The Atlantic Film Festival Preview

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Fresh off the heels of mammoth Toronto International Film Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival may feel small in comparison. But don’t be fooled, it’s small and it’s mighty. And it’s getting even bigger and even mightier with what Festival Director Lia Rinaldo calls, “perhaps our biggest and best line up yet.”

Kicking off the festival is Score: A Hockey Musical, the big budget Canadian vehicle which premiered at TIFF earlier this month. With this being the AFF’s 30th, the festival has added a new retrospective entitled “Festival Darlings” which intersperses the new and exciting program with films that have been played at the festival in previous years.  This retrospective includes such films like The Tracey Fragments and Away From Her. As well, the AFF is presenting a free drive-in screening of American Graffiti at Alderney Landing on Saturday, the 25th.

It’s also nice to see the addition of the “You’re So Gay” series which features many of the films that played at Inside Out Festival in the summer as well as a couple of other films all dealing with LGBTQ issues.

As for the regular programming, I’m most excited for director Jacob Tierney’s follow-up to The Trotsky, Good Neighbours, Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Mike Leigh’s Another Year and finally the American remake of Let the Right One In, simply entitled Let Me In.

Tickets and info on these films an more can be found at: http://www.atlanticfilm.com/aff/

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