Scorsese to speak

LAKE PLACID, New York: Director Martin Scorsese will speak at the fifth annual Lake Placid Film Festival, which runs Wednesday through Sunday. He will introduce a restored print of the 1963 Italian film ‘The Leopard’, considered by some critics to be a lost classic, on Saturday.

Organisers said about 60 features will be screened, including ‘Touch of Pink’, about a gay man’s crisis when his mother tries to set him up with a Muslim girl, and ‘Metallica: Some Kind of Monster’, a documentary about the veteran heavy metal band. The festival is hoping to rebound financially after a year in which it suffered from a lack of corporate sponsorships and ran up a deficit.

Festival co-founder Kathleen Carroll said the festival has been successful in attracting sponsors this year and is screening more films. “This year we had the urge to show as many films as we could, but to create a lot of excitement, too,” Carroll said Monday. —AP