Wednesday, August 31, 2005

River King at Atlantic Film Festival

At last, the Atlantic Film Festival program is online. The River King is going to be screened at 7.30pm on Monday the 19th of September at the Oxford Theatre. Book online or by phone on 902-422-6965. You can also book in person from the 6th of September at Park Lane Mall, 2nd Floor, 5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tickets are $15.

Ed Burns stars in this taut, crisply told Nova Scotia-shot thriller about the suspicious wintertime drowning of a private school student that may or may not be a murder. Director Nick Willing's use of seasonal locations, along with a deft combination of film noir-ish atmospheres balanced against supernatural touches makes this British-Canadian co-production a stylish, gripping thriller.

Adapted from Alice Hoffman's bestselling novel of the same name, The River King's acute social observations – the divisions between town and gown have never been better portrayed – and haunting blue/grey colour schemes help deliver an edge-of-your-seat cinematic experience.

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