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The opening gala presentation for Cinéfest 2023, running at 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 16), is “Swan Song,” an immersive look inside The National Ballet of Canada.

The 35th anniversary edition of Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival opens today, Sept. 16, and runs until Sept. 24. 

Film screenings will take place fully in-theatre this year at SilverCity Sudbury — bringing Cinéfest back to its original roots after navigating through the pandemic. 

The opening gala presentation for Cinéfest 2023, running at 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 16), is “Swan Song,” an immersive look inside The National Ballet of Canada as it mounts a legacy-defining new production of Swan Lake, directed by ballet icon Karen Kain on the eve of her retirement.

The film’s director, Chelsea McMullin, will be on hand at the festival, along with dancer and film subject Shaelynn Estrada.

Other films playing today include “Rose” (1 p.m.), “The Last Stop: Canada's Lost Locomotive” (1:30 p.m.), “Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe” (3 p.m.), “Niagara” (3:30 p.m.), “Robot Dreams” (4:30 p.m.), “La Traversée (The Crossing)” (8 p.m.) and “Another Body” (9 p.m.). 

For tickets and the film festival’s lineup, visit Cinefest.com.


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