Published on September 11, 2013
Atlantic Film Festival’s Closing Gala film will be “The Invisible Woman.” The plot revolves around Nelly (played by Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, haunted by her past, and specifically her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes). As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of “invisibility.”
Published on September 11, 2013
Kicking off the Atlantic Film Festival is the Opening Gala screening of dramatic comedy, “The Grand Seduction”. The film stars Mark Critch and Gordon Pinsent.
HALIFAX, NS – The Atlantic Film Festival kicks off today and will have some big names attending this 33rd annual event in Halifax. Gordon Pinsent, Jason Priestley, Emily Hampshire, Mathieu Roy, Don McKellar and Ronald F. Maxwell are some of the actors and filmmakers in town during the event, which runs Sept. 12 to 19.
Kicking off the festival is the Opening Gala screening of dramatic comedy, “The Grand Seduction” at Park Lane Theatres on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. The film, blending rural hijinx with heartbreaking humanity, offers a raucous storyline revolving around a remote village in Newfoundland whose canny denizens are anxious to lure a full-time physician there in order to secure a lucrative offshore oil service contract.
Director McKellar and actors, Pinsent and Mark Critch, along with producers, Barbara Doran and Roger Frappier, will be present at the Park Lane Cinemas. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Atlantic Gala screening of drama, “All the Wrong Reasons,” is on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. Exploring the contemporary price of love, loyalty and betrayal, “All the Wrong Reasons” features four troubled young adults negotiating post-traumatic experiences while desperately pursuing shades of desire, ambition and redemption. The cast includes Kevin Zegers as a wounded fireman temporarily working as a store detective, Hampshire as a grasping single mom cashier, Cory Monteith (“Glee”) as the manager hoping to leap to regional director, and Karine Vanasse as a security monitor attempting to put her shattered life back together. Writer/director Gia Milani, actor, Hampshire along with producers, Tony Whalen and Phyllis Laing will be present at the Park Lane Cinemas. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6:30 p.m.
Gala Francais Canadien features Mathieu Roy's “L’Autre mason” (“Another House”). Shot in Quebec, Iceland, Africa and Asia, “Another House” is an intimate and powerful family drama featuring three generations of Quebec actors. The film blends elements of memory, perception and lyricism into a cinematic mix that moves the story well beyond direct domestic issues into a visual realm that balances nature and humanity. Director/writer Mathieu Roy and producer Frappier will be present at the Park Lane Cinemas for the screening on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.
The CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala presents nine short films, including works by Lisa Rose Snow, Emma Van Zeumeren, Jillian Acreman, Jesse Harley, G. Patrick Condon, Kevin Fraser, Stephen Arnold, Stephanie Young and Harmony Wagner. All nine filmmakers will be in attendance at the Park Lane Cinemas on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Feature films with special guests in attendance include, actor/director, Jason Priestley from “Cas and Dylan;” actress Sara Canning from “The Right Kind of Wrong;” director Richie Mehta from “Siddharth;” writer/director Phil Comeau from “Secretariat's Jockey: Ron Turcotte;” director/writer/producer Benjamin Stevens and writer/producer Stephen MacLean from “Wisp;” director Justin Simms and producer Rosemary House from “Hold Fast;” actor Glen Gould from “Rhymes for Young Ghouls;” and director/producer/writer John Walker from “Arctic Defenders.”
To view the full program guide, visit: http://atlanticfilm.com/festivals/atlantic-film-festival/2013-festival-program-guide.
Tickets for screenings and special events along with ticket packages, group tickets and passes are available by phone at 1-888-311-9090 and online at atlanticfilm.com or ticketpro.ca. Tickets are also available at all Ticketpro outlets in Nova Scotia. Tickets are also available at the Festival Box Office in Park Lane Mall. For hours of operation, visit atlanticfilm.com.