The 12th annual RiverRun International Film Festival will open on April 15 with Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s comedy The Extra Man (pictured) starring Kevin Kline.
Bruce Beresford’s Mao’s Last Dancer is the Centerpiece Premiere and Valery Todorovsky’s Russian musical Hipsters will close the Winston-Salem event in North Carolina, which for the first time will span two weekends over 11 days.
Peter Bogdanovich and David Gordon Green will be honoured for their careers, and will be on hand to collect the Master Of Cinema Award and the Emerging Master Award, respectively.
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mexican independent and the centenary since the revolution, RiverRun will mark the Ano De La Patria (Year Of The Nation) with a six-film Spotlight On Mexican Cinema that features Y Tu Mama Tambien and the 1950 Luis Bunuel vrime drama Los Olvidados.
Narrative competition entries include Jessica Hausner’s Lourdes, Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother and Peter Strickland’s Katalin Varga, while Ken Wardrop’s His & Hers takes its place among the documentary contenders alongside the North American premieres of Marko Skop’s Osadne and Susan Gluth’s Soap And Water.
Special presentations include Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love, Michel Hazanavicius’ OSS 117: Lost In Rio, Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, and Dagur Kari’s The Good Heart. Sidebars cover the themes of money and power, the environment, and genre cinema.
“RiverRun’s significance in the film world continues to grow, and this year’s festival promises to be the best and most internationally flavoured yet,” executive director Andrew Rodgers said. “But RiverRun never rests on its laurels. This year we are emphasising the importance of curated sidebars to expand our awareness in a specific area and are particularly excited about this year’s Spotlight On Mexican Cinema.”
RiverRun will run from April 15-25 and screen a total of 51 features and more than 70 shorts from a record 33 countries.