The U.S. premiere of “Mansfield Park,” an adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, kicks off the 35th annual Chicago Intl. Film Festival on Oct. 6. The 16-day Chicago fest is the oldest pic competition in North America and includes world and U.S. preems for several of its 100-plus featured films.
“Park,” helmed by Patricia Rozema, is the follows childhood friends who reluctantly fall in love.
Other films preeming in the U.S. include Miramax’s “The Cider House Rules,” starring Tobey Maguire and based on the John Irving book (the pic preems the same night, Oct. 21, at the AFI fest in L.A.), and Spain’s “The Grandfather,” which received an Oscar nom last year for foreign-language film, but was never released in the U.S.
World premiering is the docu “Conversations With Gregory Peck,” directed by Barbara Kopple. Peck is expected to attend the screening Oct. 14.
About 20 films have been selected for the fest’s feature film competish. The U.S. entry is the Kimberly Peirce-helmed “Boys Don’t Cry,” which is based on the true story of a woman who lived as a man. Pic recently screened at the Venice and Toronto film fests.
Other competing films include “Barracks” from Russia and Germany; “Burlesk King,” the Philippines; “The Carriers Are Waiting,” Belgium and France; “Kazoku Cinema,” South Korea; “The Personals,” Taiwan; “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Hong Kong; “Not of This World,” Italy; “Night Shapes,” Germany; and “Sex, Shame and Tears,” Mexico.
Morgan Freeman and Lauren Bacall will receive career achievement kudos at the fest.
All films will be screened at Chicago’s Meridian Water Tower Theatres. For ticket information, call (312) 782-9768.