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Cinéfest Sudbury just around the corner: Film fest runs Sept. 14-22

This year's gala films cover diverse topics, two have northern connection
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Local film lovers are living in a state of anticipation this week, as Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival is just days away.

The 2019 edition of the festival runs this year from Sept. 14-22.

Gala films cover diverse topics including a violin prodigy in the backdrop of the Second World War (“The Song of Names”), the 1970s kidnapping of heiress Patricia Hearst (“American Woman”), a Chinese family visiting a dying grandmother who hasn't been told she's dying (“The Farewell”) and Judy Garland's later life (“Judy”).

Several of this year's gala films are subtitled foreign movies, but the Friday, Sept. 20 gala — the Canadian film “The Rest of Us” — was filmed in neighbouring city North Bay.

Watch for our interview with the film's director, Aisling Chin-Yee.

It's about two mother-daughter duos who must contend with their grief and complicated relationships with one another when the person who connects them dies.

We also did an interview with Louise Archambault, director of the Canadian film “Il pleuvait des oiseaux,” the festival's Tuesday, Sept. 17 gala film, so also watch for that on

The French-language film with English subtitles, about three elderly hermits who live in the woods, is set in Abitibi, Que., close to Northern Ontario.

Check out Cinéfest's website for a full film schedule and to purchase tickets