Sami Blood
Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

Sami Blood

dir. Amanda Kernell / Sweden / 2016 / 110 minutes

 
 

Though not enough Canadians know about this country's shameful history with residential schools, the story of Sami Blood should sound familiar to those that do. Elle Marja (Lene Cecilia Sparrok) is an indigenous Sámi teenager in the 1930s who is taken from her family and forced to integrate with Swedish society. She is curious and eager at first, but relationship with her new peers is challenged by racism, abuse, and her developing sexuality. Writer-director Amanda Kernell balances a nuanced coming-of-age character study with a righteous and raging historical screed that asks: What happens to you when you cut all ties to your culture and history? Can you really become someone else?

Presented in Swedish and Sami with English subtitles.

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Brigsby Bear
Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

Brigsby Bear

dir. Dave McCary / USA / 2017 / 97 minutes

 
 

Nostalgia is a powerful feeling; one that can make memories of your childhood feel like a magical world that was built just for you. For James, that feeling is a reality. Living in his parents' basement, he obsesses over "Brigsby Bear", a children's TV show made for a one-man audience. When the show ends in a startling revelation, James decides to recreate the show for himself as a way to make sense of his disorienting new existence. Kyle Mooney brings a sensitive and uplifting quality to James and is supported by an all-star cast including Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Claire Danes, Matt Walsh, and Andy Samberg. Born from the memories of the filmmakers spanning from He-Man to Teddy Ruxpin, Brigsby Bear is an honest, offbeat, and profound love letter to the power of entertainment and creativity.

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Dina
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Dina

dir. Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles / USA / 2017 / 103 minutes

 
 

Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge.

Filmmakers Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini construct seamless vérité scenes that lovingly frame Dina and Scott's vulnerable, yet matter-of-fact romance. Whether at the local nail salon, the warm beaches of Ocean City, Dina's racy bachelorette party, or on honeymoon in the Poconos, Dina captures the cadences and candid conversations of a relationship that reexamines the notion of love on-screen.

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Columbus
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Columbus

dir. Kogonada / USA / 2017 / 104 minutes

 
 

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother. With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, this debut from director Kogonada unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation and showcases a striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions.

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Lost in Paris
Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

Lost in Paris

dir. Fiona Gordon & Dominique Abel / France, Belgium / 2016 / 83 minutes

 
 

Drawing on a 25-year career of physical comedy collaborations that have appeared on stage and screen, Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel do it all in this whimsical slapstick tour through the French capital. Besides writing and directing, they also star, respectively, as Fiona (a hapless librarian) and Dom (a charming vagrant). Fiona has flown to Paris on short notice after an emergency letter from her aunt, played by the legendary Emmanuelle Riva. She arrives to find that her aunt has disappeared, and the resulting adventure is one of hilariously hectic set pieces and spectacularly choreographed antics that draws inspiration from such comedic masters as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Jacques Tati.

Presented in French with English subtitles.

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Person to Person
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Person to Person

dir. Dustin Guy Defa / USA / 2017 / 94 minutes

 
 

During a single day in New York City, a variety of characters grapple with the mundane, the unexpected, and the larger questions permeating their lives. An investigative reporter struggles with her first day on the job, despite help from her misguided boss. A rebellious teen attempts to balance her feminist ideals with other desires. A young man seeks to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend, even as her brother threatens revenge. An avid music lover traverses the city in search of a rare record for his vinyl collection. Colorful performances from the likes of Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, and Philip Baker Hall capture the absurdity of day-to-day life with great affection and ease. 

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The Teacher
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Teacher

dir. Jan Hřebejk / Czech Republic / 2016 / 102 minutes

 
 

Set in the early 1980s, during the Communist era in Czechoslovakia, The Teacher is a jet-black satirical drama about corruption and the abuse of power. Zuzana Maurery won Best Actress at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival for her performance as Mrs. Drazděchová, a school teacher and politician who bilks favors out of local parents by using their children, her pupils, as tools for manipulation. A strong script and confident direction elevate this historical allegory to a multifaceted and masterful examination of human pathology.

Presented in Slovak with English subtitles.

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Dawson City: Frozen Time
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Dawson City: Frozen Time

dir. Bill Morrison / USA / 2016 / 120 minutes

The bizarre true history of a collection of some 500 films dating from 1910-1920, which were lost for over 50 years until the were rediscovered, buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. Using archival footage to tell the story, and accompanied by an originally composed score by Alex Somers (Captain Fantastic), Dawson City: Frozen Time depicts a unique history of a Canadian gold rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation – and through that collection, how a First Nation hunting camp was transformed and displaced.

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Nocturne 2017: Made In Acadie
Oct
14
6:00 PM18:00

Nocturne 2017: Made In Acadie

Presented in partnership with Alliance Française.

 
 

Alliance Française Halifax and Carbon Arc Cinema are pleased to partner to present five short films produced and screened for FICFA (Le Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie). As each movies fades away the audience vanishes in the darkness till the next one and again. All films are presented with English subtitles.

This program is FREE and will screen repeatedly throughout the night as part of Nocturne: Art At Night.

 

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Carbon Arc Focus Group
Oct
13
9:00 PM21:00

Carbon Arc Focus Group

Calling all film fans! What do YOU want in an independent theatre? 

We're working toward a full-time cinema to bring you more of what you love, and we want to hear what you have to tell us. Stick around after our 7 PM screening or drop in for our discussion. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

dir. Catherine Bainbridge / USA / 2017 / 103 minutes

The story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons such as Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, Redbone, Randy Castillo, and Taboo, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Please join us after the film for a focus group about our plans for a full-time cinema!

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The Commune
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Commune

dir. Thomas Vinterberg / Denmark / 2016 / 90 minutes

Erik and Anna are a professional couple with a dream. Along with their daughter Freja, they set up a commune in Erik’s huge villa in the upmarket district of Copenhagen. With the family in the center of the story, we are invited into the dream of a real commune; we participate in the house meetings, dinners and parties. It is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof until an earth-shattering love affair puts the community and the commune to its greatest test.

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The Midwife
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

The Midwife

dir. Martin Provost / France / 2017 / 117 minutes

Claire is honesty incarnate. As a midwife, she has devoted her life to others. At a moment when she is preoccupied by the imminent closure of the maternity clinic where she works, her life is further turned upside down when Béatrice, he father's former mistress, turns up on the scene. Béatrice is a capricious and selfish woman, Claire's exact opposite. With a combined 24 César Award nominations between them, Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot bring all the power of the French acting world to this pleasing tale of friendship and mortality.

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Kedi
Apr
28
9:00 PM21:00

Kedi

dir. Ceyda Torun / Turkey / 2016 / 80 minutes

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Kedi, as in Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

 

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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

dir. Juho Kuosmanen / Finland, Sweden, Germany / 2016 / 92 minutes

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli's small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There's only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside of the ring, it's Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli's attention. This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

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18th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

18th Annual Animation Show of Shows

dir. Various Artists / International / 2016 / 102 minutes

Great animated shorts curated by Ron Diamond, including this year's Oscar winner for Best Animated Short, Piper and nominee, Pearl.

• STEMS by Ainslie Hendersen
• SHIFT by Cecilia Puglesi & Yijun Liu
• PEARL by Patrick Osborne
• CRIN-CRIN by Iris Alexandre
• MIRROR by Chris Ware, John Kuramoto, Ira Glass
• LAST SUMMER IN THE GARDEN by bekky O’Neil
• WAITING FOR NEW YEAR by Vladimir Leschiov
• PIPER by Alan Barillaro
• BØYGEN by Kristian Pedersen
• AFTERNOON CLASS by Seoro Oh
• ABOUT A MOTHER by Dina Velikovskaya
• EXPLOOZY by Joshua Gunn, Trevor Piecham, & John McGowan
• INNER WORKINGS by Leo Matsuda
• CORPUS by Marc Héricher
• BLUE by Daniela Sherer
• MANOMAN by Simon Cartwright
• ALL THEIR SHADES by Chloé Alliez

 

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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

dir. Matt Tyrnauer / USA / 2016 / 92 minutes

A film about cities through the lens of Jane Jacobs, author of the 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.

 

 

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David Lynch: The Art Life
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

David Lynch: The Art Life

dirs. Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, and Rick Barnes / USA / 2017 / 90m

David Lynch: The Art Life looks at Lynch’s art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As he says, “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas, and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them. Even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.”

We’re invited in and given private views from Lynch’s compound and painting studio in the hills high above Hollywood, as he tells personal stories that unfold like scenes from his films. Strange characters come into focus only to fade again into the past, all leaving an indelible mark.

 

 

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A House on 41st Street
Apr
7
9:00 PM21:00

A House on 41st Street

dir. Hamid Reza Ghorbani / Iran / 2016

A middle-class family in Tehran falls apart when brother kills brother over a bounced check, in director Hamid Reza Ghorbani’s A House on 41st Street, a drama that starts low-key and gradually moves into complex psychological and moral territory.

Presented in partnership with the Phoenix Cultural Centre of Toronto. Admission is $13

 

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Ma Vie De Courgette
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Ma Vie De Courgette

dir. Claude Barras / Switzerland, France / 2016 / 66 minutes / PG-13

We're screening the original French version with English subtitles.

After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.

From its debut in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at festivals around the world, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), has now been nominated for both an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature. Brought to life through memorable character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

 

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A Matter Of Time
Apr
1
9:00 PM21:00

A Matter Of Time

 

dir. Casey Cohen / Canada / 2016 / 85 minutes

Carbon Arc Cinema and CKDU present "A Matter Of Time" - the story of Kathryn Calder (of The New Pornographers) and her mother's battle with ALS.

In 2007, musician Kathryn Calder (of The New Pornographers) is touring the world with one of Canada’s biggest indie rock bands when her family receives devastating news: her mother, Lynn, has two to three years left to live. She has ALS. Consequently, Kathryn decides to return to her childhood home and commit to being her mom’s primary caregiver through the final months of her life.

The foundation of Lynn and Kathryn’s bond goes beyond mother and daughter, they share a love of music. Lynn, a former piano teacher, has always dreamed of seeing her daughter in the spotlight, singing her own songs. Inspired to make something beautiful amidst the grief and trauma of this long, painful goodbye, Kathryn transforms the living room of their house into a studio. With her mother in bed just down the hall and her condition worsening every day, Kathryn fills the house with music and makes a record, her first solo album, a parting gift for her biggest fan.

A Matter of Time is a heart-breaking yet hopeful documentary that examines the power of love and music, and the inspiration, salvation, and possibility that occurs when these two forces intersect.

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After the Storm
Mar
31
7:00 PM19:00

After the Storm

dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda / Japan / 2016 / 117 minutes

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrustful family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

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Call of the Forest
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Call of the Forest

dir. Jeffrey McKay / Canada / 2016 / 82 minutes

Subtitled "The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees", this environmental documentary follow scientist and acclaimed author Diana Beresford-Kroeger as she explores the most beautiful forests in the Northern Hemisphere from the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan to the great boreal forest of Canada. Diana investigates our profound biological and spiritual connection to forests and her global journey explores the science, folklore, and restoration challenges of this essential eco-system.

Hannah Bentzen from the local chapter of Greenpeace will be at the screening to talk a bit about the work happening locally.

 

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Werewolf w/ director Ashley McKenzie
Mar
3
9:30 PM21:30

Werewolf w/ director Ashley McKenzie

dir. Ashley McKenzie / Canada / 2016 / 78 minutes

Blaise and Nessa are outcast methadone users in their small town. Each day they push a rusty lawnmower door-to-door begging to cut grass. Nessa plots an escape, while Blaise lingers closer to collapse. Tethered to one another, their getaway dreams are kept on a suffocatingly short leash. Read our review from the 2016 Atlantic Film Festival.

Ashley McKenzie will be present to introduce the screening and for a Q&A afterwards.

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A Man Called Ove
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

A Man Called Ove

dir. Hannes Holm / Sweden / 2016 / 116 minutes

This nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars tells the story of the "quintessential grumpy man next door". An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, Ove spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about and visiting his wife’s grave. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand the happiness and heartbreak in Ove's past. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.

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Inversion
Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

Inversion

dir. Behnam Behzadi / Iran / 2016 / 84 minutes

Presented in partnership with the Phoenix Cultural Center of Toronto.

This moving social drama is set in Tehran, where air pollution has reached a dangerous peak. Niloofar is an unmarried 35-year-old seamstress who lives with her mother but is busy with her own shop. When doctors say her mother must leave Tehran for the sake of her respiratory health, Niloofar’s brother and family elders decide that she must move away to accompany her mother. Niloofar is the youngest and still single, and has always obeyed their orders. This time she must stand up for herself.

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Neruda
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Neruda

dir. Pablo Larraín / Chile / 2016 / 107 minutes

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betrayal and is swiftly impeached by President Videla and Óscar Peluchonneau, a fictional police officer, is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, but they are forced into hiding. In the struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau, Neruda sees an opportunity to reinvent himself. He plays with the officer, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse more dangerous and more intimate. In this story of persecution, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.

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Tanna
Feb
10
9:00 PM21:00

Tanna

dir. Martin Butler & Bentley Dean / Australia / 2015 / 100 minutes

Nominated for best foreign language feature film at the 2017 Oscars, this multi-award winning feature film is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom. Tanna is based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu.

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Little Men
Feb
3
7:00 PM19:00

Little Men

dir. Ira Sachs / USA / 2015 / 85 minutes

Jake befriends Tony when his family moves back to Brooklyn after the death of his grandfather. Initially, the two young boys are inseparable, but the adult world begins to push in. Tony's mother, a dressmaker from Chile, runs a shop beneath their apartment and when Jake's parents demand a new, unaffordable lease to keep the store open, the feud between the families strains the relationship between Jake and Tony. Directed by Ira Sachs (Love is Strange) with his trademark humanism and insight, Little Men highlights the New York City landscape with a story of life-defining friendships in the midst of familial turmoil.

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Quebec My Country Mon Pays
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

Quebec My Country Mon Pays

dir. John Walker / Canada / 2016 / 89 minutes

This screening is part of New Frontiers in Documentary: European and Canadian Perspectives sponsored by the Canada Research Chair in European Studies (Dalhousie University), in cooperation with AFCOOP.

John Walker’s latest film is a meditation on his identity as a Quebecer and the transformation of the society since the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s.  Featuring interviews with Denys Arcand, Jacques Godbout, and a younger generation of Quebec indépendantistes, as well as footage of the vote on Scottish independence, it is both a detailed documentary investigation and a nuanced personal meditation.

John Walker in attendance for a Q&A

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My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea
Dec
4
3:00 PM15:00

My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea

dir. Dash Shaw / USA / 2016 / 75 minutes

An earthquake causes a high school to float into the sea, where it slowly sinks like a shipwreck. There's swearing and animated violence.

Presented with opening short film:

Loogey And The Frog

dir. Doug Lawrence ‘Mr. Lawrence’ / Animated by Andrew Holland, Copernicus Studios Inc. / Halifax, NS & Los Angeles, CA / 2016 / 3 minutes

An animated comedy series centered around an outsider frog and a rambunctious and unpredictable cuckoo clock bird that offers an original, wild-eyed look at the world.

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