McKellar movie starring Taylor Kitsch to open Atlantic Film Festival

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The Canadian Press

HALIFAX — A film starring Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch as a doctor who can save a small town from financial disarray will open the Atlantic Film Festival.

“The Grand Seduction,” from Toronto director Don McKellar, also stars Irish actor Brendan Gleeson and Gordon Pinsent.

Jay Dahl, whose film “Roller Town” opened the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival, is back with his apocalyptic horror flick, “There Are Monsters.”

Other highlights include “Hard Drive,” a coming-of-age movie by St. John’s, N.L.-based Governor General’s Award-winning filmmaker William D. MacGillivray, and “Buying Sex,” a documentary by Nova Scotian husband-and-wife team Kent Nason and Teresa MacInnes.

This year also features an increase in Atlantic-based talent, with more than 80 locally produced films to be screened, including "Bunker 6," a thriller based out of the Debert Diefenbunker. That represents a 30 per cent increase from the previous year.

This year’s Atlantic Film Festival runs Sept. 12-19.

——— Online: www.atlanticfilm.com

Geographic location: Toronto

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