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iW NEWS | “Blindness” and “Summerhood” Bookend 28th Atlantic Film Festival

iW NEWS | "Blindness" and "Summerhood" Bookend 28th Atlantic Film Festival

Canadian/Brazilian co-production “Blindness” by Don McKellar will open the 28th Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, NS September 11, ushering in the 10-day festival featuring 254 films. Also screening among AFF’s eleven galas is local filmmaker Michael Melski’s debut “Growing Up,” Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration,” Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s “Surveillance” and Cannes 2008 favorite “Une Conte de Noel” by Arnaud Desplechin. “The Book Lady,” a documentary about Dolly Parton’s campaign for children’s literacy from Natasha Ryan and Brad Horvath is also on tap. Favorites making the festival cirucit rounds including “Patti Smith: Dream of Life” and “Otto: Or, Up with Dead People” are also on tap for this year’s edition. Closing out the Atlantic Film Festival will be the Canadian premiere of “Summerhood” by Halifax filmmaker, Jacob Medjuck about a “pivotal summer” in the life of a nine year-old boy, including narration by John Cusack. “We are proud of the calibre of films, music, and industry sessions that we are bringing to Atlantic Canada in this, our biggest year yet,” commented AFF executive director Gregor Ash in a statement. “The festival this year continues its tradition of being a unique cultural event in the country that showcases the vast talent of Atlantic Canada while bringing films from across the country and world to Halifax.” For more information on the Atlantic Film Festival, visit their website. [Brian Brooks]]

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