Two long-lost films written by novelist Mordecai Richler starring Peter Sellers, found outside a film company in a trash can have been restored and will show at the inaugural Niagara Integrated Film Festival.
Bill Marshall, well known Toronto International Film Festival founder who is programming NIFF, will screen the historic Sellers/Richler films, Death Of A Salesman
and Insomnia Is Good For You
, as part of his inaugural film lineup. The Festival's contemporary line up will include the Canadian premiere of the South African coming of age thriller Four Corners
which is in competition as an Official Selection.Four Corners
has also been selected into competition for the Best Film Award at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy. "Of all film festivals Giffoni's is the most necessary," commented French auteur François Truffaut, acknowledging the festivals' ranking as the largest Youth festival in the world. The festival has hosted stars such as Robert De Niro, Oliver Stone, Meryl Streep, John Travolta, Wim Wenders, Krzystof Kieslowsky and Roman Polanski in recent years and focuses on the world of cinema from a youth perspective with the intention of discussing and revealing important themes in cinema to a largely youth audience.
The jurors, all under 25, take part in all the screenings and Q&As of the films in competition and award the Best Film Gryphon to the competition winner. The films are screened in their original language and subtitled in Italian and English. South African film director Ian Gabriel will represent the film at the festival which takes place on the Amalfi coast in Italy from 18 July.
The screening forms part of the Four Corners
Youth Month celebration, with the film being made available on VOD through DSTV's Box Office throughout June.