PLANET IN FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL

Green Vision Award: 24 SNOW
Mikhail Barynin | Russia | 2016 | 90 min | PG

If temperatures of -40°C make Canadian winter seem intolerable, then one can only imagine living in a climate that dips below -70°.

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But that’s the reality for farmers like Sergei in the Siberian Russian territory of Yakutia who breeds horses in an environment where the ground is almost always frozen. Despite the unforgiving weather, 24 Snow captures Yakutia in all its staggering beauty. Sumptuous cinematography and a vibrant score make this film a work of art and a stirring portrait of a land and its inhabitants. This gorgeous film shows how Sergei and his neighbours thrive despite the extreme elements and warm up to modern technology as they adapt their way of life to the south.

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Green Cinema Award: PLASTIC CHINA
Jiuliang Wang | China | 2016 | 81 min | PG

The class system is alive in all its toxicity in Jiuliang Wang’s IDFA award-winning Plastic China, a film shot in Shandong on the country’s east coast.

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There, the hard drinking Peng makes $6.50 a day working in a plastic recycling plant run by the authoritarian Kun. Working alongside Peng are his three children, including the 11- year old Yi-Jie, a bright girl who wants to attend school. While Kun’s son gets to go to private school, Yi-Jie’s prospects of getting an education and bettering herself are minimal. “Wang’s inquisitive cameras compile a grim reportage of what looks like an unwholesome, even toxic environment for workers, bosses and pint-sized residents alike. Harmful, insidious, invisible forces are evidently at work here, both of a socioeconomic and physiological nature.”—Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

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DETAILS

Planet in Focus, Canada’s foremost and longest running environmental film festival, is honoured to be hosting the 4th Annual International GREEN FILM NETWORK AWARDS (GFN). The Green Film Network brings together the major film festivals that take place annually around the globe that focus on environmental issues.

The GFN recognizes and applauds the world’s best environmental film of the year. The films nominated represent the “Best International Film” screened at each of the GFN’s almost 40 festivals around the world.

Screenings begin at 6:30PM, and the awards ceremony begins at 8:30PM.


PRICING

General Admission: $15
Seniors, and Students: $10

Prices include taxes. Membership benefits not available.


Double Bill Admission $20.


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