Two U.S. films enter Montreal fest competition

'Twelve Thirty,' 'Land of the Astronauts' vie with 20 features

TORONTO -- Jeff Lipsky's family drama "Twelve Thirty" and Carl Colpaert's "The Land of the Astronauts," starring David Arquette as a once-hot composer driving a limo to make ends meet, have joined the official competition at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

The American films will compete against 20 features and 16 shorts from 24 countries in the World Competition in Montreal, including two Canadian entries: Louis Belanger's "Route 132," which will open the festival on Aug. 26, and "Silence Lies," directed by Julie Hivon.

France is sending four competition titles to Montreal, including Jacques Doillon's "Three-Way Wedding," with three film from Japan, two from Germany, and Gianfrancesco Lazotti's "From the Waist On by" flying the flag for Italy.

In all, Montreal booked 430 films from 80 countries for its 34th edition, of which 113 features will be world or international premieres.

The festival has also scheduled tributes for actresses Nathalie Baye and Stefania Sandrelli, and Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was president of last year's Montreal jury.

The World Greats sidebar will feature 32 films out-of-competition, including Bertrand Tavernier "Princess of Montpensier," to close the festival, and a world premiere for Carlos Saura's "Flamenco, Flamenco."

And French actor Gerard Depardieu will conduct a master class in Montreal on Sept. 6.

Danish filmmaker Bille August will head up the jury at this year's Montreal World Film Festival, which is set to run from Aug. 26 to Sept. 6.
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