3rd Ibiza International Film Festival – Competition preview

May 23rd, 2009 - 11:51 am Posted in Ibiza International Film Festival | Comments (0)

ibiza international film festivalIbiza‘s 3rd International Film Festival held a press conference on Thursday so we sent along our good friend Helen Donlon to find out what was happening with the films selected for competition:

In Competition

Dark Streets (USA, 2008) is a thriller directed by Rachel Samuels (the Suicide Club) and stars Bijou Phillips, Izabella Miko and Gabriel Mann. It won a Special Jury Prize at the CineVegas International Film festival. Based on Glenn M. Stewart’s play City Club, the film was described by Roger Ebert as a lot of cigarettes, tough tootsies, bad guys and shadows, and tells the story of a 1930s nightclub owner caught up in debts and the shadows surrounding his father’s death. All set against the backdrop of his nocturnal jazz-scored lifestyle.

Nian Liu’s debut feature Li Tong (China, 2009) is shot in Beijing, and follows the eight year old lead (Kang Yao) as she attempts to find her way home through the city after losing her bus pass, while encountering various characters along the way.

Radio Love (Spain/Cuba, 2008), a comedy which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is another directorial debut (from Leonard Armas, who also wrote the script) and stars actor/dancer Beatriz Rico as a frustrated radio host who takes off for India with her gay best friend in search of some answers.

From Serbia comes a post-Great War black comedy called Tears For Sale (Stojanovic, 2008), which has shown in several international film festivals across the past few months and purports to have cost more in production expenses than any Serbian movie in history. Described by Toronto critic Norman Wilner as “batshit crazy” it is a fairytale of two sisters living in a village of war widows who must find and kidnap a man to bring back to their village. The soundtrack is from renowned composer Shigeru Umebayashi (the Lady from Shanghai, 2046). Check out the size of the visual effects department. I predict this will be the competition film to look out for.

A Shine of Rainbows (Ireland/Canada, 2009) is a drama from Vic Sarin (Partition) starring Connie Nielsen and Aidan Quinn, and based on the novel by Lillian Beckwith. It arrives in Ibiza fresh from this month’s Cannes Film Market. Featuring another eight year old protagonist (played by John Bell), the film is a redemptive generation gap drama about the power of joy.

Humboldt County (USA, 2008) from actor/writer Danny Jacobs and director Darren Grodsky is a comedy, described the Slant Magazine as a tale rooted in the generational clash between the late-’60s hippie counterculture and the buttoned-down present. Starring Fairuza Balk, Peter Bogdanovich and Brad Dourif, it premiered at last year’s SXSW Film and Music Festival, and evokes the off-grid living of the hippie communes in Northern California.

Other sections of the festival include Balearic Spirit, featuring the somewhat quirky Serial Friky from Ibiza (abandon tropes all ye who enter here); Silver Screen, with Rafael Lara’s Colombian war drama La Milagrosa, and a large retrospective of the work of festival patron Terry Gilliam.

The Ibiza Film Festival runs from May 27th to June 3rd at the Palau de Congressos in Santa Eulalia.


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