Fascinating films make your cinema a great escape
(NC) Are you looking to get away from it all, even for just a couple of hours? Grab some popcorn and go to the movies. This fall there are some excellent films in the line-up.
The thriller Enemy for example, is based on a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a man who spots his exact double in a movie and sets out to find him, turning both of their lives upside down in the process.
The F Word, a romantic comedy from director Michael Dowse (FUBAR). In The Art of the Steal, a TIFF 2013 gala presentation, Kurt Russell plays a motorcycle daredevil and art thief ready to pull off one last job with his brother, played by Matt Dillon. Things don't quite go as planned when the old team gets together to steal a priceless historical book. Directed by Jonathan Sobol, this comedy also stars Canadian actors Jay Baruchel and Katheryn Winnick.
If you prefer your comedies black, you might like The Husband, a funny, but at times gut-wrenching, story of a man juggling a miserable ad-agency job, an infant son, and a wife in jail (for cheating on him with a fourteen year-old).
If you're in the mood for a documentary, the visually-stunning Watermark is an excellent choice. Co-directed by photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal, this informative and thoughtful film explores the ways that humanity uses (and abuses) one of our most vital resources - water.
These films aren't just about great entertainment, however. Each one was made right here in Ontario with support from the Ontario Media Development (OMDC) Film Fund, which provides funding for Ontario producers for feature films. The Film Fund has generated an estimated $424 million for the province since its inception.
“OMDC drives investment and job creation by working with talented local producers and attracting international productions as well,” says Karen Thorne-Stone, the organization's CEO. “Our multi-billion dollar creative economy is putting us on the map and showing audiences all around the world what Ontario has to offer.”
As an agency of the government of Ontario, the OMDC is the central catalyst for the province's cultural media cluster, including book publishing, interactive digital media, music, magazine publishing, and film and television industries. Film and television are big business: in 2012, the industry contributed $1.3 billion to provincial GDP and employed 29,000 people. Production has doubled since 2008 and keeps growing.
“This is because Ontario is a world-class jurisdiction for movie-making, thanks to prime locations, skilled crews, modern studios, visual FX services, competitive financial incentives, a world-class Film Commission, and other programs it supports,” Thorne-Stone continued. “Blockbusters like Total Recall, Pacific Rim and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones were all shot here to take advantage of the sophisticated capabilities available.”
More made-in-Ontario films to add to your viewing list can be found at www.omdc.on.ca, on twitter @OMDCtweets, or at Facebook.com/OMDCOnline.
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