Montreal World Film Festival 2009 Mid-Way Report

The MWFF is in full swing with numerous films being screened from around the globe. Some of you may have even caught a glimpse of Hollywood actor Kevin Kline who was at the festival earlier this week to represent "Joueuse," (Queen To Play) a French film in which he stars.

As often is the case, the festival has a fairly large line-up of films that are dark and deal with social pressures and human suffering. But for those of you interested in having some laughs and seeing the lighter side of life, there are some choices for you too.

There have been some interesting movies screened so far such as "Oy Vey, My Son Is Gay," a laugh out loud film about a Jewish family coming to terms with the fact that their son is gay. This film stars Laine Kazan, Vincent Pastore and Carmen Electra. It is directed by Evgeny Afineevsky. (A full review will be available shortly).

Courting Condi is also worth checking out. Directed by Sebastian Doggart, the story follows lovestruck musician Devin Ratray who is determined to win over Condoleezza Rice.

If you haven't been to the festival yet, you still have a few more days to catch some films such as "Villon's Wife" by Kichitaro Negishi, which is an official entry from Japan in the World Competition category. The story is about a couple that own a small restaurant. Someone steals money from them, which sets off a chain of events that will test their love.

If you are interested in boxing, the festival will be presenting a Canadian documentary entitled "Boxing: What A Fight," directed by Roger Otis. Interviews with people in the industry include Angelo Dundee, Don King and Hector Camacho. If you've wondered about what goes on behind the scenes during the Olympics then take note of the film "The Everlasting Flame: Beijing Olympics 2008," directed by Gu Jun from China.

If you enjoy movies, you will surely find something of interest. Enjoy the rest of the festival and for more information you can call the MWFF info line at (514) 848-3883
Or visit their website at www.ffm-montreal.org

Photos courtesy of Montreal World Film Festival
Photographer: Sylvain Legare

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