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Northern exposure Patricia Rozema in town to launch new film series

Beginning this weekend, an ambitious series of film screenings coupled with appearances from directors, editors, producers and actors will launch at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.) and the Aurora Theatre (673 Main St., East Aurora). The titles, all previous official selections of the Toronto International Film Festival, represent some of the best Canadian films of the last several years and will each be paired with prescreening talks on subjects that link the films to one aspect or another of visual art history.

The series kicks off at 6 tonight with an hourlong talk followed by a screening of Canadian director Patricia Rozema's 1999 film "Mansfield Park," an adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. Rozema herself will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

Saturday in the Aurora Theatre, the program will repeat with a talk at noon and a screening at 12:30 p.m. The Friday-Saturday programs, each featuring one or two special guests involved in the films' production, will run on selected weekends through April 17 with the films "The Red Violin," "Breakfast With Scot," "Long Day's Journey Into Night," "The Sweet Hereafter," "Eastern Promises" and "Manufacturing Landscapes."

Tickets are $4 each or free for Albright-Knox members. For more information, call 652-1660 or visit


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