Atlantic Film Festival Press Kit
The Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) welcomes media from Atlantic Canada, nationally and beyond to cover the event, Sept. 13-20, 2012.
To seek media accreditation for the event, please email your request to Wendy Phillips, AFF Publicist at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, September 7 at 5 p.m.
Opening Gala Film: The Angels’ Share
A bittersweet comedy about a Glasgow boy locked in a family feud who just wants a way out. On community service Robbie meets Rhino, Albert and Mo for whom, like him, work is little more than a distant dream. Little did Robbie imagine that turning to drink might change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. What will it be for Robbie? More violence and vendettas or a new future with ‘Uisge Beatha’, the ‘Water of Life’?
Only the angels know...
Atlantic Gala: The Disappeared
Lifeboat. The Old Man and the Sea. Knife In the Water. Dead Calm. This is the lineage of motion pictures evoked by Halifax novelist, screenwriter and director Shandi Mitchell in her startlingly confident debut feature, The Disappeared. The story of six East Coast men in two dories lost at sea, the film etches character against an elemental urge to survive on the broad, mysterious and ever-changing Atlantic Ocean, in all its pitiless magnificence. With an ancient compass, oars and their brawny arms and wits as their only tools, the men must wage a desperate struggle to retain their humanity and any shards of hope while an indifferent universe of ocean swells, flat calms, enveloping fog and, ultimately, despair threatens to overwhelm them.
Telefilm Canada Gala Film: Midnight's Children
Midnight’s Children is an epic film from Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta, based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Salman Rushdie.
At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the offspring of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and are inextricably linked to India’s whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters.
From the unlikely romance of Saleem’s grandparents to the birth of his own son, Midnight’s Children is a journey at once sweeping in scope and yet intimate in tone. Hopeful, comic and magical – the film conjures images and characters as rich and unforgettable as India herself.
Closing Gala: A Royal Affair
One of the most popular films at the Berlin Film Festival this year was the Scandinavian costume drama, A Royal Affair. Set during the age of the French Revolution in the Danish Royal Court, the two-hour-and-fifteen-minute epic tells the remarkable true story of freethinking doctor Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), who somehow gets appointed as doctor to the mad King Christian VII. Falling in love with the spurned queen, Struensee eventually has the easily led king pass legislation freeing the peasantry and loosening censorship. Lush, involving, and full of delicious court intrigues, A Royal Affair is a hugely entertaining trip into history.