Jan 31, Feb 1 & 2, 2014
NFS Film Festival

Ninth Annual Winter Weekend Festival - January 31, February 1st & 2nd - 2014

2014 Festival

The list of films for the 2014 festival is shown below. As usual, these were a mix of genres and we know most of you liked most of them. Some are Oscar contenders and all have been favourites at a Festival somewhere.

The 2014 Festival was close to sold out - despite the bad weather - especially Friday and Saturday. The Reception was a special treat - one of our best. A big part was due to the great Band: The Bay City Band

Next year's Festival is scheduled for January 30, 31 and Feb 1 2015. Mark your Calendars!

Photos of 2014 are available here: A sample of the photos at right. Gallery of photos of 2009 through 2014 events here.

Winners of Door prizes

If you had a Festival pass and entered into the draw, then you were eligible for a door prize.

Winners were:

Spring Series passes

  • Heidi Groot
  • Esterina Lorelli

Via Rail Grand Prize

4 VIA tickets from Cobourg to Quebec City & Return

  • Roy O'Neil-Brown

2014 NFS Festival Films - January 31st, Feb 1st and 2nd, 2014

Full ticket information here.

Summaries below; details are shown for all films.
You can see the expanded details including trailers if you click on the titles.

Film 1
Wajdja - click photo or title for more details
Friday, January 31, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Leads: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Run-Time: 98 minutes
Rating: PG

This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Even more impressive, WADJDA is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer- director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film.

Film 2
Dallas Buyers Club - click photo or title for more details
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014, 1:30 p.m.
Leads: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Run-time: 117 Minutes

Based on the story of real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts and established a hugely successful "buyers' club."

Film 3
Inside Llewyn Davis - click photo or title for more details
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Leads: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Genre: Drama - Music
Language: English
Run-Time: 105 minutes
Rating: R (Language)

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making.

Film 4

Haute Cuisine - click photo or title for more details
Sunday, Feb 2, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
Leads: Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d'Ormesson
Director: Christian Vincent
Genre: Bio - Comedy
Language: French (France)
Run-time: 95 minutes
Rating: PG

Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic (Jean d'Ormesson) appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps.

Film 5
All is Lost - click photo or title for more details
Sunday, Feb 2, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Lead: Robert Redford
Director/Writer: J.C. Chandor
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Run-time: 106 Minutes
Rating: PG

On a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm which he barely survives. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

Northumberland Film Sundays gratefully acknowledges our partnership with Film Circuit, presented by TIFF, and its sponsors and supporters. For more information about Film Circuit and to view a full list of their sponsors and supporters, please visit tiff.net/filmcircuit