Torontonians! Win Tickets to the Planet in Focus Film Festival!

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

This one is for our local readers; if you live in the Toronto area, we are giving away tickets to a few screenings at this year’s Planet in Focus Film Festival. The festival runs October 12-16 and features a great collection of films all featuring the theme of ‘landscapes’. I should note that my favourite doc of 2010, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, is having its Canadian premiere at the festival! So for those interested, we’ve got tickets for the following screenings:

Directed by: Nick Brandestini | 88 minutes | SWITZERLAND, USA | English | Toronto Premiere
Screening October 15, 2011 9:30 PM at the ROM

Day of the Sparrow
Directed by: Philip Scheffner | 10 minutes | GERMANY | English | Canadian Premiere
Screening October 14, 2011 9:30 PM at the AL GREEN THEATRE, MILES NADAL JCC

Werner Herzog’s Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Directed by: Dmitry Vasyukov; Werner Herzog | 96 minutes | GERMANY | English | Canadian Premiere
Screening October 13, 2011 9:30 PM at the ROM

Alternative Landscapes: Shorts Program
Screening October 15, 2011 7:00 PM at the ROM

This collection of experimental short film and video works explores how artists working in various disciplines interpret the landscapes around them. From the sculptural lakes, volcanoes and caves crafted from cellophane, kitty litter and candle wax in LINT LEND LAND, to the contemporary dance choreography in Melt, digital video compositing in The Want and The Park, poetry in Nanameshkueu, manipulated Super 8 footage in Daybreak and musical collaboration in Sirmilik, this program celebrates the works that challenge traditional aesthetics of landscape.

If your’e in the Toronto area and would like tickets to any of these screenings, just send me an email here with PLANET IN FOCUS in the subject line and the title of the film you wish to attend in the body of the email. Good luck!