'Cutting-edge, high-talent' films coming to Sudbury's Cinefest

Cinefest unveils final lineup

The Rest of Us, a film about a family dealing with loss and grief, was shot in Sudbury. Supplied photo jpg, SU

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Thrillers, comedies, dramas, and documentaries. Cinefest International Film Festival has announced its full lineup of films for its 31stanniversary season. With so many films to choose from, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, says managing director, Patrick O’Hearn.

“This year, it’s absolutely stacked with just cutting-edge, high-talent, high-caliber films,” he said following a press conference at Silver City on Wednesday, where the final films for this year’s festival were unveiled. This announcement follows the reveal of early selection films in July.

This year’s festival will includes a new programme, Audience Choices from Around the World.

“The audiences have a great reputation throughout Canada as being really receptive and open to films,” says O’Hearn, “With that being said, we introduced a programme called Audience Choices from Around the World just to see what our audiences think about what other audiences might gravitate towards.”

It will include Finnish film Aurora, about a “commitment-phobic party animal” who helps a man seeking asylum for himself and his daughter find a wife, as well as Luxembourg’s biggest budget and highest grossing film ever, the superhero comedy Superchamp Returns.

Other foreign films will feature in the World Cinema programme, with films from Scotland, France, Romania, and Germany, as well as the World Doc programme for documentaries.

As always, Canadian cinema will also feature prominently at this year’s festival, and will include several films shot here in town.

Castle in the Ground will join The Cat and The Moon in the In Full View programme, which focuses on films that touch on important issues. Shot in Sudbury, this film touches on addiction and the opioid crisis.

The Special Presentations programme offers a variety of comedies and dramas from filmmakers across Canada and the world. It will include James vs. His Future Self, a time-travelling comedy also filmed in Sudbury. It will also include French-Canadian film Menteur about a compulsive liar whose lies come true, and The Lighthouse, a psychological thriller shot on 35mm black-and-white film, featuring Willem Defoe and Robert Pattinson.

Gala Presentations will take place every night of the festival at venues across the city. The Friday Night Gala, on Sept 20, will present The Rest of Us, a film about a family dealing with loss and grief, which was also filmed in Sudbury.

O’Hearn says this year’s Gala Presentation lineup is one of the best he’s seen. “I can’t remember a year where I’m just blown away by each and every film. We’re really proud of the lineup that we’ve delivered.”

The 2019 Cinefest International Film Festival takes place Sept 14-22. The full schedule, along with tickets and passports, is available online at www.cinefest.com


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