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The People Garden cultivates star cast

Scythia Films’ Daniel Bekerman (pictured) tells Playback Daily about the unconventional casting choice that he says will make audiences “highly curious” to see the film.

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The Grand Seduction to open Atlantic Film Festival

Don McKellar’s English-language remake of La Grand Seduction will screen in Halifax after a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Weekly roundup: Festival news, nominations and TV premieres

Among other news this week, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell (pictured) got into New York’s New Directors/New Films Festival, GLAAD handed nominations to Degrassi and The L.A. Complex and Hot Docs launches a new Doc Ignite campaign.

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Whistler Film Fest adds star wattage

The festival also named Canadian producer Martin Katz, actor/director Helen Shaver and actors Rachelle Lefevre and Liane Balaban to the Borsos jury for best Canadian feature.

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Helene Joy, Liane Balaban to topline Woman in Car

The feature from director Vanya Rose will be shot in Montreal and focus on the English-side of the bilingual city.

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Taylor Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson topline The Grand Seduction

The $12.5 million remake of the Quebec hit Le Grand Seduction is now shooting in Newfoundland (Kitsch pictured), with Gordon Pinsent and Mary Walsh joining the ensemble cast.