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Academy Award winners headline Thunder Bay film festival

A quartet of Academy Award-winning movies will light up the silver screen at Thunder Bay's annual Northwest Film Fest, presented by the North of Superior Film Association.

More than 20 films, some from Thunder Bay, will screen over 2 weekends at annual festival

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, David Oyelowo portrays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a scene from "Selma." The Academy Award-winning movie will screen in Thunder Bay as part of the Northwest Film Fest on April 12 and April 19.(AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Atsushi Nishijima) (Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount Pictures/Associated Press)

A quartet of Academy Award-winning movies will light up the silver screen at Thunder Bay's annual Northwest Film Fest, presented by the North of Superior Film Association.

Birdman, Still Alice, Selma, and Citizenfour are among the 21 films that will be screened at SilverCity on Saturday April 12, and Saturday April 19.

Festival organizers decided to add the four Oscar winners when it became clear they would not be showing in Thunder Bay, said association president Marty Mascarin.
North of Superior Film Association president Marty Mascarin says the movies featured at the Northwest Film Fest in Thunder Bay include Academy Award winners, comedies, documentaries and even one to please hockey fans. (Marty Mascarin)

"And from dialogue with SilverCity staff that there was some keen patron interest in these films, we thought we would give them a whirl," he said.

Mascarin said filmmakers from across northwestern Ontario will also get a chance to see their work on the big screen.

"We are featuring some shorts from local and regional filmmakers. It's a new component we have been implementing over the last few years," he said.

Local films:

  • Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino)
  • Beyond the Edge and The Maker (Alek Bélanger, from New Liskeard)
  • jumpjump (Sarah Constible)
  • Impersians (Thunder Bay resident Betty Carpick.)

Other Canadian films:

  • Tu dors Nicole
  • An Eye for Beauty (from acclaimed Canadian director Denys Arcand)

American films:

  • Birdman (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Screenplay.) ​
  • Selma (Best Original Song) 
  • ​Still Alice (Best Actress, Julianne Moore)
  • Citizenfour (Best Documentary Feature)
  • The Humbling (with Al Pacino)
  • Locke (with Tom Hardy)
  • Obvious Child
  • Red Army 

International films:

  • Wild Tales - Argentina
  • Les Combattants (Cannes award winner) - France
  • Leviathan (Oscar nominee Best Foreign Language Film) - Russia
  • Timbuktu (Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) - Mauritania
  • Living is Easy with Eyes Shut - Spain
  • The Wind Rises (animated feature) - Japan
  • '71- United Kingdom
  • Frank - United Kingdom
  • Sunshine on Leith - United Kingdom

The festival kicks off Thursday April 9 with a special screening of Boychoir with Dustin Hoffman, and Phoenix, a World War II thriller from Germany.

Festival information can be found on the North of Superior Film Association website.


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