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Separation

Program Running Time 123 min.

Aug 31 05:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Asghar Farhadi
(Iran, 2011, 123 mins, DCP)

Even art-house aficionados were unprepared for the dramatic sophistication and depth on display in this blistering domestic drama from Iran’s Asghar Farhadi (About Elly; The Past). It was as if Ingmar Bergman had been reborn in Tehran, to dissect the dissolution of a middle class marriage. Dense, riveting and complex, this is masterly filmmaking that repays repeat viewing.

"A Separation serves as a quiet reminder of how good it’s possible for movies to be." Dana Stevens, Slate

"A Separation is totally foreign and achingly familiar. It’s a thrilling domestic drama that offers acute insights into human motivations and behavior as well as a compelling look at what goes on behind a particular curtain that almost never gets raised." Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Norte, The End of History

Program Running Time 250 min.

Sep 05 06:30 pm
Sep 06 06:30 pm
Sep 09 06:30 pm
Sep 11 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Lav Diaz
(Phillippines, 2013, 250 mins, DCP)

In the northern Philippine province of Luzon, a law-school dropout commits a horrific double murder; a gentle family man takes the fall and receives a life sentence, leaving behind a wife and two kids. A careful rethinking of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment shot in blazing color, this tour de force offers a masterful recapitulation of Diaz’s longstanding obsessions: cultural memory, national guilt, and the origin of evil. "A masterpiece. An astonishing work of life, death and art." Wesley Morris

Its very existence is an exhilarating triumph over complacency… there is an almost inexhaustible humanism at the heart of this remarkable film." A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“The lights came up, I stood with tears in my eyes, and clapped as loudly as I ever have for any movie in my life.” Wesley Morris, Grantland

“A mesmerising experience that grows deeper and broader the longer it goes on” Kieran Corless, Sight and Sound

Rich Hill

Program Running Time 91 min.

Aug 29 06:20 pm
Aug 30 05:40 pm
Sep 03 08:30 pm
Sep 04 04:00 pm

Films in Program

(USA, 2014, 91 mins, DCP)

Against the odds, the American Dream endures in small towns like Rich Hill, Missouri - but as this poetic, poignant doc makes clear, life is anything but easy for teenage boys growing up in a place where the tracks don’t seem to have a "right" side.

Winner: Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, Sundance Film Festival

"A truly moving and edifying film, Rich Hill is the type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations." Katie Walsh, The Playlist (Indiewire)

"Open-hearted….deeply empathetic." Peter Debruge, Variety

"Often heartbreaking." Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter

Double

Program Running Time 93 min.

Aug 22 06:45 pm
Aug 23 06:45 pm
Aug 24 05:45 pm
Aug 25 06:45 pm
Aug 26 06:45 pm
Aug 27 06:45 pm
Aug 28 06:45 pm
Sep 06 04:45 pm
Sep 08 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Richard Aoyade
(GB, 2013, 93 mins, DCP)

Jesse Eisenberg take 2: here he’s timid office worker Simon James, a non-person to most, including the lovely Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), a co-worker who is also the apple of his eye. Enter charismatic young hotshot James Simon (Eisenberg again). No one seems to notice he’s the spitting image of Simon, and though at first he feigns a certain friendliness to his near-namesake, it’s not long before the new man has begun to take over his job, his apartment, his girl, his entire life… Richard Aoyade’s Dostoevsky adaptation riffs on Kafka, Welles and Gilliam to chillingly hilarious effect.

"As a pure head-trip visual and auditory experience it feels like one of the biggest discoveries, and biggest surprises, of 2014." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

"Daring, hilarious and wickedly clever." The Playist (Indiewire)

Night Moves

Program Running Time 112 min.

Aug 22 08:30 pm
Aug 23 08:30 pm
Aug 24 07:45 pm
Aug 26 08:30 pm
Aug 27 08:30 pm
Aug 28 08:30 pm
Sep 06 02:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Kelly Reichardt
(USA, 2013, 112 mins, DCP)

Three activists (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard) plan to blow up a hydro-electric dam in Oregon in this taut, gripping thriller from the director of Wendy and Lucy. Tapping into familiar environmental concerns and asking pressing questions about next steps, Reichardt has crafted a timely, provocative drama which stays with you long after the fade out.

"Night Moves is a film of deliberate, gnawing intensity and focus." Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"Sharp and haunting." AO Scott, New York Times

Expedition to the End of the World

Program Running Time 90 min.

Aug 15 06:45 pm
Aug 16 06:45 pm
Aug 17 06:30 pm
Aug 18 06:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Daniel Dencik
(Denmark, 2013, 90 mins, DCP)

Taking his cues from Mozart and Metallica, Daniel Dencik gives us a berth on a three-masted schooner exploring Greenland’s icy northeast coast. On board, a motley crew of artists, photographers, geologists, archaeologists, biologists and mariners. The vistas are stunning, and inspire contemplation of the Big Questions - if they don’t get eaten by Polar bears first ...

“A sublimely idiosyncratic odyssey. While the scientists unearth fascinating details of a lost world, the artists in the group mull over the cosmic, and existential, implications, lending the voyage a Beckett-like sense of the absurd ... But even if the film were silent, its eerie landscapes are so breathtaking, and serenely composed, that we’d still be entranced.”—Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's

"With a mood and setting worthy of a murder story by Jack London, this audience-friendly, atmospheric work could be remade as a thriller, although that’s really what it is already."—John Anderson, Variety

Uvanga

Program Running Time 90 min.

Aug 15 08:30 pm
Aug 16 08:30 pm
Aug 17 04:40 pm
Aug 17 08:20 pm

Films in Program

(Canada, 2014, 90 mins, DCP)

In the land of the midnight sun, 14-year-old Tomas returns to the people and culture of an Inuk father he never knew. He and his mother, Anna, arrive in the small village of Igloolik in the heart of Nunavut following the mysterious death of his father. The second feature from the collective which made the acclaimed Before Tomorrow (2008).

"Experiences and milestones achieved amid laughter in the midnight sun punctuate Uvanga, which is bolstered by natural performances from local actors that draw us in while sharing the secrets of a place both strange and beautiful in its isolation." 3 stars (out of 4) — Linda Bernard, The Star

Case Against 8

Program Running Time 109 min.

Aug 10 05:50 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Ryan White, Ben Cotner
(USA, 2014, 109 mins, DCP)

A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The stirring new documentary The Case Against 8, showcasing the lawyers and plaintiffs who challenged California’s 2008 gay marriage ban, is the best kind of popular history, a film that trembles with tears and hope, and I dare you to get through it without bawling some yourself."—Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“Cotner and White’s handling of a hugely divisive topic is masterful ... Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, The Case Against 8 is essential viewing.”—National Post

"The film fascinates in part because the legal team behind the couples—and the American Foundation for Equal Rights that supported them—included Republican stalwart Ted Olson and Democrat David Boies, who had squared off in the famous Bush vs. Gore case, the 2000 battle over whether there should be a recount in Florida. Here they’re warm and toasty together and passionately committed to a progressive cause.”—Now magazine

Bubba Ho-Tep

Program Running Time 92 min.

Aug 09 10:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Don Coscarelli
(USA, 2002, 92 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Elvis lives! Well, if a nursing home in east Texas can be called "living". With his buddy JFK (Ossie Davies) by his side, the King fights off an ancient Egyptian mummy and gets his mojo back. Don Coscarelli’s cult comedy maybe out to lunch in the story department, but it’s also endearingly serious about Elvis, decrepitude, and the horrors of institutionalized care.

"It has the damnedest ingratiating way of making us sit there and grin at its harebrained audacity, laugh at its outhouse humor, and be somewhat moved (not deeply, but somewhat) at the poignancy of these two old men and their situation."—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Gerontophilia

Program Running Time 82 min.

Aug 08 08:20 pm
Aug 09 08:20 pm
Aug 10 04:15 pm
Aug 12 08:20 pm
Aug 14 08:20 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Bruce La Bruce
(Canada, 2013, 82 mins, DCP)

A love story unlike any you have seen before, the latest from gay provocateur Bruce La Bruce (No Skin Off My Ass) is at once his most mainstream, accessible movie, and arguably his most transgressive. After all, we’re not usually treated to the sight of an 18 year old male nurse hopping into bed with an octogenarian…

« Magnificent » – Le Monde

« Beautiful » – Libération

« Audacious » – Le Parisien

« Poignant » – L’Humanité

« Luminous » – Métro

« Tender and sensual » – 20 minutes

« A beautiful story » – Télérama

« Powerful » – Les Inrockuptibles

« Delicious » – Ciné Télé OBS

« A beautiful movie » – Rolling Stone

« Romantic and innocent » – Europe

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