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The Grand Seduction

May 29 | Kirkland Opening Night | Reception precedes the screening

Canada | 2013 | 115 minutes | Don McKellar

Rollicking humor and whimsical moments anchor this droll comedy about some Newfoundland villagers, led by Brendan Gleeson’s wily fisherman, who must convince a big-city doctor (Taylor Kitsch, “Friday Night Lights”) to save their community by settling in it. SIFF-Kirkland Opening Night!

May 29, 2014
Kirkland Performance Center  
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Kirkland Opening Night Film and Party
Thursday, May 29 | 6:00PM

Film venue: Kirkland Performance Center

Party: Kirkland Performance Center

$25 | $23 Member

Ticket includes admission to the pre-screening reception hosted by Volterra and film.

$12 | $10 Member
Ticket price includes screening only.

With charm and chuckles to spare, Don McKellar’s (Last Night, Broadway’s “The Drowsy Chaperone”) droll comedy features a superb performance from Brendan Gleeson as one of the down-on-their-luck Newfoundland villagers determined to trick a big-city doctor into settling in their coastal community. Gleeson’s Murray French, a fisherman no longer allowed to fish, heads up a band of citizens who see hope for their locale in the form of a new factory. The problem? The company insists that a full-time doctor commit to the village for a five-year term. When the somewhat unscrupulous Dr. Lewis (a delightful Taylor Kitsch) arrives in town for what he sees as a month’s service, the villagers resort to any means necessary to get him to stay, including listening in on the good doctor’s phone conversations to learn his likes and dislikes. Rollicking humor, quiet moments of whimsy, and genuinely touching scenes—all anchored in the gorgeous seaside community of Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, where the film was shot—make The Grand Seduction well nigh irresistible.

Director Biography

Don McKellar was born in Canada and has had a varied career as a writer, director, and actor. He received a Genie Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Atom Egoyan's Exotica and the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes for his directorial debut, Last Night, which he also wrote and starred in. His stage writing credits include the five plays he co-created with the Augusta Company and the book for the musical "The Drowsy Chaperone," for which he won a Tony Award. 

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Director: Don McKellar
Principal Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Gordon Pinsent, Mark Critch, Matt Watts
Country: Canada
Year: 2013
Running Time: 115 minutes
Producer: Barbara Doran, Roger Frappier
Screenplay: Michael Dowse, Ken Scott
Cinematographers: Douglas Koch
Editors: Dominique Fortin
Music: Maxime Barzel, Paul-Étienne Côté, Francois-Pierre Lue
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Genie Awards 2014 (Best Supporting Actor)
Filmography: Childstar (2004); Last Night (1998)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: eOne Films US
International Sales: Voltage Pictures
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