NEW DELHI: Three Asian features will compete at the 38th Montreal World Film Festival. They are Zhang Wei's ‘Factory Boss’, Oh Mipo's ‘The Light Shines Only There’, and Narushima Izuru's ‘Cape Nostalgia’.
‘Factory Boss’ is a social realist drama about a factory owner, who goes to desperate lengths to keep his business alive. ‘The Light Shines Only There’ is an indie romance about an unemployed slacker, who falls for his friend's younger sister. Starring Yoshinaga Sayuri (who is also a co-producer) ‘Cape Nostalgia’ is a light drama about the owner of a small town café.
In the festival being held from 21 August 21 to 1 September, several Japanese titles will also be screened out-of-competition, including IshiiI Yuya's ‘Our Family’, erotic period drama ‘A Courtesan with Flowered Skin’, and Mishima Yukiko's ‘A Drop of the Grapevine’.
Other out-of-competition Asian feature film also includes Indian films like Nilendra Deshapriya's ‘Between Yesterday and Tomorrow’ (Thanha rathi ranga), Bijukumar Damodaran's ‘Names Unknown‘(Perariyathavar) and Madhureeta Anand's ‘Kajarya’.
The festival is also holding a tribute to Fortissimo Films' Michael J Werner, with six Asian titles: ‘The Great Hypnotist’, ‘Black Coal’, ‘Thin Ice’, ‘Tears of the Black Tiger’, ‘Norwegian Wood’, and ‘The Grandmaster’.
Werner is a long-time veteran of the movie sales business, with nearly 30 years experience in international film sales and consulting, specialising in the Asia-Pacific region
Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto will lead the world competition's jury, which also includes Chinese singer Jane Zhang.