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Film fest fare includes balsa, balls and beach

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The Gimli Film Festival wraps this weekend with a slate of films encompassing sex, adventure, drama and retro-pop fizz.

On Saturday's program:

-- Kon-Tiki (10:30 a.m., Venue 1, Gimli Theatre)

The story of Thor Heyerdal's epic cross-Pacific journey on a balsa raft in 1947 is dramatized in this Norway/Denmark/U.K. co-production.

-- Black's Game (Svartur ° leik) (1:30 p.m., Venue 1, Gimli Theatre)

This thriller from Iceland focuses on a student who finds himself in over his head in Iceland's drug trade. Subtitled.

-- The Punk Syndrome (Kovasikajuttu) (2 p.m., Venue 3, Aspire Theatre)

A documentary look at one of Finland's most famous punk bands, made up of four developmentally challenged musicians. With English subtitles.

-- The Act of Killing (4 p.m., Venue 1, Gimli Theatre)

An amazing doc in which Indonesian death squad leaders are asked -- and cheerfully oblige -- to re-enact the mass killings of about one million ethnic Chinese, Communists and intellectuals in various film styles.

-- Quality Balls -- The David Steinberg Story (5:30 p.m., Venue 3, Aspire Theatre)

In the '60s and '70s, one of Winnipeg's most celebrated exports was comedian David Steinberg. This doc looks at his amazing career with commentary from high-profile fans including Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.

-- My Awkward Sexual Adventure (7 p.m., Venue 2, Lady of the Lake Theatre)

If you missed it in its theatrical run, this may be your last chance to see this dirty-funny comedy on the big screen.

Director Sean Garrity and screenwriter Jonas Chernick have concocted an authentically funny film tickling the psyche in its most sensitive spots.

Chernick plays an accountant in his 30s who is dumped by his live-in girlfriend and, in desperation, consults with an exotic dancer to teach him everything he needs to know about sex (but was too timid to ask).

While the film's raunch has its laugh-out-loud rewards, Garrity and Chernick do not enter the theme of sexual exploration lightly. There is a redeeming maturity here in the film's suggestion that the give-and-take of adult sexuality is not the only quid pro quo of a real, working relationship.

-- Grease (10 p.m., Beach Screen)

The ridiculously popular movie musical is screened on the beach in karaoke sing-along style.

For the fest's closing day on Sunday, much of the schedule, deemed the best of the fest, will be determined on Saturday evening. Go to www.gimlifilm.com for late-breaking programming.

-- Randall King

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 27, 2013 G2

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