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Rob Reiner’s “The Magic of Belle Isle” to open Aruba Fest

 Program details for the 3rd annual Aruba
International Film Festival (AIFF), which takes place June 22-28, 2012, were
announced today. The Festival will showcase a diverse array of films from 18
different countries and feature several international and South American
The lineup was announced by AIFF
Artistic Director Claudio Masenza along with Festival founder Jonathan Vieira.


AIFF will open with the international premiere of director Rob Reiner’s
comedy “The Magic of Belle Isle” starring Academy Award
® nominated actress Virginia Madsen and Academy Award®
winner Morgan Freeman. Virginia Madsen (“Sideways,” “Firewall,” “The Number
23”) will be in Aruba to present the film to AIFF’s opening night audience and
greet fans on the red carpet on Friday, June 22nd at the Paseo


In “The Magic of Belle Isle,” Morgan Freeman plays Monte
Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose struggle with alcoholism has sapped
his passion for writing. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in
picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door--an attractive
single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters--who help him find
inspiration again.


The official AIFF 2012 lineup is comprised of the following films:


► A FEW BEST MEN (Country: Australia/UK / Director: Stephan Elliott)

► A GANG STORY (Country: France/Belgium / Director: Olivier Marchal)
(South American Premiere)

Netherlands/Germany/UK/Italy/Sweden / Director: Klaartje Quirijns) (American

► BRINGING UP BOBBY (Country: USA / Director: Famke Janssen) (South
American Premiere)

► EASY! (Country: Italy / Director: Francesco Bruni) **
Voted best film in the “Controcampo Italiano” section of Venice
Film Festival (
South American Premiere)

► EASY MONEY (Country: Sweden / Director: Daniel Espinosa) (South
American Premiere)

► ELECTRIK CHILDREN (Country: USA / Director: Rebecca Thomas) (South
American Premiere)

► HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI (Country: Japan/UK / Director: Takashi Miike) (South
American Premiere)

► HOLLYWOOD INVASION (Country: Italy / Director: Marco Spagnoli) American

Director: Angelina Jolie)
(South American Premiere)

► KRYPTONITE! (Country: Italy / Director: Ivan Cotroneo) (South
American Premiere)

► REDLEGS (Country: USA / Director: Brandon Harris)

► REVERÓN (Country: Venezuela / Director: Diego Rísquez)

► ROMAN POLANSKI: A FILM MEMOIR (Country: UK/Italy/Germany
/ Director: Laurent Bouzereau) (American Premiere)

► SEX OF THE ANGELS (Country: Spain/Brazil / Director: Xavier Villaverde) (South
American Premiere)

► STOLEN (Country: USA / Director: Simon West) (World Premiere)

► TAKE THIS WALTZ (Country: Canada/Spain/Japan / Director: Sarah Polley)
(South American Premiere)

► THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE (Country: USA / Director: Rob Reiner) (South
American Premiere)

► THE HUNTER (Country: Australia / Director: Daniel Nettheim)

► WAR OF THE BUTTONS (Country: France / Director: Christophe Barratier)
(South American Premiere)

► WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (Country:
France/Lebanon/Egypt/Italy / Director: Nadine Labaki) **People’s Choice
winner at the Toronto International Film Festival / **Audience Award winner at
San Sebastian Film Festival


For complete details of the official selection films
please visit


Two-time Academy Award® winning film editor Pietro Scalia (“Black Hawk Down,” “JFK,”
“Gladiator,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Kick-Ass,” “Prometheus,” “Stealing Beauty”)
and Virginia Madsen are among the industry names taking part in AIFF’s popular
“In Conversation With…” series. Other international stars and notable industry
names confirmed to attend AIFF are actor Richard Kind (“Spin City,” “A Serious
Man,” “A Bug’s Life”), director Marco Spagnoli (“Hollywood on the Tiber,”
“Tonino Guerra: Il Cinema e una presenza”), producer Steven Stabler (“Dumb and
Dumber,” “Kingpin,” “Beverly Hills Ninja”), director Brandon Harris (“Redlegs,”
“Biospheres,” “Evangeleo”), and celebrity choreographer LaVelle Smith.


**Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS)


AIFF created the Caribbean Spotlight Series as a sidebar platform
(complete with an official competition, jury award, and an audience award) to
showcase movies from Aruban and Caribbean filmmakers.


This year’s CSS jury is led by last year’s Audience Award winner,
Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer, and will be rounded out with members of the
international film industry and local press. They are charged with evaluating
and selecting the competition winner and bestowing the Festival’s competition
award. Winners of the CSS awards will receive cash prizes.


The official films have been selected by Director of CSS Aaron Hosé and
the CSS committee. AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza and the founder of
AIFF Jonathan Viera proudly announce CSS 2012:



CSS Films in Competition


Ø     AMERICA (Country: Puerto Rico/ Director: Sonia Fritz)

Ø     CHANCE (Country: U.S. Virgin Islands/ Director: Evan Kaufmann)

Ø     CHILDREN OF THE WIND (Country: USA/Bonaire / Director: Daphne Schmon)



Ø     GHETT’A LIFE (Country: Jamaica/ Director: Chris Browne)

HOLDS ME BACK) (Country: Netherlands/Curaçao / Director: Catrien Ariëns)

USA/Dominic Republic / Director: Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jon Paley)


CSS Short Films in Competition


Ø     ANNE SPEAKS (Country: Aruba / Director: Adam Steinfield)

Ø     AWA BRAK (Country: Aruba / Director: Francisco Pardo and Ryan Oduber)

Ø     BEAUTIFUL (Country: Aruba / Director: Percy Jeandor)

Ø     CASTIFATE (Country: Aruba / Director: Leonardo Aguirre)

Ø     KIMA MOMO 58 (Country: Aruba / Director: Ryan Oduber)

Ø     MAYBE SHE DIES LIKE THIS… (Country: Aruba / Director: Jo Henriquez)

Ø     WAKE UP (Country: Aruba / Director: Ken Wolff)


CSS Special Screenings (Not in


Ø     BY HER HAND (Country: / Director: Rebecca Roos)

Ø     SENIOR MOMENTS (Country: / Director: Aaron Hosé)


It was previously announced that GRAMMY and multiple LATIN GRAMMY
Colombian rock superstar Juanes will headline the AIFF’s inaugural Concert
Series on Friday, June 22nd and award winning singer, songwriter,
actor and producer Marc Anthony will take over as headliner on Saturday, June
23. To complete the series, the talented international music superstar
DJ/Artist/Producer Chuckie will be performing on the evening of Sunday, June 24th
with his world touring brand Dirty Dutch, featuring many international
performing DJs.


The full AIFF program is available online at
Tickets can be booked through the website and
purchased at the AIFF’s office at
Paseo Herencia. Tickets are available
in a variety of price ranges, from a simple movie ticket to packages of
multi–event attendance, to top accreditation tickets for VIP events.


About the Aruba International Film Festival:


The breathtaking Caribbean island of Aruba provides the backdrop for the
film industry’s newest marquee summer event – the Aruba International Film
Festival (AIFF).


Centered in the island’s beautiful Palm Beach district at the Paseo
Herencia Entertainment Center, the 3rd Aruba International Film
Festival aims to further its tradition of attracting prodigious films and stars
and providing the most intimate and pleasurable setting for festival goers. The
first two editions of the festival collectively offered over 50 films from over
25 different countries and played host to an array of high profile talent and
film industry guests such as Richard Gere, Kim Cattrall, Jonathan Demme, Curtis
“50 Cent” Jackson, Guillermo Arriaga, Patricia Clarkson, Thelma Schoonmaker,
Milcho Manchevski, Griffin Dunne, Rudy Rodriguez and Michael Kaplan, to name
just a few.


AIFF has quickly earned its reputation as the premiere
event to introduce a film to the South American market
. Aruba’s location, just 45 miles off the
coast of South America (neighboring Venezuela and Colombia) makes it a
desirable and attainable destination for South Americans
as thousands of visitors from neighboring countries flock to
Aruba every year for the Aruba International Film Festival experience
. Latin stars have been a major draw and are received with as
much excitement and fanfare as many of Hollywood’s biggest names.


Actors, directors, producers, writers, industry executives and foreign
media are once again invited to converge on the island this June to experience
firsthand why AIFF is making a name for itself as a “must-attend” summer event.
Local festival goers will be able to see a wide variety of films from around
the world and experience an exciting, one-of-a-kind event that brings the best
of global cinema to their home.



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