We sent out assistant editor Zack Miller to cover the 34th Atlantic Film Festival, running September 11-18, 2014 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Check out his daily coverage below to read advanced reviews of some of the films that will define the next year in cinema.
Opening Night: Xavier Dolan stars in Charles Binamé’s “Elephant Song.”
Featuring “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them,” Canadian tech documentary “Code Kids,” eclectic charmer “Heartbeat,” and the grungy, Jake Gyllenhaal lead “Nightcrawler.”
Featuring the gender-deconstructing “Force Majeure,” Christmas-chasing documentary “Santa Quest,” the artfully static “Stations of the Cross,” the volatile and maternal “Mommy,” and 3D art installation “Goodbye to Language.”
Featuring the black & white comic ramblings of “Tu Dors Nicole” (plus a director Q&A), a festival awards recap, and the riveting, minimalist “Two Days, One Night.”
Featuring the Cannes Palme d’Or winner, “Winter Sleep,” and bizarre psychosexual crime thriller “Alleluia.”
Featuring stellar performances from Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher” and Juliette Binoche in “The Clouds of Sils Maria.”
Featuring conventional stories presented in highly unconventional movies: Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy” and Ukrainian sign language film “The Tribe.”
Featuring Best Atlantic Feature winner “Cast No Shadow,” David Cronenberg satire “Maps to the Stars,” and the Shailene Woodley-squandering “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
A few days removed from the 34th annual Atlantic Film Festival, it’s time to look back at the top five films screened at the fest this year.