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Young Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse coming to Cinéfest

She's going to answer questions after Friday, Sept. 20 gala screening of 'The Rest of Us'
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Sophie Nélisse (left) with co-star Heather Graham in "The Rest of Us." (Supplied)

Young Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse, perhaps best known for her portrayal of Liesel Meminger in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel “The Book Thief,” is coming to Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival.

She'll be on hand after the Friday, Sept. 20 gala screening for an audience question and answer session.

Nélisse voiced Cinéfest's television ad this year.

In “The Rest of Us,” the 19-year-old plays Aster, the headstrong teenage daughter of a poised, divorced woman, Cami (Heather Graham).

Cami invites her ex-husband’s second wife, Rachel (Jodi Balfour), and young daughter, Talulah (Abigail Pniowsky) to move in with them following his unexpected death. 

The film was shot in North Bay in June and July of 2018. recently did an interview with “The Rest of Us” director Aisling Chin-Yee, so watch out for that story in the days to come. Chin-Yee said she will not make it to Cinéfest herself.

Cinéfest also has several other special guests who will take part in audience question and answer sessions:

  • The Song of Names – Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. Actor Gerran Howell. 
  • The Cat and the Moon – Sunday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Alex Wolff, director actor and writer.
  • Il pleuvait des oiseaux (And the Birds Rained Down) – Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Louise Archambault, writer and director.

Cinefest 2019 will also host directors and actors from Northern Ontario produced films, including Jeremy LaLonde and Jonas Chernick from Sudbury filmed James vs. His Future Self (Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.), along with Richard Bell, director of Sault Ste. Marie filmed Brotherhood (Monday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m.). 
Other film guests attending Cinefest 2019 include: 

  • Alan Zweig (director) (Coppers) – Sunday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. 
  • Shelagh McLeod (director), Mimi Kuyzk (actress) (Astronaut) – Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. 
  • Michaela Kurimsky (actress) (A Fire in the Cold Season) – Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. 
  • Jesse Zigelstein (director) (Nose to Tail) – Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Matt Gallagher (director) (Prey) – Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. 
  • Sean Cisterna (director) (From the Vine) – Thursday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m.
  • Audrey Cummings (director) (She Never Died) – Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m
  • Yonah Lewis (director), Calvin Thomas (director) (White Lie) – Friday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. 
  • Albert Shin (director) (Clifton Hill) – Sunday, Sept. 22 at 12:30 p.m. 
  • Sanja Zivkovic (director) (Easy Land) – Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3:30 p.m. 
  • Scott Townend, Kate McKenzie and Martin Parnell (The Secret Marathon) – Sunday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.