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Film Festival presents Oscar-nominee ‘Incendies’ in Sedona on July 12

Academy Award-nominee for Best Foreign Language Film makes Northern Arizona premiere in festival’s Tuesday Cinema Series

“Incendies” —Academy Award-nominee for Best Foreign Language Film — makes its Northern Arizona premiere in Sedona on Tuesday, July 12. This one-night special engagement is presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.  There will be two screenings of the film at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres.

“Incendies” — from Canada — has also garnered major awards as well as audience and critical acclaim at prestigious film festivals around the world including Sundance, Venice, Toronto and Telluride.

The Huffington Post calls the film “a great thriller”. Richard Corliss from Time Magazine says, “ ‘Incendies’ is a real movie! The film boasts an epic sweep, an emotional intensity and a few plot surprises.”

When notary Lebel sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan to read them their mother Nawal’s will (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn’t know existed.

In this enigmatic inheritance, Jeanne sees the key to Nawal’s retreat into unexplained silence during the final weeks of her life. She immediately decides to go to the Middle East to dig into a family history of which she knows next to nothing.

Simon is unmoved by their mother’s posthumous mind games. However, the love he has for his sister is strong, and he soon joins her in combing their ancestral homeland in search of a Nawal who is very different from the mother they knew.

With Lebel’s help, the twins piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as the courage of an exceptional woman.

An adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s hit play, “Incendies” is a deeply moving story that brings the extremism and violence of today’s world to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful and poetic testament to the uncanny power of the will to survive.

“When I first saw the play, I had the same impression as when I saw ‘Apocalypse Now’ — astonished!” said writer/director Denis Villeneuve. “The script was like a punch in the jaw and I emerged from the theatre on shaky knees. Right away I knew I was going to make it into a movie.”

Incendies has a script like a great classical composer’s score: it directly inspires striking images. Moreover, Wajdi’s staging is riddled with very powerful theatrical images, of a rare beauty.”

“An extraordinary film! Lubna Azabal’s performance is beyond my powers of description,” said David Edelstein of New York Magazine.

Joshua Rothkopf from Time Out New York raves, “Five Stars! A Jaw-dropping new drama! A mighty movie is in our midst.”

The title sponsor for this event is the Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition. The series is also made possible by a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Sedona, and the Sedona Community Foundation.

“Incendies” will be shown at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres on Tuesday, July 12 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members, and will be available starting at 3:00 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Cash or checks only. Film Sedona members can purchase tickets in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite A3-4, or by calling 282-1177. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.