'Page Eight,' 'A Dangerous Method' to Bookend Warsaw Festival
Imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi asked to be jury president.
COLOGNE, Germany -- David Hare's modern-day spy thriller Page Eight will open the 2011 Warsaw Film Festival on Oct. 7. Hare and Page Eight star Bill Nighy are expected to attend.
David Cronenberg's Freudian thriller A Dangerous Method, starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightly, will close the event Oct. 16.
Among the world premieres at Warsaw this year will be Beast, the psychological horror film from Denmark's Christoffer Boe (Reconstruction) and Being Mitsuko, the feature directorial debut from Japanese actor Kenji Yamauchi.
One invited guest who won't be attending Warsaw is Iranian director Jafar Panahi. Warsaw asked Panahi to be president of the festival jury this year but the helmer remains under house arrest in Tehran, awaiting sentencing for alleged anti-government activities.