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MONTREAL, September 3, 2003The Gun, the only U.S. entry in the Official Competition at the Montreal World Film Festival, is written, edited and directed by the awarding winning, Los Angeles-based Russian director Vladimir Alenikov.  

Smart, sexy dancer (Val Dillman) signs "Pow! Pow!" in The Gun at its world premiere September 3 at the Montreal World Film Festival at Place des Arts.

This powerful dramatic thriller documents a brief moment in the "life" of one gun and the people who must have it. Filmed in real time and shot in only fifteen takes (with no cuts) the complex choreography created by cinematographer Kirill Davidoff puts the audience in the middle of the action. Far more than a frantic dash through the seedy alleys and strip clubs of the San Fernando Valley, The Gun offers a journey through the minds of people so desperate in their pursuit of happiness that they are ready to kill for it.  

For the first time in the history of the Montreal World Film Festival The Gun will be projected in HD 24P at both of the Theatre Maisonneuve screenings.  

At the Montreal World Film Festival, The Gun unspools at:

§         Wednesday, Sept. 3, 9:00am; Parisien 3

§         Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2:00pm PRESS CONFERENCE, Complexe Desjardins

§         Wednesday, Sept. 3, 7:30pm GALA SCREENING; Theatre Maisonneuve

§         Thursday, Sept. 4, 2:30pm; Theatre Maisonneuve  

An underground filmmaker in the former Soviet regime, Vladimir Alenikov's filmography includes Time of Darkness (with George Segal) and The Drayman and The King which were on the festival circuit at Toronto, AFI LA, Jerusalem, San Francisco, Cannes, Lisbon and other festivals. Alenikov also teaches film directing at UCLA and serves as a cultural advisor to the Mikhail Gorbachev Foundation.  

The Gun is executive produced by Guy Botham; produced by Alenikov and Davidoff and their Front Line Films: all three are in Montreal and available for interviews. Leading actors Jack Forbes (Victor), Tamara Tana (Victor's wife, Anna) and Jeremiah Hassemer (crazed boyfriend) will also be in town and available for interviews.  

The Gun is distributed by Kiera Chaplin’s motion picture entity, LIMELIGHT FILMS, Inc. Chaplin is both Chairman and Founder of Limelight and granddaughter of legendary film icon, Charlie Chaplin. Worldwide distribution is being handled by President of Limelight, Bruno Cavelier d’Esclavelles who is attending the Montreal Film Festival. To acquire Canadian distribution rights, contact Michel Zgarka;


CONTACT:  AYSCOUGH COMMUNICATIONS for info or private screenings

Suzan Ayscough 514-485-3213

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THE GUN (from 6 to 7:30 p.m.) ©2003 Front Line Films