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Aruba International Film Festival to Kick-Off with Morgan Freeman’s ‘The Magic of Belle Isle’

The third annual Aruba International Film Festival kicks off June 22, running through June 28 — and ahead of the debut, organizers have solidified the lineup for this year’s event.

Rob Reiner‘s The Magic of Belle Isle, starring Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen, will open the festival. Madsen will be on hand for the red carpet premiere and the presentation of the film at Paseo Herencia.

As for the competition lineup, AIFF artistic director Claudio Masenza and founder Jonathan Vieira announced films from 18 different countries, several of which will make their international and South American debuts.

In addition to the competition, AIFF announced selections for its local, sidebar platform: the Caribbean Spotlight Series. The CSS jury will be led by last year’s Audience Award winner, Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer.

The full lists for the competition series and the CSS series are listed below:

The official AIFF 2012 competition

A Few Best Men (Country: Australia/UK / Director: Stephan Elliott)
A Gang Story (Country: France/Belgium / Director: Olivier Marchal)
Anton Corbijn Inside Out? (Country: Netherlands/Germany/UK/Italy/Sweden / Director: Klaartje Quirijns)
Bringing Up Bobby (Country: USA / Director: Famke Janssen)
Easy! (Country: Italy / Director: Francesco Bruni)
Easy Money (Country: Sweden / Director: Daniel Espinosa)
Electrik Children (Country: USA / Director: Rebecca Thomas)
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Country: Japan/UK / Director: Takashi Miike)
Hollywood Invasion (Country: Italy / Director: Marco Spagnoli) American Premiere
In the Land of Blood and Honey (Country: USA / Director: Angelina Jolie)
Kryptonite! (Country: Italy / Director: Ivan Cotroneo)
Redlegs (Country: USA / Director: Brandon Harris)
Reveron (Country: Venezuela / Director: Diego Rísquez)
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (Country: UK/Italy/Germany / Director: Laurent Bouzereau)
Sex of the Angels (Country: Spain/Brazil / Director: Xavier Villaverde)
Stolen (Country: USA / Director: Simon West) (World Premiere)
Take This Waltz (Country: Canada/Spain/Japan / Director: Sarah Polley)
The Magic of Belle Isle (Country: USA / Director: Rob Reiner)
The Hunter (Country: Australia / Director: Daniel Nettheim)
War of the Buttons (Country: France / Director: Christophe Barratier)
Where Do We Go Now? (Country: France/Lebanon/Egypt/Italy / Director: Nadine Labaki)

CSS Films in Competition

America (Country: Puerto Rico/ Director: Sonia Fritz)
Chance (Country: U.S. Virgin Islands/ Director: Evan Kaufmann)
Children of the Wind (Country: USA/Bonaire / Director: Daphne Schmon)
Ghett’a Life (Country: Jamaica/ Director: Chris Browne)
Nochi No Ke Lagmi Bai (The Night Holds Me Back) (Country: Netherlands/Curaçao / Director: Catrien Ariëns)
Ballplayer: Pelotero (Country: USA/Dominic Republic / Director: Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jon Paley)

CSS Short Films in Competition

Anne Speaks (Country: Aruba / Director: Adam Steinfield)
Awa Brak (Country: Aruba / Director: Francisco Pardo and Ryan Oduber)
Beautiful (Country: Aruba / Director: Percy Jeandor)
Castifate (Country: Aruba / Director: Leonardo Aguirre)
Kima Momo 58 (Country: Aruba / Director: Ryan Oduber)
Maybe She Dies Like This… (Country: Aruba / Director: Jo Henriquez)
Wake Up (Country: Aruba / Director: Ken Wolff)

CSS Special Screenings (Not in Competition)

By Her Hand (Country: / Director: Rebecca Roos)
Senior Moments (Country: / Director: Aaron Hosé)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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