Scorsese stirs up Placid

Helmer to present newly restored print of 'Leopard'

The fifth Lake Placid Film Festival has announced initial dramatic and documentary program entries, in addition to a special screening of Luchino Visconti’s Italian epic “The Leopard,” to be presented by guest of honor Martin Scorsese.

Fest will screen a newly restored print of the 1963 drama, which stars Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale. Pic has been an acknowledged inspiration not only for Scorsese’s work but for that of Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Cimino.

Dramatic features announced include the world premiere of actor-turned-director Peter Riegert’s bittersweet comedy “King of the Corner,” about an old man looking back on his life through the prism of his Jewish faith. Pic stars Riegert with Isabella Rossellini, Eli Wallach and Rita Moreno.

Also screening is Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “Primer,” by Shane Caruth; French-Canadian comedy “Seducing Doctor Lewis,” by Jean-Francois Pouliot, winner of the World Cinema audience prize at Sundance; and Brant Sersen’s biopic of paintball superstar Bobby Dukes, “Blackballed,” which recently bagged the audience award at South by Southwest in Austin.

Director of programming Alan Hofmanis also announced docu selections including behind-the-music odyssey “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” political study “Chisholm ’72” and Mexican immigration pic “Mojados.”

Co-founded by Kathleen Carroll and author Russell Banks, the Lake Placid event runs June 2-6.

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