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<Updates from Hot Docs>

(April 26, 2015 - Toronto, ON) Tomorrow we move into the first full week of Hot Docs and today so that we can provide more lead time, Northernstars shifts to reporting on those Canadian films that will screen the next day. That is, today's Hot Docs column will let you know what's screening tomorrow, Monday, April 27. As in previous posts we highlight just the Canadian films because that's what we do best. There is a link to the Hot Docs website so that you easily access all the information you need about all the films on the full 2015 schedule.Arrow



<Lakeshorts Film Festival 5th season> (April 22, 2015 - Toronto, ON) There seems to be more film festivals in Toronto in any given year than there are across the entire country in that same time frame. An exaggeration of course, but Toronto boasts all kinds of film festivals in all sorts of languages, including silent, and in all sorts of sizes ranging from International to local and from lengthy to festivals that are held over in a day or two. One of the shorter film festivals is the Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival, now in its 5th year, which was co-founded by actress Michelle Nolden (Saving Hope, Nikita, Republic of Doyle) and film and television producer Chris Szarka.Arrow
<Dancing Arabs opens 23rd annual Toronto Jewish Film Festival> (April 15, 2015 - Toronto, ON) The 23rd annual Toronto Jewish Film Festival gets underway with the Toronto Premiere of the Israel-France-Germany coproduction, Dancing Arabs. The film is celebrated director Eran Riklis’ (The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree) adaptation of Sayed Kashua’s acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel. We meet the young Eyad who tries to navigate the complexities of being an Arab-Israeli citizen attending an Israeli preparatory school. Co-starring Yaël Abecassis, Marlene Bajali, Tawfeek Barhum and Razi Gabareen, Variety said this was... "Riklis’ strongest film in several years." Of special interest is the attendance of the director for this screening.Arrow
<Monsoon> Now Playing:

Sturla Gunnarsson's remarkable documentary Monsoon has been making its way across Canada and is now playing in Edmonton and Vancouver, where they're usually used to a certain amount of rain. But nothing like you'll witness in Monsoon. With stunning visuals and POV shots, Gunnarsson take viewers through the divine destruction beyond what we believe to be a disastrous act of nature, highlighting how a torrential downpour can be the soul of a country. Click here to watch the trailer. Click here for more movies Now Playing.Arrow

<Lost River> Now Playing:
Ryan Gosling makes his feature film directorial debut in a film now playing in Toronto. It is scheduled for release on DVD on May 5th. Lost River costars Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, who plays a single mother of two who descends into a dark underworld trying to save her childhood home and hold her family together, while her son sets off on a journey to uncover the secret behind the origins of their abandoned city. Click here for more about Ryan Gosling. Click here for more movies Now Playing.Arrow


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