16th KFF Brochure 2012

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March 8–15, 2012 Paramount Theatre & TRU Clocktower Theatre

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6:00 pm Doors open

1:00 pm Pina 17

6:45 pm Opening remarks

3:00 pm Poetry 18

7:00 pm Monsieur Lazhar 10

7:00 pm Sunflower Hour 19 with special guests, Aaron

9:00 pm Opening Reception


Houston & friends

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7:00 pm Tyrannosaur 11 9:00 pm The Skin I Live In 12

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7:00 pm Melancholia 21 tues day ma rch 1 3

DARK Fest at TRU

7:00 pm Martha Marcy May Marlene 22

7:00 pm Hobo With a Shotgun 28

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9:00 pm Deaden 28

7:00 pm A Separation 23

with special guest, John Fallon

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1:00 pm The Whale 13

9:00 pm Festival Closing Party


3:00 pm Tomboy 14

Draw to win two passes for next year’s festival


Ticket Information


7:00 pm Le Havre 15 9:00 pm Coriolanus 16 DARK Fest at TRU 7:00 pm Skew 29 THE WHALE

7:00 pm Afghan Luke 25

9:00 pm Some Guy Who Kills People 29

But did you know that TRU World, through our Study Abroad Office, uses TRU World’s extensive international connections and networks to provide an impressive number of opportunities for Canadian students to study abroad? For every degree program at TRU, Canadian students can choose to study one or two semesters of their degree in another country! The academic work they do is then transferred back to TRU as transfer credit toward their degree. Opportunities are available in English in all disciplines, but opportunities are also available for students to learn other languages –

French, Spanish, German, and Japanese are popular choices for students. Students can choose from over 225 partner universities in 40 countries – truly, “the world” is open to the Canadian students at TRU! During the Festival, you will meet TRU students who have been abroad and are now back in Canada. They are called Study Abroad Ambassadors and they would love to talk to you about their experience – and how you, or your son, or your daughter, or your grandchild, or your neighbour might benefit! We invite and encourage the Kamloops community to learn about the international opportunities available for Canadian students – and about the strengths international experience builds in students. Sincerely,

Hailey Robertson

Natalie Lidster

Katelynn Daly


Jan Petrar Manager, Study Abroad Phone 250.371.5888 Email jpetrar@tru.ca

www.truworld.ca/exchange • www.facebook.com/TRUstudyabroad

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n behalf of Thompson Rivers University and TRU World, the international department for the university, I welcome you to the 16th annual Kamloops Film Festival. Many of you may be familiar with some of the international initiatives of TRU World – primarily drawing international students to study at TRU. Currently, we have over 1500 international students on campus from more than 70 countries.

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Ticket Information Advance tickets will be on sale at the following locations: South Shore at Moviemart (5th and Seymour) and at the TRUSU Desk in the TRU Campus Activity Centre North Shore at Moviemart (in the Northills Mall) and Bookland (750 Fortune Drive). During the festival, single tickets may also be purchased at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets to the Festival Closing Party will be available at both Moviemart locations, Bookland, and the TRUSU desk prior to the festival and in the theatre lobby during the festival. $5 per ticket: TRU student single admission (available only at the TRUSU desk) $8 per ticket: Regular single admission $7 per ticket: When you purchase 5 to 9 different tickets at the same time $6 per ticket: When you purchase 10 or more different tickets at the same time

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A $2 Kamloops Film Society membership is required (available at the door). Under the Motion Pictures Act of British Columbia and Canada Customs Regulations, only members of the Kamloops Film Society are permitted to attend films. An annual membership fee of $2 allows all members to purchase tickets for all films sponsored by the Society and entitles members to all rights and privileges of the Society in accordance with and subject to the Constitution and Bylaws. Members must be 18 years of age or older. TRUSU Upass will be recognized as KFS membership.

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Film For a Cause Our charity film will be the documentary The Whale (Saturday, March 10, 1:00pm). We’ll contribute 100% of our net revenue to the BC Wildlife Park’s Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Come down before the show to meet some of the animal friends from the BC Wildlife Park!

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Festival Events

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Special Guests

Opening Reception Celebrate the opening of the festival on Thursday March 8th immediately following the showing of Monsieur Lazhar at Hotel 540, located at 540 Victoria Street. The event will celebrate you, our absolutely fabulous Kamloops Film Festival patrons and Film Society members, with a tasteful evening of socializing with like-minded film-buffs. Come be a part of a “Reel Community”. The event will take place in the Rivers Room . See you there! There is no charge for this event.

Knowledge Network’s Storyville Pitching Workshop – Saturday March 10, 10am–3pm; Sunday March 11, 9am–12pm Kamloops Art Gallery, 465 Victoria Street. Invite Only.

We’re pleased to announce several special guests who will join us throughout the festival:

Festival Closing Party Celebrate another successful festival on Thursday March 15th immediately following the showing of Afghan Luke at The Noble Pig Brewhouse, 650 Victoria Street. Join us for appetizers, a complimentary glass of the special Festival Beer or wine and live music. Only 150 tickets will be sold in-advance, so buy early. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, $15 at the door. Last year this party sold out and was a real blast! We hope you come join us again this year. Kamloops Symphony at the KFF The Kamloops Film Festival is proud to have the music of Martin Krátký, Cello before our opening and closing films at this year’s festival. The Kamloops Symphony is generously sponsoring this event as they share one of their own with us. Martin Krátký keeps on his feet, playing full time with the Kamloops Symphony (as principal cellist) and the Okanagan Symphony (as second cellist), performing chamber music, crossovers, and multidisciplinary artistic collaborations throughout the Thompson and Okanagan valleys.


Ten persons will be selected by Knowledge Network to participate in the two-day workshop and all participants will be notified if accepted by Friday, March 2, 4:30 pm. An Afternoon with Knowledge: Films, Filmmakers & Filmmaking – Sunday March 11, 2–5 pm, TRU Clocktower Theatre Knowledge Network is hosting a filmmakers’ salon for aspiring filmmakers of all ages facilitated by Murray Battle (Director of Independent Production and Presentation at Knowledge Network) with guest filmmaker Melanie Wood of Stranger Productions (strangerproductions.ca - Liberia ‘77). The afternoon includes discussions/Q & A about documentary filmmaking and a special screening of the Knowledge Network commission Liberia ‘77 (www.liberia77.com). After the salon, join Murray and Melanie for a Knowledge Network reception at the Noble Pig Brewhouse, 650 Victoria Street.

Aaron Houston will bring a special guest and a very special puppet to help introduce his film Sunflower Hour and host a Q&A post screening on Sunday, March 11th at 7 pm at the Paramount Theatre. Aaron Houston is an independent filmmaker from Vancouver, BC. Aaron has written and directed several short films such as Rousing Doug (Winner of best cast and best film at the Overnight Success Festival) Schlick Schlims (Official selection at the Yorkton Film Festival) and Two Theories, One Stone, (Official selection Cinequest Film Festival). Two Theories, One Stone will screen before Sunflower Hour. John Fallon will introduce his film Deaden on Friday, March 9th at 9 pm at the TRU Clocktower Theatre John Fallon is an actor/writer/director who has appeared in TV’s Kaosbar, Big Wolf on Campus and the Recon film series. In addition to writing and co-producing Deaden, he wrote Trance and two forthcoming horror films: Death Row and Trigger.


Contests & Prizes People’s Choice Award and Festival Draw Vote for your favourite film of the festival and enter our draw to win two free passes to next year’s film festival. The most popular film and the draw winner will be announced at the Festival Closing Party. Film Trivia Prizes Win great prizes! A short trivia contest will be held at the beginning of each film.

Discounts During the Festival The Thompson, 650 Victoria Street Hotel 540, 540 Victoria Street Simply mention that you are in town for the festival and receive a special room rate of $99 plus taxes (single or double occupancy). Parking is free. Call toll free 1-800-663-2837 The Noble Pig, 650 Victoria Street Use your Kamloops Film Festival ticket stub to get a $4 pint of the special Festival Beer at the Noble Pig Brewhouse. Show your Dark Festival ticket stub and get even more! Dark Festival tickets receive $4 Festival Beer as well as 25% off appetizers!

Film for a Cause Our charity film will be the BC documentary The Whale. We’ll contribute 100% of our net revenue to the BC Wildlife Park’s Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Come down before the show to meet some of the animal friends from the BC Wildlife Park!


From the Festival Committee Last year, we introduced some exciting initiatives: a partnership with Knowledge Network to bring the process of filmmaking front and centre during the festival and a corresponding emphasis on films that had been made in our region, showcasing our talent, community spirit and distinctive environment. We’ve come back this year with that same commitment, expanding our relationship with Knowledge to include intensive, two-day project-pitching workshops in addition to the annual Sunday Salon at the Clocktower theatre, and we’re closing the festival with a screening of Afghan Luke, shot right around the Kamloops area. Additionally, we’ve added something special for the B-cinema and grindhouse fans: the first KFF Dark Fest, running on Friday and Saturday nights in the TRU Clocktower theatre with showings at 7 and 9 each night. You’ll also hear the wonderful sounds of live music before our opening and closing features, courtesy of the Kamloops Symphony. Please show your appreciation for their generosity by supporting this community treasure. Once again, we have organized the Opening Reception to give the festival the launch that it deserves. We will be holding the opening event at Hotel 540 this year. Our closing bash will be held down the street at the Noble Pig Brewhouse. Be sure to purchase your tickets early for the closing event as there is only a very limited quantity and we sold out last year. For our regular festival screenings, we have 14 amazing films. In fact, this may be the single most “award winning” lineup we have ever presented. We have three family-oriented films (The Whale, Tomboy, and Pina), several comedies (Monsieur Lazhar, Sunflower Hour, Le Havre), and our usual crop of thoughtful and intense dramas. We would love to hear your feedback on this venture so be sure to let us know what you think by filling out this year’s questionnaire to be entered to win full passes to next year’s film festival! Sponsorship plays a major part in any event of this size. Throughout this guide, on tickets, on the screen prior to each film, and with verbal announcements, you will see or hear the names of our many sponsors and supporters. We are extremely grateful for the support that we receive from these businesses, agencies and individuals and encourage you to, whenever possible, thank them for their participation. The committee is very grateful for the many hours of volunteer time that have been donated as they have assisted in enriching the Kamloops art community. As well, we value the participation and assistance of Carmen McDougall (Manager of the Paramount Theatre). Sincerely, The Kamloops Canadian and International Film Festival Committee:


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MONSIEUR LAZHAR Canada Directed by Philippe Falardeau In French with English subtitles Comedy/ Drama 94 minutes Rated PG: coarse language; theme of suicide

This film will be preceded by Fred & Ginger (12:32) directed by Rob Wenzek (The Art Institute of Vancouver)

its heart-warming moments the hard way – through insight, empathy, and eloquence.” – Calgary International Film Festival “[A] universal ode to the power of teaching and human compassion, told in an unfettered way by first-rate actors.” – Michael-Oliver Harding, Nightlife Magazine Thank you for your support:




A teacher and his students learn from one another in the wake of a tragedy in this comedy/drama from Canadian director Philippe Falardeau. The film begins when a pair of grade school students, Simon (Emilien Neron) and Alice (Sophie Nelisse), make a shocking discovery. They witness their teacher taking her own life in their classroom. The school’s overworked principal (Danielle Proulx) wants things back to normal as soon as possible, and when substitute teacher Lazhar (Fellag) drops off his resume after learning of the tragedy, he’s hired almost on the spot. Bachir Lazhar is a middle-aged Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec. He jumps at the opportunity to help, and the principal is initially relieved since Bachir has nineteen years experience as a grade school teacher in Algeria.

professional distance. And all along, nobody is aware of Bachir’s painful former life; nor that he is at risk of being deported at any moment.

The children don’t immediately take to Lazhar, as most have never had a male teacher before, and Lazhar has his own adjustments to deal with –– he’s an immigrant who’s new to Montreal, he’s still learning the finer points of Quebecoise French, and his teaching style differs from that of his new colleagues. He finds he has to deal with a 10-year-old boy who has been traumatized by his discovery of the teacher’s body, and a girl whose interpretation of the event and resentment toward her friend provoke unforeseen revelations.

2012 nominee Best Achievement in Cinematography Ronald Plante, Best Achievement in Direction - Philippe Falardeau, Best Achievement in Editing - Stéphane Lafleur, Best Achievement in Music (Original Score) - Martin Léon, Best Achievement in Overall Sound, Best Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Mohamed Fellag, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Sophie Nélisse & Best Screenplay (Adapted) - Philippe Falardeau Genie Awards

As Lazhar tries to guide Simon, Alice and their classmates through the shock of what has happened and their inevitably long healing process, he also finds the experience helps him heal after struggling with a loss of his own. He begins to care for his students, hoping to prepare them for the future, but runs into opposition from parents who want him to maintain a

2011 winner Best Screenplay - Philippe Falardeau & FIPRESCI Prize Best Film - Philippe Falardeau Valladolid International Film Festival

Adapted from Evelyne de la Cheneliere’s play, Monsieur Lazhar depicts the encounter between two distant worlds and the power of self-expression. Using great sensitivity and humor, Philippe Falardeau follows a humble man who is ready to transcend his own loss in order to accompany children beyond the silence and taboo of death. Awards

2012 nominee Best Foreign Language Film Academy Awards

7:00 pm Friday March 9th

“Tyrannosaur is one of the very best movies of the year. Mullan

TYRANNOSAUR UK Directed by Paddy Considine In English Drama 91 minutes Not Rated

This film will be preceded by Malcolm (4:35) directed by Kendra Besanger (1st Prize & Audience Favourite at KISS 2011)

turns in one of his finest performances.

Rage is not merely a boiling inner inferno, but a socially created habit, a taste, an addiction, something to be indulged or kept under control like drink: an addiction that erodes the spirit the way chronic bulimia rots the teeth. More than this, rage is a poisonous way of managing or regulating your relationship with the world. For many, particularly those lowest in the food chain, rage is the last pleasure left, or the last respite from unpleasure, and the last source of anything resembling self-respect. For those with no voice, it is a kind of language, but one that distorts and obscures and locks the user into his own unhappy world. And rage is the subject of this powerful, painful and very serious film. Paddy Considine’s film, an elaboration of his prizewinning 2007 short, Dog Altogether, consists of modulated quiet, tentative communion, and selective flashes of violence.

Colman is a revelation” – Bjorn Olson, exclaim!

In Tyrannosaur, Peter Mullan plays Joseph, an unemployed widower with a drinking problem, plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to selfdestruction. He splits his time between drinking, fighting and apologizing. We get his measure quickly when he kicks and kills his dog in the film’s first minute – then carries it home to bury it in his backyard. Joseph’s alcoholic rage is indiscriminate and overwhelming, and one day he takes refuge in a charity shop, where he hides behind a rack of clothes from police or pursuit or just his own terrible demons. The sales woman, Hannah (Olivia Colman), tries to reach out to him. And when

“It’s a powerful film you can’t shake... ...mesmerizing performances” – Matt Singer, IFC.com

she is rebuffed, she gets down on her knees and prays for him, right there and then. Joseph is no Christian but something about this gesture touches him, and he finds himself going back the next day, and the day after that – encounters that are alternately volatile and conciliatory. Hannah, a respectable wholesome and kindly woman, takes pity on him, and they begin to form a bond. However, Hannah’s own secrets are revealed when we see her at home and at the mercy of her abusive drunk of a husband (Eddie Marsan). With striking performances and a deeply moving story, actor-turned-writer/director Paddy Considine’s film is a stunning debut about the emergence of grace and redemption from the least likely of places. awards

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2012 winner Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer - Paddy Considine (Director) Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer) BAFTA Award 2012 nominee Best International Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012 nominee Breakthrough British Filmmaker - Paddy Considine, British Actor of the Year - Peter Mullan & British Actress of the Year - Olivia Colman London Critics Circle Film Awards 2012 nominee Best Actor - Peter Mullan, Best Actress - Olivia Colman, Best Film & Best Screenplay - Paddy Considine Evening Standard British Film Awards

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9:00 pm Friday March 9th

“scary, sexy and terrifically twisted.

THE SKIN I LIVE IN (La Piel Que Habito) Spain Directed by Pedro Almodóvar In Spanish with English subtitles Drama/ Thriller 117 minutes Rated 18A: sexually suggestive scenes

Banderas is magnetic with a vengeance” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone “as stylish and kinky as you could want Hitchcock-en-Espanol! A film you’ll tell your friends they absolutely must see.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

There are irreversible processes, roads of no return, one way journeys. The Skin I Live In tells the story of one of those processes. The protagonist travels one of those roads against her will, she is forced violently to set out on a journey from which she cannot return. Her Kafkaesque story is the result of a sentence handed out by a jury made up of just one person, her worst enemy. The verdict, therefore, is a form of extreme revenge. The Skin I Live In tells the story of that revenge. Antonio Banderas – appearing in his first Almodóvar movie in more than 20 years – plays Dr. Robert Ledgard, a widower plastic surgeon. He is perfecting a superstrong genetically engineered form of human skin, and using it on his live-in human guinea pig Vera (Elena Anaya), a mysterious beauty he has locked in the basement. When Robert is not experimenting on her with synthetic skin grafts, he’s observing her behind glass with a voyeuristic perversity that evokes Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece, Vertigo. Vera spends her days under constant camera surveillance in Robert’s secluded house, her meals sent up via dumbwaiter by Robert’s loyal housekeeper, the eagle-eyed Marilia (Almodóvar regular Marisa Paredes). Vera watches TV, but is only allowed to see selected programs; she practices yoga; occasionally, she goes to the closet and tears the clothes there into little strips; the rest of the time she lounges about, quite fetchingly, encased in a skin tone body stocking that’s sexier than real skin. Despite their sadomasochistic relationship (which is worse than you imagine), Vera seems to have fallen in love with Ledgard, and the coldblooded doctor has begun to reciprocate. That’s when Zeca (Roberto

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Álamo), the thuggish son of Marilia, arrives on the scene. That triggers a series of violent events and, more importantly, begins to unzip the interlocking past histories of all these characters. Skin is the frontier that separates us from others, it determines the race to which we belong, and it reflects our emotions and our roots, whether biological or geographical. Many times it reflects the state of the soul, but skin isn’t the soul. Awards

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2012 winner Best Non English Film BAFTA Awards 2012 nominee Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globes, USA 2012 nominee Best Non English Language Film Online Film Critics Society Awards 2012 nominee Best Foreign Language Film Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2012 nominee Foreign Language Film of the Year & Technical Achievement of the Year (Original Score) Alberto Iglesias London Critics Circle Film Awards 2012 nominee Best Actress - Elena Anaya, Best Cinematography - José Luis Alcaine, Best Editing - José Salcedo, Best Score - Alberto Iglesias & Best Screenplay (Adapted) - Pedro Almodóvar Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain

1:00 pm Saturday March 10th

“A profoundly moving story and beautiful

THE WHALE Canada Directed by Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit In English Documentary 85 minutes Rated G

This film will be preceded by A Moment (3:29) directed by Kora Vanderlip (1st Youth Prize at KISS 2011)

visuals… a top notch documentary. The Whale… may very well change the way you feel about your

“One day we humans may meet an intelligent being from another world. Hollywood tells us this stranger will come flying down in a spaceship, and will look a bit like us. But maybe it won’t be like that. Maybe it will be like this.” - Ryan Reynolds in The Whale The Whale is a family film that takes place one summer in a fjord called Nootka Sound on the remote west coast of Vancouver Island. A young killer whale whom people call Luna gets separated from his pod. Like us humans, orcas are highly social and depend on their families, but Luna finds himself desperately alone. So he tries to make contact with people. He begs for attention at boats and docks. He looks soulfully into your eyes. He wants to have his tongue rubbed. When you whistle at him, he squeaks and whistles back. He follows you around like a puppy.

People who love Luna can’t agree on how to help him. The fisheries officer wants Luna captured and trucked away to try to force him to connect with his family. The young First Nations man thinks that’s disrespectful because his band says Luna is the spirit of a chief. The elder believes Luna is supernatural, the sea’s source of wisdom and justice. The ship’s cook doesn’t know what to do except marvel when she looks in his eyes. In the end, The Whale explores one of the greatest of mysteries: Who are these lives who share the planet with us humans, and what are the connections between us that we do not yet know? Filled with laughter, amazement, tears, and drama, The Whale is a life-affirming film with demonstrated appeal to all audiences.

People fall in love with him –– a cook on an old freighter, a gruff fisheries officer, an elder and a young man from a First Nations band. But the government decides that being friendly with Luna is bad for him, and tries to keep him and people apart. This effort becomes hilarious and baffling, because Luna refuses to give up his search for a social life. Policemen arrest people for rubbing Luna’s nose. Fines are levied. But humans are social, too. When the government tells people they can’t even look at Luna, people still go out to meet him, like smugglers carrying friendship through the dark. But friendship is complicated, even among humans themselves, and does it work between species?

relationships, both human and animal. [The filmmakers] have beautifully and unforgettably brought to life just how wondrous and awesome the relationship between man and animal can be.” – Richard Propes, The Independent Critic Thank you for your support:


3:00 pm Saturday March 10th

“...there isn’t a foot of film that doesn’t keep us locked within the

TOMBOY France Directed by Céline Sciamma In French with English subtitles Drama 82 minutes Not Rated

This film will be preceded by A Fisherman’s Tale (3:36) directed by Panayioti Yannitsos (The Art Institute of Vancouver)

story. Her creativity in this zone is a melding of youthful allure, keen

In Tomboy, the sophomore effort from French filmmaker Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies), a family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure (Zoé Héran) and 6-year-old Jeanne (Malonn Lévana), moves to a new suburban neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris during the summer holidays. With only a few weeks until school, her parents distracted by the imminent arrival of a newborn son, and only her little sister Jeanne for company, Laure is keen to make friends with the local kids. So she ventures into the streets, but with her cropped hair, startlingly fresh-faced good looks and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy, and decides to pass herself off as “Mikael,” a boy different enough to catch the attention of leader of the pack Lisa (Jeanne Disson), who becomes smitten. At first, Laure slips into her new identity of Mikael with the greatest of ease, but keeping it up proves much more difficult and the lie only escalates. At home with her parents and girlie younger sister, she is Laure: hanging out with her new pals and girlfriend, she is Mikael. She takes advantage of her new identity, as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret. Mikael and Lisa even share a first kiss, but Laure struggles to keep her secret from her new friend and from her family.

dramatic structure and the delicate art of directing the young. Once you see her work you’ll not likely pass up the next opportunity.” – www.Filmcritic.com

Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this contemporary coming-of-age story, which is also about relationships between children, children and parents, and the even more complicated one between one’s heart and body.

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Zoé Heran was only six years old when she appeared in the Julie Granier’s short film Friends of Mimi. She followed this up with roles in a variety of television commercials. In June 2010, director Céline Sciamma met her during the first day of casting for the heroine of Tomboy and chose her immediately. Today, thanks to this splendid opportunity, Zoé’s love for acting has only grown as she looks forward to playing and discovering new characters. Awards

2011 winner Teddy Jury Award - Céline Sciamma Berlin International Film Festival 2011 winner Jury Prize Best Feature Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2011 winner Audience Award Best Feature San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2011 winner Best Feature Film Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

7:00 pm Saturday March 10th

“Four stars! There is nothing cynical or cheap about it, it tells

LE HAVRE Finland/ France Directed by Aki Kaurismäki In French with English subtitles Comedy/ Drama 93 min Rated G: coarse language

This film will be preceded by The Tech Department Meeting (4:35) directed by Loyd Bishop (3rd Prize at KISS 2011)

a good story with clear eyes and a level gaze, and it just plain makes you feel good.” – Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times

No other contemporary filmmaker manages to blend deadpan, ironic humour with social commentary in quite the same manner as Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki (The Man Without a Past). His new film Le Havre has received overwhelming critical acclaim, and was named Finland’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Academy Awards®. Le Havre centres around Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a warm, aging bohemian artist settled into his basic routine as a shoe shiner (a profession with a limited future, as everyone seems to be wearing running shoes) in the quaint seaside community that gives the movie its title. He has a faithful dog (named Laïka after the pioneering canine cosmonaut) and is married to Arletty (Kati Outinen), a woman with a heart of gold. Despite their poverty and limited means, they find joy in their local neighbours, all of whom seem as if they have emerged intact from a 1930s movie. One day, Marcel befriends Idrissa (Blondin Miguel), a young African immigrant hoping to make his way to England in a shipping container with other illegals. Marcel is determined to extend a helping hand to the wide-eyed boy, but the law, in the form of Inspector Monet (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), is equally determined to stand in his way. An intricate dance of hide-and-seek ensues, Marcel using all his ingenuity to hide Idrissa while the nefarious Monet keeps hot on the trail.

“Witty, filled with priceless ironies, funny and heart-warming. As soon as it ends, you want to see it again.”

With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. His neighborhood friends assist him in keeping the cops at bay, standing

– Milos Stehlik, WBEZ

tall against inspector Monet with an elaborate plan that throws him off track. The ongoing levity of these proceedings testify to Kaurismäki’s personal touch. Kaurismäki’s humour is always inclusive, insightful and intelligent, here deployed to assist what is in effect a realistic fairy tale. And as with all fairy tales, surprises abound along the way. Kaurismäki blends classic suspense tropes with the cinematic equivalent of a smirk: Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight. Awards

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2012 nominee Best Foreign Language Film Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2012 nominee Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture Image Awards 2012 third place Best Foreign Language Film - Aki Kaurismäki National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 2012 nominee Best Art Direction - Wouter Zoon, Best Cinematography - Timo Salminen, Best Costume Design - Frédéric Cambier, Best Direction - Aki Kaurismäki, Best Editing - Timo Linnasalo, Best Film - Aki Kaurismäki, Best Music - Pascal Gaigne, Best Script - Aki Kaurismäki, Best Supporting Actor - Jean-Pierre Darroussin & Best Supporting Actress - Elina Salo Jussi Awards 2011 winner FPRESCI Prize (Competition) - Aki Kaurismäki; nominee Palme d’Or - Aki Kaurismäki Cannes Film Festival

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9:00 pm Saturday March 10th

CORIOLANUS UK Directed by Ralph Fiennes In English Drama/ Thriller 122 minutes Rated 14A: violence

“Not just Shakespeare’s most urgent, complex tragedy - it’s also a

In the eleven years since Ralph Fiennes triumphantly trod the boards in London and New York as Coriolanus, the celebrated English actor has been driven by the notion of bringing Shakespeare’s visceral history play to the big screen for the first time — so driven, in fact, that Coriolanus also marks his debut as a director. Fiennes brings intelligence and passion to Shakespeare’s tale of rivalries, civil unrest and betrayal in ancient Rome. Working from a punchily compressed script by the currently ubiquitous John Logan (Rango, Hugo), Fiennes brings the epic into a modern-day context, portraying war as an eternal human drama. Shot in Serbia and reeking of the recent wars in the former Yugoslavia, the film is as up to date as today’s news. Here before us is Jon Snow himself as a newscaster, speaking Shakespeare’s blank verse turned into breaking news and interviewing Roman experts on the current events. The hungry plebeians in jeans and bomber jackets are staging an uprising, demanding that the greedy, overfed patricians release corn from their warehouses. The quietly reasonable senator Menenius (Brian Cox) urges restraint, but his close friend, the military leader Caius Martius (Ralph Fiennes) gives the crowd a tongue-lashing, and the police drive the mob away. It takes a war against the Volscian enemy to divert internal threats into external danger, and after the successful battle at Corioles, Caius Martius is given the honorific title “Coriolanus”.

war story that speaks directly to the conflicts of today” – Xan Brooks, Guardian “A gripping lesson in power and politics.” – Tom Dewe Mathews, The Financial Times

Coriolanus becomes a national hero, but he’s incapable of wooing the public because of his honesty, disdain for flattery and inability to compromise. The craven

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tribunes of the people (brilliantly played as shifty political opportunists by Paul Jesson and James Nesbitt) demand his banishment. Manipulated and outmaneuvered by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave), Coriolanus is banished from Rome without his wife (Jessica Chastain). This triggers his lust for revenge and in exile he forms an alliance with his deadly Volscian enemy Aufidius (Gerard Butler). Together they march on Rome intending to destroy the city. Tragedy inevitably ensues, as he fails to live up to the necessary ruthlessness his intended actions demand. Coriolanus is a drama for the ages, a commentary on the seductions of war and an auspicious directorial debut from one of the world’s great classical actors. Awards

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2012 winner Actor of the Year - Jessica Chastain; 2nd place Breakthrough Film Artist - Jessica Chastain Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2012 winner Spotlight Award - Jessica Chastain Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012 nominee Outstanding Debut by a British Director Ralph Fiennes BAFTA Awards 2012 nominee British Actress of the Year - Vanessa Redgrave & Supporting Actress of the Year - Vanessa Redgrave London Critics Circle Film Awards

1:00 pm Sunday March 11th

“Pina gives us the supreme pleasure of watching fascinating

PINA Germany/ France/ UK Directed by Wim Wenders In English; and in German, French & Portuguese with English subtitles Documentary 103 minutes Rated G: nudity

This film will be preceded by The Cracked Pot (2:23) directed by Jody Tippett (2nd Prize at KISS 2011)

bodies of widely varying ages in motion” – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice “Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost,” – Pina Bausch

Pina, the breathtaking new film from cinematic master Wim Wenders, came very close to not being made at all. Shortly before shooting was scheduled to begin in 2009, the film’s subject, choreographer and artistic genius Pina Bausch, died suddenly - just days after being diagnosed with cancer. Director Wim Wenders (The Buena Vista Social Club, Wings of Desire), a virtuoso in his own right and one of Germany’s most illustrious postwar filmmakers, almost abandoned the project, but when Bausch’s superb dance troupe decided to continue on, so did he – the result of which is this visually stunning and magnificent tribute to a talented artist. Bausch’s absence is felt throughout, but the film is in no way a traditional documentary, it lets the artist’s work speak for itself via big, juicy slabs of performance. The troupe’s trademark dances and Bausch’s amazing choreography become the heart and soul of this beautifully imagined homage to one of the world’s great artists. Wenders takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble, he follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal - the place, which for 35 years was the home and centre for Pina Bausch’s creativity. With amazing skill and technique, Wenders opens up each dance, employing the streets and parks of Wuppertal as exciting backdrops to some of her best-known productions. Her version of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” is justly famous; dancers leave traces of their movements in earth. Equally fine is

“Café Mueller,” where, in a dreamlike trance, dancers move with eyes closed to Purcell-scored music. For the equally imaginative “Vollmond,” set designer Peter Pabst provided an onstage waterfall through which the performers dance. “Kontakthof” allows Wenders his own directorial moment: he shoots this piece in three versions, each time using dancers of a different age. Where words have real power is in the memories of Bausch we hear from her dancers. From those we can imagine an intuitive and collaborative artist – a woman whose presence is powerful even in her absence. The sheer joy, abandon and physicality of Bausch’s choreography are on full display here, and Wenders has done a masterful job capturing the essence of her work. Pina is a revelation – a haunting elegy that is entrancing and truly inspiring. awards

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2012 nominee Best Documentary (Feature) Academy Awards, USA 2012 nominee Best Non English Language Film BAFTA Awards 2012 nominee Documentary of the Year London Critics Circle Film Awards 2012 nominee Best European Film Gaudí Awards 2012 nominee Best Documentary Screenplay Wim Wenders Writers Guild of America, USA

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3:00 pm Sunday March 11th

“A heartbreaking fable about a fading

POETRY (Shi) South Korea Directed by Chang-dong Lee In Korean with English subtitles Drama 139 minutes Not Rated

Working, despite being past pensionable age, Mija struggles to get by but manages, if barely. She is a carer for Mr. Kang (Kim Hi-ra), an elderly man who has had a stroke and is housebound. Though most of her hours are spent cleaning up after others, Mija is not without pride or curiosity which leads her to enroll in a poetry class.

grandmother, a dead teenager and a poetry class is 2011’s best film so far. “Poetry” is both beautiful and moving, a quietly haunting

Mija tells her daughter and Mr. Kang — who seems to be her only friend — that she has always felt like a poet, and has decided it’s time to find out whether or not she has anything to say. She signs up for a class at a local community center. The teacher encourages his students to look, really look, at things. He asks them if they have ever really looked at an apple. Mija goes home and really looks at an apple for the first time.

meditation on death and life that combines lovely cinematic craft, a memorable central performance and prodigious emotional depth. You’ll cry, you’ll

As she desperately awaits inspiration from the muses, she is told that Wook has been implicated with five other boys in a despicable act committed against one of his female classmates. As if that weren’t bad enough, Mija is also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (always

laugh — you won’t want to leave this story and its unlikely heroine behind.” – Andrew O’Hehir, www.Salon.com

Yang Mija is a small, unremarkable woman, cheerfully dressed, quiet, getting things done. She is played, mesmerizingly, by Jeong-hie Yun, a Korean star who has appeared in more than 300 movies and was brought out of retirement for this role. She shares a small apartment in the city with her teenage grandson Wook (Da-wit Lee), an unthankful and rude lout; a layabout with worthless friends. He has been left by Mija’s divorced daughter who is looking for work in a different city and is connected to them only by phone.

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a tragedy, even when reminiscence isn’t particularly sweet). The parents of the boys decide to raise money to pay off the girl’s family so as to avoid prosecution. As Mija continues taking poetry lessons to delay the progression of Alzheimer’s, she also has to search for sources of money to pay her share of the financial settlement. The poetry class is the exception in Mija’s world, which seems primarily to consist of men telling her what to do and why she should do it. But Mija has her own ideas, and Poetry is about her learning to express them before it’s too late. awards

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2012 nominee Foreign Language Film of the Year Grand Bell Awards, South Korea 2012 2nd Place Best Actress - Jeong-hie Yun National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 2011 winner Best Actress - Jeong-hie Yun Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2011 winner Best Director - Chang-dong Lee & Best Screenwriter - Chang-dong Lee; nominee Best Film Asian Film Awards 2011 winner Best Actress - Jeong-hie Yun; nominee Lino Brocka Award - Chang-dong Lee Cinemanila International Film Festival 2010 winner Best Actress - Jeong-hie Yun & Best Film Grand Bell Awards, South Korea

7:00 pm Sunday March 11th

“laughter of high magnitude was heard during the screening

SUNFLOWER HOUR Canada Directed by Aaron Houston In English Comedy/ Mockumentary 85 minutes Rated NC-17 This film will be preceded by Two Theories, One Stone (14:00) directed by Aaron Houston (Unpaved Productions)

of Aaron Houston’s first feature.”

In 2010, the creators of the popular children’s television show, Sunflower Hour, were in search of a new puppeteer. Auditions were held in Vancouver, BC, where four finalists were chosen and competed for a spot on the show. These are their stories. Likeable David Spencer (Amitai Marmorstein) has spent his whole life playing with puppets, all the while being tormented by his bullying older brothers, who affectionately refer to him as ‘Gayvid’. Extremely passionate about the art of puppeteering, David becomes excited by the opportunity to live out his dream of becoming a professional puppeteer and hopes to silence his critics by showing them that it is in fact not time to put down the dolls and become a ‘real man’. Showing up for the auditions just to prove a point, Satan’s Spawn (Kacey Rohl), an angry teenage goth queen, is unexpectedly chosen as a finalist in the Sunflower Hour contest. She lives with a large chip on her shoulder and hopes to infiltrate the minds of impressionable young viewers so that they will one day rise up and revolt against this vile pig we call a society.

– Le Devoir, Montreal “[Sunfower Hour] hits all the right notes and is simply a hoot. The performances are

The son of an Evangelical minister, Leslie Handover (Patrick Gilmore) is obsessed with spreading his father’s views of ridding the world of the evil homosexuals (and possibly Latinos too). While it’s painfully obvious to everyone that he is gay, Leslie does his best to create the illusion that he is not and blindly plows forward, desperate to gain his father’s approval at whatever cost.

stellar and a joy to watch.” – The Globe and Mail

As the documentary team follows these four social outcasts vying for the much coveted role on Sunflower Hour, they gain an inside look into the lives of those responsible for shaping the young minds of tomorrow, including the show’s producers who are former executives from the adult entertainment industry, and quickly discover that no one involved should be anywhere near children in the first place. Think of this movie as Canadian Idol via South Park and you’re halfway there: it’s a taboo-smashing, raucous belch of a movie, but not without a sense of feel-good triumph at the end. awards

2011 winner Best Ensemble Vancouver International Film Festival 2011 winner Independent Camera Award – Aaron Houston Karlovy Vary International Film Festival



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Just before he abandoned him as a child, Shamus O’Reilly (Ben Cotton)’s father gave him a leprechaun puppet named Jerry. Reeling from the loss of his father, Shamus found comfort in Jerry, who has been his main companion ever since. Over the years, Jerry has become the dominant force in their relationship and his shady nature has gotten the two into all kinds of trouble.



7:00 pm Monday March 12th

“Swooning dreamscape

MELANCHOLIA Denmark / Sweden/ France/ Germany Directed by Lars von Trier In English Drama/ Sci-Fi 130 minutes Rated PG: sexually suggestive scene; coarse language; nudity

cinematography that magically melts sight and sound into one. It’s a giant achievement.” – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly “Dunst beautifully embodies von Trier’s acrid, human vision. Her performance is transcendent. Melancholia does not offer pleasant dreams. For those of us that ponder our nightmares, Melancholia is a dazzling experience..” – Tony Macklin, www.tonymacklin.net

The dictionary defines melancholia as “a condition characterized by extreme depression, bodily complaints, and often hallucinations and delusions.” Lars von Trier’s Melancholia is divided into two sections. In the first, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are making their way to the lavish home of Justine’s sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and rich, snobbish brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland) for their wedding reception. All the family is waiting, including Justine and Claire’s mother and father (Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt) and Justine’s advertising agency boss (and Michael’s father) Jack (Stellan Skarsgård).

Humanity is about to become extinct and we are privy to the final hours of a few people’s lives. Their reactions are a mixture of fear, regret, reproach, panic and sadness. Justine and Claire become closer than ever and surprisingly, Justine is the strong sister. Claire is a total mess. She cannot come to terms with the truth. Mankind is about to vanish from the universe. Lars Von Trier films often thwart and redefine aspects of aesthetic beauty. The blue planet romantically called ‘Melancholia’ is both a sensuous vision and an apocalyptic terror. Awards

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The “happy” couple finally arrives two hours late. They are greeted by the anxious Claire and the greedy John, who keeps emphasizing the vast amounts of money he spent on the reception. The guests go through the motions –– toasting and dancing, but much of the time Justine is absent. She makes an effort to look happy, but it’s a pose. Michael is an attractive and successful man by any measure, but her heart does not seem to be complying with the occasion. She tries to play the social game, but can’t sustain it. Human weakness –– her own and that of others –– throttles her. Family tensions start to mount and relationships disintegrate. Meanwhile, the gigantic blue planet of Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth. Is this the end of the world?

2012 winner Best Actress - Kirsten Dunst Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

The second part is about Claire and John’s final five days. Lars has chosen to focus his directorial lens on the granular lives of a few people in all their discontent. John has miscalculated Melancholia’s trajectory and has thus wasted his family’s final days on the planet.

2012 nominee Best Actress - Kirsten Dunst, Best Direction - Lars von Trier, Best Film & Best Screenplay Lars von Trier Australian Film Institute

2012 winner Best Actress - Kirsten Dunst & Best Film; 2nd Place Best Cinematography - Manuel Alberto Claro; 3rd Place Best Director - Lars von Trier National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 2012 nominee Best European Film Gaudi Awards 2012 nominee Best European Film Goya Awards 2012 nominee Best International Film Independent Spirit Awards

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7:00 pm Tuesday March 13th

“Sean Durkin, crafts a hypnotic, visually

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE USA Directed by Sean Durkin In English Drama/ Thriller 102 minutes Rated 14A; sexually suggestive scenes

stunning movie” – Andy Kaiser, Andy’s Film Blog “Without resorting to anything overtly spooky, Martha Marcy May Marlene is a

“Martha” is her name. “Marcy May” is the name given to her by the superbly menacing leader of a cult group who renames new members to obliterate their former existences. “Marlene” is the name all the women in the group use to answer the telephone. The cult occupies a white frame farmhouse in the Catskills region of New York, where there are many more women than men, and all of them are under the control of the leader, Patrick (John Hawkes). He is compelling and charismatic which helps explain his power; softly, gently, maintaining tight eye contact, he coaxes agreement from his followers, who are all damaged or vulnerable in some way. The female members of the cult become so brainwashed that they regard being systematically raped as a treat. When she escapes the cult and picks up a phone to call he estranged older sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson), we sense no joy when she hears Lucy’s voice. Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. The affluent Lucy lives with her husband, Ted (Hugh Dancy), in a lakeside “cottage” large enough to be a bed and breakfast. Ted is a British architect, stuffed with pretension. Lucy cares for Martha but doesn’t seem to pick up on how damaged the younger girl really is. Maybe there was not much closeness when

truly haunting tale reinforcing the notion that nothing is more terrifying than fear itself.” – Claudia Puig, USA TODAY

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Sean Durkin’s thrilling first feature Martha Marcy May Marlene stars Elizabeth Olsen (the younger sister of the Olsen twins), delivering one of the best performances of the year as a damaged woman haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, who struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing a cult.

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they were growing up. The problem is that Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance and when her memories trigger a chilling paranoia that her former cult could still be pursuing her, the line between Martha’s reality and delusion begins to blur. She may need more help than anyone is able to give her. Structurally, the story intercuts back and forth from Martha’s troubles readjusting to the real world and flackbacks to the time she spent in the cult – as she grapples with her fear of retribution and longing for the cult’s leader. In Durkin’s hands, Martha’s journey is exceptionally authentic – and finds a sharp balance between near-tender and downright horrifying moments. awards

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2012 winner Best Actress - Elizabeth Olsen Vancouver Film Critics Circle 2012 winner Best Actress - Elizabeth Olsen; nominee Breakthrough Film Artist for Directing and Screenwriting - Sean Durkin & Breakthrough Film Artist for Acting Elizabeth Olsen Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2012 nominee Critics Choice Award for Best Actress Elizabeth Olsen Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

7:00 pm Wednesday March 14th

“Calling it a Masterpiece is too

A SEPARATION (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin) Iran Directed by Asghar Farhadi In Persian with English subtitles Dram 123 minutes Rated G: violence; coarse language

mild a compliment.” – Dave Fear, Time Out New York

Transcending cultural and religious barriers to present a fascinating portrait of contemporary Iran, A Separation is Asghar Farhadi’s Divorce, Persian Style. The film has already received accolades from critics and audiences around the globe. Imagine this situation. Nader and Simin (Peyman Moadi and Leila Hatami), a happily married middle-class couple in Tehran, have a sweet 11-year-old daughter, Termeh (Sarina Farhadi); Nader’s senile father also lives with them. They have agreed in principle to move abroad, where they hope Termeh’s prospects might be better. Simin is ready to leave now, but Nader wants to stay for his father’s sake. It doesn’t matter. The judge denies Simin’s request. At an impasse, Simin moves to her mother’s apartment, and as a necessity sues for divorce. Nader needs someone to look after his father, while Termeh is in class and Nader is at work. He hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat), a deeply religious and secretly pregnant young woman. She needs the job, but she’s accepted it without the customary permission of her debt ridden husband, Hodjat (Shahab Hosseini), who as a strict Muslim, would never allow her to work in a man’s household without his wife present.

“The actors do wonders, uncovering rich depths in their characters. A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Nader returns one day to find his father tied to the bed and Razieh absent. He immediately and angrily fires her, and she accuses him of pushing her downstairs and causing a miscarriage. Hodjat sues Nader for manslaughter. As Nader’s entire family is drawn into an

unprecedented feud, Farhadi continues his devilishly clever turning of narrative tables, selectively revealing new details and forcing the viewer to continually reassess each character. With extraordinary performances by an outstanding cast, A Separation delivers Farhadi’s best work to date; a maze of narrative intrigue and complex emotion in which everyone is both innocent and guilty, depending on where you stand. awards

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2012 nominee Best Foreign Language Film & Best Writing (Original Screenplay) - Asghar Farhadi Academy Awards, USA 2012 winner Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globes, USA 2012 winner Best Foreign Language Film Vancouver Film Critics Circle 2012 winner Best Foreign Language Film Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2012 winner Best Foreign Film Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards 2012 winner Foreign Language Film of the Year, Screenwriter of the Year - Asghar Farhadi & Supporting Actress of the Year - Sareh Bayat; nominee Director of the Year - Asghar Farhadi & Film of the Year London Critics Circle Film Awards

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Festival Closing Party Celebrate another successful festival on Thursday March 15th, immediately following the showing of Afghan Luke at The Noble Pig Brewhouse at 650 Victoria Street. Join us for appetizers, a complimentary glass of the special Festival Beer or wine and live music. Only 150 tickets will be sold in advance, so buy early. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, $15 at the door. Last year this party sold-out and was a real blast! We hope you come join us again this year.

7:00 pm Thursday March 15th

“the futility of war is powerfully expressed. Afghan Luke is a bright

AFGHAN LUKE Canada Directed by Mike Clattenburg In English Drama 97 minutes Not Rated

This film will be preceded by Synkyip Dreams (5:00) directed by Chris Bose (Best TNRD Showcasing Film at KISS 2011)

and bold Canadian film about war”

Afghan Luke is a war story adrift in a hash haze. It follows Luke Benning (Nick Stahl), an ambitious young photojournalist, who is chasing the story of a Canadian sniper who he believes is mutilating the corpses of Taliban soldiers (taking the thumbs as keepsakes) in Afghanistan. When his editor kills the story, Luke is still determined to get the scoop. But he’s broke. To fund another trip to Afghanistan, Luke recruits his doofus friend Tom (Nicholas Wright) who in turn convinces his mom to pay for them to go so that he can finally make his documentary about the tanks of Afghanistan. He even brings along remote controlled toy tanks to film. Luke is one of those rare journalists. He drinks hard, isn’t afraid to yell at his boss or to get fired – he’s represented three newspapers in eight trips to Afghanistan, because, dammit, people deserve the truth.

– Peter Howell, www.thestar.com “Shot in British

With Tom tagging along, Luke returns to Afghanistan and intends to gather enough evidence to get his old story into print. But he soon finds that the country is an even more dangerous place than when he left. To make matters worse, his old friend and fixer, Mateen (Stephen Lobo) has been hired away by Luke’s journalistic nemesis, Imran Sahar (Vik Sahay). Soon the trip for Luke and Tom in Afghanistan turns into a surreal and perilous adventure, a journey into an alternate reality, filtered through a haze of gun smoke. Tom gets caught up in the odd allure of the war-torn nation, held in thrall by the country’s high quality hash, and a USO-style

Columbia and Nova Scotia, Afghan Luke does an admirable job in recreating the unpredictable feel of life in a war zone” – Richard Crouse, Metro Canada

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entertainer he tries to woo named Miss Freedom (Ali Liebert). Luke’s path is constantly beset by conflict, dodging bombs and backbiting freelance journalists. Afghan Luke is filmed largely in British Columbia, and directed by Mike Clattenburg who also produces with Barrie Dunn and Michael Volpe, the same production team who brought Trailer Park Boys to film and television. “A courageous and extremely timely inquiry into our place in the world and our own cherished self-image as well as a fascinating account of the backstabbing world of frontline journalism, Afghan Luke may be one of the most important Canadian films of the year.”- TIFF awards

2012 nominee Best Achievement in Costume Design Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh Genie Awards 2011 winner Excellence in Sound Design Atlantic Film Festival

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7:00 pm Friday March 9th

Hobo With a Shotgun


2011 Canada Directed by Jason Eisener, written by Jason Eisener and John Davies Action 86 minutes Restricted

2006 Canada Directed by Christian Viel, written by John Fallon and Christian Viel Action 90 Minutes Restricted

A train rolls into its final stop. From one of the freight cars jumps a weary-eyed transient with dreams of a fresh start in a new town. Instead, he lands smack-dab in the middle of an urban hellhole, a place where the cops are crooked and the underprivileged masses are treated like insignificant animals. This is a city where crime reigns supreme, and the man pulling the strings is known only as “The Drake.” Along with his two cold-blooded and sadistic sons, Ivan and Slick, he rules with an iron fist, and nobody dares fuck with The Drake, especially not some hobo. Director Jason Eisener’s blood-soaked flick is more than just a nod to the grindhouse flicks of the 1970s and ‘80s; he ups the ante in a major way, and Rutger Hauer’s performance is a legendary display of brutal ass-kicking and meticulous name-taking.

Arrow in the Head mastermind John Fallon pulls triple duty as writer, producer, and star of this violent revenge film about a man who sets out to settle the score for a terrible transgression. Rane (Fallon) was forced to watch as the members of the brotherhood brutally butchered his pregnant wife. Now the only thing he has to live for is the chance to watch them suffer, and he knows just how to make that happen.

“Sheer, mindless fun with oodles of over-the-top, stylized blood-’n-guts. Destined to become a cult classic that will have audiences laughing at it as well as with it.” – Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru


The 16th Annual Kamloops Canadian and International Film Festival has plunged into a dark realm of B-grade movie entertainment with the inaugural Dark Fest! By recruiting Jason and Shawn, co-hosts of 92.5FM CFBX Kamloops’ premiere film review show Film Reviews from the Basement, the gentle Kamloops Film Festival Committee has looked deep into the darkest corner of the basement to find four films guaranteed to thrill, chill, frighten and possibly offend audiences.

“Deaden is a ballistic missile to the brain. It’s a dark, vicious

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revenge flick that makes Death Wish look like The Breakfast Club. Fallon proves himself as not just a writer but an actor with a genuine passion that keeps you riveted to the screen even after everything inside you demands you turn away.” – Patrick Lussier (Director/Editor - White Noise 2 The Light Dracula 2000 - Scream – H20)

And The Basement Dwellers have recruited actor, writer, director, stunt man and film critic John Fallon, who is best known within the horror community as The Arrow, head honcho of the Montreal-based horror news website Arrow in the Head, to assist them. Fallon will be on site throughout Dark Fest, and will show some of his work during the festival.


Some Guy Who Kills People

2011 Canada Written and directed by Seve Schelenz Horror 90 minutes Unrated

2011 USA Directed by Jack Perez, written by Ryan A. Levin Horror/Comedy 80 minutes Unrated

When Simon, Rich, and Eva head out on an eagerly anticipated road trip, they bring along a video camera to record their journey. What starts out as a carefree adventure slowly becomes a descent into the ominous as unexplained events threaten to disrupt the balance between the three close friends. Each one of them must struggle with personal demons and paranoia as friendships are tested and gruesome realities are revealed...and recorded.

Hollywood legend John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) executive produced this witty and gruesome tale of Ken Boyd, a 34-year-old small town loser who, fresh out of the looney bin, seeks revenge on those he deems responsible for ruining his life. This independent film stars veteran actors Karen Black (House of a 1,000 Corpses) and Barry Bostwick (Megaforce).

“Some Guy Who Kills People perfectly mixes splattery

“Director Schelenz does go for the quick “BOO” a couple of

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times, but in other cases what he puts forth are scenes that affect the viewer on a primal level because of how wrong they seem. There are several scenes that will stick with you long after the movie is over.” – Sifu Scott, Dread Central

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goodness and hilarious character interactions. (Director Jack) Perez contrasts violent gore with light-hearted family moments that makes for a very unique comedy that you aren’t likely to get anywhere else.” – Bloody Disgusting



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