Iranian filmmaker MohsenMakhmalbaf's Sex And Philosophy andveteran Canadian director Claude Gagnon's Kamatakiare among 22 titles selected for the 29th Montreal World Film Festival's Competition.
Other world premieres includeSwiss filmmaker Simon Aeby's six-territory coproductionThe Headsman;Bosnia-Herzegovina-Croatia title Go Westfrom Ahmed Imamovic; Jocelyne Saab's Duniaand UK hostage drama Red Mercury,directed by Roy Battersby, a timely choice given its subject matter: thehostage-takers are young Islamist Londoners building a bomb. The completefestival line-up was announced Tuesday by festival director Serge Losique.
SexAnd Philosophy, an Iran-France-Tadjikstancoproduction tells the story of a man who decides tocome clean and reveal to the four women he loves that he has been conductingaffairs with them simultaneously only to find the tables turned.
In Kamataki, a Canada-Japan coproduction, Gagnon, who won the GrandPrix of The Americas at the 1987 MWFF for TheKid Brother, explores the existential crisis of a young man who has losthis father and the efforts of the unlikely uncle who helps him re-discover hiszest for life.
The competition also includes the worldpremieres of Itineraries, from Frenchfilmmaker Christophe Otzenberger, about a habitual criminal who is for oncewrongly accused and decides to escape custody; Your Name Is Justine, a Poland-Luxembourg co-production about aPolish woman who is forced into prostitution in Germany.
The festival has two Chinese worldpremieres screening: revenge tale Sunrise,Sunset (Ri Chu Ri Luo) from TengWenji, in competition, and Unique Love(Ai Yi Wu Sheng), from An Zhanjun,screening out of competition.
Another world premiere screening out ofcompetition is Sinfin, from Spanishfilmmakers Manuel Sanabria and Carlos Pocho Villaverde, the story of agroup of forty-somethings who reunite to fulfill their rock-n-roll dreams.
Elsewhere in the festival, screening as North Americanpremieres, are Cannes competition title KilometreZero, a France-Iraq coproduction by Hiner Saleem about a Kurdish soldierwho must return the body of fallen comrade to his family, and
In all the festival, which runs fromAugust 26 to September 5, will screen 342 films from 70countries, including 180 features.
2005 Montreal World Film Festival World Competition
Dunia - Kiss Me Not (World premiere) Egypt - France - Lebanon, 2005, Dir. Jocelyne Saab
The Fever (La Febbre)(International premiere)
Italy, 2005, Dir. Alessandro D'Alatri
Go West (World premiere)
Bosnia-Herzegovina - Croatia, 2005,Dir. Ahmed Imamovic
Greenhouse Effect (Parnikovniy Efekt)(International premiere)
Russia, 2005, Dir. Valery Akhadov
The Headsman (World premiere)Austria - Switzerland - Germany - Luxembourg - Hungary - United Kingdom, 2005,Dir. Simon Aeby
Heroine (Heroina) (International premiere)
Spain, 2005, 35 mm, Colour, 110 min,Dir. Gerardo Herrero
The Intruder (De Indringer)(International premiere) Belgium, 2005
Dir. Frank van Mechelen
Itineraries (World premiere)France, 2005, Dir. ChristopheOtzenberger
Kamataki (World premiere),Canada - Japan, 2005, Dir. Claude Gagnon
The Milkwoman (Itsuka Dokusho Suruhi)(North American premiere)
Japan, 2004, Dir. Akira Ogata
Miss Montigny (Internationalpremiere) Belgium - France - United Kingdom - Luxembourg, 2005, Dir. Miel vanHoogenbemt
Off Screen (Internationalpremiere) Netherlands, 2005, Dir.Pieter Kuijpers
Passion (Bab El Makam) France - Tunisia - Syria, 2005, Dir. Mohammad Malas
Red Mercury (World premiere)
United Kingdom, 2005, Dir. RoyBattersby
Sex And Philosophy (World premiere)
Iran-France-Tadjikistan, 2005, Dir.Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Sex, Hope & Love (Sex, Hopp & Karlek) (International premiere)
Sweden - Norway - Denmark, 2005, Dir.Lisa Ohlin
Snowland (Schneeland) (Canadianpremiere)
Germany, 2005, Dir. Hans W.Geissendoerfer
Sunrise, Sunset (Ri Chu Ri Luo)(World premiere)
China, 2005, Dir. Teng Wenji
Tapas (International premiere)
Spain, 2005, Dir. Jose Corbacho, JuanCruz
Three Dollars(International premiere)
Australia, 2005, Dir. Robert Connolly
A World Without Thieves (Tian Xia Wu Zei) (North Americanpremiere)
China, 2004, Dir. Xiaogang Feng
Your Name Is Justine (Worldpremiere)
Poland - Luxembourg, 2005, Dir. FrancoDe Pena