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Palm Springs Film Festival: Canadian Films Draw Praise

20 December 2013 4:27 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Canadian films and filmmakers are drawing more and more global recognition, and the 25th Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival has programmed a hefty sidebar of films from the Great White North that make a compelling case for a Canadian renaissance.

Palm Springs artistic director Helen du Toit notes that some 7% of the festival audience is Canadian, with about 70% of festival attendees traveling from outside Palm Springs.

Quebec is the engine that is driving the country’s international film aspirations, as such Quebecois helmers as Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”), Jean-Marc Vallee (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Xavier Dolan (“Tom at the Farm”) have gained international followings, and some, notably Villeneuve and Vallee, have crossed over into Hollywood.

“There’s a strong sense of identity in Quebec,” du Toit says. “An artist is in a place of honor in French Canada — in Quebec, artists are celebrated.”

French-Canadians also support their local filmmakers at the box office, »

- Carole Horst

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Japanese film wins top honour at Vancouver international film festival

13 October 2013 9:22 PM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, Oct 4: Japanese film 'Like Father, Like Son' has won the prestigious People's Choice Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival in Canada.

Hirokazu Koreeda's film, which opened at the top of the box office in Japan last month, has been picked up for a U.S. remake by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Contactmusic reported.

Ben Ratner's 'Down River' was named Most Popular Canadian feature at the film festival, while Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda, claimed the title of Most Popular First Feature. (Ani) »

- Smith Cox

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‘Repeaters’ Review

4 April 2013 11:04 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Richard de Klerk, Alexia Fast, Gabrielle Rose, Benjamin Ratner | Written by Arne Olsen | Directed by Carl Bessai

A Groundhog Day-esque action drama, Repeaters is one of those films that will fly under the radar of many despite its impressive pedigree. Penned by Arne Olsen, who has one hell of a writing CV having worked on Red Scorpion, Cop and a Half and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie amongst many others, the film follows three troubled youths – Kyle, Sonia and Mike – at a drug-rehab center who, following an electric shock, end up repeating the same day over and over again. The trio quickly embrace their new gift, having all the fun they could ever want which includes committing crimes without any fear of reprisals. However once the fun starts to get a little too dangerous Kyle and Sonia decide they want to use their “gift” to help people, »

- Phil Wheat

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