Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism--a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.
2017 - ITALY - 93 MINUTES - 1:33 - 5.1 AUDIO - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY SUASANNA NICCHIARELLI WITH TRINE DYRHOLM, JOHN GORDON SINCLAIR, ANAMARIA MARINCA
A road-movie dedicated to the last years of Christa Päffgen, known by her stage name “Nico”. One of Warhol's muses, singer of The Velvet Underground and a woman of legendary beauty. The story of Nico's last tours with the band that accompanied her around Europe in the Eighties: years in which the "priestess of darkness", as she was called, found herself again, shaking off the weight of her beauty and rebuilding the relationship with her only forgotten son. It is the story of a rebirth, of an artist, of a mother, of the woman beyond the icon.
2017 - USA - 90 MINUTES - COLOUR WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DESIREE AKHAVAN BASED ON THE NOVEL BY EMILY M. DANFORTH FEATURING: CHLOË GRACE MORETZ, SASHA LANE, FORREST GOODLUCK, JOHN GALLAGHER JR., JENNIFER EHLE
Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs—but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.
USA - 98 MINUTES - 2017 - COLOUR - IN ENGLISH BASED ON THE BOOK “FULL SERVICE: MY ADVENTURES IN HOLLYWOOD AND THE SECRET SEX LIVES OF THE STARS” BY SCOTTY BOWERS WITH LIONEL FRIEDBERG A FILM BY MATT TYRNAUER FEATURING SCOTT BOWERS
Having just been mustered out of the Marines Corps after the Second World War, Scotty Bowers came to Hollywood in 1946. Strikingly handsome and personable, he immediately caught the eye of many of the town’s stars, who encountered him at the gas station where he worked on Hollywood Boulevard. Scotty began having sex with many of the key players in the movie colony and soon started connecting many of them with his band of beautiful and promiscuous friends, most of them newly discharged from the military. The cinema vérité documentary is a secret history of Hollywood in the pre-Stonewall era.
CHINA - 2017 - 107 MINUTES - 1.85 - 5.1 - COLOUR A FILM BY VIVIAN QU
In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun.Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out.
100 MINUTES - COLOUR - 1.66.1 - FRANCE - 1967 DIRECTED BY LUIS BUÑUEL STARRING CATHERINE DENEUVE, MICHEL PICCOLI, AND JEAN SOREL NEW 4K RESTORATION
Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (its characters’ and its viewers’), as well as a gently absurdist take on contemporary social mores and class divisions. Fantasy and reality commingle in this burst of cinematic transgression, which was one of Buñuel’s biggest hits.
2017 - USA - 78 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY SARA DRIVER
Sara Driver explores the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision. Conveying Basquiat's personal magnetism, eccentricity and non-stop creativity without romanticizing him, the doc serves as another chapter in the ongoing effort to rescue Basquiat from his own hype.
018 - USA - 80 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH AND JAPANESE A FILM BY HEATHER LENZ WRITER - DIRECTOR - PRODUCER - EDITOR: HEATHER LENZ
Trailblazer Yayoi Kusama’s turbulent quest to become a world famous artist is documented in “Kusama - Infinity”; as a rival of Warhol in the ‘60s, Kusama battled sexism and racism in America while her hallucinations of polka dots eventually led her to the Tokyo mental institution she has called home for over 30 years.
2016 - 92 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY THOMAS RIEDELSHEIMER
Sixteen years after the release of the ground-breaking film Rivers and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time director Thomas Riedelsheimer has returned to work with the artist. Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy follows Andy on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art. As Goldsworthy introduces his own body into the work it becomes at the same time even more fragile and personal and also sterner and tougher, incorporating massive machinery and crews on his bigger projects. Riedelsheimer’s exquisite film illuminates Goldsworthy’s mind as it reveals his art.
2017 - USA - ISRAEL - 82 MINUTES A FILM BY ALISON CHERNICK FEATURING ITZHAK PERLMAN
If there’s anyone who personifies the resilience, the vision and ultimately the contribution of the Jewish people, it’s Itzhak Perlman. The violin is the chosen instrument of Perlman, the vehicle he has used to overcome his own challenges and express himself to the world. In Perlman and his music, we hear the story of obstacles and survival, we trace the path of the Jewish people from the chaos of Europe to the promise of Israel, we see the comfort of home and family and witness how humor and talent combine with discipline and drive.
105 MINUTES - 2017 -USA - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY JONATHAN OLSHEFSKI
QUEST is the moving portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey, along with his wife Christine’a, aka “Ma Quest,” open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their neighbourhood.
2016 - 84 MINUTES - COLOUR - DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 - CANADA - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY INGRID VENINGER WITH: CHARLOTTE SALISBURY, LUCINDA ARMSTRONG HALL, CHRISTOPHER BOLTON, DELPHINE ROUSSEL, HALLIE SWITZER, HARRISON TANNER
During a hot and hazy summertime in northern Ontario, 13-year-old Bea (Charlotte Salisbury) wants a best friend more than anything else, but when she meets boisterous Kate (Lucinda Armstrong Hall), she gets more than she imagined. A story of bravery, small-town summer love, and the secret world of girls.
FINLAND - GERMANY 2017 - FINNISH, ENGLISH, ARABIC - 98 MIN · COLOUR ·2K DCP A FILM BY AKI KAURISMÄKI
This film tells two stories that converge after forty minutes. The first of these features Khaled, a Syrian refugee. A stowaway on a coal freighter, he ends up in Helsinki where he applies for asylum without much hope of success. Wikström, the second main character, is a travelling salesman peddling ties and men’s shirts. Turning his back on his trade, he instead decides to put his poker face to good use at a gambling table and subsequently buys himself a restaurant in the remotest corner of Helsinki.
A FILM BY ALEXANDRA DEAN EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS SUSAN SARANDON AND MICHAEL KANTOR PRODUCED BY KATHERINE DREW AND ADAM HAGGIAG CO-PRODUCERS DAVID KOH AND DAN BRAUN
The story of a Hollywood actress, defined by her appearance, who is secretly a brilliant inventor and changes the course of history.
Lamarr appeared nude at the age of 17 in the 1933 Czech film “Ecstasy” and later married a prominent Austrian businessman who became a weapons dealer to the Nazis. Lamarr, who was born Jewish, fled her husband in the middle of the night, boarding a boat for America with nothing to her name except a single designer gown. She eventually convinced MGM boss Louis B. Mayer to sign her to a deal.
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.
2017 - 107 MINUTES - USA - IN ENGLISH DIRECTED BY MARC MEYERSFEATURING: ROSS LYNCH, ANNE HECHE, DALLAS ROBERTS, ALEX WOLFF, TOMMY NELSON, VINCENT KARTHEISER
Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and incarcerated. He would become one of America’s most infamous serial killers. This is the story before that story.
2016 - 96 MINUTES - SWEEDEN - IN SWISS WItH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY PETRA VOLPE WITH: MARIE LEUENBERGER, MAX SIMONISCHECK, MARTA ZOFFOLI, NICHOLAS OFCZAREK, SOFIA HELIN
1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village with her husband and their two sons. The Swiss countryside is untouched by the major social upheavals the movement of 1968 has brought about. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot on February 7, 1971.
2017 - USA - 88 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY JOHN CARROLL LYNCH PRINCIPAL CAST: HARRY DEAN STANTON, DAVID LYNCH, RON LIVINGSTON, ED BEGLEY JR., TOM SKERRITT, BETH GRANT, JAMES DARREN, BARRY SHABAKA HENLEY, YVONNE HUFF LEE
"Lucky" follows the spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.
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 11, 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.
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).
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.