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 - USA - 84 MINUTES - COLOUR - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY DUSTIN GUY DEFA PRINCIPAL CAST: ABBI JACOBSON, MICHAEL CERA, TAVI GEVINSON, PHILIP BAKER HALL, BENE COOPERSMITH, GEORGE SAMPLE III
During a single day in New York City, a variety of characters grapple with the mundane, the unexpected, and the larger questions permeating their lives. An investigative reporter struggles with her first day on the job, despite help from her misguided boss; a rebellious teen attempts to balance her feminist ideals with other desires; and a young man seeks to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend, even as her brother threatens revenge. Meanwhile, an avid music lover traverses the city in search of a rare record for his vinyl collection.
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.
2017 - DOCUMENTARY SHORT - 43 MINUTES - CANADA A FILM BY REBEKAH REIKO
Israeli bassist and producer Yossi Fine, known as the Jimi Hendrix of bass guitar, has recorded and produced music with artists from across the globe including, Lou Reed, David Bowie and Brian Eno. After travelling to Jamaica and Mali to expand his musical knowledge and get in touch with his ancestral roots, Fine discovers that his great-grandmother is Indian.
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.
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.
2017 - 91 MINUTES - ENGLISH - USA A FILM BY JOSH GREENBAUM
A unique documentary/narrative hybrid chronicling the stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service" (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next six Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down.
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.
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.
Metro Cinema (Edmonton, AB) May 26 - 31, 2017 Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, MB) June 2 - 4,7 - 9, 10, 2017
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.
128 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR -IN ENGLISH A FILM BY DANIEL WARTH
Struggling actor Audrey (Claire Armstrong) and aspiring playwright Lillian (Naomi Skwarna) pour all of their creative energy into the only paying work they can find: corporate role-playing demonstrations. When they book the biggest gig of their careers at a hotel conference, they commence work on their most ambitious production to date and the ensuing tensions threaten to derail both the production and their friendship.
2017 - 88 MINUTES - CANADA/ UNITED KINGDOM - IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY KYOKO MIYAKE PRODUCERS: EYESTEEL FILM + BRAKELESS LIMITED
Walking down the streets of Tokyo, it is difficult to escape the gaze and the voice of the ‘idol’ girls - Japanese pop singers. They are everywhere, looking down from advertising panels and singing out of shops’s loudspeakers. With an innocent virgin look and piercingly high-pitched voice, they are the ultimate expression of Japanese cuteness.
USA/ FRANCE - 2017 - 87 MINUTES A FILM BY COLIN HANKS PRINCIPAL CAST: JESSE HUGHES, JOSH HOMME, DAVE CATCHING, MATT MCJUNKINS, THE EDGE, BONO MUSIC: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ALAIN JOHANNES
On November 13, 2015 at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, terrorists killed 89 people and injured hundreds more at a Eagles of Death Metal concert. The band members survived, and a year later returned to Paris to give a triumphant, defiant concert at the Olympia Theatre.
USA/ GERMANY - 108 MINUTES - COLOUR & BLACK AND WHITE - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY FENTON BAILEY AND RANDY BARBATO *Courtesy HBO Canada
Using two retrospectives at LA's Getty and LACMA museums as a backdrop, this definitive portrait profiles the controversial artist from early childhood, to his beginnings in NYC and his meteoric rise in the art world, to his untimely death in 1989.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto, ON) Starts May 12, 2017 Mount Pleasant (Toronto, ON) Starts May 12, 2017 Cineplex Empress Walk (Toronto, ON) Starts May 12, 2017 Cineplex Cavendish Mall (Montreal, QC) Starts May 12, 2017 Cineplex Forum (Montreal, QC) Starts May 12, 2017 Cineplex Cinema City Northgate (Winnipeg, MB) Starts May 12, 2017 Cinecenta (Victoria, BC) May 24 + 25, 2017 Vancity Theatre (Vancouver, BC) Starts May 26, 2017 Bytowne (Ottawa, ON) May 26 - June 1, 2017 Hyland Cinema (London, ON) Starts June 2, 2017 RPL Film Theatre (Regina, SK) June 2 - 4, 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".
2017 - 75 MINUTES A FILM BY BY ALI WEINSTIEN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RON MANN
World Premiere - Hot Docs (Toronto, ON) April 28 + 29, May 1 + 5, 2017 Advance Tickets 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.
MARIUS 1931 - 127 MINUTES - FRANCE - BLACK AND WHITE - IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY ALEXANDER KORDA
FANNY 1932 - 127 MINUTES - FRANCE - IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FiLM BY MARC ALLEGRET
CÉSAR 1936 - 142 MINUTES - FRANCE - IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY MARCEL PAGNOL
THEATRICAL STARTS MAY 19, 2017
TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto, ON) Friday, May 19 at 6:30pm - MARIUS Saturday, May 20 at 6:30pm - FANNY Sunday, May 21 at 4:00pm - CESAR The Cinematheque (Vancouver, BC) June 1, 11, & 12 - MARIUS June 1, 11, & 12 - FANNY June 5, 11 & 13 - CESAR
Three rich, funny, deep tales of love, life and food in a French Village, a real tear jerker.
A FILM BY ELIZABETH CARROLLThe Immortal Diana Kennedy by documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Carroll is a candid look into the world of 92-year old British chef and author Diana Kennedy, widely regarded as the world’s authority on Mexican cuisine. Ms. Kennedy is a formidable critic of anyone who doesn’t share her objective views of Mexican culinary traditions or anyone who, God forbid, doesn’t recycle.