The organisers of Paris Cinema unveiled plans Friday for thefestival's second run from June 30 to July 13 in the capital. Thefestival is supported by the city of Paris and organized by formerDirectors' Fortnight artistic director Marie-Pierre Macia and filmmakerCosta-Gavras.
At a press conference at City Hall Friday afternoon,filmmaker Oliver Stone, who will be the subject of a tribute during thefestival, was decorated by mayor Bertrand Delanoye. Stone is currently inpost-production on his big-budget Alexander,an epic co-production financed largely by the French. French post housesÉclair and Buf Compagnie are at work on the film in preparation for aNovember 5 release date.
A retrospective of Stone's work will be shown duringParis Cinema, while round tables, tributes, open-air screenings, thematic evenings andpremieres are scheduled. A competition in the framework of the RencontresInternationales de Cinema de Paris will also be held.
Paris Cinema will open with a gala screening of MichaelMoore's Palme d'Or winner Fahrenheit 9/11 on Thursday July 1. Among the premiere films -which may have already been seen at other festivals but are not yet released inFrance - are Tony Gatlif's Exils, Youssef Chahine's Alexandrie'NewYork, Walter Salles' MotorcycleDiaries, Lucretia Martel's LaNina Santa, Metallica: Some KindOf Monster - with the band inattendance - and the world premiere of Philippe Lioret's L'Equipier.
Roughly twenty films will compete at the Rencontres, amongthem Ken Loach's Ae Fond Kiss, QuandLa Mer Monte by Yolande Moreau and GillesPorte and The Saddest Music In The World from Canada's Guy Maddin. Films from Asia, Russia, theNetherlands, the UK, Finland, Italy Algeria, Israel, Brazil, Peru, Denmark,Germany, Mongolia and Argentina round out the field.
Tributes and retrospectives will be held honouring the BBC,Jean-Paul Belmondo, Stone, Claude Sautet and actress Karin Viard among others.Thematic sidebars include a focus on musical comedy, classic French films androck music and the cinema. Round table discussions will be held on the meaningof 'avant-garde' the future of digital distribution.