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Discover the Sault's own film festival this fall

AIFA shows films not only from Canada and the U.S., but from all over the world
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The Toronto International Film Festival is premiering over 300 films this week in Toronto. For those who cannot make it to Toronto, a number of those films are about to hit Sault Ste. Marie.

On Thursday, Sept. 14 the Algoma International Film Association will screen Maudie and on Thursday, Sept. 28 The Tragically Hip's documentary of their 2016 Man in Machine Poem Tour Long Time Running.

To say that we are lucky to have these wonderful, thought provoking films brought to the Sault would be a huge understatement.

Why do I say this? Well, I can only speak for myself but in the last two years since I have been attending the AIFA films I can say is that I have seen some of the most beautiful films...ones that have left me thinking about them for days and even months after.

AIFA brings us films not only from Canada and the U.S., but from all over the world and I have to say, these are some of the best films that I have ever seen.

Why should you get off the couch and come to the big theatre? Because it's so much fun to watch a great movie on the big screen with close friends and experience the emotion and laughter of the audience. The shared experience fosters new friendships, great conversation and a sense of pride within the Sault community.

I now look forward to every new season and this fall will not disappoint with awesome lineup of films. For over 40 years the Algoma International Films Association has promoted the viewing and appreciation of films not usually available to Sault Ste. Marie. Films generally screen bi-weekly from September to April.  

This year the AIFA Fall season opens up on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. with Maudie, based on a true story of Maud Lewis one of Canada's most beloved folk artists. See the trailer here 

The next film as mentioned above on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. is for all of you Tragically Hip fans. Long Time Running, is the documentary of the 2016 Man Machine Poem Tour.  Last summer five musicians captured the heart and soul of Canada.

For the last 30 years this band has released over a dozen albums. In 2016 lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and even with this diagnosis he convinced his fellow band members to tour one last time. This documentary is sure to be moving as well as exhilarating. See the trailer here.

Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. is Frantz, this 2016 drama is about a young German woman whose fiancé was killed in World War I, and the mysterious Frenchman who visits his grave to lay flowers. This is a haunting tale of love and reconciliation. See the trailer here.

Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. is Tulip Fever; an artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam. See the trailer here.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. is Tanna, this 2015 Australian and Vanuatu film is set on the island of Tanna in the South Pacific, depicting the true story of a couple who decided to marry for love, rather than obey their parents' wishes. See the trailer here.

Thursday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. is Menashe, this drama of New York's notoriously secretive Hasidic Jewish community. Menashe, a widower battles for custody of his son. See the trailer here.

Again all films are screened at 7 p.m. at Galaxy Cinemas. Keep checking the AIFA website for upcoming winter films at or Facebook/Algoma International Films.