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Manitoba-made films in the spotlight in Gimli

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Richard Linklater’s seven-years-in-the-making coming-of-age tale Boyhood, the groundbreaking psychiatric health documentary Out of Mind, Out of Sight (Best Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2014) by four-time Emmy winner John Kastner, and Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal’s Watermark are among the films that will be screened at the 2014 Gimli Film Festival, July 23-27.

More than 30 made-in-Manitoba films will be showcased during the five-day festival, including The First Winter by Ryan Mckenna, Kevin Nikkel’s On the Trail of the Far Fur Country and filmmaker/photographer John Paskievich’s new documentary, Special Ed. Dozens of short works by Manitoba filmmakers will also be screened.

The festival will host several Western Canadian premières, including the film adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling book The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, directed by Felix Herngre; the road movie Land Ho! by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, which was lensed in Iceland and premièred at Sundance earlier this year; 112 Weddings by wedding videographer-turned-documentarian Doug Block; the acclaimed Polish drama Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski; and 2014 Sundance special jury prize winner The Overnighters by Jesse Moss.

The popular free beach screenings will return this year, offering festival goers the chance to see Hollywood favourites such as Dirty Dancing and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou on a 10.5-metre outdoor screen on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.

Regular festival passes are $75 and are available for purchase via phone at 204-642-8846. Individual film tickets are $10. For full lineup details and ticket packages, visit gimlifilm.com.

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