CONTEST: See Hector and the Search for Happiness!

Hello everyone! Did you miss our contests while we were off and busy with all of our TIFF coverage? Well, wait no longer because we’re back to work bringing you some great contests featuring some of the hottest titles from this year’s festival and we’re bringing them all around Canada!

First up, enter for a chance to win a pair of passes to an advance screening of HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS in TORONTO, HALIFAX, WINNIPEG, CALGARY and VANCOUVER on Thursday, September 25th at 7:00pm, courtesy of Dork Shelf and eOne Films! Winners will also (separately) receive a special Hector and the Search for Happiness notebook and pen!

Hector’s life seems perfect, but it’s not.
Hector (SIMON PEGG) is a successful, well-meaning and eccentric professional, filled with childlike wonder, but he’s stuck. He’s a busy psychiatrist with a thriving practice, living with his beautiful girlfriend, Clara (ROSAMUND PIKE), in a fabulous London flat; but he’s losing patience with his patients, who aren’t getting any happier, and his romantic relationship isn’t going anywhere.
Hector feels like a fraud. How can he help his patients be happier when he doesn’t really know what happiness is?
And so, Hector sets off on a global quest in search of happiness.

He travels to China, Africa and Los Angeles and he meets a host of characters: some are kind, some are dangerous, and some are even happy. He witnesses wretched excess and abject squalor; breathtaking landscapes and urban decay; generous hospitality and ruthless brutality; friendship and humanity; and when he comes close to losing his life, he realizes that he does not wish to die before he has really lived.

Hector and the Search for Happiness
In China, he meets a wealthy businessman (STELLAN SKARSGÅRD) and falls for an enchanting young woman (MING ZHAO). In an ancient monastery, he meets a happy old monk (TOGO IGAWA) who finds Hector’s dilemma hysterically funny. In Africa, Hector visits a self-less old friend (BARRY ATSMA), encounters a drug-lord (JEAN RENO) and is taken prisoner by rebels. In Los Angeles, he reconnects with his first love (TONI COLLETTE), and consults the celebrated guru of happiness (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER). But the closer he gets to all of these people, the further he drifts from Clara.
The farther he travels, the more Hector realizes that happiness is not a destination, it’s a starting point.
Has he been headed in the wrong direction? Does happiness exist? And, more importantly, does happiness exist for Hector?

Hector eOne One Sheet Happiness CampaignHector and the Search for Happiness opens in theatres across Canada on Friday, September 26th, but here’s how you can see it first. Simply email [email protected] with HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS and YOUR CITY in the subject line! Please only one email entry per household. Multiple entries will be deleted. For additional chances to win, simply like the contest announcement on our Facebook page and/or re-Tweet the announcement from our Twitter! Deadline for entries is 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 23rd.

Good luck and remember to stay tuned to Dork Shelf for all the latest movie news, reviews, interviews, features, and more great contests! And be sure to check out eOne Films CAPTURE HAPPINESS contest at, where you can post a picture on Twitter or Facebook of what makes you happy, tag it with a #capturehappiness hastag and each entrant will have a chance to win a daily prize!

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