October 31, 2005

Stars go up the jungle for Amazon film fest

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Italian screen legend Claudia
Cardinale, French director Roman Polanski and Spanish star
Victoria Abril are due to be special guests at a film festival
in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, Brazil, next weekend,
organizers said.

It will the second year the World Adventure Film Festival
-- "dedicated to the human spirit of adventure" -- has been

It features a competition of eight international films
based on adventure, another eight ethnic and wildlife
documentaries, and a competition of short films from Brazil and
Amazonas state.

Canadian director Norman Jewison whose, films include "The
Thomas Crown Affair" will head the features jury.

Films will be shown from Nov 4-10 at the Amazonas Opera
House, a renaissance-style theater built in 1896 when a rubber
boom brought riches to Manaus.

The opening movie is Lasse Hallstrom's "An Unfinished Life"
starring Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez.