Montreal fest reveals competition films

Lineup heavy on U.S., Canadian, European fare

TORONTO -- Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinema on Tuesday unveiled a competition lineup that highlights indie U.S. cinema, Canadian and European productions.

U.S. director Antonio Campos' "Afterthought," Steve McQueen's "Hunger" and Spanish director Gerardo Olivares' "14 Kilometros" are to compete next month for the Louve d'Or, organizers said Tuesday.

They will join 16 other competition films, including "A l'Ouest de Pluton," by Canadian directors Henry Bernadet and Myriam Verreault, "Cap Nord," by French director Sandrine Rinaldi, and Justin Simms' "Down to the Dirt," also from Canada.

The Montreal festival will showcase 250 films from 69 countries during its 37th edition, set for Oct. 8-19.

The 11-day festival booked for its Special Presentation sidebar Abel Ferrara's "Chelsea on the Rocks," Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married," "12" from Russia's Nikita Mikhalkov and, from France, Claire Simon's "God's Offices" and Robert Guediguian's "Lady Jane."

U.S. indie films bound for Montreal include Matt O'Connor and Paul Dinatale's "A View From Below," James Marsh's "Man on Wire," Morgan Dews' "Must Read After My Death" and Steven Sebring's "Dream of Life."

The festival also announced tributes and retrospectives for John Boorman, avant garde director Bruce Connor, and French director Abdellatif Kechiche and Jacques Dillon.

Montreal earlier announced Olivier Asselin's "A Sentimental Capitalism" to open the festival Oct. 8, while the closer is Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner "The Class."