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Kathy Bates on the jury 30th World Film Festival

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American actress Kathy Bates on the jury
of the 30th World Film Festival

MONTRÉAL, July 11, 2006 – Noted American actress and filmmaker Kathy Bates will serve on the jury of the Montréal World Film Festival, it was announced today.

“Kathy Bates honours us with her presence in Montréal," stated MWFF President Serge Losique. "The Festival is pleased to welcome an actress whose tremendous talent has graced so many fine films over the past two decades. Kathy Bates will make an excellent contribution to the 2006 Festival jury with her vision of the seventh art and her extensive experience in film and television. Her participation serves to highlight the MWFF's reputation among cinephiles internationally."

A veteran of Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theatre, Ms. Bates began her big-screen career in 1971 in Milos Forman's TAKING OFF. During the 1980s her talent was showcased in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, The Morning After, and Dick Tracy. In 1990, she starred in Misery, based on the Stephen King novel, winning an Oscar for her menacing and witty performance as nurse Annie Wilkes. Ms Bates expanded her career with appearances in such films as Fried Green Tomatoes, Diabolique, and Primary Colors (for which she received another Oscar nomination).

Kathy Bates played the Molly Brown character in Titanic in 1997. She starred in numerous other films, including American Outlaws alongside Colin Farrell, About Schmidt with Jack Nicholson, Around the World in 80 Days, where she played Queen Victoria, and, more recently, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Ms Bates has worked extensively in television, appearing regularly in the series Six Feet Under, and building a formidable career as a small-screen director, in such series as Homicide, NYPD Blue, Oz, Six Feet Under and Everwood, as well as several TV movies, including Talking with, Dash and Lilly and Fargo.

“Over the years, Kathy Bates has become a favourite with filmgoers and critics alike," Mr. Losique noted, "and the MWFF is very proud to have her as a member of its 2006 jury."

30th anniversary of the MWFF
The Montréal World Film Festival will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary this year from August 24 to September 4. The only general category competitive film festival in North America that is recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), the MWFF has promoted cultural diversity since it was founded in 1977.

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L’actrice américaine Kathy Bates fera partie du jury du 30e Festival des Films du Monde

MONTRÉAL, le 11 juillet 2006 – Le Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal (FFM) annonce, aujourd’hui, la participation de la grande actrice et réalisatrice américaine Kathy Bates au jury de la 30e édition du FFM.

« Kathy Bates nous fait l’insigne honneur de sa présence à Montréal et le FFM se réjouit déjà d’accueillir cette actrice qui a marqué de son immense talent nombre de films des deux dernières décennies. Kathy Bates fera profiter le jury 2006 du Festival de sa vision du septième art et de sa vaste expérience cinématographique. Sa participation illustre la place importante qu’occupe le FFM auprès des cinéphiles sur la scène internationale », a fait remarquer monsieur Serge Losique, président du Festival des Films du Monde.

La carrière de Kathy Bates au grand écran a commencé en 1971, dans le film TAKING OFF de Milos Forman. Au cours des années 1980, on a pu apprécier son talent dans Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, The Morning After, et Dick Tracy. En 1990, elle a tourné dans Misery, d’après un roman de Stephen King ; l’actrice s’est d’ailleurs vue remettre un Oscar pour son interprétation de l’infirmière Annie Wilkes. Kathy Bates a poursuivi sa carrière en jouant, entre autres, dans Fried Green Tomatoes, Diabolique et Primary Colors (film pour lequel elle a été de nouveau mise en nomination aux Oscars).

En outre, Kathy Bates a incarné le personnage de Molly Brown dans Titanic, en 1997. On l’a également retrouvée dans les productions suivantes : American Outlaws, aux côtés de Colin Farrell, About Schmidt, avec Jack Nicholson, Around the World in 80 Days, où elle personnifie la reine Victoria, et, finalement, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. À la télévision, Kathy Bates a notamment prêté son concours à la série Six Feet Under. Enfin, elle a également réalisé de nombreux téléfilms ; parmi ceux-ci, mentionnons Talking with, Dash and Lilly et Fargo.

« Au fil des ans, Kathy Bates est devenue l’une des actrices les plus appréciées des cinéphiles du monde entier, et le FFM est très fier de pouvoir la compter parmi les membres de son jury en 2006 », de conclure monsieur Losique.

Le 30e anniversaire du FFM
Cette année, le Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal célèbrera son 30e anniversaire du 24 août au 4 septembre 2006. Seul festival compétitif généraliste de cinéma reconnu en Amérique du Nord par la Fédération internationale des associations de producteurs de films (FIAPF), le Festival de Montréal fait la promotion de la diversité culturelle depuis sa création en 1977.

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