Atlantic Film Festival Unveils Larger Line-up for September Event
by Brian Brooks
Another venerable Canadian film festival has announced the line-up for its September event. Halifax's Atlantic Film Festival, which will usher in its 24th edition on September 17th with the Atlantic premiere of writer/director Daniel Maclvor's bittersweet comedy, "Wilby Wonderful," will host 223 films from around the world, including 21 Canadian features, nine Atlantic features and an increased slate focusing on work from the U.K. and Ireland. Additionally, the festival will hold special events, including its 7th annual Strategic Partners conference, which focuses on co-production and co-venturing opportunities between filmmakers from Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and the Irish Republic.
Among the festival's line-up are five music documentaries. Bob Smeaton's film exploring the journey of a handful of seminal 1970s rock groups as they traveled across Canada by train performing shows, in "Festival Express," is in the line-up along with Ondi Timoner's Sundance hit, "DIG!"
Five films will screen in AFF's gay and lesbian section, with gay/straight love triangle feature "Eating Out" by Q. Allan Brocka among the offerings. Also screening is Sharon Ferranti's film focusing on a woman who invites all her past lovers on a camping trip, "Make a Wish," as well as David Gleeson's Irish-set "Cowboys & Angels."
Among other films screening are several political documentaries, including two exploring Iraq. Sarah Goodman's "Army of One" follows three recruits into the U.S. Army following 9/11. Their experiences are very different, with each situation growing more complex with the U.S. invasion. Draid Munajim's "Exile and Empire: 20 Short Films on Iraq" explores Baghdad through a series of multi-faceted shorts.
Closing the festival September 25th is Walter Salles' Ernesto "Che" Guevara biopic, "The Motorcycle Diaries."
[ For more information on the festival, go to their web site: http://www.atlanticfilm.com ]