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RANDALL KING / MOVIES

One International City

In a single week, Winnipeg is host to three different film festivals highlighting different cultures, including the ongoing Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival (till June 1 at the Rady Centre) and the inaugural Ukrainian-language Kinofilm Fest at the Shaw Performing Arts Centre at the Forks. Not to be outdone, Cinematheque is hosting Diverciné 2014, a program of film from French-language countries around the world, including the Canadian doc The Nature of Frederic Back (Saturday, May 24, at 7 p.m.), a portrait of the Quebec artist and filmmaker, and the Belgian comedy The Fairy (Saturday, May 24 at 9 p.m.), an homage to silent cinema by three celebrated Belgian comics. For the complete program, log onto winnipegfilmgroup.com.

 

KEVIN PROKOSH / STAGE

Ice in his veins

A 48-year-old Icelander with a prominent paunch and no dance training risks being a laughingstock when he performs a contemporary dance duet in Winnipeg May 23 and Riverton May 24 as part of Núna (now). Schoolteacher Arminn Einarsson's secret yearning to be an adored hoofer found the ear of his choreographer daughter-in-law, who created Dance For Me for the two of them. Even the press release for the event questions whether the audience will witness an Everyman triumph or a "shame-spiral to eternal ignominy."

 

BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / BOOKS

Hanks, Radcliffe inked for Dave Eggers adaptations

Big-screen adaptations of two novels by critically acclaimed writer (and McSweeneys magazine founder) Dave Eggers appear to be in the works. Last year, it was revealed Tom Hanks would star in the film adaptation of Eggers's 2012 novel A Hologram for the King, in which a struggling American businessman travels to Saudi Arabia to pitch a high-tech venture to local royalty. This week, a number of reports indicate Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will star in an adaptation of Eggers' 2002 novel You Shall Know Our Velocity. The story follows two childhood friends who travel around the world, giving away money to those they deem worthy.

 

ALAN SMALL / TV

Sunday's bittersweet TV moment

No matter what happens in Don Draper's awkward life when the final episode in the seven-episode mini-season airs (Sunday, 9 p.m., AMC), it'll be a difficult hour for the show's fans. It'll be like noticing there's only one bite left in your favourite candy bar. Once the credits roll, those viewers will realize there are only seven shows left, and it will be an agonizing year wait before the nasty office politics, the uneasy relationships and the razor-sharp dialogue return.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 22, 2014 ??65534

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