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Cinéfest Sudbury announces free Aug. 20 virtual screening of ‘The Artist’s Wife’

Screening will test out Cinéfest’s new virtual screening platform

On Aug. 20, Cinéfest Sudbury will present a free virtual event screening of “The Artist’s Wife” for audiences to test out the new online festival platform.

See the trailer below:


Additional films will be announced as part of this free virtual event screening by Aug. 6.

Cinéfest  Sudbury will also launch ticket sales and reveal the full festival lineup for Cinéfest  2020 via a virtual media conference, which audiences will be welcome to attend at

Last month, Cinéfest  Sudbury International Film Festival announced it decided to go with a “hybrid” festival this year, with a mix of in-person and virtual screenings.

These plans are contingent on federal, provincial and municipal public health mandates, and based on continued success of our region and provinces mitigation of COVID-19 outbreaks. Cinéfest Sudbury will run Sept. 19-27. 

“We are thrilled to be welcoming audiences to our new virtual platform with this free screening of The Artist’s Wife,” said executive director Tammy Frick.

“Celebrating film and its ability to bring us together has never been more important, and we are excited to bring audiences a chance to test out this new system from within their own comfort zones.”

Starting on Aug. 7, audiences will be able to sign up at to view the screenings and lineup reveal media conference on Aug. 20.

“The Artist’s Wife” stars Lena Olin as Claire, the wife of famed artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern). Claire is a promising painter who now lives in the shadow of her husband's career. While preparing work for a new exhibition, Richard is diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia and is at risk of not completing the paintings for his final show. 

As Richard's memories become erratic, Claire attempts to shield his illness from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson. Taking up painting again herself, Claire must decide whether to stand with her husband in the shadows or step into the spotlight herself.

Audiences are encouraged to call Cinéfest  at 705-688-1234 with any questions about accessing and using the new online festival platform. A live chat feature will be available to answer audience questions starting on Aug. 20.