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february 2014 SCHEDULE Six String Nation

Provincial Archives Pre-show///

6 @ 7PM

64 Pieces. 6 Strings. 1 Canada. 1 Guitar. Six String Nation is centered around the creation of a guitar nicknamed Voyageur. Peabody Award winning broadcaster Jowi Taylor tells the story of the 64 pieces of Canadian history used to build this single acoustic guitar. A piece from Paul Henderson’s stick from the 1972 Summit Series, a bit from Pierre Trudeau’s canoe paddle, a sliver of the legendary Golden Spruce of Haida-Gwaii - this unique instrument is the embodiment of Canada’s history, culture, spirit and soul. Performing with the Voyageur guitar will be Bobby Cameron, The Command Sisters and Mike McDonald. Advance tickets: $20 at At the door: $25.

Escape the mid-winter cold with archival footage of trips to warm climates from the Provincial Archives of Alberta. This month, we are featuring home movies from road trips to such locations as Florida and California, home movies of a trip to southeast Asia in the 1950s, and footage from a KenyaUganda Safari by Alberta naturalist and filmmaker Edgar T. Jones

The Square (Al Midan) Egypt/ USA 2013, 108 min, Digital, Dir: Jehane Noujaim, Arabic w/ subtitles 1 @ 4:15PM, 1, 3, 5 @ 9:35PM, 2 @ 12:45PM, Jan 31, 2 @ 7PM, 9 @ 2PM

For the past two and a half years the Egyptian Revolution has been a non-stop roller coaster of actions, emotions and images. Through the news we catch glimpses of the most dramatic events - a bloody battle, a million man march, a volatile election: at the beginning of July 2013 the world watched as the second president was deposed within the space of three years . The Square, however, is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deep into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling against multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience. Winner of Best Documentary at 2013 TIFF & Sundance. Oscar nominated.

Music Docs/// A monthly film series featuring music documentaries, from classic to contemporary. Curated by Tim Rechner, and co-presented with CJSR and Blackbyrd Myoozik.

Fugazi - Instrument USA 2003, 115 min, Digital, Dir: Jem Cohen 4 @ 7PM

Director Jem Cohen’s relationship with Ian MacKaye, member of the post-hardcore band, Fugazi, goes back to the 1970s during their high school years in Washington, D.C. Thirty years later, Cohen and Fugazi are reunited in the production of Instrument, a documentary film about the band named after a song on their 1993 album, In on the Kill Taker. Shot over the course of ten years, from 1987 through 1998 on Super 8, 16mm and video, and edited by both Cohen and the band, the film collages footage from concerts, interviews, practices, tours, and studio recording sessions for their 1995 album,Together. Instrument is more than a straight-forward documentary, it is a unique collaboration, a musical exposition of a band at work, and a portrait of musicians immersed in their art.

Blue Is the Warmest Color (La vie d’Adèle - chapitres 1 & 2) France 2012, 179 min, Digital, Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche, French w/ subtitles 1 @ 12:45PM, 1, 3, 7 @ 6:25PM, 2, 4 @ 9:15PM, 6, 11, 16 @ 9:30PM, 8 @ 9PM

Based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh, Blue Is the Warmest Color centres on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle as she approaches adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls hard for her, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma, who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and the focal point of intense critical discussions since its release, Blue is the Warmest Color is certain to intrigue, challenge and delight.

fava video kitchen/// 16MM & Digital film class screening 5 @ 7PM

FAVA is proud to present a fresh batch of new works from the Video Kitchen! Taught by accomplished and versatile media artists, Video Kitchen is FAVA’s introductory digital film course. Twice a year the course provides participants with a healthy mix of theory and practice and offers aspiring film and video artists the opportunity to gain new skills and develop their own personal vision within a supportive and collaborative environment.The class culminates with each student shooting and editing their own short film. So come on over to get your taste of local filmmaking. Admission by Donation.

Visitors USA 2013, 87 min, Digital, Dir: Godfrey Reggio 7, 9, 12 @ 9:35PM, 8 @ 7:15PM, 9 @ 4:15PM, 10 @ 9PM, 13 @ 7PM

Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio – with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane – once again leapfrogs over earth-bound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Visitors reveals humanity’s trance like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, Visitors takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves.

The Room USA 2003, 99 min, 35mm, Dir: Tommy Wiseau 7 @ 11:30PM

The film widely considered to be the “Citizen Kane of bad movies” is back! And so is the ever popular monthly screening of Tommy Wiseau’s masterpiece. You’re my favourite customer. Thanks a lot! Bye. Audience participation is encouraged. Please respect the theatre and fellow patrons.

Reel Family Cinema/// Saturday matinees for the whole family! Curated by Erin Fraser and Laura O’Connor.

A Little Princess USA 1995, 97 min, Digital, Dir: Alfonso Cuarón 8 @ 2PM

Young Sara Crewe (Liesel Matthews) adores her life in exotic India, but when her father enlists in World War I, she has to pack up everything and move to New York to attend Miss Minchin’s Seminary for Girls. While there her father goes missing, presumed dead, Sara is forced into servitude by the selfish Miss Minchin (Eleanor Bron) and bonds with fellow servant, Becky. As Sara’s wonder for life is tested as she clings to the belief that every girl is a princess. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and lovingly brought to the screen by acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón, A Little Princess is a triumphant and enchanting tale about the strength of little girls. Free Admission for children under 12!

King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis USA 1970, 185 min, Digital, Dirs: Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. Mankiewicz 8 @ 4PM, 9 @ 6:15PM, 13 @ 8:45PM

A landmark documentary that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Originally screened in theatres for only a single night in 1970, King: A Filmed Record combines dramatic readings by Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones and Paul Newman, among others, with newsreel and rare archival footage to create a powerful and comprehensive record of Dr. King’s legacy and the American Civil Rights movement. The film is an indispensable primary resource of a pivotal moment in American and world history.

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Crime Watch/// From thriller to comedy and classic to contemporary, Crime Watch offers a diverse and provocative glimpse into the cinematic criminal world. Curated by Laura O’Connor.

gateway to Cinema/// Presented by The Gateway, official student newspaper at the University of Alberta.

Boogie Nights USA 1997, 155 min, Digital, DIr: Paul Thomas Anderson 12 @ 6:45PM

The Night of the Hunter USA 1955, 93 min, Digital, Dir: Charles Laughton 10 @ 7PM

Adapted by James Agee from a novel by Davis Grubb, The Night of the Hunter was actor Charles Laughton’s only film directing effort. Combining stark realism with Germanic expressionism, the movie is a brilliant parable of good and evil, with “good” represented by a couple of farm kids and a pious old lady, and “evil” literally in the hands of a posturing psychopath. Imprisoned with thief Ben Harper (Peter Graves), phony preacher Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) learns that Ben has hidden a huge sum of money somewhere near his home. Upon his release, the murderously misogynistic Powell insinuates himself into Ben’s home, eventually marrying his widow Willa (Shelley Winters), until finally all that stands between Powell and the money are Ben’s son and daughter. (Hal Erickson, Rovi)

AGA Film Series/// Romeo +Juliet USA 1996, 120 min, Digital, Dir: Baz Luhrmann 11 @ 7PM

The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is fast-forwarded to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred to violence. Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) is aloof toward the goings-on of his Montague cousins, but after he realizes that Juliet (Claire Danes) is a Capulet at the end of one very wild party, the enmity between the two clans becomes the root of his angst…. It ends, as Romeo and Juliet must... This time, though, the turf and the weapon of choice have taken a turn toward the surreal. (Tracie Cooper, Rovi) $2 off for AGA Members

Writer/director, Paul Thomas Anderson delves into some fresh, albeit dangerous, territory in Boogie Nights, his sophomore cinematic outing. The protege of director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), 17-year-old Eddie Adams jumps in a hot tub at an industry bash, christens himself Dirk Diggler, and goes on to become the toast of the adult entertainment industry. Brilliantly spanning the decadent disco-era 70s and the excess of the 80s, Boogie Nights is an epic tale of the rise and fall of Eddie Adams, porn star. (Videohound) FREE ADMISSION FOR STUDENTS WITH VALID ID

Casablanca USA 1943, 102 min, Digital, Dir: Michael Curtiz 14 @ 7PM 2 for 1 Valentines Day- Bring your loved one & they get in for free!

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…” Director Michael Curtiz’s iconic and adulated wartime romantic epic - in which American tough-guy Rick (Humphrey Bogart), proprietor of a classy nightclub in Vichy-controlled Casablanca, re-encounters ex-flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), now married to a heroic Czech resistance leader wanted by the Nazis - is the most famous high-point of Hollywood’s Golden Age and studio system. Casablanca has, over the decades, become so much part of the pop culture vernacular that any synopsis of the film seems redundant. It certainly represents, in the public imagination, the epitome of the legendary Bogart screen persona - cynical, solitary, sardonic, self-reliant, world-weary, anti-heroic, but ultimately redeemable by love. (Jim Sinclair, Pacific Cinematheque) Encore screening: 17 @ 2:15PM (Regular admission)



USA 1987, 102 min, Digital, Dir: Paul Verhoeven 14 @ 11PM

With the impending doom of the Robocop remake upon us DEDfest is proud to bring back the original 1987 classic in all it’s blood-filled glory for an emotionally charged Valentine’s Day event. It’s time to let Officer Alex Murphy and the criminally insane Clarence J. Boddiker back into our hearts. On this day of love let the bullets fly, body parts explode, and rampant drug use consume you in a dystopic and crimeridden Detroit. Live the romance as a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. Dead of live,”Robo” wants you to be his Valentine.

mosaic III: cave beat featuring on-stage live art by Levi Etherington

Feb 22 7:30 pm Feb 23 2:30 pm Timms Centre for the Arts 780.420.1757


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Ernest & Celestine (Ernest et Célestine) France/ Belgium 2012, 80 min, Digital, Dirs: Stephane Aubier, vincent Patar, Benjamin renner, French w/ subtitles 15 @ 4PM, 16 @ 2PM, 17 @ 12:30PM,

Pussy riot: A Punk Prayer (Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy riot) russia/ UK 2013, 88 min, Digital, Dirs: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin, russian w/ subtitles 14 @ 9PM, 15, 17, 19 @ 7PM, 16 @ 4PM, 18, 20 @ 9:30PM

Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in? Filmed over the course of six months, Pussy Riot tells the incredible story of three young women: Nadia, Masha and Katia, members of a feminist art collective who performed a 40 second “punk prayer” inside Russia’s main cathedral. This performance led to their arrest on charges of religious hatred and culminated in a trial that has reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society forever. Moving from farce to tragedy and back again, the film explores how political and religious forces contrived to make an example out of three young artists who stepped out of line. With unparalleled access and exclusive footage, this film looks at the real people behind their now famous colourful balaclavas. (Britdoc)

SCIENCE IN THE CINEMA/// Osmosis Jones USA 2001, 95 min, Digital, Dirs: Bobby & Peter Farrelly 15 @ 1PM

Look no further for a fun, free, and educational event to attend with your kids for Family Day weekend. AIHS Science in the Cinema presents the partially animated film Osmosis Jones. Cheer for the policeman white blood cell who tries, with the help of a cold pill, to stop a nefarious and deadly organism from destroying the human host, played by a hilariously slovenly Bill Murray. The film also features the voices of Chris Rock, David Hyde Pierce, and Laurence Fishburne. Dr. Karen Madsen, professor at the University of Alberta, Division of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, will introduce the film and host a family-friendly discussion about the human immune system after the film with time for Q & A. ADMISSION IS FrEE & INCLUDES A SMALL POPCOrN.

Spirited, orphaned young mouse Celestine must put aside her budding artistic inclinations to devote herself to her training as a dentist. Meanwhile, far above the subterranean world of the mice is the parallel world of the bears, where Ernest, a reclusive and curmudgeonly musician-poet, lives in a secluded woodland cottage, only venturing out when his growling stomach forces him into town. It is well known that mice and bears are never to mingle, so when Ernest and Celestine unexpectedly cross paths and form an unlikely but inseparable friendship, it naturally incites the disapproval of their respective town elders. Will Ernest and Celestine’s unshakable bond be powerful enough to topple the long-standing divides between their two worlds? A monthly foray into the weird, wild, and wonderful world of fringe cinema. Curated by Maggie Hardy.


Blue Jasmine

USA 2013, 98 min, Digital, Dir: Woody Allen 15 @ 9PM, 17 @ 4:30PM

After recent excursions to Paris (Midnight in Paris) and Rome (To Rome with Love), Woody Allen returns to American shores with his latest film, Blue Jasmine. Featuring a wonderful ensemble cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins, the film follows a high-society New York housewife who is forced to deal with the economic and emotional consequences of her husband’s crooked financial dealings. Jasmine (Blanchett) is used to a life of wealth and privilege, but when her husband Hal (Baldwin) is jailed for a Madoff-like Ponzi scheme, she loses everything and is forced to move in with her blue-collar sister Ginger (Hawkins) in San Francisco. As she struggles to build a new life for herself without her husband’s illicitly obtained wealth, she must learn to accept her new reality and face up to the past. (TIFF)

GRAPHIC CONTENT/// Curated by Matt Bowes and Erin Fraser, presented by Metro Cinema and Warp One Comics and Games.

Mystery Men USA 1999, 121 min, Digital, Dir: Kinka Usher 18 @ 7PM

When insane super-genius Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) is released from the asylum, Champion City turns as usual to Captain Amazing to stem the growing tide of criminality. There’s one problem, though: the bored Captain is actually behind Frankenstein’s release, and he has now been taken captive! It’s up to a new group of uniquely talented individuals to save the day, as Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), the Blue Raja (Hank Azaria) and the Shoveler (William H. Macy) join forces with other like-minded misfits to defeat Frankenstein and his “Psycho-frakulator” doomsday device. Mystery Men, based on a story in Flaming Carrot Comics, is a different sort of superhero story, showing what it’s like for “the other guys” keeping the city safe. Graphic Content is putting together its own misfit team and have called upon Devin Bruce of Scotch and Comics for this special presentation!

Delicatessen France 1999, 99 min, Digital, Dirs: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, French w/ subtitles 19 @ 9PM

From the directorial team of The City of Lost Children and the director of Amelie comes their breakout cult hit Delicatessen, a black comedy of the darkest order. Somewhere in postapocalyptic France, Louison (an ex-clown) has just moved into a ratty apartment to replace a mysteriously vanished tenant and takes up a job working in the deli on the floor of his building. Soon he discovers his neighbours are stranger than his circumstances, and he reveals the horrible secret of Clapet the butcher. Metro Bizarro is proud to present the closest the series will ever get to a sweet romantic comedy and the only film where the clown is the least terrifying character.

OPERA IN CINEMA/// Puccini’s Tosca England 2013, 125 min with 2 intervals, Sung in Italian, Composer: giacomo Puccini, Conductor: Antonio Pappano, Dir: Jonathan Kent 16 @ 6:30PM

Presented in conjunction with Media Events International Group, Metro introduces the Royal Opera House Cinema Series with Puccini’s Tosca in three acts. This is a new monthly film series featuring encores on the big screen of the best productions from the Royal Opera House’s 2013/14 season as performed by one of the world’s leading opera companies at the Covent Gardens in London. Drama, passion and fabulous music, Tosca was an instant hit with audiences at its 1900 premiere and continues to be one of the most loved and watched of all operas. The plot is a simple one of love and jealousy; Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Cavaradossi is an idealist, and almost everything we would want in our romantic hero, while the Chief of Police, Scarpia, is one of the most malevolent villains in opera. However the opera is named for Tosca the woman caught between and ultimately destroyed by two completely opposing characters – portraits of jealousy, rage, power, love, and passion - set to Puccini’s timeless music. SPECIAL ADMISSION PrICES IN EFFECT. NO METrO PASSES.

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2PM The Square 4:15PM Visitors

7PM CRIME WATCH/// The Night of the


6:25PM Blue is the Warmest Color 9:35PM The Square



12:45PM The Square 3:15PM EDM MOVIE CLUB/// Drishyam 7PM The Square 9:15PM Blue is the Warmest Color






7PM AGA/// Romeo + Juliet


7PM MUSIC DOCS/// Fugazi: Instrument 9:15PM Blue is the Warmest Color






7PM FAVA Video Kitchen 9:35PM The Square



Enjoy the films, Metro Cinema’s Programming Team

7PM Visitors 8:45PM King: A Filmed


7PM Six String Guitar 9:30PM Blue is the Warmest Color




7PM Casablanca 9PM Pussy Riot: A


6:25PM Blue is the Warmest Color 9:35PM Visitors 11:30PM The Room


7PM The Square 9:15PM Blue is the Warmest Color

JAN 31





2PM REEL FAMILY CINEMA/// A Little Princess 4PM King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 7:15PM Visitors 9PM Blue is the Warmest Color


12:45PM Blue is the Warmest Color 4:15PM The Square 6:25PM Blue is the Warmest Color 9:35PM The Square



Adult Six pack $50 Student/Senior Six pack $40 Friends of Metro $12/year (for $2 off per screening) Silver Screen $200

Add to this cinema mix favourites from some of our regular film series – from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (AGA) to The Night of the Hunter (Crime Watch), to the original Robocop (DedFest) and Delicatessen (Metro Bizarro – in a new time

slot). And, for your consideration, we present an array of films that we hope will end up on your own personal Top Ten List!

Adult $10 (Matinee $8) Student/Senior $8 (Matinee $6) Children under 13 $6


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February spotlights Black History Month with King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis and Music for Mandela; Family Day long weekend with A Little Princess, Osmosis Jones, Ernest & Celestine and a new film series: Opera in Cinema, which presents encores of classic opera productions from London’s Royal Opera House. The series kicks off with Puccini’s Tosca. And don’t forget your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a truly classic romance: Casablanca!

We all keep a list of our favourite films of the year in our minds, ready to jump into a conversation on the topic at any time. And since it’s that time of the year again - when we’re showered with film award ceremonies and best film lists - Metro starts off the month with the exclusive opening of two eagerly awaited films: from Egypt, The Square (2013 Toronto International and Sundance Film Festivals’ winner and Oscar nominee for Best Documentary) and France’s Blue is the Warmest Color (2013 Cannes Film Festival Winner of the Palme d’or). We’re also opening Visitors, the latest visually stunning experience from the creative team of Koyaanasqatsi; the acclaimed Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer from Russia; and bringing back two Oscar nominated favourites: Blue Jasmine and Nebraska. Closer to the home front and continuing the awards theme, we’re proud to be the home of the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. Presenting the best our country has to offer in feature and short films from 2013.


7PM CANADA’S TOP 10/// Sarah Prefers to Run 9PM Nebraska



7PM TURKEY SHOOT/// Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare 9PM CANADA’S TOP 10/// Asphalt Watches


7PM Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer 9PM METRO BIZARRO/// Delicatessen


Nights 9:35PM Visitors

7PM EDUCATED REEL/// Music for Mandela


7PM MOSTLY WATER/// Metro Shorts 9:30PM Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer


Record… Montgomery to Memphis

28 TBA

7PM CANADA’S TOP 10 /// Asphalt Watches 9:30PM Nebraska



Punk Prayer 11PM DEDFEST/// Robocop


2PM CANADA’S TOP 10 /// When Jews Were Funny 4PM Nebraska 7PM CANADA’S TOP 10 /// Enemy 9PM Nebraska


Jones 4PM Ernest & Célestine 7PM Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer 9PM Blue Jasmine




7PM CANADA’S TOP 10/// Tom at the Farm 9PM CULT CINEMA /// Boyz n the Hood


7PM GRAPHIC CONTENT/// Mystery Men 9:30PM Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer


9:30PM Blue is the Warmest Color

Kyle Armstrong: President Julio Munhoz: Executive Director Pete Harris: Programming Manager Sam Sheplawy: Operations Manager Laura O’Connor: Marketing & Communications Coordinator Allan Mulholland: Facility Brad Sime: Booth Manager/ Projectionist Maggie Hardy: House Manager/ Projectionist John Ray, Les Hall: Projectionists Tola Adeshina: Assistant to Operations/ House Manager Ramneek Tung: House Manager Dan Nielsen, Tola Adeshina, Tim Rechner, Rose Eva ForguesJenkins, Katie Hartfeil, Dylan Howard, Natalia Knowlton, Brad Ambury, Jonathan Stonehouse, Joseph Hartfeil: Front of House Jill Watamaniuk: Program Editor/ Programmer Shirley Combden: Financial Officer


12:30PM CANADA’S TOP 10/// Vic + Flo Saw a Bear 2:30PM CANADA’S TOP 10/// Watermark 4:15PM Nebraska 7PM CANADA’S TOP 10/// Top Ten Shorts


12:30PM Ernest & Célestine 2:15PM Casablanca 4:30PM Blue Jasmine 7PM Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer 8:45PM Blue is the Warmest Color FAMILY DAY


2PM Ernest & Célestine 4PM Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer 6:30PM OPERA IN CINEMA /// Puccini’s Tosca 9:30PM Blue is the Warmest Color

Hunter 9PM Visitors


6:15PM King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 9:35PM Visitors

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival: February 21 - March 4/// Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival celebrates Canadian Cinema and promotes excellence in both short and feature length films by combining some of Canada’s most acclaimed filmmakers with up and coming award-winners and presenting their work to audiences in Edmonton and across the country. The films are chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals, brought together by the Toronto International Film Festival. Come celebrate the finest films our country has to offer and find out why Canada has some of the best filmmakers on the planet! Please note: The F Word, also selected for Canada’s Top Ten 2013, was not available due to theatrical release plans. (All film descriptions courtesy of TIFF).

Asphalt Watches Canada 2013, 94 min, Digital, Dirs: Shayne Ehman, Seth Scriver 21 @ 7PM, 26 @ 9PM

Get ready for a bizarre and loopy road trip across Canada, as it’s never been seen before! Visual artists Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman spent seven years turning their adventures hitchhiking along the Trans-Canada Highway into this hilarious, grotesque, and utterly original adult animated feature. Using flash animation to transform real people and settings into surreal abstractions, they have crafted a playful yet dark commentary on the dull violence, rampant consumerism, unhealthy consumption, and bizarre eccentricities of small-town Canada. Though reminiscent of the gleefully rude late-night animated fare of South Park... Scriver and Ehman’s vision is daringly experimental and wholly unique.

Enemy Canada/ Spain 2013, 90 min, Digital, Dir: Denis Villeneuve 22 @ 7PM

Based on the 2002 novel The Double by the late author José Saramago, Enemy breathes new life into the doppelgänger tale, confirming Quebec director Denis Villeneuve as one of our most skilled cinematic storytellers. Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a glum Toronto history professor who seems disinterested in everything, even in sex with his beautiful girlfriend (Mélanie Laurent). While watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his exact double, an actor named Anthony Clair in a bit part, and decides to track him down. When the two men meet, they find their lives becoming bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined.

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Vic et Flo ont vu un ours) Canada 2013, 95 min, Dir: Denis Côté, French w/ subtitles 23 @ 12:30PM

When Jews Were Funny

Freshly released from prison, Vic and her lover and fellow ex-con Flo take up residence in a remote farmhouse to care for Vic’s aging, ailing uncle Émil. Viewed with suspicion both by the locals, who have their own plans for Émil’s lands, and Vic’s parole agent, Vic and Flo soon find there are far more menacing beasts lurking in the woods. Part allegory, part redemptive love story,Vic et Flo boasts all the virtues one expects in a film by Côté - a remarkable sense of place, transfixing performances, and a lingering, palpable sense of dread - along with an overpowering sense of regret for lost opportunities and horizons limited by the actions of the past.

Canada 2013, 90 min, Digital, Dir: Alan Zweig 22 @ 2PM


A thoughtful exploration of Jewish identity couched in a charmingly casual history of Jewish stand-up comedy, When Jews Were Funny begins with veteran filmmaker Alan Zweig speculating on how Jewish his infant daughter will be, given his own apostate status. Asking himself what he most cherishes and wants to pass on from his heritage, Zweig is led back to the Jewish comics he grew up watching on television in the 1950s and 1960s. Following the thread through to the present and along the way interviewing such influential comedians as Shelley Berman, Jack Carter and Rodney Dangerfield, while throwing in some amazing archival footage to boot - Zweig shuttles from the universal to the particular and back again as he gets ever closer to his real subject: the unanswerable, but essential, question of what it means to be Jewish.

Canada 2013, 90 min, Digital, Dirs: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky 23 @ 2:30PM

Following their triumphant collaboration on Manufactured Landscapes, award-winning documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and acclaimed environmental photographer Edward Burtynsky reunite to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated, and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water. Transporting us all over the world the film explores the massive impact that human intervention has had on the world’s water supply with images of astonishing (and sometimes terrifying) beauty. Poetic, thoughtprovoking and visually stunning, Watermark is a timely and urgent reflection on this most precious resource.

Top Ten Shorts Programme Canada 2013, 161 min (w/ short Intermission), Digital, Dir: Various 23 @ 7PM

From kung fu-infused middle-school dances and bitter bachelorette parties to eye-opening documentaries, this alternately hilarious and moving programme of shorts is tied together with incredible art direction, masterful mise-en-scène, and imaginative storytelling. Filmmakers include: Chris Landreth, Claire Blanchet, Fraser Munden, Neil Rathbone, Johnny Ma, Kevan Funk, Stéphane Moukarzel, Walter Woodman,Patrick Cederberg, Nicolas Lévesque, Monia Chokri.

Sarah Prefers to Run (Sarah préfère la course) Canada 2013, 96 min, Digital, Dir: Chloé Robichaud, French w/ subtitles 24 @ 7PM Introverted and obsessively single-minded, Sarah (Sophie Desmarais) lives to run. When she is accepted into the athletic training program at Montreal’s McGill University, she is determined to take up the offer, despite her mother’s surprising lack of support, both emotional and financial. A solution comes from an unexpected source, her friend Antoine, who offers to move in with her to help her save money and even proposes they wed to access funding for married university students. Already outside her comfort zone, Sarah has her world nearly upended by an unexpected sexual attraction to fellow runner Zoey, and the emergence of a medical condition that could affect her running career. A subtle and stylish comedy-drama about the consequences of chasing one’s desires.

Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme) Canada/ France, 95 min, 2013, Digital, Dir: Xavier Dolan, French w/ subtitles 25 @ 7PM

With only three features under his belt, writer-director-actor Xavier Dolan has already established himself as Canada’s cinematic poet of desire... With Tom à la ferme, Dolan brilliantly riffs on the psychological thriller as he explores the darker reaches of ardour and attachment. Travelling to the countryside to attend the funeral of his lover Guy, bottle-blond Montrealer Tom (Dolan) meets Guy’s mother Agathe and his older brother Francis, a monstrous (and ferociously repressed) embodiment of rural machismo. As it gradually becomes clear to Tom that Francis may not let him leave, Dolan masterfully unravels a moving (and sometimes terrifying) story of loss and longing that reminds us how lethal desire can be.

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival continued Rhymes for Young Ghouls Canada 2013, 85 min, Digital, Dir: Jeff Barnaby Screening Feb 28 - Mar 4, times TBA

Set against the backdrop of the residential schools tragedy - when thousands of Aboriginal children were separated from their families, culture, and language, Rhymes for Young Ghouls resembles an S.E. Hinton novel re-imagined as a surreal, righteously furious thriller. At the tender age of 15, Aila (Kawennahere Devery Jacobs) has taken over the drug business of her father Joseph (Glen Gould) while he serves a stint in prison. Joseph’s return signals an abrupt end to Aila’s reign as the reservation’s drug queen; it also piques the interest of Popper, the reserve’s corrupt and sadistic Indian agent. The bloody tragedy that unfolds becomes an angry and poetic howl for lost lives, lost opportunities and lost loved ones - a fever dream whose terrifying fictions are grounded in even more terrible fact.

mostly water/// Metro Shorts Canada 2013, Digital, Dir: Various 20 @ 7PM

Metro Shorts is a chance for filmmakers to have their work professionally screened and adjudicated by industry members. All films shown will receive a $50 CARFAC screening fee; in addition, a $100 cash prize will be given to the winner of each event. The winner is chosen by the audience. Acting as studio executives, they vote to decide whether the short is good enough to win it all. Submit a film. Get judged. Get paid. For submission info and deadline contact Trent:

Canada 2013, 104 min, Digital, Dir: Louise Archambault, French w/ subtitles Screening Feb 28 - Mar 4, times TBA

Archambault’s tender drama follows a developmentally challenged young woman’s quest for independence and sexual freedom. Living in a group home for developmentally disabled adults, the musically talented Gabrielle (luminously played by Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who has Williams syndrome in real life) finds love with her fellow choir member Martin (Alexandre Landry), but the couple’s desire to explore their feelings for one another physically is forbidden by the home’s staff. Convinced that living alone will allow her to have the intimate relationship she craves, Gabrielle valiantly sets out to prove she can be independent. Produced by the team behind the Academy Award-nominated Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar, Gabrielle is a captivating tale of a young woman’s quest to make her own happiness.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare Canada 1987, 83 min, Digital, Dir: John Fasano 26 @ 7PM

At last, a film that brings together the Turkey Shoot guys’ love of 80’s horror and hair metal. This movie was written by - and stars, of course - Canadian bodybuilder/ musician/ actor Jon Miki Thor, a former Mr. Canada, Mr. USA, and leader of a band called Thor and the Ass Boys. This rock ‘n’ roll nightmare features a hair metal band and a haunted murder house. Dave and Jeffy’s rock ‘n’ roll nightmare involves Scorpions, scorpions, Meatloaf, and meatloaf.

educated reel/// Nebraska USA 2013, 115 min, Digital, Dir: Alexander Payne 21 @ 9:30PM, 22 @ 4PM, 22, 24 @ 9PM, 23 @ 4:15PM


turkey shoot/// A monthly celebration of aesthetically challenged films, hosted by Dave Clarke and Jeff Page and featuring live comedic commentary.

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern, Best Actor winner at the Cannes Film Festival) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. “A bittersweet elegy for the American extended family… A resounding return to form for Payne: there are moments that recall About Schmidt and Sideways, but it has a wistful, shuffling, grizzly-bearish rhythm all of its own.” (Robbie Collin, Telegraph)

Cult Cinema/// A monthly series of eccentric classics curated by Jeff Noel.

Boyz n the Hood USA 1991, 112 min, Digital, Dir: John Singleton 25 @ 9PM

Cult Cinema celebrates Black History Month with this groundbreaking ghetto drama about the challenges of coming of age in the inner city. Ricky and Doughboy are brothers on different paths, one towards college and the other towards a life of crime, while their best friend Tre is trying to make sense of the world around him with the help of his father’s stern upbringing, but in the ‘hood violence is never far away. Twenty-four year old John Singleton made his filmmaking debut with this semi-autobiographical story of growing up in South Central Los Angeles, and became both the first African American to be nominated for a best director Oscar, and the youngest person ever nominated for the award.

Music for Mandela Canada 2013, 82 min, Digital, Dir: Jason Bourque 27 @ 7PM

Music for Mandela explores the role music played in the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most important icons. From Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment to his release and the present day celebrations of his legacy, the music born out of his inspirational journey is commented on by his closest friends, former exiled musicians, current international artists, and community volunteers, who use music today to motivate and educate. Combining striking visuals with freedom songs, pop music and hip hop, the film is a stirring tribute to the man himself and to the ultimate power of music. The new Educated Reel series starts with a celebration of Black History Month. The film’s composer is University of Alberta’s Alumnus, Amritha Vaz (‘97 Arts, ‘02 Law).

Metro Cinema Guide February 2014  
Metro Cinema Guide February 2014  

Metro Cinema Guide February 2014