Niagara Integrated Film Festival unveils inaugural line-up
TORONTO — Films starring Robert Duvall, Alfred Molina and the late Peter Sellers are among those set to unspool at the inaugural Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) this summer in Ontario.
The festival will run June 19 to 22 at venues in Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines.
The line-up, announced Tuesday, includes A Night in Old Mexico, in which Duvall plays a surly Texas rancher who sets off on an adventure with his grandson (Jeremy Irvine) after losing his home.
The film had its North American premiere last month at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
Irvine, a 24-year-old British actor whose credits include War Horse and The Railway Men, will be in Montreal this summer making the feature film Stonewall for director Roland Emmerich.
NIFF will also present the world premiere of Ribbit, an animated film from Malaysia featuring the voices of Sean Astin, Tim Curry and Canadian comic Russell Peters.
Director Mike Enns’ documentary Restrung — the story of bass guitar maker Randall Wyn Fullmer — will have its world premiere at NIFF.
The 2012 made-in-Niagara feature A Kind of Wonderful Thing, will also be screened at NIFF.
The festival is also paying tribute to the World Pride celebrations in Toronto with the Canadian debut of Love Is Strange, a drama starring Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, John Lithgow and Cheyenne Jackson.
As Global News first reported in February, NIFF will present Pickfair, a celebration of Toronto-born Hollywood icon Mary Pickford hosted by Christel Schmidt, author of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies.
The program will feature the Canadian premiere of a restored version of Their First Misunderstanding, an 11-minute silent film released in 1911 that starred Pickford and her husband Owen Moore.
The film was believed lost forever until a copy was found in a New Hampshire barn in 2006.
NIFF will also screen two shorts starring Peter Sellers — Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia is Good For You — written by the late Canadian author Mordecai Richler.
More Than Honey, a 2012 documentary about bees, and last year’s acclaimed wine doc Red Obsession, narrated by Russell Crowe, will be screened at NIFF.
The festival is the brainchild of Bill Marshall, who co-founded the Festival of Festivals — which became the Toronto International Film Festival — in 1976 with Dusty Cohl and Henk van der Kolk.
Global Toronto is a sponsor of the Niagara Integrated Film Festival. For more information visit niff.co.
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