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Hudson Film Society goes Wild in launching 10th season at HVT on September 21m


Reese Witherspoon wends her way in Wild opening the Hudson Film Society’s 10th anniversary at Hudson Village Theatre on Monday, September 21.

Back in 2006, several local cinema enthusiasts got together to propose films being shown at least once a month at Hudson’s little railway station theatre down by the tracks. Namely, Hudson Village Theatre where the group backed the purchase of the required equipment and the Hudson Film Society (HFS) was born.

The Society subsequently entered into an affiliation with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) through an outreach organization titled The Film Circuit Group and memberships sold out almost overnight.

Devoted to both Canadian and international programing ever since - often screening below-the-radar cinema fare that was sometimes challenging but most often enjoyable - it rapidly became a smash hit with cinephiles from throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region and even beyond.

Soon after, a weekend documentary festival was added, followed by a fiction film festival in the spring. A series of opera films was also made available and one-night fundraisers for local charities were also embarked upon, leading to a busy and varied screening program right in the centre of Hudson.

To celebrate its 10th season, HFS will once again be screening its usual eight-film series, as well as a few surprises, beginning on Monday, September 21, at the same theatre with Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who once again will be there to answer any questions from the audience.

PHOTO  COURTESY HUDSON FILM SOCIETY Polish actress Agata Trzebuchowska stars in Ida, a moving drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

Says HFS president, Clint Ward, “The Committee has recently decided on the first four films of our 10th year and Jean-Marc Vallée is the perfect opening guest because, in our first year, we screened C.R.A.Z.Y and all of his films since then have been shown. Always accompanied with Jean-Marc who has become one of the young lion directors in the world of cinema.”

October’s film - not yet showing in cinemas - will be the compelling thriller Ida, a Polish entry which won last year’s best Foreign Film Oscar starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau . An excitement for November will be Atom Egoyan’s latest offering, Remember. The December film - along with mulled wine - will be a romantic comedy, I’ll See You in my Dreams.

Says Ward, “Wild is powerfully moving and emotionally resonant, and finds its director and star, Reese Witherspoon, working at the peak of their respective powers. With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope.

“After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.”

For further info or to sign up for membership to enjoy all eight films - January to April movies will be selected later in the year - call Inga Lawson at (450) 424-2893.

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