STARTS SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 - TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX (TORONTO, ON) STARTS SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 - MAYFAIR THEATRE (OTTAWA, ON)
UNITED STATES – 2016 – 86 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY GREG KWEDAR FEATURING: JOHNNY SIMMONS, GABRIEL LUNA, CLIFTON COLLINS, JR.
On a remote desert highway a makeshift Border Patrol checkpoint is manned by three agents: Flores (Gabriel Luna): with an uncanny ability to track; Davis (Johnny Simmons): joined the Border Patrol with dreams of romancing señoritas and riding on horseback; Hobbs (Clifton Collins Jr): one of the old guards who believes a college degree can’t stop a bullet. It's like most boring days, but soon the contents of one car will change everything. What follows is a journey to uncover the surreal, frightening secrets hidden behind the facade of this lonely outpost. The end of the path may cost them their lives along a border where the line between right and wrong shifts like the desert itself.
USA/ CANADA – 2015 – 82 MIN - FEATURE A FILM BY LAURA ISRAEL
The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one in the same, and the vast amount of territory he’s covered, from The Americans in 1958 up to the present, is intimately registered in his now formidable body of artistic gestures.
A FILM BY MARK LAMPRELL WITH LAURA MICHELLE KELLY, RONAN KEATING, MAGDA SUBSZANKI
Full-time mum of twins, Elspeth Dickens (Laura Michelle Kelly), becomes a web sensation when she inadvertently broadcasts her sink songs across the internet. With Elspeth’s husband, James (Ronan Keating), at sea saving whales, advertising mogul Cassandra (Magda Szubanski) relishes the opportunity to exploit Elspeth s new-found fame by offering Elspeth her dream career in showbusiness. With her dreams of stardom within reach, Elspeth finds the choice between fame and family may come at the cost of losing both.
USA – 2015 – 92 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY CHRIS HEGEDUS AND D A PENNEBAKER
Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his lebgal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), are making history by filling the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a "thing" with no rights to a "person" with legal protections.
USA - 1970 - 96 MINUTES - BLACK & WHITE - 1.66:1 - DCP - BLU RAY A FILM BY JOHN WATERS
John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to theaters at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments.
CANADA – 2016 – 82 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY JAY CHEEL
If you could travel through time, where -- or when -- would you go? Would you revisit a fond memory from your childhood? Catch a glimpse of the dinosaurs? Or would you place a sure-win, against-the-odds bet on an underdog sports team? Everybody has fantasized about traveling through time, but is it really possible?
USA – 2015 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY JEREMY COON, TIM SKOUSEN
The true, decades-spanning tale of the greatest fan film ever made.
After Steven Spielberg's classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favourite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene...except one; the film's explosive airplane set piece.
2015 - GREECE - 99 MINUTES - DCP - COLOUR - IN GREEK WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES WITH SAKIS ROUVAS, VANGELIS MOURIKIS, PANOS KORONIS A FILM BY ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI
A buddy movie without the buddies...
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear upon his little finger the victorious signet ring: the “Chevalier.”
CANADA – 2015 – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY DANIEL CROSS
From juke joints to church halls, up the mountain and down to the bayou, I AM THE BLUES travels the back roads with the last of the blues legends.
I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in there 80’s, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Little Freddie King, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy ’Duck’ Holmes, Lil’ Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.
DENMARK – 104 MIN – COLOR A FILM BY ANDERS THOMAS JENSEN FEATURING: MADS MIKKELSEN, NIKOLAJ LIE KAAS, DAVID DENCIK
Gabriel and Elias, two very different brothers. Gabriel is a worn down university professor and Elias is a man whose only concern is women and trivial knowledge. During a lecture Garbiel receives a phone call. Their father is dead. Things take a turn when the brothers learn through a videotape recorded by their now late father, that he in fact wasn't their biological father. Gabriel and Elias discover that their biological father lives on the island Ork. They set out to the island and here they meet their real family.
CANADA – 2016 – 86 MIN – COLOUR - 5.1 - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN
From Adolphe Sax’s workshop of the 1840's to the legendary era of jazz and bebop, it was forbidden by Nazis and Communists and banned by the Pope – gradually conquering all music genres. Throughout its 175-year history the saxophone has been both the most seductive and most feared instrument. Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Larry Weinstein illuminates and mythologizes the story of the saxophone, featuring its most legendary players as well as astonishing discoveries. The Devil's Horn explores the sax's longstanding curse that stemmed from the difficult life of its mad inventor, and is still said to affect saxophonists who fall prey to the instrument’s dark powers.
2015 - GERMANY/ FRANCE/ THE NETHERLANDS - 87 MINUTES - IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY ALEXANDER SOKUROV
June 1940: German troops march into Paris. Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff Metternich worked together to protect and preserve the treasure of the Louvre Museum. Alexander Sokurov tells their story. He explores the relationship between art and power, and asks what art tells us about ourselves, at the very heart of one of the most devastating conflicts the world has ever known.
USA – 2015 – 79 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - COLOUR & B&W - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY JON NEALON & JENNY RASKIN
HERE COME THE VIDEOFREEX starts in 1969. America is undergoing cultural and political revolutions, but you’d never know it by watching TV. Young CBS executive Don West creates a secret project to tell the stories of the counterculture ignored by TV news.
THAILAND – 2015 – DCP - 122 MINS - 1:1.85 - 7.1 AND 5.1 SURROUND SOUND - IN THAI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL
Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including coloured light therapy, to ease the mens’ troubled dreams.
CHINA - JAPAN - FRANCE – 125 MIN – COLOR – 1.33 / 1.85 / 2.39 – 5.1 – 2015 A FILM BY JIA ZHANGKE
China, 1999. In Fenyang, childhood friends Liangzi, a coal miner, and Zhang, the owner of a gas station, are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually marries the wealthier Zhang and they have a son he names Dollar.
2014. Tao is divorced and her son emigrates to Australia with his business magnate father.
Australia, 2025. 19-year-old Dollar no longer speaks Chinese and can barely communicate with his now bankrupt father. All that he remembers of his mother is her name.
PAKISTAN/ USA – 2015 – 82 MIN - FEATURE A FILM BY SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY, ANDY SCHOCKEN WITH SACHAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE, WYNTON MARSALIS, THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA
With its ancient palaces and stately gardens, the Lahore of Pakistan's 1947 independence was a haven and a muse for musicians, artists, and poets. The city came alive to the beat of a tabla drum; with a musical culture passed down over centuries and a thriving film industry, opportunities were great for the legion of musicians that called Lahore home.
SPAIN – 2015 – 97 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY PABLO LARRAÍN WITH ROBERTO FARÍAS, ANTONIA ZEGERS, JAIME VADELL, ALEJANDRO GOIC, ALEJANDRO SIEVEKING, MARCELO ALONSO, JOSÉ SOZA, FRANCISCO REYES
In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men and the woman who tends to the house and their needs. All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to purge the sins of their pasts, the separation from their communities the worst form of punishment by the Church. They keep to a strict daily schedule devoid of all temptation and spontaneity, each moment a deliberate effort to atone for their wrongdoings.
ROMANIA – 2015 – DCP - 93 MINS A FILM BY RADU MUNTEAN
After being the sole unfortunate witness to a domestic quarrel that ends up in a murder, Patrascu finds himself at odds with two very close neighbors: one is the bizarre murderer. The other is his very own conscience.
USA – 2015 – 86 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE WITH: CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT, CYNTHIA NIXON, SCOTT MESCUDI, MACKENZIE LEIGH, DAVID CALL, RON LIVINGSTON A FILM BY JOSH MOND
James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twentysomething trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. As he retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his mother's battle with a serious illness faces a series of setbacks that force him to assume more responsibility. With the pressure on him mounting, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely.
USA - 2015 - 97 MINUTES - 5.1 A FILM BY LISA IMMORDINO VREELAND
Lisa Immordino Vreeland follows up her acclaimed debut "Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel" with PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT.
A colourful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century,she collected not only art, but artists.
CANADA/ USA – 2015 – 81 MIN – COLOUR & B&W - DOCUMENTARY - ENGLISH DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY JESSICA EDWARDS
MAVIS! is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like “I’ll Take You There" in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way.
CANADA – 2015 – 92 MIN – COLOUR & B&W - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY BRIAN D. JOHNSON
What does it take to carve out a career as a poet? Why on earth would anyone attempt it? Al Purdy Was Here is the portrait of an artist driven to become a great Canadian poet at a time when the category barely existed. Al Purdy is a charismatic tower of contradictions: a "sensitive man" who whips out a poem in a bar fight; a factory worker who finds grace in an Arctic flower; a mentor to young writers who remained a stranger to sons. Purdy has been called the last, best and most Canadian poet. "Voice of the Land" is engraved on his tombstone. But before finding fame as the country’s unofficial poet laureate, he endured years of poverty and failure.
"Hello, little bonehead. I'll love you forever." So begins HEART OF A DOG, creative pioneer Laurie Anderson's wry, wondrous and unforgettable cinematic journey through love, death and language.
Centering on Anderson's beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, HEART OF A DOG is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her.