Montreal 2003

  • Ron Holloway


MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2003 One of the ironies of the 27th Montreal World Film Festival (27 August to 7 September 2003) was the presentation by Montreal festival director Serge Losique of three films programmed at relatively the same time by Venice festival director Moritz de Hadeln at Venezia 60 (27 August to 6 September). These were the following: Andrei Zvjagintsev's Vozvraschenie (The Return, Russia), winner of the Golden Lion, Alejan­dro Gonzalez Iñarritu's 27 Grams (USA), with Sean Penn awarded the Coppa Volpi for Best actor; and Hana Makhmalbaf's Joy of Madness (Iran), a documentary made by the 14-year-old sister of Samira Makhmalbaf on the latter's making of Pan é asr (At Five in the Afternoon), her competition entry at Cannes. By way of a return gesture, a Montreal competition entry, Goutam Ghose's In the Forest Again (India), was next shipped to Venice for its European premiere on the Lido....