DouglasKeeve's fashion documentary Seamless and Hans Petter Moland's post-Vietnam War drama The BeautifulCountry will bookend the 8th AnnualNewport International Film Festival, which runs from Jun 7-12 in this historichaven on the Rhode Island coast.
Competitionentries include Sebastan Cordero's thriller Cronicas and Miranda July's Sundance- and Camera d'Or-winner MeAnd You And Everyone We Know.
The documentary line-upincludes The Boys Of Baraka, HeidiEwing and Rachel Grady's tale of troubled youth, and The Real Dirt On FarmerJohn, Taggart Siegel's account of afarmer whose revolutionary methods turn him into a pariah.
ContemporaryWorld Cinema screenings include: Jacques Audiard's French tale of obsession andidentity, The Beat That My Heart Skipped; Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Japanese chiller Pulse, which will be released in the US through TheWeinstein Company; and Cate Shortland's much-lauded Australian coming-of-agestory Somersault.
Writer/director/actor/musicianMichael McKean will be honoured with the annual Claiborne Pell Award forLifetime Achievement. His longtime friends and colleagues, Christopher Guestand Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap,Waiting For Guffman, and AMighty Wind), will both be on hand tocelebrate him and accompany him with a live acoustic set.
Formore details visit the official website at www.newportfilmfestival.com.