Cinema du Reel shines light on docus


PARIS -- Documentary films from across the globe will be the focus in Paris as the 30th annual Cinema du Reel kicks off here Friday.

Twenty-eight French and international premieres will battle for a slew of prizes in the competition section.

New this year is a special "Americana" selection of titles that will include tributes to U.S. documentary filmmakers Shirley Clarke and Jim McBride. Other special program topics include "In South-East Asia," dedicated to documentary footage from that region, and a tribute to Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz.

Screenings will be held at modern art museum the Center Pompidou, the Center Wallonie-Bruxelles, the MK2 Beaubourg movie theater and Paris' City Hall.

"The films we show at the Cinema du Reel are films that the market doesn't want," festival artistic director Marie-Pierre Duhamel-Muller said, adding, "(but) this year, there are a number of French distributors and DVD editors who are interested in many of our titles."