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Apr
14
Tue
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

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Apr
28
Tue
ANTIGONE
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
ANTIGONE

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May
12
Tue
SONG OF NAMES
May 12 @ 7:30 pm

Acclaimed filmmaker François Girard returns to the classical music milieu of The Red Violin. And like that film, The Song of Names sets personal, professional, and family tragedies against sweeping historical events.

Constructed like a detective mystery on a grand scale, the film opens the night of the much-anticipated first public performance by Dovidl Rapoport, a Polish musical prodigy. When he doesnt show up, his best friend Martin is left to tell the packed theatre that the performance will not go on. Decades later, an adult Martin (Tim Roth, Luce, October Gale), serving as a judge in a musical competition, watches a young student prepare to play in Dovidls unique style. This moment sends Martin, over the objections of his wife Helen, on a transcontinental search. As the mystery of the disappearance unravels, Martin finds himself consumed by memories of the deep bond between the two boys — and also uncovering elements of Dovidls tormented life that Martin simply couldnt have fathomed at the time.

“With a score by the legendary Howard Shore, the music in THE SONG OF NAMES is remarkable. It lays the emotional foundation for an epic about the pursuit of beauty and the fragility at the heart of every friendship.”  – RogerEbert.com 

CANADA/UK/GERMANY/HUNGARY, 2019 English 113 minutes

Directed by: François Girard

Principal Cast: Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Catherine McCormack

 

 

Tickets: $11 Adult, $10 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

FilmBuffs save $1 and enjoy free popcorn!

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime. General admission seating, tickets at the door.

Thank you to our community partners Kew Home, Bailey House B&B, Bridgetown Watch & Clock Repair, and Oakhaven Bike Barn/Joy Elliott Landscape Architectural Design.

May
26
Tue
TEL AVIV ON FIRE
May 26 @ 7:30 pm

A slacker sliding into middle age with little to show for it, Salam (Kais Nashef) lands a production-assistant gig on Tel Aviv on Fire, a popular Palestinian evening soap for which his uncle is showrunner. A banal, offhand remark made during a shoot puts Salam in hot water with the show’s head writer but curries favour with its star (Lubna Azabal), a French diva who barely speaks Arabic. It’s only Salam’s first day and he already gets promoted.

Yet just as Salam’s prospects rise, he has a fateful encounter with Assi (Yaniv Biton), an Israeli military officer at the Ramallah checkpoint. During his interrogation of Salam — who must cross daily to get between home and his place of work — Assi sees an opportunity to influence Tel Aviv on Fire, which, in his mind, is far too unflattering to its Israeli characters. Salam has just begun life as a writer, and he’s already forced to compromise his integrity — while the entire country watches flabbergasted.

Zoabi’s ingenious satire exudes a deadpan audacity that’s hard to resist, while Nashef’s outwardly unflappable middleman grounds this battle of ideologies in comic pragmatism. Films like this might not bring peace to the Middle East, but making everyone laugh at the same thing feels like a step in the right direction.

“Can anyone make a sweet and silly comedy out of a subject as grim and intractable as the Israeli-Palestinian situation? For Sameh Zoabi, the director of “Tel Aviv on Fire” (who wrote the script with Dan Kleinman), the answer to the question is another question. What else is there?” –The New York Times

“A witty and warm-hearted look at a divided land.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Directed by Sameh Zoabi

LUXEMBOURG/FRANCE/ISRAEL/BELGIUM, Arabic, Hebrew w/ English subtitles 97 minutes

Principal Cast: Lubna Azabal, Kais Nashef, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Yaniv Biton

 

Tickets: $11 Adult, $10 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

FilmBuffs save $1 and enjoy free popcorn!

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime. General admission seating, tickets at the door.

Thank you to our community partners Kew Home, Bailey House B&B, Bridgetown Watch & Clock Repair, and Oakhaven Bike Barn/Joy Elliott Landscape Architectural Design.

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Jun
2
Tue
THE CLIMB
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm

The set-up is simple: lifelong friends Mike and Kyle are out for a bike ride through the mountains in the south of France when Mike confesses that he slept with Kyle’s fiancée. In the hands of director Michael Angelo Covino (who also co-wrote and co-stars in the film), this confessional episode expands into an epic multi-year journey that navigates the ins and outs of a co-dependent friendship.

Traversing through family holidays, birthdays, ski trips, and, of course, bike rides, The Climb takes what could be a knucklehead display of toxic masculinity and — through an intelligent, surprising, and self-aware use of slapstick and whip-smart dialogue — steers it through the lives of two people who can’t seem to tear themselves apart from each other — and the destructive behaviour they resort to in the process. 

Eschewing many standard techniques of cinematic comedy, Covino relies on a series of beautifully choreographed single takes, one for each scene, allowing many of the most hilarious moments to come from the least expected places in the frame. With each comedic escalation, The Climb makes us not only cackle at the absurdity of its scenarios, but also ponder complex questions about the nature of male friendships.

“A Brilliant Reinvention of the Buddy Comedy.” –Indiewire

 “Toxic masculinity is played for rich and revealing farce in writer-director Michael Angelo Covino’s assured feature debut, told over multiple years.” The Toronto Star

Directed by Michael Angelo Covino

USA, 2019 English 96 minutes

Principal Cast: Kyle Marvin, Michael Angelo Covino, Gayle Rankin

 

Tickets: $11 Adult, $10 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

FilmBuffs save $1 and enjoy free popcorn!

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime. General admission seating, tickets at the door.

Thank you to our community partners Kew Home, Bailey House B&B, Bridgetown Watch & Clock Repair, and Oakhaven Bike Barn/Joy Elliott Landscape Architectural Design.