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The Montreal World Film Festival announced its full slate of 432 films from around the globe on Tuesday, including 113 world or international feature preems. From the U.S. “The Red Robin” by Michael Z. Wechsler competes in the World section while Adam Rodgers’ “At Middleton” will unspool in the First World competition and Sam Fleischner’s “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” plays in Focus on World Cinema.
This year’s world competition features 20 features and 11 shorts from 18 different countries. In all there are 113 world premieres, 39 North American preems and 41 Canadian bows.
Twenty helmers will screen their pics in a separate competition for first-time feature filmmakers. Organizers of the sprocket opera attribute the maelstrom of fresh talent to the industry’s digital evolution. Not a single 35 mm print was submitted for competition, and the increasing popularity of digital submissions invited more low-budget productions to toss their hat in the ring.
- Allegra Tepper
What’s a religious film fan to do? In mid-March, the Russian Orthodox Church urged followers to give up social media for Lent. So some folks were torn by the news that Tom Cruise had become the first Hollywood star to set up a page on popular Russian social network Vk. But the site, set up by entrepreneur Pavel Durov, is Ok: It has more than 100 million active users, and 46 million average daily users. Russia’s box office was up 10% last year, at $1.2 billion, with the Hollywood studios nabbing a 76% share. Cruise’s “Oblivion” will be released in Russia April 11, before its April 19 U.S. bow.
(From the pages of the April 2 issue of Variety.)
South Korean film distrib Cj Entertainment, working with ad agency Cheil, has given a twist to movie posters. Cj placed Wi-Fi-enabled one-sheets around Seoul; when people got near the poster, a notice »
- Variety Staff
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