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Full Atlantic Film Festival lineup unveiled

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Bruce McDonalds Trigger, starring Molly Parker, Tracy Wright and Don McKellar.
  • Bruce McDonald's Trigger, starring Molly Parker, Tracy Wright and Don McKellar.

On Tuesday, the Atlantic Film Festival revealed the rest of its schedule, and we managed to drag our sweaty fingers across the keyboard to pick out a few early favourites.

For those who like to be the first to see big commercial films, there’s Stephen Frears’ adaptation of the graphic novel Tamara Drewe and Mike Leigh’s comedy Another Year, starring Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville. Woody Allen’s back with You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, about a married couple (Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones), their daughter (Naomi Watts) and her husband (Josh Brolin) and (surprise!) their anxieties and marital problems. Expect a 2am debate over Let Me In, the American remake of the beloved Swedish vampire film, playing midnight on August 25.

For the realists, there’s Ondi Timoner’s doc Cool It on global warming skeptic Bjorn Lomborg. Having just seen Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, I can highly recommend the doc for Tamra Davis’ cool examination of the 1970s and ’80s New York art scene. Thrilled also to see Joann Sfar’s biopic Gainsbourg: expect a fashionably turned out audience for that one.

Music fans, watch for Ride, Rise, Roar, the Talking Heads’ successor to Stop Making Sense (finally, a sequel that does make sense). Love ’em or hate ’em, embrace Bruce McDonald and Broken Social Scene’s This Movie is Broken. But the film I’m most excited about right now is McDonald’s Trigger, written by Daniel MacIvor, starring Molly Parker as a cleaned-up Courtney Love-like musician who reunites with her old bandmate, the awesome Tracy Wright (RIP).

Outside of the theatre watch for free screenings of Atlantic shorts, noon from September 20-24, and a drive-in screening of American Graffiti at Alderney Landing on September 25. Tickets are now on sale at,, the box office at Park Lane and 24 hours a day at Video Difference.

Ride, Rise, Roar trailer from ride, rise, roar on Vimeo.


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