawley’s “From Nothing, Something,” David Giancola’s “Addicted to Fame,” Jeff Roy’s “Mohammed to Maya” and “Electoral Dysfunction” from helmers David Deschamps, Leslie D. Farrell and Bennett Singer.

The fest runs Aug. 23 to Sept. 3.

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