Montreal spreads 'Butter'

'Dawn' other U.S. pic in lineup

Two U.S. films will be among the 20 titles contending for top honors at this month's Montreal World Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

Mark Brokaw's "Spinning Into Butter," produced by and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, will join Christopher Cain's "September Dawn" in competing for the Grand Prize of the Americas. "Butter" centers on a New England college dean caught up in an investigation into a racially motivated crime, while "Dawn," which stars Jon Voight, examines the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857.

Also making the cut is Abel Ferrara's "Go Go Tales," an Italian-French co-production starring Willem Dafoe, Bob Hoskins, Matthew Modine, Asia Argento and Lou Doillon that played at the Festival de Cannes.

Canada will be represented by Francois Delisle's "Toi" and Emile Gaudreault's "Surviving My Mother."

The lone German entry is Volker Einrauch's family drama "Der Andere Junge," while Italy will be represented by Stefano Incerti's "L'uomo di vetro" and Nic Balthazar will bring his Belgian-Dutch co-production "Ben X" to Montreal.

French offerings include Claude Miller's "A Secret" and several co-productions, among them Jacob Berger's Swiss-French co-production "1 Day" and Ivan Solovov's French-Russian co-production "Otets." Latin entries include Ray Loriga's "Teresa," starring Paz Vega and Geraldine Chaplin; Luis Felipe Rocha's "A Outra Margem," a Brazilian-Portuguese co-production; and the Mexican offering "Used Parts" by Aaron Fernandez Lesur.

Rounding out the competition lineup are Menahemi Ayelet's "Noodle" (Israel), Abdallah Oguz's "Bliss" (Turkey-Greece), Latif Lahlou's "Les jardins de Samira" (Morocco), Issa Serge Coelo's "DP75-Tartina City" (Chad-France) and two Japanese films: "Black Belt" from Shunichi Nagasaki and "Women of the Interior Palace" from Toru Hayashi.

For the third year running, Montreal will host a First Films World Competition. Among the 23 titles in the sidebar are U.S. entries "The Fall of Night," Derrick Warfel's portrait of a struggling rock musician, and Scott Flynn's "The Gray Man."

The festival runs Aug. 23-Sept. 3.