CNC film festival opens tonight

With the Canada Winter Games sports and concerts all behind us, it is time to kick back and relax with movies. The 19th Annual Cinema CNC Film Festival starts tonight, giving local audiences a trove of film titles that are at the same time highly acclaimed and hard to find on big screens in this region.

For less than $60, cinemaphiles can see all eight festival films. Day-passes and single-film tickets are also available. There are two movies on today, three Saturday and three Sunday.

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All these films are Canadian. They feature strong scripts, inspired direction (Deanne Foley, Daniel Perlmutter, Andrea Dorfman and Sturla Gunnarsson among them), and a collection of movie stars like Gordon Pinsent, Scott Speedman, Tanya Davis and Tim Roth.

There is some French content with the films Felix And Meira (it also has some Yiddish) and Mommy. There is a documentary in the form of Trick Or Treaty by director Alanis Obomsawin, telling a story of far north aboriginal life, the Treaty 9 document, and the Idle No More movement.

The lineup in order is:

Tonight: Relative Happiness (7 p.m.) and October Gale (9:30 p.m.)

Saturday: Trick Or Treaty (1 p.m.), Monsoon (7 p.m.) and Big News From Grand Rock (9:30 p.m.)

Sunday: Felix And Meira (2 p.m.), Mommy (7 p.m.) and Heartbeat (9:30 p.m.)

The festival is a production of Cinema CNC, the city's leading indie-film organization based at the Stan Shaffer Theatre (Room 1-306) at the College of New Caledonia. The festival is held entirely at the Prince George Playhouse.

Tickets and passes are available at the PG Playhouse door, the CNC Bookstore and at Books And Company.

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