August 25th, 2014, St. John’s – The 25th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is thrilled to announce this year’s Opening and Closing night films.
October Gale, masterfully directed by Canadian filmmaker Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time, Sabah), will celebrate its Atlantic Canadian premiere at the Festival’s ExxonMobil Opening Night Gala, on October 14 at the Arts and Culture Centre. A thriller set against the beauty of Ontario’s Georgian Bay and starring Patricia Clarkson, Tim Roth and Scott Speedman, October Gale’s arrival in St. John’s will follow its world-premiere as part of the TIFF Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. It was during TIFF 2009 that Nadda won Best Canadian Feature for her film Cairo Time. October Gale, currently in post-production, is already generating an enormous buzz on the Canadian festival circuit.
The ExxonMobil Opening Night Gala will be co-presented by ExxonMobil, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund and the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation. The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is honoured to be part of the Eye On Canada program for the third year in a row. Launched by Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund, Eye On Canada is a national initiative which aims to bring major Canadian films and filmmakers to wider audiences.
The Emera Closing Night Gala will feature a film that has already gained attention on the international stage. Relative Happiness, Newfoundlander Deanne Foley’s film adaptation of Lesley Crewe’s novel of the same name, screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year as part of Telefilm Canada’s Perspective Canada showcase.
Relative Happiness is a wise and witty romantic comedy set in small-town Nova Scotia. Australian actress Melissa Bergland delivers a lively and engaging performance as protagonist Lexie Ivy. She is accompanied by stars Aaron Poole and Jonathan Sousa, Susan Kent and Joel Thomas Hynes.
Stay tuned for announcements about special guests from the cast and crew of both films as our program unfolds.
The 25th St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is proudly sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, Telefilm Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, NIFCO, the Canada Media Fund, Memorial University, the City of St. John’s, ExxonMobil, Emera Newfoundland & Labrador, Creative Women Workshops’ Women in the Director’s Chair, William F. White International, the Quality Hotel Harbourview, the Independent Production Fund, the Bell Fund, the Canadian Media Production Association, the Christina Parker Gallery, Metrobus Transit, Women in Film and Television – Atlantic, and the Director’s Guild of Canada.
For more information contact:
Eilish Mc Brearty
Communications & Education Coordinator
St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
709 754 3141