Mid-way Report – 2013 Montreal World Film Festival

The 37th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival is in full swing. If you haven’t had a chance to attend some screenings, keep in mind that the festival will run until September 2nd. As they do every year, the MWFF has a varied line-up of independent films from all corners of the globe. Whether you are interested in Asian, European, American or even local films, there is something for every taste.

The talented Hollywood actor River Phoenix had a very promising career ahead of him but a tragic drug overdose cut his life short. Due to this terrible loss, filmmaker George Sluizer was left with Phoenix’s last movie “Dark Blood” being incomplete. The director saved the footage and in 2012, decided to complete the film by narrating the missing scenes himself. The film is represented by the Netherlands at this year’s MWFF.

Some documentaries on offer this year include “La Langue A Terre,” a Canadian film about the endless discussion/debate about language in Quebec. Specifically the question asked is Montreal a Francophone or bilingual city? The Royals have had their share of scandals and celebrations but the documentary “Der Bauer Un Sein Prinz” shows Royal family member Prince Charles in a way that we don’t normally see him. The film documents his longtime interest in organic agriculture and sustainability.

This year, the MWFF will be giving a tribute to Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner. Fans will have a chance to see her in person where she will be interviewed on stage and select film clips from her lengthy filmography will be screened.

For more information about screenings and general festival info, you can call (514) 848-3883 or visit their website www.ffm-montreal.org

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