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The Whistler Film Festival announce that the British Columbia, Canada Premiere of

Daydream Nation by Canadian director Michael Goldbach
(co-writer of Childstar) and starring Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell, Josh Lucas and Rachel Blanchard will kick-off the 10th anniversary Festival on December 1, 2010.

Produced by Christine Haebler (Hard Core Logo), Trish Dolman (Year of the Carnivore), Jennifer Weiss, and Simone Urdl, Daydream Nation tells the story of a city girl (Dennings, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) who moves to a small town and becomes entangled in a love triangle between her high school English teacher (Lucas, Sweet Home Alabama), and a stoner classmate (Thompson). A mash up of genres and tones, Daydream Nation is a coming of age story for the 21st century.

“Emerging with the next generation of Canadian filmmakers, Michael Goldbach’s debut feature invigorates our perception of Canadian film”, says Stacey Donen, Artistic Director of the Whistler Film Festival. “As entertaining as it is culturally significant to the evolution of Canadian cinema, Daydream Nation portrays small town Canada in a way that viewers will find strangely recognizable.”

Writer/Director Michael Goldbach will be in attendance.

The festival lineup will be announced November 1st. Individual film and special event tickets go on sale online exclusively for American Express card members on November 4th and for the general public on November 11th (until December 4th).

The Festival Box Office opens November 11th for phone sales and on November 25th for walk in sales. Early bird accommodation starting from $69 per night is available until November 15th. For information, go to www.whistlerfilmfestival.com

The Whistler Film Festival is presented by American Express, and is sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada – British Columbia, Whistler Brewing Company, Vancouver Sun, Dose.ca and Whistler Blackcomb, and is supported by Telefilm Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Film, British Columbia Film and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

Opening Night Gala Presentation
Daydream Nation (dir: Michael Goldbach)
Wednesday, December 1st, 8:00 p.m. (doors at 7:00 p.m.)
Whistler Conference Centre
*Director in attendance.

Daydream Nation (Canada, 96mins)
Seventeen year old Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings) is facing a teenager’s worst nightmare: she and her widowed father have moved from the city to a tiny, nowhere town where an industrial fire burns ceaselessly and a serial killer is claiming young victims. When Caroline realizes she has nothing in common with the permanently stoned kids that populate her new high school, she sets her sights on the one person she connects with — her handsome young teacher, Mr. Anderson (Josh Lucas).

Meanwhile her classmate, Thurston (Reece Thompson), has fallen hopelessly in love with her and enlists the help of his mother, Enid (Andie MacDowell) to get him past Caroline’s over-protective father (Ted Whittall).

A bizarre love triangle ensues between Caroline, her high school English teacher, and her stoner crush. As kids keep disappearing and the air fills with apocalyptic smoke, Caroline’s personal life begins to mirror the hysteria of the troubled town. A mash up of genres and tones, Daydream Nation is a coming of age story for the 21st century.

source: WFF

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