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Atlantic Film Festival Winner for Best Screenwriting and Best Atlantic Director

Dir: Christian Sparkes.
Canada, 2024, 110 min.
Mark Lewis Jones, Sara Canning, Mary Walsh, Andy Jones.

“The town is dying. That’s the start of Christian Sparkes’ new drama Sweetland… The residents have a chance at government-assisted relocation and job retraining, but the offer is only good if every resident takes it, and Moses Sweetland doesn’t want to… He has little reason to leave: his whole life has been spent in the village… At its core, this is a very Newfoundland story. Outport communities have been resettled in a number of ways over the last 60 years, and the death of these small communities comes with a cultural cost… Jones is well known for playing gruff characters (Outlander, Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and as such, this role feels like it’s made for him… As much as it’s Lewis’s film, though, there are a few memorable supporting performances as well… One other constant is the stark but stunning beauty of Newfoundland… In Sweetland, the landscape itself is a character and perhaps the only one that Moses is truly comfortable with… Sweetland is unabashedly Newfoundland and captures the vibe of small-town living incredibly well; both the community and the isolation that can be created as a result… It is, in short, a good film, and a good Canadian film, and one worth seeing.” —Mathew Simpson, That Shelf


July 27
7:00 pm
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City Cinema
64 King St
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1B3 Canada
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