Ninety years ago Warner Brothers released The Jazz Singer. Although it was basically a silent movie with title cards, the film’s audience heard popular vaudevillian Al Jolson sing. He then presented the movie’s first spoken ad-libbed words, “Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.”
Jolson was right. Films have become the premier form of mass communicated entertainment and art. They transcend borders and language and cultural barriers. They entertain and educate as well as provoke and propagandize.
Sudbury’s annual Cinéfest, international film festival, gives local audiences an opportunity to see some of the best films from around the world. Many of the film selections are Canadian ones that do not have large distribution. They are usually crowded out by American films at the super cinemas.
This year’s festival theme, developed by Tony Jurgelis of 50 Carleton, is Drift Away With Us. According to a news release from the Cinéfest office, “the embodiment of this year’s image evokes memories of old-Hollywood stars such as Charlie Chaplin, intertwines it with Banksy-related artistic themes and tops it all off with a dash of Northern Ontario beauty and serenity. The ambiguity of the central bowler-hat-wearing figure grants everyone permission to step out of their comfort zone, take a risk, and allow themselves to be transported into worlds unknown – if but only for a moment.”
Long Time Running, about the iconic Canadian band The Tragically Hip’s legendary 2016 Man Machine Poem tour, will open the film festival Saturday, Sept 16 at 7 pm. There will be a catered reception, courtesy of Bryston’s, following the film at Science North.
The Thursday night gala feature is Borg/McEnroe, an English language Swedish film about one of the world’s greatest tennis players Björn Borg and his biggest rival John McEnroe.
International films highlights include:
Django (in French, German, English and Romany with English subtitles). Set in France during the German occupation, guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt refuses to tour Germany. Faced with the question of whether or not to allow his art to be used for political purposes, he has to make a decision of vital significance.
In God’s Own Country (UK) a hardworking English farmer numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with binge drinking and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before.
The Queen of Spain (Spanish and English with English subtitles) has an all-star cast for a lavish homage to 1950s Spanish cinema. The Queen of Spain stars Penélope Cruz and Mandy Patinken.
More than 100 films will be shown at Cinéfest, which runs from Sept. 16 to 24 at SilverCity cinemas.
Want more film festival information? Visit Cinefest.com where you can purchase tickets, read film synopses and check out the latest in exciting Festival news and happenings! You can also call us at 705.688.1234, visit us in person, 40 Larch Street – Unit 103
Tickets for the 29th edition of Cinéfest Sudbury are officially on sale. Passes and tickets will be available at the Cinéfest Sudbury Downtown Box Office (40 Larch Street, Unit 103) by phone (705.688.1234) or online at www.cinefest.com.