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Persepolis

Program Running Time 95 min.

Aug 22 06:30 pm

Films in Program

(Iran, France, 2007, 95 mins, bluray)

The Ayatollah Khomeini meets punk rock in this spirited adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s celebrated graphic novel. When Iran’s Islamic Revolution hits home, nine-year-old Marjane remains determined to discover all that life has to offer. Splendidly voiced by an all-star cast including Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Sean Penn and Iggy Pop.

Rumble Fish

Program Running Time 94 min.

Aug 29 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
(USA, 1983, 94 mins, DCP)

Francis Coppola’s second take on an SE Hinton teen novel is in a very different register to The Outsiders: it’s an expressionistic urban art film dealing in icons, symbols and a syncopated percussive score by Stewart Copeland of The Police. Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke star, along with a very young Diane Lane and Nicolas Cage (and "Domino", aka Sofia Coppola).

Elephant Man

Program Running Time 124 min.

Aug 08 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: David Lynch
(GB, USA, 1980, 124 mins, 35mm)

The true story of a Victorian circus freak, John Merrick (played by John Hurt) “saved” by a philanthropic doctor and adopted by polite society. Again filming in black and white (as he had for Eraserhead), Lynch turned Dickensian London into a feverish, infernal environment where the normal and the monstrous can switch places. His most conventional film, Elephant Man was widely praised and nominated for eight Academy Awards

Raging Bull

Program Running Time 129 min.

Aug 29 08:30 pm
Aug 31 04:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Martin Scorsese
(USA, 1980, 129 mins, 35mm)

‘I was bleeding internally all over and I didn’t know it. My eyes were bleeding, my hands, everything except my brain and my liver… then I realised I was LaMotta, I’d make the movie about me.’ In the throes of a near-fatal drug problem Martin Scorsese made what he believed could be his last movie. Its subject: the Bronx Bull, Jake La Motta, a graceless but indomitable boxer who never quits beating himself up. Punishing, painful and pitiless, with the ultimate Method performance from Robert De Niro at its core, it’s in many ways the culmination of the American psycho-realist tradition, but this is realism pushing through towards spiritual redemption by way of Scorsese’s heightened subjective style.

Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Program Running Time 99 min.

Aug 22 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Ana Lily Amirpour
(USA, Iran, 2014, 99 mins, DCP)

The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

A Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami

(105 mins)

The Academy of Muses

(2015, 92 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Rosa Delor, Emanuela Forgetta, Patricia Gil
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Sep 09 08:25 pm
Sep 10 06:30 pm

A university professor teaches a class on muses in art and literature as a means of romancing his female students in this breathtaking new film from Jose Luis Guerín, director of the widely heralded In the City of Sylvia. Part relationship drama, part intellectual discourse, the film centers on a philology professor — played by actual philology professor Raffaele Pinto — and the women surrounding him: his wife and students. But as each and every player engages in debates — concerning, among other things, art, the artist’s perspective, and male-female dynamics — Guerín focuses as much attention on the slippery boundary between documentary and fiction, in turn engaging with an evolving narrative, increasingly complex character dynamics, and an endlessly vivid emotional journey.

"Taking place primarily in the lecture theater and inside his car, with frequent interludes of him and his wife talking at home, this consistently amusing, frequently stimulating, and occasionally erotic work manages to weave sincere gestures of romantic longing, as well as questions of love as an intellectual concept, into what appears to be a nonfiction fabric." Michael Pattison, The House Next Door

Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven

(2015, 70 mins, DCP)
Director:

Showtimes

Sep 20 02:30 pm

The tangled wilderness of Algoma and Lake Superior’s expansive North Shore inspired Canada’s most famous artists, The Group of Seven, as well as their guiding spirit, Tom Thomson. Their work defined Canada’s artistic representation of itself for most of the past century. One hundred years later, their paintings retain a powerful hold on Canada’s visual imagination. But where exactly were these iconic masterpieces created? The passage of time had seemingly erased the memory of the precise locations that roused Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Franklin Carmichael, A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson, and Franz Johnston to produce their magnificent, rugged landscapes.

Three modern-day adventurers are determined to find and document where these paintings were created. Author Joanie McGuffin, photographer Gary McGuffin and art historian Michael Burtch have spent years researching, canoeing, portaging and bushwhacking up cliffs to find the vistas that inspired The Group of Seven. Seeing the paintings side by side with the locations that inspired them is a lesson on art, painting and seeing.

Award-winning director/writer Phyllis Ellis provides us with an investigative arts film that is part mystery, part history and part adventure. Ellis wrote, directed and produced the critically acclaimed documentary About Her, honoured with the 2013 Canadian Screen Award’s Donald Brittain Prize for Best Social/Political Documentary.

“A must for Group of Seven fans, and a true eye-opener for those who only know a few of the gang’s iconic Canadian paintings” Georgia Straight

Heaven's Gate

(1980, 216 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Kris Kristofferson, Jeff Bridges, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, John Hurt, Brad Dourif, Joseph Cotten
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Sep 04 03:00 pm

Tribute screening to director Michael Cimino and DP Vilmos Zsigmond

Everyone knows this was a colossal box office bomb, the movie that simultaneously sank a studio (UA), a genre (the western), and put an end to the brief era when directors genuinely enjoyed power and credibility in Hollywood. What you may not know is that in its original, full-length splendor, Heaven’s Gate is within a hair’s breadth of the masterpiece Michael Cimino set out to make.

Kris Kristofferson is the Rhodes scholar who becomes a federal marshal in Wyoming just in time to see cattle barons seize the land from European settlers in what history records as the Johnson County War. It’s a story we see repeated again and again all over the world, the story of how a rich and powerful elite run roughshod over the rights of the poor - but rarely explicated with such force and fervor in a genuinely radical American epic.

Cimino had been much praised for the evocative, atmospheric opening hour of The Deer Hunter. He took those same strategies further here, immersing us in place and time as the plot sneaks in through the back door. This time, primed by stories of budgetary excess, the US critics berated him for it, and with such ferocity and vitriol that the film closed after just one week in a single theatre. It was subsequently re-released in a version over an hour shorter, but by then its reputation was sealed.

Reevaluated in North America only in the last few years, and still a film that is overshadowed by its original box office failure, Heaven’s Gate deserves to be seen on the big screen, where Cimino’s visual elan can truly be appreciated.

"Among the supreme achievements of Hollywood cinema." Robin Wood

"An unqualified disaster." Vincent Canby, New York Times

"A film of rare beauty and scope, a feast for the eyes and a harrowing, unflinching meditation on the cruelty of capitalism." Nathan Rabin, AV Club

Neither Heaven Nor Earth

(Ni le ciel ni la terre)
(2015, 100 mins, DCP)
In French with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Jérémie Renier, Swann Arlaud, Marc Robert
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Sep 02 08:30 pm
Sep 03 06:45 pm
Sep 06 08:30 pm
Sep 08 08:30 pm

At first glance you might assume you are watching a war movie. After all, the setting is contemporary Afghanistan and the protagonist is Jeremie Renier’s French army officer, commander of a small squad on a remote outpost in Wakhtan Valley, near the Pakistan border. In fact the fighting has subsided here, and while relations with the local villagers are tense there appears to be no immediate danger.

All the more perplexing, then, when one of Captain Bonassieu’s men disappears from his observation point in the middle of the night. The soldier on duty with him must surely have fallen asleep, but it’s not at all clear whether he’s gone AWOL, or been captured by the enemy. Then another soldier vanishes. Again, without a trace. And little by little the true nature of Clement Cogitore’s fascinating metaphysical mind-twister begins to reveal itself.

"Rarely is the madness of war conveyed on screen with such simmering tension and existential fear. Rarely, too, is the ignorance and mistrust between cultures—are the shepherd villagers innocent civilians or Taliban spies?—limned with such poetic insight." New Directors/New Films selection.

"A contemporary ghost story that’s both unabashedly mystical and thrillingly pulpy." Ela Bittencourt, Slant

"Clever, accomplished, arresting." Guy Lodge, Variety

"Effectively spooky, and moves beyond the clichés of combat into troubling political and metaphysical territory." AO Scott, New York Times

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