Thursday August 28, 2014





Get what you want at 17th annual film fest

'We’re trying to listen to our audience and give them what they want'
Courtesy, Sony Pictures

Smashed, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul, follows a couple whose mutual bond is based on alcohol. It plays in Kamloops on March 8 at 7 p.m.

Organizers of the 17th Kamloops Canadian and International Film Festival aim to give audiences what they’ve been asking for when the event returns to the Paramount Theatre next month.

That means more comedic films and a wrap party that takes place on a Saturday night, said festival committee member Dusan Magdolen.

“We’re trying to listen to our audience and give them what they want,” he said.

This year’s festival begins Thursday, March 7 and concludes Saturday, March 16. At least three of the 10 films have comedic elements.

They are Canadian documentary Lunarcy, the U.S. comedy/drama Smashed and the Canadian film
Camera Shy.

The Saturday finish is a departure from past festivals. Magdolen said this is to accommodate people who wanted to attend the wrap party in years past but didn’t because the event was held on a Thursday.

“For us, we want it to be a big, fun rollicking event,” he said, adding the party will be at The Noble Pig Brewhouse on Victoria Street.

Here is the full list of films:

* The World Before Her (March 7, 7 p.m.): This documentary explores two divergent paths in the new, modernizing India.

* Smashed (March 8, 7 p.m.): A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol has their relationship put to the test.

* Ernest & Celestine (March 9, 1 p.m.): A bear and a mouse find support and comfort in each other, but in the process fly in the face of the established order.

* Camera Shy (March 9, 3 p.m.): An ambitious Vancouver councilman finds his life spinning out of control when a mysterious cameraman targets him.

* Holy Motors (March 9, 7 p.m.): Join Monsieur Oscar on a rollicking limousine journey through the streets of Paris.

* Lunarcy (March 10, 3 p.m.): A group of dreamers and schemers share a devotion to the moon.

* A Royal Affair (March 10, 7 p.m.): Brave idealists risk everything in their pursuit of freedom.

* Amour (March 11, 7 p.m.): An elderly couple’s bond is tested when one of them suffers an attack.

* Stories We Tell (March 12, 7 p.m.): Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polly investigates the secrets behind a family of storytellers.

* War Witch (March 13, 7 p.m.): A 14-year-old girl in Sub-Saharan Africa tells her life story to her unborn child.

* Rust & Bone (March 14, 7 p.m.): Ali’s bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after she suffers a horrible accident.

* The Perks of Being a Wallflower (March 15, 7 p.m.): An introverted freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors.

* Blood Pressure (March 16, 3 p.m.): A woman receives a letter from an anonymous observer who knows her daily habits and potential intimately.

* Boy (March 16, 7 p.m.): A coming-of-age story about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson.
Magdolen said tickets will be available by the end of the week. He asks people to visit www.kamloopsfilmfestival.ca for updated information.


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