Friday, March 23, 2007

RiverRun International Film Festival

For those of you who live in North Carolina, the RiverRun International Film Festival has announced its lineup.

The festival will kick off with a screening of Paris, je t'aime, a valentine to the City of Light told through a collection of vignettes directed by such noted directors as Gurinder Chadha, the Coen brothers, Wes Craven, Alexander Payne, Walter Salles and Gus Van Sant, and starring Natalie Portman, Margo Martindale, Steve Buscemi, Juliette Binoche, Gerard Depardieu, Bob Hoskins and Elijah Wood.

The festival's Centerpiece Premiere will feature Snow Cake, a film by Marc Evans starring Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Also showing will be The Boss of it All, the new film by Danish auteur Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville), The Trials of Darryl Hunt, a documentary about a man wrongfully accused and later exonerated after nearly 20 years of a brutal rape and murder in Winston-Salem in 1982, and Beowulf & Grendel, a retelling of the famous epic poem starring Gerard Butler (300), Stellan Skarsgard (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), and Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead). A documentary about the supposedly "cursed" production of Beowulf & Grendel, Wrath of Gods, will also be showing in competition.

In addition, there will be screenings of the 2006 Academy Award winning documentary short, The Blood of Yingzhou District, and Academy Award nominated short films The Saviour and Eramos Pocos (which is sweet and worth seeing).

The festival will conclude with a screening of the classic The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, following the awards ceremony.

The festival runs from April 18 - 23 in Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.riverrunfilm.com. Click here to see the full lineup of films.

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