OIFF spotlight: A Violent State ‘is not a love story’

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Christine Skobe is the Ottawa International Film Festival’s director of social media.  In a series of posts also being published on OIFF’s blog, Christine is shining the spotlight on some of films being featured in the festival, which runs from Aug. 18-20.

Be warned: This is not a love story. Jordan Reese is a man on the verge of leaving his life of crime far behind him — until the night that his past sneaks back into town. It doesn’t take long before violence is unleashed in the open streets and the city’s underworld erupts into a game of death. And that’s just the beginning …

A Violent State screens Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The dark themes of A Violent State, though not new to Canadian cinema, have definitely been underrepresented. Adrian Langley, the film’s writer, director and star, has dabbled in the genre before with his film Donkey. Langley has worked in many different aspects of film production, from editing to composing and almost everything in between. That puts him in the perfect position to assert this genre of film in Canadian cinema. A Violent State was shot in the Ottawa region with the help of OGFT, an organization that connects filmmakers with the City of Ottawa and cuts through the red tape that often bogs down independent film-making.

This is not Langley’s only connection to OIFF 2011. He is also screening his films The Diner, a comedic short in the same vein as The Office, and Hint of Winter, a Digi60 short with darker themes similar to those found in A Violent State. As Langley works his way to mastering the crime drama genre, he is definitely someone to keep an eye on — and not only in the regards to Canadian cinema. Originally titled Strife, A Violent State explores the ripple effect that can occur with just one wrong turn and examines the human condition through its use of violence and crime.

A scene from Adrian Langley's A Violent State

A Violent State holds its World Premiere during OIFF on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. (The film runs 80 minutes and has an OIFF unofficial rating of 16+ for violence, language, some nudity and mature subject matter. Tickets are available online or at the box office on the day of, located at the Empire Theatres in the World Exchange Plaza (111 Albert Street).

For the full Ottawa International Film Festival schedule, be sure to visit OIFF’s website.