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HALIFAX - There wonât be a shortage of star power when the red carpet is rolled out for this yearâs 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.
âThroughout the festival weâre going to have a ton of special guests from outside the regionâ said Jason Beaudry, program director of the festival. âThereâs going to be filmmakers and talent in abundance at this yearâs festival.â
This yearâs Atlantic Film Festival will feature more than 180 films â with 80-plus from Atlantic Canada, including Bunker 6, which was filmed in the Debert Diefenbunker â and a handful of special events will be presented over eight days from Sept. 12-19. The program was unveiled Tuesday.
Monteithâs 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 Canadaâs north.
Star power aside, Beaudry says some the best films are made on Canadian turf.
âThe sleeper hits of the festival every year are the Atlantic Shorts Programs because theyâre jammed packed with talent and all the talent is here,â he said.
Beaudry says there are a score of new additions to this yearâs program for theater-goers to get excited for, including CinĂ©ma En FranĂ§ais S.V.P. â a four-day program featuring 18 French-language films, expanded of day-time screenings throughout the weekend, and a showtime schedule which doesnât overlap film certain genres at the same time.
âBy staggering showtimes more so than in the pastâŠ if somebodyâs going to a film, when they get out, theyâll have three different options,â 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.
âLook through the film lineup, find something that intrigues you, and take a leap of faith,â he said.