'Devil' in details for Atlantic film fest


TORONTO -- The Rwanda-set drama "Shake Hands With the Devil," from director Roger Spottiswoode, will open the Atlantic Film Festival on Sept. 13, festival organizers said Wednesday.

The Canadian feature about former Canadian Lt. General Romeo Dallaire's fated United Nation mission in Rwanda during that country's 1994 genocide, will screen in Halifax after its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Canadian distributor Seville Pictures will release the film, which stars Roy Dupuis as Dallaire, in theaters here Sept. 28.

"Devil," which was shot in Rwanda and Nova Scotia and also stars Deborah Kara Unger, was produced by Halifax-based Michael Donovan and Toronto-based Laszlo Barna.

"We are thrilled to be opening the festival with such an affecting film," Atlantic Film Festival director Lia Rinaldo said. "Michael Donovan has an impeccable ability to recognize film projects that will ultimately alter people's views on critical world issues."

The Atlantic Film Festival is set to run Sept. 13-22.