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CineView's 20th season features a diverse lineup of films

The Saskatchewan Festival of Word's film series, CineView, will show If Beale Street Could Talk on Feb. 13
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For 20 years the Saskatchewan Festival of Words has been bringing some of the best art house films to Moose Jaw.

CineView's winter season will continue with If Beale Street Could Talk on Feb. 13. Another new film is slated to be shown over the subsequent three months.

It may seem like an odd fit for a literary festival to host a film series, but it provides another avenue for the Festival of Words to bring a cultural event to the city.

"People often ask us what CineView has to do with the literary festival and I think there's a lot to be said about thinking about literature than more than just books," said Amanda Farnel, operations coordinator with the Festival of Words. "There's music writing with lyrics and with films, script writing. I think they're all in the same vein of trying to get our attendees interacting with all types of literature and not just the written word, but how it's performed."

CineView currently has a three-person committee that selects the lineup of films each year. They partner with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and their Film Circuit program which is an outreach program aimed at getting the best of Canadian and international films to communities across the country.

"Essentially they give us a list of upcoming films that they have coming out and we just go through them as a committee,"  Farnel said. "We talk about which ones are our favourites and which ones do we really think our audiences would be interested in and which ones are outside of the box and would be really great to introduce to the community."

If Beale Street Could Talk was written and directed by Barry Jenkins whose film Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2017. If Beale Street Could Talk earned three Academy Award nominations this year and Regina King won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the film.

"I'm really excited about the next two films," Farnel said. "Beale Street is by the same director that did Moonlight and I'm really excited to see what his next film is like.

"Then (Edge of the Knife) is in the Haida language. It's a Canadian film with all Indigenous actors and it seems really interesting. I'm just excited to see it."

Edge of the Knife (Sgaawaay K'uuna) will screen on Mar. 13. What They Had, staring  Michael Shannon, Hilary Swank and Robert Forster, will screen on Apr. 10. French film Non-Fiction (Doubles Vies), set in the Parisian publishing world, will be shown on May 8.

All of the screenings will be held at the Galaxy Cinema and begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 or a CineView pass is available for $30 at the Festival of Words office, or at the screenings themselves.