Film Awards, Film Releases, Filmmaker to mourn

(via northernstars.ca) The Forbidden Room has won the 2015 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.  As we mentioned yesterday, it was in competition with Sleeping Giant and My Internship in Canada, among others. The award was presented by director Don McKellar to Guy Maddin, who’s won twice now, his first time in 2008 for his film My Winnipeg.

(via en.mehrnews.ca) Speaking of awards, I Dance with God has won Best Documentary at Calgary International Film Festival. Directed by Houshang Mirzaee,  it follows the lifestyle of Kak-Ali Badri, a blind elderly man in Kermanshah. Despite Badri being unable to see, he is very skilled at sewing, and has saved up a lot of money to buy a fruit tree garden.

Michelle Yeo of ET Canada writes that the release date for Special Correspondents has been announced. Netflix will be streaming this film April 29th. It was shot in Toronto last spring and summer. Starring Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana, Vera Farmiga and America Ferrera, the movie tells the hilarious and interesting story of how a radio reporter in New York can’t find any worthwhile news to discuss so instead comes up with phony war reports to broadcast.

(via wnypapers.com) Cineplex’s Great Digital Film Festival is coming back for a seventh year. Speaking of announcements, Cineplex has announced that their traveling-all-around film festival is making a comeback celebrating digital films and pop-culture, from February 5 to 11. Showing up at select Cineplex theatres, the week is sure to be a fun-filled week of science fiction, fantasy, and many more amazing films.

On a more serious note, Jason Magder of the National Post has reported Quebec filmmaker Matthiew Klinck has been stabbed to death outside his home in Belize. Just yesterday, Klinck was discovered with a fatal stab wound in his neck and his house in San Ignacio had been ransacked, possibly during a robbery. Klinck was the director of movies Greg and Gentillon (2007) and Hank and Mike (2009)

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