Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival


Gala Film Presentations

Opening Night Gala

Saturday, Sept 14
The Art of the Steal , Johnathan Sobol
Entertainment One
Against his better judgement, cash-strapped daredevil Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) agrees to revisit the past and pull off just one more lucrative art theft, even if it means working with his untrustworthy brother Nicky (Matt Dillon). The score is a priceless, historical book: The Gospel of James. Crunchy reassembles the old team: the connected Uncle Paddy, plan master Nicky, forger Guy de Cornet, along with his sidekick Francie, and his girlfriend Lola (Katheryn Winnick, Killers) to pull off the impossible. However, one successful heist leads to another plan as Nicky convinces the gang to create 10 fake Gospels to sell for 10 times the profit, even though he has no intention of cutting any of them in on the now-massive payday. What Nicky isn’t expecting is that Crunch has learned a few tricks of his own, including having invented a fabricated Gospel that will allow him to even the score with his brother once and for all. Russell and Dillon are joined by Jay Baruchel (This is The End) and Terence Stamp (Wanted) in this heist comedy.

Sunday, Sept 15
The Invisible Woman , Ralph Fiennes
Mongrel Media
Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily married mother and school teacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens - famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success - falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens - a brilliant amateur actor - a man more emotionally coherent in his work, or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of 'invisibility'. Directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus), and rising talent Felicity Jones, The Invisible Woman is based on the book by Claire Tomalin.

Monday, Sept 16
Cubicle Warriors , Jeff Stephenson
Breakthrough Entertainment
Cubicle Warriors is a quirky office comedy about two best friend university grads, Neal (Michael Seater) and Isaac (Joe Dinicol), who get hired at a top investment bank. It's a dream job for them: Neal needs to pay off his student loan or the bank will foreclose his parents' house. Isaac is trying to win the respect of his father, a wealthy businessman. But on their first day of work they discover that their boss (Alan Thicke) plans to create a crooked student loan deal that will make him and his cronies rich – by bankrupting students. Neal and Isaac embark on a risky mission to stop the deal and blackmail the bank into calling it off. They try to do the right thing, but it's hard to stay good in a corrupt world.

Tuesday, Sept 17
Kill Your Darlings , John Krokidas
Entertainment One
While he is attending Columbia University in 1944, the young Allen Ginsberg’s (Daniel Radcliffe) life is turned upside down when he sets eyes on Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), an impossibly cool and boyishly handsome classmate. Carr opens Ginsberg up to a bohemian world and introduces him to William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston). Repelled by rules and conformity in both life and literature, the four agree to tear down tradition and make something new, ultimately formulating the tenets of and giving birth to what became the Beat movement. On the outside, looking in, is David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), a man in his thirties desperately in love with Carr. When Kammerer is found dead, and Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr are arrested in conjunction with the murder, the nascent artists’ lives change forever.

Wednesday, Sept 18
The Story of Luke , Alonso Mayo
The Story of Luke explores the life of a 25 year old young man named Luke (Lou Taylor Pucci), who is autistic and lives a sheltered life with his grandparents. But his world is suddenly turned upside down when his grandmother dies and he is forced to live with his dysfunctional relatives (Cary Elwes, Kristin Bauer van Straten) who have no patience for him or his senile grandfather (Kenneth Welsh), who they quickly force into a nursing home. Luke is left with his grandfather’s final semi-coherent words: “Get a job. Find a girl. Live your own life. Be a man!” For the first time in his life, Luke has a mission. He is about to embark on a quest. The Story of Luke was filmed in Sault Ste. Marie.

Thursday, Sept 19
Parkland , Peter Landesman
Remstar Films
From producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, Parkland is the true story behind a tragic day in history you thought you knew, but didn’t, and couldn’t, until now…50 years later. November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world forever – when young American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. We follow in almost real time a handful of individuals forced to make split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event that would change their lives and forever alter our world’s landscape: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, the chief of the Dallas Secret Service, the unwitting cameraman who captured what has become the most watched and examined film in history, the FBI Agents who had gunman Lee Harvey Oswald within their grasp, and Vice President Lyndon Johnson who had to take control of a country in a moment’s notice. Woven together, their seemingly disparate perspectives make one of the most thrilling and powerful stories never told.

Friday, Sept 20
Gabrielle , Louise Archambault
Entertainment One
When the musically gifted but mentally challenged Gabrielle (Gabrielle Marion-Rivard) falls for a young man whom she meets through a special needs choir, the couple’s fledgling relationship is challenged by their families and social workers who fear that they cannot handle an adult romance. The determined Gabrielle strives to prove them wrong with a few hurdles along the way. Writer and director Louise Archambault previously won the Claude Jutra Award at the Genies for Familia, which screened at Cinéfest Sudbury in 2005. Familia also won the Best Canadian First Feature Film Award at Toronto International Film Festival. Gabrielle stars Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, and Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin.

Saturday, Sept 21
The Right Kind of Wrong , Jeremiah S. Chechik
Entertainment One
The Right Kind of Wrong tells the story of Leo Palamino (Ryan Kwanten), an eccentric would-be writer forced to wash dishes to make ends meet, and whose ex-wife (Kristen Hager) makes his many flaws public in a blog turned bestselling book entitled “Why You Suck”. When Leo meets Colette (Sara Canning), the girl of his dreams at a wedding – HER wedding – he will do anything to win her over. And so the ultimate underdog love story begins in which Leo, a fearless dreamer, risks all to show Colette and the whole world all that is right with a man famous for being wrong. The Right Kind of Wrong is an adaptation of Tim Sandlin’s novel Sex and Sunsets and is directed by Jeremiah Chechik (Benny & Joon).

Closing Night Gala 

Sunday, Sept 22
Cas & Dylan , Jason Priestly
Pacific Northwest Pictures
Screen legend Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, Jaws) stars as Dr. Cas Pepper, a curmudgeonly surgeon whose only companion in life is his small dog. Faced with some unexpected news, Cas makes the abrupt decision to leave Winnipeg and drive west to British Columbia—and to an uncertain future. Before departing, he meets an aspiring young writer named Dylan (Tatiana Maslany; Orphan Black, Picture Day) who possesses a life-altering secret of her own, and wouldn’t mind coming along for the ride. The two unlikely companions hit the road, encountering a series of bizarre twists and turns along their cross-country journey. And it isn’t long before they realize that, in searching for an escape route, they may have found their place in the world. Cas & Dylan was shot, in part, in Sudbury.

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