May 1-6, 2012
New Jersey, US
What’s It All About?
The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) showcases the talents of filmmakers from around the world. MFF has been successful in establishing, funding and curating a well-organised annual film festival. This year, more than 45 films will be screened.
Highlights of the festival
• African-American stories
• New Jersey Spotlight
The festival nurtures Montclair’s historical commitment to the arts and hosts a series of film-related events throughout the year, which brings together various communities. It further extends itself to inspire learning, expand the knowledge of cinema, film appreciation and filmmaking.
Watch Out For!
Set in suburban New Jersey, The Oranges has a wonderful ensemble cast and sarcastically funny script. Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener play a couple whose best friends and neighbours are Oliver Platt and Allison Janney. Their comfortable existence goes awry when a prodigal daughter returns and sparks an affair. The ramifications affect all the family members in unexpected and hilarious ways.
Tribute To Kathleen Turner
MFF will celebrate Kathleen Turner’s work from her screen debut in Body Heat, to acclaimed roles in Romancing The Stone, Peggy Sue Got Married, and War Of The Roses. On stage, she has garnered Tony nominations for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof award and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf; and wrote a best-selling autobiography as well. This year, she gives a stand-out performance in The Perfect Family, which is a part of the MFF screenings.
Oscar-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker star as Stella and Dot, an ageing couple who embark on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip to be legally married.
Undefeated, which won the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary, tells an emotional story about high-school football that unfolds like a real-life Friday Night Lights.
No film festival is complete without the screening of classics. MFF will present a series of classic work restored with support from The Film Foundation.
• King Kong
• Red Shoes
• Two Days In New York
Hip talk-radio host Mingus and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion, live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion’s jolly father, her oversexed sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend descend on them for an overseas visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem.
• The Perfect Family
This heartfelt dysfunctional family comedy boasts a memorable performance from Kathleen Turner as a pious suburban matriarch. When she vies to be the Catholic Woman of the Year at her local parish, she must finally face facts about her non-conformist family, including her lesbian daughter and unhappily married son.
• Your Sister’s Sister
Sundance award-winning filmmaker Lynn Shelton shows mastery at finding the humour in awkward situations in this tale of romance, deception and sibling rivalry.
• Tiger Eyes
• First position
• Brooklyn Castle
• Robot & Frank