Macao, 29 August 2018
The International Film Festival & Awards • Macao (IFFAM) is today delighted to announce the appointment of Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage as Talent Ambassador for the 3rd edition of the festival, which will take place from 8 to 14 December 2018.
Cage, internationally renowned American actor, director and producer, joins Hong Kong based star Aaron Kwok as an IFFAM Talent Ambassador, reflecting the festival’s ambition to bring together local and international industry professionals, to highlight Macao’s East-meets-West culture and to introduce local audiences to the best in international cinema.
Mike Goodridge, Artistic Director of the IFFAM, comments: “Nicolas Cage is a brilliant, iconic actor and a star for the ages. We are proud and delighted to welcome him to Macao this year as our talent ambassador, and to show his extraordinary new film Mandy.”
Cage will be present at the IFFAM Opening Ceremony which takes place on 8 December. Additionally Cage will participate in a Master Class on 9 December, with further details to be announced.
Cage’s latest film Mandy, a supernatural thriller directed by Panos Cosmatos, will be presented at the festival. Mandy features in the IFFAM Flying Daggers section, a non-competitive selection of international genre films. Cage stars alongside a supporting cast led by Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache. Mandy is set in the primal wilderness of the Pacific Northwest in 1983. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.
Nicolas Cage is an actor, director, and producer whose remarkable versatility has led to great success across all genres for over three decades. In 2017, he starred in Brian Taylor’s critically acclaimed black comedy, Mom and Dad, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and screened at IFFAM last year.
Cage received an Academy Award® among many other awards for his performance as a suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) before coming to the attention of worldwide audiences with mainstream blockbusters, such as The Rock (1996), Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997), City of Angels (1998) and National Treasure 1 and 2 (2004, 2007). He earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance in Adaptation (2002). He also directed the film Sonny (2002), and has produced films such as Shadow of the Vampire (2000) and The Life of David Gale (2003).
During his early career, Cage starred in a variety of classic films including Valley Girl (1983), Racing with the Moon (1984), Birdy (1984), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Raising Arizona (1987), Moonstruck (1987), Vampire’s Kiss (1989), Wild at Heart (1990), Fire Birds (1990), Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) and Red Rock West (1993).
More recently, Cage appeared in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), Kick-Ass (2010), Drive Angry (2011), The Croods (2013), Joe (2013) and Dog Eat Dog (2016).
2018 IFFAM Programme Highlights
Bringing A New Avenue to The World of Films, the IFFAM programme will comprise of the following strands:
Competition – An international competition comprising a maximum of twelve feature films which is a showcase for first and second time film-makers with 60,000 USD as the award winning prize.
Gala – mainstream crowd pleasing films will be presented, comprising a maximum of six films
Flying Daggers – A non-competitive selection of international genre films
Best of Fest Panorama –A non-competitive selection of films from other major international film festivals of the year
New Chinese Language Cinema –A showcase of four to six films representing the programming team’s choice of the best of Chinese language cinema first screened in 2018.
Director’s Choice (Retrospective) – A non-competitive selection of six classic genre films, selected by six well-known directors; three films from Asia selected by non-Asian directors and three films from the world outside Asia selected by Asian directors
In Focus (Retrospective) – A celebration of one or two specific outstanding talents to be invited among directors, actors, actresses, writers, directors of photography, production designers, producers, composers, editors etc with screenings of their films and on-stage interviews
Special Presentations – Screenings of films at the discretion of the Artistic director and jury president related to special guest attendance and lifetime achievement honorees
For All the Family – A small collection of one to three films which will appeal to a wide family audience.
The IFFAM Industry Hub and Masterclasses will also be held during the event.
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