Posts Tagged ‘AFF’

Nova Scotian made film debuts at AFF

Filmed off of the South Shore of Nova Scotia, The Crescent unfolds as a horrifying tale of mother and son who visit a family beach house following the death of a loved one. Nova Scotia filmmaker Seth Smith directs the film. It’s original, experimental and visually gripping. Mother, Beth (Danika Vandersteen,) crafts paper marbling – a…

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Touching tribute to troubled Van Gogh

Loving Vincent a stunning tribute to artist Vincent Van Gogh’s life and creativity. The story is told entirely through 12 of his own paintings; unlike any Van Gogh film before it, this is a production the world didn’t know it needed. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, it is the first film in cinematic…

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The real story of the actual Frankenstein

Mary Shelley tells the true story of 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) who falls for famous poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth,) and the spiral that brought Wollstonecraft-Godwin’s novel Frankenstein to life. Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour – a feminist-icon in her own right – who is recognized as the first female Saudi-Arabian filmmaker. As the daughter…

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The Swell Season delights at AFF

Once stars’ lives unveiled in new documentary About three months ago, I read this NPR article about The Swell Season, a documentary about the Irish/Czech band of the same name. Now, I am, and have been for quite some time, an avid fan of the group; I collect their albums, I’ve seen them in concert…

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Picnicface’s big break

Little in Roller Town. Photo supplied by the AFF.

Roller Town opens to sold out audiences at the AFF   For many Haligonians, Roller Town was once just a pipe dream, a random movie-trailer parody posted on YouTube by local hot-shot comedy troupe, Picnicface. But this year’s Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) proved us all wrong when their long-awaited feature length film opened the festival…

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Ecstasy at the AFF

Canadian director Rob Heydon’s new film an unexpected love story On Sunday evening I attended the opening to Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy at the AFF. Now, before I disclose too much about the film itself, I feel I must stress how truly wonderful of an event this was. In what I can only assume was a…

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Waltzing with Hobbits

Shot from Take This Waltz courtesy of the AFF.

The Away From Her director is back. But this time she’s tackling young love. Last night I had the absolute pleasure of attending a screening of Canadian director Sarah Polley’s new film, Take This Waltz. Like many films at this year’s festival, Polley’s flick is under a media embargo, so I won’t be giving a very…

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Almodóvar’s new film concerning, not groundbreaking

Tonight, for the first time in my life, I walked out of a film. In 22 years, I’ve seen my fair share of terrible movies. Painful plot holes? Awkward dialogue? Shaky camerawork? I’ve sat through it all. And while this film had none of the aforementioned qualities, there was something about it that forced me…

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Preview: Sept. 17 at the AFF

Shot from Take This Waltz courtesy of the AFF.

What’s happening on day three of the Atlantic Film Festival   As the sole AFF blogger for the Gazette, it’s safe to say I have a fairly action-packed week ahead of me: evenings chock-full of film screenings, galas and a whole lot of mingling, and days spent at conferences led by some of the industry’s…

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All-access pass

By Sarah Minty, Arts Contributor   To gain behind the scenes access to your favourite films, you typically need a VIP pass. But ViewPoint Gallery on Barrington Street is taking a different approach this month and providing access to areas of the film industry we don’t usually see. Behind the Scenes is the latest guest exhibition…

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