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My Top Ten Films from the 30th Atlantic Film Festival

Oxford MarqueeAs the summer winds down the excitement begins for the wide range of films that fill the screens during the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is the 30th festival and while I’m not sure what the exact number it is for me, it’s a safe bet that at this point I’ve attended about half of them. The amazing thing about the festival is how every year there are surprises in the films that appear and something that may be highly anticipated could disappoint and something that wasn’t on anybody’s radar becomes a favourite film. When you combine that with wonderful people and good weather you have one of the best 10 days of the year as everyone celebrates and shares and enjoys film. This year wasn’t as completely immersive as last year where there were more films to see, but overall there were some great films and most of the films were very much worth watching and discussing. Here are my favourite ten films from this year’s festival: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Modra, In a Better World, Heartbeats, Fubar 2, Incendies, Gainsbourg (vie héroïque), Undertow, Trigger, and The Myth of the American Sleepover.

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