Kelowna Film Society - Film Circuit (Kelowna, BC) October 11, 2017
2016 - USA - 90 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY LINDA SAFFIRE, ADAM SCHLESINGER
An intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. One of the modern era’s most acclaimed dancers, Whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB and, over the course of her celebrated career, danced numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as new works by more modern standout choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky; many roles were made specifically for Whelan.
2017 - 75 MINUTES A FILM BY BY ALI WEINSTIEN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RON MANN
A feature documentary about the powerful allure of a universal myth. MERMAIDS immerses audiences in a world where fantasies come to life. Following the stories of five extraordinary tail-donning women who are part of a growing "mermaiding" subculture. Audiences voyage between mermaid theme parks, conventions, tail-making studios, and deep into the ocean where escaping reality and transforming into the empowered icon of the mermaid is possible.
1985 - COLOUR - USA - 96 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY DONNA DEITCH
Based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centres on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was...complicated.
First Ontario Place (St. Catharines, ON) November 17, 18, 19 + 24, 2017
4K RESTORATION, 50TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE USA - 1968 - 78 MINUTES - COLOUR - ENGLISH A FILM BY D.A. PENNEBAKER
On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade's spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll.
Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, MB) September 23, 24 +29, 2017
166 MINUTES - SOVIET UNION - 1972 - IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY ANDREI TARKOVSKY
Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness. With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.
Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, MB) September 23, 24 + 29, 2017 Station VU (Montreal, QC) Starts September 29, 2017 Paralœil (Rimouski, QC) October 12, 2017 First Ontario Place (St. Catharines, ON) November 25, 2017
161 MINUTES - RUSSIA - 1979 - IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY ANDREI TARKOVSKY
One of the most immersive and rarefied experiences in the history of cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker embarks on a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape.
Mount Pleasant (Toronto, ON) Starts May 12, 2017 Barrie - The Screen One Film Series (Barrie, ON) - Dinner & Movie September 21, 2017 Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, MB) September 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 2017 MUSE International Fine Films, (Peterborough, ON) September 18, 2017 Renfrew Film Association - Film Circuit (Renfrew, ON) October 1 - 4, 2017 Fredericton Monday Night Film Series (Fredericton, NB) October 30, 2017 Reel Alternatives Huntsville (Huntsville, ON) November 6, 23017 Ottawa Film Society at the Mayfair Theatre (Ottawa, ON) November 7 - 9, 2017 Vancouver Jewish Film Festival (Vancouver, BC) November 9, 2017 Brantford Film Group (Brantford, ON) November 16, 2017 The Reel Thing Film Series (Richmond Hill, ON) November 20, 2017
ISREAL - 110 MINUTES IN HEBREW WITH ENGLISH/ FRANCH SUBTITLES A FILM BY RAMA BURSHTEIN
Michal is 32 years old. She became religious 12 years ago, and only now is she getting married. A month before the wedding, while checking out the catering for the event, the groom has a change of heart and the wedding is called off. Michal feels she's unable to go back to ordinary life, to the usual course of matchmaking. She feels this is the moment to change something very basic in her personality. A simple belief that God is good and sweet; that He wants to give and is only waiting for her to wish it. Michal goes on a month-long journey up to the planned wedding day: "I have the venue, the dress, the apartment; God can easily come up with my groom".
USA - 92 MINUTES - 2016 - COLOUR - B&W - ENGLISH A FILM BY MATT TYRNAUER
In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.
SWEDEN/ USA - 2016 - 91 MINUTES - COLOUR AND BLACK AND WHITE - DCP (D-CINEMA) A FILM BY KASPER COLLIN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: RON MANN, NICOLE STOTT, DAN BRAUN
On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin (My Name Is Albert Ayler) is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America with cinematography by Bradford Young (DOP, Selma).
WEIRDOS - Winner! Canadian Screen Award, 2017 Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Molly Parker Original Screenplay - Daniel MacIvor
THEATRICAL BEGINS MARCH 17, 2017
CANADA – 2016 - BLACK AND WHITE - 84 MINUTES A FILM BY BRUCE MCDONALD WRITTEN BY DANIEL MACIVOR FEATURING: ALLAN HAWCO, MOLLY DUNSWORTH, JULIA SARAH STONE AND DYLAN AUTHORS
Nova Scotia. 1976. The weekend of the American Bicentennial. When 15-year-old Kit decides that living with his father is too repressive, he hits the road to move in with his mother. Accompanied by his girlfriend Alice, Kit will explore his very core - his sexuality, his sense of place and self - in an attempt to find a place to call home.
2015 - POLAND - 92 MINUTES - IN POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY AGNIESZKA SMOCZYNSKA
One enchanted evening in early ’80s Warsaw, Poland, famished heart-eating sister sirens Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek) emerge from the sea in search of prey. They soon find themselves joining an erotic discotheque act, enabling them to use their transformative mermaid skills as a rather ultimate dancer performance attribute.
USA – 2016 - 86 MINUTES - DOCUMENTARY A FILM BY TIM MARRINAN, RICHARD DEWEY
A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who pushed the limits of creative expression and risked his life in the name of art.
For more than 45 years, Chris Burden’s work has consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art. His pioneering and often dangerous performance works of the 1970s earned Burden a place in the art history books while still in his early 20s. He had himself shot (Shoot, 1971), locked up (Five Day Locker Piece, 1971), electrocuted, (Doorway to Heaven, 1973), cut (Through the Night Softly, 1973), crucified (Trans-fixed, 1974), and advertised on television (4 TV Ads, 1973–77). But as the 70s progressed Burden became disillusioned with the expectations and misconceptions based on his early works and as the pressure grew, the line between his life and his art blurred.
USA - 2016 - 94 MINUTES - ENGLISH A FILM BY BRETT BERNS & BOB SARLES
Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Steven Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of. His hits include "Twist and Shout", "Hang On Sloopy", "Here Comes The Night" and "Piece Of My Heart."
2016 - USA/ GERMANY - 108 MINUTES - COLOUR A FILM BY MARCIE BEGLEITER
Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization.
POLAND - 98 MINUTES - 2016 - COLOUR - IN POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY ANDRZEJ WADJA
A story of Władysław Strzemiński, an avant-garde painter, who did not give in to socialist realism being ruthlessly enforced by Communist regime in the post-war Poland. The tragic consequences of a struggle for artistic freedom in the totalitarian system of power unfold at first slowly, but gradually lead a charismatic, defiant man into the abyss.
Winner! "Best First Feature" Canadian Screen Award, 2017
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA / CANADA - 2016 - 80 MIN - FEATURE - IN MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY JOHNNY MA FEATURING: CHEN GANG, NAI AN, WANG HONGWEI, ZHANG ZEBIN, LUO XUE'ER
In Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive.
1985 - 115 MINUTES - JAPAN - 1.85:1 A FILM BY JUZO ITAMI
Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration. The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.
FRANCE/ GERMANY – 2016 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY MIA HANSEN-LØVE FEATURING: ISABELLE HUPPERT, ANDRÉ MARCON, ROMAN KOLINKA, EDITH SCOB, SARAH LE PICARD, SOLAL FORTE, ELISE LHOMEAU, LIONEL DRAY, GRÉGOIRE MONTANA-HAROCHE, LINA BENZERTI
Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life.
2016 - USA - 108 MINUTES - COLOUR AND BLACK AND WHITE A FILM BY JIM JARMUSCH FEAURING: JIM OSTERBERG AS IGGY POP, RON ASHETON, SCOTT ASHETON, JAMES WILLIAMSON, STEVE MACKAY, MIKE WATT, KATHY ASHETON, DANNY FIELDS
Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s.
USA – 2016 – 91 MIN – COLOUR - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY ZACH CLARK FEATURING: ADDISON TIMLIN, ALLY SHEEDY, KEITH POULSON, PETER HEDGES, KRISTIN SLAYSMAN, MOLLY PLUNK, BARBARA CRAMPTON
October, 2008. Young nun Colleen is avoiding all contact from her family, until an email from her mother announces, “Your brother is home.” On returning to her childhood home in Asheville, NC, she finds her old room exactly how she left it: painted black and covered in goth/metal posters.
RAZIL – 2015 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY SÉRGIO MACHADO
After failing to be admitted into the renowned São Paulo Symphonic Orchestra, Laerte, a talented violinist, is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public school in Heliopolis, the biggest favela of Brazil. His path is full of difficulties but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the professor and his students open the doors into a new world. Based on a true story.
ITALY/ FRANCE – 2015 – 108 MIN - IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY GIANFRANCO ROSI FEATURING: SAMUELE PUCILLO, MATTIAS CUCINA, SAMUELE CARUANA, PIETRO BARTOLO
Samuele is twelve and lives on an island in the Mediterranean, far away from the mainland. Like all boys of his age he does not always enjoy going to school. He would much rather climb the rocks by the shore, play with his slingshot or mooch about the port. But his home is not like other islands. For years, it has been the destination of men, women and children trying to make the crossing from Africa in boats that are far too small and decrepit.