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Cinéfest to showcase the best of world cinema

The 26th Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival will give Sudbury audiences a chance to see some of the world's best cinema talent on display, says festival managing director Patrick O'Hearn.
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Cinéfest organizers expect the documentary “Red Army”, about the Soviet Union's dominant hockey program, to be a crowd favourite. The movie will play at SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas on Saturday, Sept, 20, at 11:30 a.m. Supplied photo.

The 26th Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival will give Sudbury audiences a chance to see some of the world's best cinema talent on display, says festival managing director Patrick O'Hearn.

The festival unveiled its complete lineup Tuesday with a wide variety of films from around the world.

The festival opener, "October Gale," was filmed in the Muskoka region, and is the latest project from Montreal-born director Ruba Nadda.

The film stars Patricia Clarkson, as a doctor who takes in a mysterious man with a gunshot wound at her remote cottage.

“She (Nadda) is developing into a true cinematic Canadian icon,” O'Hearn said. “ People are going to love the film.”

One of the highlights of the world cinema program, said O'Hearn, is sure to be Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed film "Boyhood."

The ambitious movie, from the American director perhaps most well known for his 1993 movie "Dazed and Confused," was shot over an 12-year period as it follows actor Ellar Coltrane, grow along with his character, from boyhood to adulthood. 


The movie has been heralded by many as an early contender for the Best Picture Academy Award.

O'Hearn said he expects the documentary "Red Army," about the Soviet Union's days as a hockey powerhouse in the 1970s and 1980s, to be a hit with Sudbury audiences.
Another film expected to resonate with audiences is the feel-good comedy "Hector and the Search for Happiness."

The film stars Simon Pegg as the titular character, a psychiatrist who decides to travel the world in search for the secret of happiness.

Canadian directors David Cronenberg and Denys Arcand, both responsible for their fair share of Canadian film classics, will each have movies at the festival.

Cronenberg's latest effort, "Maps to the Stars," features Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Carrie Fisher and John Cusack in an exploration of Hollywood's dark side.

Arcand, who won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture in 2004, for his movie "Les invasions barbares" ("The Barbarian Invasions"), brings his latest movie, "Le règne de la beauté," to the festival.

The movie is about an architect from Quebec who has an affair with a woman from Toronto.

"Foxcatcher," the latest movie Bennett Miller, who previously directed "Moneyball" and "Capote," will close the festival on Sept. 21.

The movie is based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler, played by Channing Tatum, and his difficult relationship with his sponsor John du Pont, played by Steve Carell. The movie also stars Mark Ruffalo, and has already earned Miller the Best Director Award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Cinéfest will take place at SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas from Sept. 13-21.

Tickets to the festival — which range in price from $13.50 for “rush” tickets to $375 for a passport plus — are available by phone at 705-688-1234, online at Cinefest.com or in person at Cinéfest's office, 40 Larch St., Unit 103. 


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