Montreal Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup

8:30 AM PST 08/06/2013 by Etan Vlessing
A scene from "Jappeloup"

The 20 contenders for the Grand Prix of the Americas include Christian Duguay's French equestrian drama "Jappeloup" and the U.S. indie "The Red Robin."

TORONTO -- The French equestrian drama Jappeloup from Quebec director Christian Duguay has been added to the competition lineup at the Montreal World Film Festival, which includes the previously announced U.S. title The Red Robin.

Written by and starring Guillaume Canet, the French-Canadian period drama and Pathe release joins 19 other features in the world competition and festival lineup in Montreal, unveiled Tuesday.

These include a slew of European films, including Gregor Schnitz' Spieltrieb, from Germany, and Westen, a Cold War drama by Christian Schwochow.

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France is also represented by Francois-Xavier Vives' Landes.

Two films from Italy will compete in Montreal: Marco Risi's murder mystery Cha Cha Cha, and Toni Trupia's Italians Not Allowed, as will the Belgian legal drama Het Vonnis, by director Jan Verheyen.

Other official competition titles include the Canadian films La Maison du Pecheur, by Alain Chartrand and Mathieu Roy's L'Autre Maison, which stars Roy Dupuis and Marcel Sabourin.

Montreal also booked for its competition two films from China: Shi Wei's The Ferry, and Feed Me, by Yazhou Yang and Bo Yang.

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The festival earlier announced that the U.S. indie The Red Robin, starring Judd Hirsch and Ryan O’Nan, will screen as part of the competition.

The psychological thriller from writer-director Michael Z. Wechsler also stars C.S. Lee (Dexter), Jaime Ray Newman, Caroline Lagerfelt and Joseph Lyle Taylor.

In all, Montreal will screen 432 films during the festival's upcoming August 22 to September 2 run, including 218 feature films and 200 shorts.

The festival will feature 71 first features, including U.S. director Adam Rodger's At Middletown, and two Canadian titles, Samuel Thivierge's La Fille du Martin and Pascale Ferland's Ressac, about the aftermath of a big city death in a small town.

Other American indie films screening in Montreal include Matt Creed's Lily, which stars Amy Grantham, and Sam Fleischner's Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, both of which bowed in Tribeca.

Montreal's full film lineup is available at http://www.ffm-montreal.org.

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