Sunday, October 21
The Emera NL Closing Night Gala is proud to present the new feature film Hopeless Romantic. Opening the night is the 2017 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker award-winning film, Crush by Kerry Gamberg.
We love well-done sports stories. This gripping documentary follows the fortune and fate of the Venezuelan women’s football (soccer) over the course of the 2017 season. The team is ambitious, and properly so because they boast some of the best football players in the world. Their dream is nothing less than world domination, a particularly bold aspiration for women living in one of the most impoverished social-economic environments imaginable. A trio of filmmakers, including Caracas-based Jennifer Socorro, covers the life and progress of team members from every conceivable angle. Indeed, it takes a team to cover a team, and so the production of this doc perfectly mirrors the subject of partnership and cooperation that is so central to success. If you love football you will adore this exuberant chronicle of human achievement—on and off the field. And even if you don’t, you will admire the way these remarkable young women end up rousing an entire continent to cheer them on to their gooooooooooooooooals.
This special brunch panel features the incredible ensemble team behind of six directors from our Festival’s closing night feature. Join us for a peek behind-the-scenes of this anthology film and learn more about how Hopeless Romantic subverts all of the Hollywood rom-com tropes.