Big Oscar Winners Headline Film Fest
Film fans who missed seeing the major Academy Award winners on the big screen in Thunder Bay will finally get their chance thanks to the 22nd Annual Northwest Film Fest, staged by the North of Superior Film Association (NOSFA)
Oscar winners including Birdman, Still Alice, Selma, and Citizenfour headline a stellar line-up of 21 films that will be screened at SilverCity April 12th and 19th during the film fest.
Among them, the four headliners have won a total of 297 cinema awards, including one Oscar apiece for Still Alice (Best Actress, Julianne Moore), Citizenfour (Best Documentary Feature), Selma (Best Original Song) and four for Birdman (Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, and Original Screenplay.)
The film festival is truly a global affair, with several countries from around the world represented including:
Argentina (Wild Tales)
France (Les Combattants, Cannes award winner)
Russia (Leviathan, Oscar nominee Best Foreign Language Film)
Mauritania (Timbuktu, Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film)
Spain (Living is Easy with Eyes Shut)
Japan (animated feature, The Wind Rises)
United Kingdom ('71, Frank, and Sunshine on Leith)
Beside the Oscar winners, other films from the USA include The Humbling (with Al Pacino), Locke (with Tom Hardy), Obvious Child, and the acclaimed documentary, Red Army about the famed "Russian Five" who played hockey for the Soviet national team. Canada is represented by Tu dors Nicole, and An Eye for Beauty, from acclaimed Canadian director, Denys Arcand.
The festival will kick-off with a special "Prelude" screening, Thursday, April 9th, featuring Boychoir with Dustin Hoffman, and Phoenix, a World War II thriller from Germany.
The festival is also featuring several shorts by local and regional filmmakers including Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino), Beyond the Edge and The Maker (Alek Bélanger, from New Liskeard), jumpjump (Sarah Constible), and Impersians (Thunder Bay resident Betty Carpick.)
Festival Six-packs will be on sale at the April 9th screening of Boychoir and Phoenix at SilverCity, as well as at The UPS Store, 1100 Memorial Avenue. Festival information can be found on the NOSFA website: www.nosfa.