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HALIFAX - There won‚Äôt be a shortage of star power when the red carpet is rolled out for this year‚Äôs Atlantic Film Festival.
Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Hugh Jackman and the late Cory Monteith are just some of the stars who will appear on screen at the 33rd annual film fest.
‚ÄúThroughout the festival we‚Äôre going to have a ton of special guests from outside the region‚ÄĚ said Jason Beaudry, program director of the festival. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs going to be filmmakers and talent in abundance at this year‚Äôs festival.‚ÄĚ
This year‚Äôs Atlantic Film Festival will feature more than 180 films ‚Äď with 80-plus from Atlantic Canada, including Bunker 6, which was filmed in the Debert Diefenbunker ‚Äď and a handful of special events will be presented over eight days from Sept. 12-19. The program was unveiled Tuesday.
Monteith‚Äôs last film before he died of a drug overdose, All the Wrong Reasons, will be presented at the Atlantic Gala on Sept. 13. Other titles sure to make a splash include racy comedy Don Jon starring Levitt and Scarlett Johansson, Invisible Woman, a drama about Charles Dickens extramarital affair starring Ralph Finnes and Arctic Defenders, a documentary investigating Inuit sovereignty in Canada‚Äôs north.
Star power aside, Beaudry says some the best films are made on Canadian turf.
‚ÄúThe sleeper hits of the festival every year are the Atlantic Shorts Programs because they‚Äôre jammed packed with talent and all the talent is here,‚ÄĚ he said.
Beaudry says there are a score of new additions to this year‚Äôs program for theater-goers to get excited for, including Cin√©ma En Fran√ßais S.V.P. ‚Äď a four-day program featuring 18 French-language films, expanded of day-time screenings throughout the weekend, and a showtime schedule which doesn‚Äôt overlap film certain genres at the same time.
‚ÄúBy staggering showtimes more so than in the past‚Ä¶ if somebody‚Äôs going to a film, when they get out, they‚Äôll have three different options,‚ÄĚ he said.
And with so many titles and events to choose from, Beaudry says the key to having a good time is simply taking a chance.
‚ÄúLook through the film lineup, find something that intrigues you, and take a leap of faith,‚ÄĚ he said.