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Locally filmed feature movie 'Still' to headline annual film festival

Actors James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold play an elderly New Brunswick couple who go up against local authorities in an effort to build their final home.
Actors James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold play an elderly New Brunswick couple who go up against local authorities in an effort to build their final home.

The tenth annual Canadian Film Festival will take place February 8-10, 2013 at the Capitol Centre in downtown North Bay with an exciting lineup of films and events.

The Canadian Film Festival is the result of a year-long planning effort by a number of dedicated and eager volunteers who have worked to select, plan and bring together this wonderful opportunity to engage audiences with thought-provoking, engaging and stimulating films.

This year's festival brings together a diverse collection of award-winning Canadian feature and short films and will provide something of interest to everyone. We are especially excited to host a gala reception on Saturday, February 9th at the WKP Kennedy Gallery, celebrating the locally filmed feature film STILL. The film's writer/director Michael McGowan will be in attendance.

All screenings are at the Capitol Centre in downtown North Bay. Festival passes are on sale now at the Capitol Centre Box Office and online at All-Access passes are priced at $65 for North Bay Film members and $75 for non-members. Single tickets will go on sale in January.

Confirmed features films to be screened at the festival include:

STILL: Michael McGowan's STILL is an exquisitely mounted and deeply affecting love story about one man's determination to create a suitable home for his ailing wife. Veterans James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold are nothing short of magnificent as they mine the subtext in the story of a couple with a deep and complicated past.

REBELLE: Canada's official submission to this year's Academy Awards, REBELLE is the story of a young girl who is kidnapped and forcibly inducted into a rebel army, and becomes haunted by premonitory visions in this heartfelt and helplessly moving portrait of a child soldier from Canadian director Kim Nguyen.

STORIES WE TELL: Sarah Polley makes her maiden voyage into documentary with this exploration of a family’s secrets, and the varying narratives that each member has created to explain their tangled past.

MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN: Spanning decades and generations, celebrated Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta's highly anticipated adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize–winning novel is an engrossing allegorical fantasy in which children born on the cusp of India's independence from Britain are endowed with strange, magical abilities.

INCH'ALLAH: A Quebec doctor discovers the heartbreaking absurdity of life in Israel's divided West Bank, in this intense, politically-charged drama from the producers of the Academy Award–nominated Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar.

BLACKBIRD: An alienated teenager's posturing online threat ignites a firestorm of fear in a small community, in this disturbing and perceptive look at how our media-fuelled, post-Columbine culture of fear can transform typical teen angst into intimations of murder.

ANTIVIRAL: The debut film from Brandon Cronenberg is a prescient and chilling vision of a dystopian future where celebrity obsession has gone to literally sick extremes.

LIVERPOOL: An unexpected heroine is plunged into a world of forged identities, corporate intrigue and organized crime in this lively, genre-bending caper from award-winning Quebec director Manon Briand (2 secondes, La turbulence des fluids).

The festival will also feature short films and local content. More details and the schedule will be released in early January.

For more festival information, check out: North Bay Film shares up-to-date news on Twitter @north_bay_film and on Facebook .

North Bay Film has been operating in North Bay for the past 22 years. We are a non-profit, volunteer-run group dedicated to providing a diverse cultural experience through film and film-related events. Our primary goal is to host film screenings in the North Bay community for films that would not otherwise be screened locally and that provide the opportunity for community members to access critically acclaimed and international films while they are still in their theatrical release. In addition to the annual Canadian Film Festival, North Bay Film runs a popular biweekly film series on Wednesday evenings at Galaxy Cinemas.