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April 2013 SCHEDULE West of Memphis
New Zealand/ USA 2012, 147 min, Digital, Dir: Amy Berg 1 @ 1PM, 3 @ 6:45PM, 4 @ 9:30PM
Canada 2012, 93 min, Digital, Dir: Robert Cuffley 5 @ 7PM, 6 @ 9:30PM, 7 @ 5:15PM, 9 @ 9:15PM
How do you maintain hope against all odds? That question lies at the heart of this in-depth study of a gross miscarriage of justice that put three innocent men in prison and sparked an almost two-decade battle to set them free. The film offers an inside look at the story of the “West Memphis 3,” chronicling their trial, conviction, and the subsequent investigation that generated the movement to prove their innocence, which involved everyone from grassroots supporters to celebrated artists and musicians. (TIFF)
Fame isn’t only about talent and success. Sometimes it’s also about escape. Leigh Parrish (Amanda Crew) is a small-town girl who has gone on to bigger and better things. While on a trip home, though, she finds that the shadows of her old life aren’t so easy to leave behind. If she ever wants to be free, she’ll have to confront the unsavoury figures of her past, including ex-employer Maurice. Filmed in Saskatoon by Calgary director Robert Cuffley, Ferocious brings the dark side of the Canadian prairies to vivid life. With a top-tier cast of Canadians...this is one brush with fame you won’t soon forget. (CIFF) Filmmakers in attendance on Fri April 5.
A monthly film series featuring music documentaries, from classic to contemporary. Curated by Tim Rechner, and co-presented with CJSR and Blackbyrd Myoozik.
The Devil and Daniel Johnston USA 2005, 110 min, Digital, Dir: Jeff Feuerzeig 2 @ 7PM (Live band sir ma’am ma’am plays at 6:30PM)
A decade after wowing critics with his debut feature Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King, director Jeff Feuerzeig finally delivered his sophomore effort -- a documentary about the life and music of singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston. Using archived film clips and recordings with newly shot footage and interviews, the film paints a detailed and honest picture of the tortured genius. (Matthew Tobey, Rovi)
Science in the Cinema/// The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre) Canada 2008, 102 min, Digital, Dir: Benoît Pilon, French with subtitles 4 @ 6:30PM
Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions Science in the Cinema presents the final film of the 2012-13 season. The Necessities of Life takes the viewer back to the 1950’s to tell the story of an Inuit hunter named Tivii. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, Tivii is flown for treatment to a sanatorium in Quebec far from his family, his language, and his way of life. Dr. Anne Fanning, professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the U of A will introduce. After the film, she will discuss tuberculosis and the control of TB in vulnerable populations in Canada and worldwide. Admission is free and includes a small popcorn.
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation Canada 2012, 92 min, Digital, Dir: Laura Archibald 5 @ 9:30PM, 7 @ 12:45PM, 7 @ 7PM, 8 @ 9:30PM, 9 @ 7PM
Featuring poignant interviews with Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, Don McLean, Peter Yarrow, Arlo Guthrie, Lucy and Carly Simon, Tom Chapin and Judy Collins, among dozens of other music luminaries, Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation combines talking heads with rare archival footage and new live performances to tell a story about a community that created a generation-defining music. Their music challenged the status quo by singing about taboo subjects - fighting for civil liberties, protesting the Vietnam War, and holding governments accountable for their actions. The film is the amazing untold story about the very people whose music helped change the world.
The Room USA 2003, 99 min, 35mm, Dir: Tommy Wiseau 5 @ 11:30PM
Oh hi Johnny, I didn’t know it was you. Join us for our popular monthly screening of Tommy Wiseau’s masterpiece, The Room, widely agreed to be the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”. You’re my favourite customer! Thanks a lot! Bye. Please note: Audience Participation is encouraged, within reason.
Amour France/ Germany/ Austria 2012, 127 min, Digital, Dir: Michael Haneke, French w/ subtitles 6 @ 1:30PM, 7 @ 2:30PM, 7 @ 9PM, 8 @ 7PM, 10 @ 9:15PM …Haneke details the painful dilemma that confronts Anne and Georges Laurent (played by Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva) a married couple in their eighties, as one of them gradually succumbs to illness. Ensconced in an apartment that fits them like an old glove, settled happily into their long-established domestic routines, their world is upended when Anne suddenly displays symptoms of a stroke. With Anne now partially paralyzed, Georges struggles to care for her at home, with each day bringing new, ever more painful challenges. A visit from the couple’s dutiful daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert) only further indicates how distant Georges and Anne’s lives now are from the rest of the world... Full of surprises and consistently humane, this is a magisterial work from a brilliant artist who gazes fearlessly, unblinkingly into the soul. (Piers Handling, TIFF)
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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off USA 1986, 103 min, Digital, Dir: John Hughes 10 @ 7PM
Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. Dogging Ferris’ trail at every turn is high-school principal Rooney, determined to catch Bueller in the act of classcutting. Writer/director John Hughes weds satire, slapstick, and social commentary, as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starts like a house afire and goes on to make “serious” points about statusseeking and casual parental cruelties. (Hal Erickson, Rovi)
Festival of (In)appropriation #5 Contemporary Experimental Found Footage Filmmaking: Thirteen Short Films 6 @ 7PM, 84 min, Digital, Dir: Various
Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of previously shot materials into new artworks is a practice that has generated novel juxtapositions of elements which have produced new meanings and ideas that may not have been intended by the original makers, that are, in other words “inappropriate.” Fortunately, the past decade has seen the emergence of a wealth of new sources for audiovisual materials that can be appropriated into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives, vernacular archives, home movie collections,and digital archives have provided fascinating source material that may be repurposed in such a way as to give it new meanings and resonances. The show, now in its fourth year, is curated by Jaimie Baron, Lauren Berliner, and Greg Cohen. Works by: Gregg Biermann, Richard Wiebe, Clint Enns, Darryl Nepinak, Sharon A. Mooney, Michael Guccione, Stacey Steers, Robert Todd, Scott Fitzpatrick, Jeremy Rotsztain, Heidi Phillips, Danial Nord, Tony Gault, and Eric Patrick.
Like Someone in Love Battle for Brooklyn USA 2011, Digital, 93 min, Dirs: Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley 11 @ 7PM
Battle for Brooklyn follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for a professional basketball arena and the densest real estate development in U.S. history. Along the way, he falls in love, gets married and starts a family while living in a vacated building located at the heart of the project site. Over the course of seven years, Daniel spearheads the movement against the development plan as he and the community fight tenaciously in the courts, the streets, and the media to stop the abuse of eminent domain and reveal the corruption at the heart of the plan. This screening is presented by M.A.D.E in Edmonton.
Mostly Water: Metro Shorts Canada 2012, Digital, Dir: Various 11 @ 9PM
It’s the season finale of Metro Shorts! The Grand prize will be donated by FAVA and presented by president Dylan Pearce. Metro Shorts gives local filmmakers an opportunity to screen their work for a live audience and compete for a cash prize. Submission deadline: April 5. Hosted by Mostly Water and produced by Metro Cinema For details: info@mostlywatertheatre. com or 780 935 6532.
Italy: Love It, or Leave It Germany/ Italy 2011, 75 min, Digital, Dirs: Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi, Italian w/ subtitles 12 @ 9:15PM, 13 @ 4PM, 14 @ 1PM, 15 @ 7PM, 16 @ 9:30PM
Luca and Gustav are two young Italians who over the past few years have witnessed the exodus of many of their friends to Berlin, London or Barcelona. Creative, talented people who don’t see a future in their country. Gustav believes the time has come for them to go abroad too while Luca wants to convince him that there are many good reasons to stay. They agree to give themselves 6 months to see if they can fall in love with their country again and go on a journey across their boot-shaped land in an old Fiat 500, in search of emblematic stories, anecdotes and people. They’ll discover a country much divided, run through with contradictions, but on the edge of significant change.
France/ Japan 2012, 109 min, Digital, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami, Japanese w/ subtitles 12, 14, 17 @ 7PM, 13 @ 9:30PM, 14 @ 2:30PM, 15 @ 8:45PM
An old man and a young woman meet in Tokyo. She knows nothing about him, he thinks he knows her. He welcomes her into his home, she offers him her body. But the web that is woven between them in the space of twenty-four hours bears no relation to the circumstances of their encounter. “Master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has ceaselessly explored the thin boundaries between fiction and “real life,” and the ways in which role-playing and masquerade can bleed into the real world - and even become commensurate with it. ...Like Someone in Love puts the theme of pretense right up front. Once again leaving his native Iran to shoot in a new environment - here the bustling world of Tokyo nightlife - Kiarostami weaves a story where the sum of deceptions might just equal truth itself.” (Dimitri Epides,TIFF)
DEDfest/// Army of Darkness USA 1992, 81 min, 35mm, Dir: Sam Raimi 12 @ 11PM
This film is slowly turning into DEDfest’s very own Rocky Horror Picture Show tradition and as always they’re proud to be showing it in glorious 35mm print! With the buzz of the Evil Dead remake in the air this month there is no better time to revisit the shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed, reluctant 20th century time traveler named Ash! Sit back and enjoy watching legendary cult actor Bruce Campbell battle the demonic Deadites over the Book Of The Dead! It’s always a fun crowd when screening this film so come down, grab a beer, and drag a friend that has maybe never seen it. Hail to the King, baby!
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail UK 1974, 91 min, Digital, Dirs: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones 13 @ 7PM
Presented by the Citadel Theatre’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. And now! At last! Another screening of The Holy Grail, not completely different from some of the others,which aren’t quite the same as this one is. However, this screening is indeed different as some of the talented cast appearing in the Citadel’s presentation of Spamalot will be here at Metro Cinema, singing and dancing live onstage. Costumes and coconuts encouraged! For more information about Spamalot, lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and running Apr 20 to May 19th, please visit: citadeltheatre.com/montypythons-spamalot.
Reel Family Cinema/// Saturday matinees for the whole family! Curated by Erin Fraser and Laura O’Conner.
Tatsumi Singapore 2011, 96 min, Digital, Dir: Eric Khoo, Japanese with subtitles 14 @ 4:45PM & 9:15PM
Tatsumi celebrates the life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. In post-war occupied Japan, young Tatsumi’s passion for comics eventually becomes a means of supporting his poor family. Already published as a teenager, talented Tatsumi finds even greater inspiration after meeting his idol, famous Disneyesque animator Osamu Tezuka. Despite his steady success, Tatsumi begins to question why Japanese comics should cater to children with cute and whimsical tales and drawings. In 1957, Tatsumi coins the term gekiga (dramatic pictures) and redefines the manga landscape by encouraging an alternative genre for adults. Realistic and disquieting, Tatsumi’s work begins to grapple with the darker aspects of life...
Graphic Content/// Presented by Metro Cinema and Warp One. Curated by Matt Bowes and Erin Fraser. graphiccontent.org
Charlotte’s Web USA 1973, 94 min, Digital, Dirs: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto 13 @ 2PM
When a new group of piglets are born on the Arable farm, young Fern takes a liking to the runt of the litter and raises him herself, affectionately naming him Wilbur. But after six weeks, Wilbur is relocated to her uncle’s farm. There he meets a whole barnyard of friendly and colourful animals, including Templeton the rat and Charlotte A. Cavatica (voiced by Debbie Reynolds), a spider with a knack for spinning intricately designed webs. When they hear that Wilbur is to be sent to the slaughterhouse, he and Charlotte put together a promotional campaign to save his skin and make him a celebrity. Based on the classic children’s novel by E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web is a lovely tale about growing up and learning one of life’s biggest lessons. Free admission for children 12 and under!
The Fifth Element France 1997, 126 min, Digital, Dir. Luc Besson 16 @ 7PM
The crowded Earth of the 23rd Century is in grave peril, as a huge “Great Evil” hurtles its way through space on a collision course. An ancient prophecy shows a potential way to halt this calamity, and only war hero-turned- taxi driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) can see it through to its conclusion by body guarding Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) a mysterious and beautiful alien visitor who holds the key to saving the world. Bring your multipass down to the next Graphic Content screening, as we team up with the Yeg Girl Geeks and explore a film inspired by the bandes dessinées work of the late acclaimed French illustrator Jean “Moebius” Giraud and filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Barb Wire USA 1996, 98 min, Digital, Dir: David Hogan 17 @ 9:15PM
Pamela Anderson Lee plays the titular character in this bizarre reboot of Casablanca. Set in the future of 2017, with the US fighting a Second Civil War, the plot revolves around Pamela and her breasts smuggling a pair of contact lenses into Canada. This turkey stars an array of notable supporting actors, including Clint “Ron who?” Howard, Udo “Flesh for Frankenstein” Kier, and Steve “I played Charles Manson in a TV movie” Railsback. Featuring a song by Tommy “I was in Pamela’s other movie” Lee, Barb Wire swept the Razzie awards in 1996.
Leviathan France / UK / USA 2012, 87 min, Dirs: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel 19, 22 @ 7PM, 20 @ 2PM, 20, 25 @ 9:15PM, 21 @ 1PM
Leviathan is a film about men at sea and fish on boats. It offers an appreciation for the sensory experience, labour, and political and ecological stakes of one of the oldest endeavors that has been an important part of human history since the Paleolithic. Shot off the same coast as Melville’s mythic Moby Dick, with eleven cameras swapping hands between the filmmakers and fishermen, in an effort to create a form of collective experimentation that gives free rein to the perspectives of both fishermen and their catch, the film seeks to capture the many ways in which human, animal, and machine; beauty and horror; and life and death all merge in uncanny ways in the world of contemporary commercial fishing.
Magnetic Reconnection Canada 2012, 12 min, Digital, Dir: Kyle Armstrong
A short film that contrasts the Northern Lights with decaying man-made debris littered throughout the landscape surrounding the town of Churchill, Manitoba in Canada’s Arctic. The film touches on the regenerative power of nature and the futility of mankind’s struggle against natural processes of decay. Featuring an original score by Jim O’Rourke, a voiceover by Will Oldham and some of the best footage of the aurora borealis ever captured.
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7PM Italy: Love It, or Leave It
1PM Italy: Love It, or Leave It
7PM Amour 9:30PM Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation
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7PM Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation 9PM Ferocious
7PM Like Someone in Love
7PM GATEWAY TO CINEMA ///Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 9:15PM Amour
7PM MUSIC DOCS/// The Devil and Daniel Johnston 9:30PM GHIBLI/// Ocean Waves
3 6:45PM West of Memphis 9:30PM GHIBLI/// Castle in the Sky
1PM West of Memphis 4PM Miami Connection 7PM GHIBLI///The Cat Returns 8:45PM Rust and Bone
12:45PM Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation 2:30PM Amour 5PM Ferocious 7PM Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation 9PM Amour
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April 2013 SCHEDULE
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7PM DOC TALKS/// Leviathan
7PM Like Someone in Love 9:15PM Italy: Love It, or Leave It 11PM DEDfest/// Army of Darkness
7PM Ferocious 9:30PM Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation 11:30PM The Room
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2PM Leviathan 4:30PM A Band Called
2PM REEL FAMILY CINEMA/// Charlotte’s Web 4PM Italy: Love It, or Leave It 7PM Monty Python and the Holy Grail 9:30PM Like Someone in Love
1:30PM Amour 4:30PM INDEPENDENT EVENT 7PM Festival of (In)appropriation 9:30PM Ferocious
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6:30PM SCIENCE IN CINEMA/// The Necessities of Life 9:30PM West of Memphis
And if you want to stay in Canada, then we’ll be bringing in Calgary filmmaker Robert Cuffley’s Ferocious, with the director in attendance. We’ll also be screening Sean Garrity‘s new thriller Blood Pressure. And keep in mind the season finale of Mostly Water’s Metro Shorts will be screening this month!
Or you could head out to sea in the visually stunning film Leviathan, and witness the visceral power of life on board a commercial fishing boat. We’ll be screening it with a short film about the northern lights, by local filmmaker Kyle Armstrong, called Magnetic Reconnection.
Spring is finally here. On the day we’re writing this, that means there’s a half-meter of snow on the ground, but hopefully by the time you read this, winter will be almost gone. If it isn’t, why not travel somewhere else? We have some excellent world cinema this month: the latest films from Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami (Like Someone in Love), Romanian Cristian Mungiu (Beyond the Hills), and Austria’s Michael Haneke (Amour - which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year).
To this end, Metro presents a varied palette of independent, International and Canadian cinema 7 days a week.
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7PM Wake in Fright 9:15PM GHIBLI///Pom Poko
8 PM EDMONTON POETRY FESTIVAL/// C.R. Avery, Tanya Davis and Kris Demeanor
9:15PM TURKEY SHOOT/// Barb Wire
6:45PM Beyond the Hills 9:30PM Lunarcy!
7PM GHIBLI /// Pom Poko 9:15PM Leviathan
Wake In Fright
5PM GHIBLI /// Ponyo 7PM Beyond the Hills 10PM Wake in Fright
9:30PM Blood Pressure 11:30PM METRO BIZARRO /// Blood Feast
1:30PM GHIBLI /// Only Yesterday 4PM Beyond the Hills 7PM GHIBLI/// Ponyo 9PM Lunarcy!
Death 7:15PM Blood Pressure 9:15PM Leviathan
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7PM CULT CINEMA /// Silent Running 9PM GHIBLI /// Ponyo
8PM EDMONTON POETRY FESTIVAL/// The Poetry Slam Finals
The Fifth Element 9:30PM Italy: Love It, or Leave It
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7PM GHIBLI /// Only Yesterday 9:15PM Beyond the Hills
7PM Leviathan 9PM Blood Pressure
12:45PM GHIBLI /// Ponyo 2:45PM Lunarcy! 4:30PM GHIBLI /// Pom Poko 6:45PM Beyond The Hills 9:30PM Wake in Fright
1PM Leviathan 3:30PM PRIVATE EVENT 5:30PM EDM MOVIE CLUB /// Saptapadi 9PM Blood Pressure
8:45PM Like Someone in Love
2:30PM Like Someone in Love 4:45PM Tatsumi 7PM Like Someone in Love 9:15PM Tatsumi
METRO BIZARRO/// A monthly foray into the weird, wild, and wonderful world of fringe cinema. Curated by Maggie Hardy.
Blood Feast USA 1963, 67 min, Digital, Dir: Herschell Gordon lewis 19 @ 11:30PM
WATCH as nubile young flesh is dismembered to raise a sleeping goddess! THRILL as a homicidal maniac prepares his profane blood feast! SHUDDER as the final cannibal meal is served! This month Metro Bizarro is proud to present a cinematic landmark of sorts, the first splatter film: H.G.Lewis’ Blood Feast! The film is the first in Lewis’ Blood Trilogy followed by Two Thousand Maniacs and Colour Me Blood Red. The oldest film to appear on the notorious “video nasty” list and only released uncut seven years ago, come on down and see for yourself if the infamy is deserved.
EDMONTON MOVIE CLUB/// Saptapadi india 2013, 105 min, Digital, Dir: niranjan Thade, Gujarati w/ subtitles 21 @ 5:30PM
Saptapadii (The Businessman’s Wife) is the story of a contemporary Gujarati (Indian) woman who risks her comfortably settled married life of twenty years to do what she believes in. The film traces the arrival of a nine year old boy, a victim of trauma, which challenges the relationship between an affluent Gujarati businessman and his wife, while on a vacation to a hill station in Gujarat – Saputara.
Blood Pressure canada 2012, 94 min, Digital, Dir: Sean Garrity 19 @ 9:30PM, 21, 22 @ 9PM, 20 @ 7:15PM
In Blood Pressure, Sean Garrity offers up a taut and intriguing film noirish thriller that keeps you guessing for much of its running time. An unhappily married woman starts receiving anonymous letters, inviting her to participate in seemingly innoccuous clandestine spying missions on a man of mystery. As she acquiesces to the initially innocent requests, she becomes increasingly engaged and intrigued by what could possibly be so interesting about the man she is spying on. But soon the nature of the requests start to escalate, leading to breaking into the man’s home while he sleeps, and mysterious notes and documents. She also may be developing a strange attraction to the mysterious stranger. (Whistler Film Festival)
The edmonton Poetry Festival
The Edmonton Poetry Festival takes place April 21 - 28th and hosts fourteen poet laureates from across Canada. For eight days Edmonton becomes a Word Nation as we invite a nation to join us. For all event details go to: edmontonpoetryfestival.com
The Slam Finals
23 @ 8PM (Doors at 7PM)
The Edmonton Poetry Festival teams up with Breath in Poetry Collective to present the final competition to choose the Edmonton slam team that will represent the city at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2013. Admission: $10. Sorry, no Metro Passes.
cR Avery with special guests Tanya Davis and kris Demeanor 24 @ 8PM (Doors at 7PM)
Vancouver beat box poet and one man band CR Avery headlines with special guests’ poet laureates Tanya Davis and Kris Demeanor! Admission: $5 - $10 for festival members. Sorry, no Metro Passes.
A BAND CALLED DEATH USA 2012, 98 min, Digital, Dirs: Mark christopher covino, Jeff Howlett 20 @ 4:30PM
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early ‘70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently - when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday - that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression. This will be the Edmonton premiere of A Band Called Death, which is coming off an award-winning string of film festival screenings. On the same weekend as the screening, Death will be performing live at The Pawn Shop, around the corner on Whyte Ave.
Beyond the Hills (Dupa dealuri) Romania/ France/ Belgium 2012, 150 min, Digital, Dir: cristian Mungiu, Romanian with subtitles 26 @ 7PM, 27 @ 4PM, 28, MAy 2 @ 6:45PM, 29 @ 9:15PM
After his race-against-the-calendar abortion thriller 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, Cristian Mungiu employs a slow-burning brand of suspense in this riveting account of a nun torn between her devotion to god and her loyalty to a lifelong companion. Having found her calling at a remote Romanian monastery, Voichita is taken aback by the arrival of Alina, who insists that they flee to Germany together. When the devout nun demurs, Alina comes apart at the psychological seams, leaving the monastery’s authoritarian priest convinced that she’s possessed. As Aline’s rescue attempt cedes to the priest’s relentless efforts to save her soul, Mungiu’s technical brilliance transforms Beyond the Hills into an equally captivating and disconcerting experience. His masterful long takes not only draw us deeper into the women’s trials, they also leave us with no avenue of escape from the mounting tension of his latest provocative tragedy. (VIFF)
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MIYAZAKI AND STUDIO GHIBLI TOUR: PART 4 We continue our Studio Ghibli tour with three more lovingly crafted films from studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata: a modern and rowdy take on Japanese folklore, a charming and magical children’s romance, and a quiet mediation on life. Whether they’re animating shapeshifting raccoon-dogs, an underwater fantasy, or the quiet moments in a young women’s life, Ghibli brings their intricate artistry and beautiful interpretation to every scene and frame.
Australia 1971, 114 min, Digital, Dir: Ted kotcheff 26 @ 10PM, 28 @ 9:30PM, MAy 1 @ 7PM
Pom Poko (Heisei tanuki gassen ponpoko)
Awe-inspiring, brutal and stunning, Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant (Gary Bond), a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough Australian outback mining town of Bundanyabba, planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But, as his one night stretches to five, he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, redeyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left. (Alamo Drafthouse)
Japan 1994, 119 min, 35mm, Dir: isao Takahata, english Dubbed 25 @ 7PM, 28 @ 4:30PM, MAy 1 @ 9:15PM
Ever hear of a a tanuki? Nyctereutes procyonoides? Japanese raccoon-dogs? They can shape-shift, you know. Very tricky but also very lazy. The tanuki of Tama Hills have a problem, you see: the outskirts of Tokyo have finally sprawled right into their habitat. Will they be able to tolerate having where they sleep, play, and (most importantly) eat replaced by endless apartment buildings, shopping malls, and intersections? Will the tanuki of Tama Hills -with the help of a little folkloric magic -have the huevos to stand up and say “not in my backyard”?
only yesterday (omohide poro poro) Japan 1991, 118 min, 35mm, Dir: isao Takahata, Japanese w/ subtitles 27 @ 1:30PM, 29 @ 7PM
27 year-old Taeko has lived her whole life in the metropolitan city of Tokyo. When she decides to take a trip out to the rural countryside to visit her brother-in-law’s family and help with the safflower harvest, it stirs up memories of growing up in 1960’s Japan. These recollections become stronger throughout her visit as Taeko begins to come to terms with herself and the dreams she had as a child, and as she grows closer to her brother-in-law’s second cousin Toshi. A strikingly beautiful film that explores the emotional experiences of young women; with Only Yesterday, Takahata proves that animation can handle realistic adult drama just as well as flights of fancy.
coming next month!
We’ll be screening the final works in the amazing Studio Ghibli Film Tour in May, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, Isao Takahata’s My Neighbors the Yamadas, and the Edmonton premiere of the most recent Ghibli feature, Goro Miyazaki’s From Up On Poppy Hill (written by Goro’s father, Hayao).
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lunarcy! canada 2012, 80 min, Digital, Dir: Simon ennis 27 @ 9PM, 28 @ 2:45PM, MAy 2 @ 9:30 PM
Ponyo (Gake no ue no Ponyo) Japan 2008, 101 min, 35mm, Dir: Hayao Miyazaki, english Dubbed 26 @ 5PM, 27 @ 7PM, 28 @ 12:45PM, 30 @ 9PM
In this delightful all-ages tale, the eponymous Ponyo (voiced by Noah Cyrus) is a goldfish girl who washes up on the beach of a fishing town after she gets stuck in a bottle. When she meets a human boy named Sosuke (voiced by Frankie Jonas), the worlds of the sea and the land start to mix as Ponyo’s father Fujimoto (voiced by Liam Neeson) sends wave-like creatures to bring her back. Miyazaki’s take on the classic The Little Mermaid story brings his ecological concerns to forefront, producing this stunning modern fairy tale that is both wholly original and truly wonderful.
With wry humor and affection, Lunarcy! follows a group of disparate individuals who share one thing in common; they’ve all devoted their lives to the Moon. From the former ventriloquist who’s made millions selling Moon lots to the young man who’s resolved to depart for Luna (permanently), Lunarcy! is a touching and comic portrait of passion, obsession and quixotic dreams. What began as a documentary about the Moon became a documentary about people; their hopes, beliefs, aspirations and dreams.
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Silent Running USA 1972, 89 min, Digital, Dir: Douglas Trumbull 30 @ 7PM
Douglas Trumbull, the effects wizard behind 2001: A Space Odyssey, made his directorial debut with this ecologically minded science-fiction feature set in a future where Earth has become inhospitable to plant life. Bruce Dern plays Freeman Lowell, one of a small crew of astronauts on board the Valley Forge, a spaceship containing greenhouses housing the last surviving fauna from Earth. When the mission is terminated and they receive orders to destroy the greenhouses Freeman takes matters it upon himself to protect the forests, leading a mutiny of one, and enlists the ship’s robot-helpers as his upstart crew.
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