Julie Gayet may have pulled out of the festival jury, but that will allow this year’s Discovery Zone festival to focus on films rather than paparazzi controversy.
Unlike many film festivals, Discovery Zone is not about glamour and red carpets but an honest, down-to-earth celebration of new film from around the world. So the withdrawal of French actress Julie Gayet from the jury she had agreed to preside before she made news for her romantic involvement with president François Hollande means the focus can be all about film once more.
The programmers have come up with some real treats for film fans, including a competition selection that seems (once again) to be terribly prescient as in the Venezuelan film Bad Hair, an award-winning tough yet sensitive family drama set in the slums of Caracas, the capital that has been rocked by unrest in recent days.
Also in the selection are Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated romantic comedy Her, British romantic comedy Everyone’s Going To Die, US drama Big Sur based on Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel of the same name, clandestinely made Iranian drama Manuscripts Don’t Burn, Icelandic comedy Of Horses and Men, and US indie coming of age drama Hide Your Smiling Faces.
Documentary section highlights include Michel Gondry’s Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? in which the highly original director discusses a wide range of topics with philosopher Noam Chomsky, Jason Osder’s chilling Let The Fire Burn in which the director pieces together footage telling the story and aftermath of the 1985 siege of a Philadelphia cult’s headquarters, and The Crash Reel (photo)--a poignant study of a snowboarder who insists on competing again after suffering a life-threatening accident.
The festival also includes a programme of Luxembourg made films and short films, a children’s and youth section, exhibitions and special screenings.
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