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Hudson Festival of Canadian Film coming to a screen near you March 2-5

PHOTO COURTESY CLINT WARD The late cinematographer Ben McKinnon, shown in photo above at right during filming of Kin Fables, will be honoured on the gala opening night of the 2nd Hudson Festival of Canadian Film on Thursday, March 2, at Hudson Village Theatre.

Together with the personal appearance of two renowned directors, Brigitte Berman and John Walker, some of Canada's best and most critically-acclaimed movies, are all set for screening at the second annual Hudson Festival of Canadian Film running March 2 through 5 at Hudson Village Theatre and opening with an evening, including a gala, to honour the late Ben McKinnon of Rigaud and emerging filmmakers.

Organized and hosted by The Hudson Film Society (HFS), the festival will showcase nine movies that truly reflect its mandate. Namely, transforming the way people see the world, says festival President Clint Ward. And here's the lineup.

Hello Destroyer: Friday, March 3, 2 p.m.

A young junior hockey player’s life is shattered by an in-game act of violence and he is ostracized from the community. His personal journey ends up illuminating troubling systemic issues around violence.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CLINT WARD Acclaimed director, John Walker, shown above overlooking Montreal atop Mont Royal, will be in Hudson on Friday, March 3, to introduce his latest film, Quebec My Country Mon Pays and answer questions from the audience.

Quebec My Country Mon Pays: Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.

Charts the impact of Quebec’s Quiet Revolution in the 1960s. This social justice movement unleashed dramatic cultural and political changes that led to the separatist movement, the FLQ crisis and, ultimately, the exodus of more than 500,000 English-speaking Quebecers. Montreal-born filmmaker John Walker, who will lead a discussion following the film, reveals his own complicated relationship with the province in a film brimming with love and longing.

Koneline: Our Land Beautiful: Saturday, March 4, 11 a.m.

A sensual, cinematic celebration of northwestern British Columbia, and all the dreamers who move across it. Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, Koneline captures beauty and complexity as one of Canada’s vast stretches of wilderness undergoes irrevocable change.

Operation Avalanche: March 4, 2 p.m.

At the height of the Cold War, the CIA suspects there is a Russian mole inside NASA, sabotaging the Apollo program. They send two young agents on a mission to go undercover, posing as documentary filmmakers to capture NASA’s race to the moon. The real mission - use their access and technology to hunt down the leak and what they discover is far more shocking than soviet spies.

Mean Dreams: March 4, 4:30 p.m.

A thriller about a 15-year-old boy who steals a bag of drug money and runs away with the girl he loves from their small rural community while her corrupt cop father hunts them down. This coming-of-age fable brings together the desperation of life on the run and the beauty and wonder of first love.

The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent: March 4, 7.30 p.m.

A look at the life and legacy of Canadian actor, Gordon Pinsent that will be introduced by the director, Brigitte Berman.

Maligutit (Searchers) March 5, 1 p.m.

Inspired by the John Ford film, The Searchers, an Inuit woman and her daughter are kidnapped by three Inuit men, while her husband and son are away. The husband sets out on a journey to find his family and punish the perpetrators.

Old Stone, March 5, 4 p.m.

When a drunken passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist in China, the driver stops to help the injured man. When no police or ambulance arrives, he drives the victim to the hospital, checks him in and finds himself liable for the man’s medical bills. The repercussions of Shi’s selfless act expose a society rife with bone-chilling callousness and bureaucratic indifference.

Juste la fin du monde (It’s Only the End of the World) March 5, 7:30 p.m.

A bonus and winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, this new film from Québécois wunderkind Xavier Dolan (Mommy) ropes in an all-star French cast for its tempestuous tale about the fraught reunion of a fractured family.

Festival passes are $75, individual tickets are available at Pure Art, 422 Main Road, and for more info go to hudsonfilmsociety.ca or villagetheatre.ca.

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