Quebec My Country Mon Pays
Dec
10
7:00 pm19:00

Quebec My Country Mon Pays

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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

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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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17th Annual Animation Show of Shows: International Shorts Program
Dec
4
1:00 pm13:00

17th Annual Animation Show of Shows: International Shorts Program

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curated by Ron Diamond / USA / 2015 / 97 minutes

A feature length program consisting of 11 animated shorts (including Oscar Nominated Shorts) and 3m documentaries about four of the filmmakers. The films come from France, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Iran, Australia and the US.

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Canadian Animated Shorts
Dec
3
7:00 pm19:00

Canadian Animated Shorts

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Once Upon A Mountain

Richard Reeves | 3m | 2014 | Creston, BC

Based on a true story of camping in the Canadian Rockies.

Menagerie

Julian Gallese | 3m | 2014 | Canada

Dreamboat.

Would You Rather

Gail Noonan | 1m | 2013 | Mayne Island, BC

Based on a radio segment written by Jonathan Goldstein, a son phones his parents to ask them if they would rather have a...

More Sensitive

Gail Noonan | Music by Kim Darwin | 2m | 2003 | Mayne Island, BC

A topsy-turvy trip to a hotel bar where a performer valiantly strikes the evening's first piano chord. Does he have the self-obsession necessary to survive his audience's indifference? This short piece shot on film is a kaleidoscope of experimentation.

4 New Messages

Tori Fleming | 2m | 2015 | Halifax, NS

Voicemails left on the wrong phone are re-imagined in this short stop motion animation.

Dog Sitting in Eastern Passage

Martha Cooley | 2m | 2013 | Halifax, NS

Through a series of animated still photographs the landscape of Eastern Passage, NS comes alive in this short personal reflection on lost love.

Inertia

Emily Hughes | Animated by Evan DeRushie | 4m | 2015 | Toronto, ON

Overwhelmed with the world around her, a woman reconnects with her inner child through play on a swing set.

Tarboz

Chad VanGaalen | 22m | 2014 | Calgary, AB

Translated log of inhabitants. Filmed in a garage.

Doodle Du Jour

Janice Schulman | 3m | 2015 | Toronto, ON

Meditation and animation meet to reveal inner longings and desires.

Jessica

Amy Lockhart | 5m | 2014 | Canada

Jessica is stuck in the house with her baby. A paper puppet and cut out animation.

And When Alone Repeat

Becka Barker | 5m | 2016 | Halifax, NS

Rotoscoped animation tracing the movements of cameras whose images were generated without a filmmaker's eye.

When We Were Poor

Lynn Matheson | 1m | 2016 | Halifax, NS

An exploration of what was left behind after Judy passed away.

A Horse Throat

Jenna Marks & David Barlow-Krelina | 2m | 2014 | Halifax, NS

A horse in a quiet cafe breaks the silence with an unstoppable cough.

Blue Fish

Karen Chan | 3m | 2015 | Toronto, ON

Five little white fish live under the shadow of a big blue fish. A stop motion animation about fear, ghosts and the enemies in our heads.

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Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children
Dec
2
9:00 pm21:00

Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children

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dir. Pedro Rivero & Alberto Vazquez / Spain / 2015 / 76 minutes

The protagonists become travelers in their minds ("Psychonauts") and relive isolated past emotions to avoid facing reality. Full of contrasts, combining a friendly, minimalist aesthetic with an adult story, Psychonauts critiques modern society.

Presented with opening short film:

Tuff Pom 2000

dir. Joel MacKenzie / Halifax, NS / 2016 / 1 minute

Tuff Pom eats his breakfast just like everyone else. One leg at a time. Watch as he exposes his inner demons to a chatty ham and swiss sandwich.

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Miss Hokusai
Dec
2
7:00 pm19:00

Miss Hokusai

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dir. Keiichi Hara / Japan / 2015 / 90 minutes

Set in 1814, Miss Hokusai focuses on O-Ei, the daughter of famed artist Tetsuzo, better known by his pen name Hokusai, as she tries to navigate the various aspects of her life. O-Ei spends the bulk of her time assisting her divorced father who cares about his art and not much else.

Presented with opening short film:

Him

dir. Lorna Kirk / Halifax, NS / 2016 / 2 minutes

The powerlessness of a refugee child seeking safety in a war zone is expressed through found sound and charcoal drawings.

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Animation With Love Festival
Dec
2
Dec 4

Animation With Love Festival

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The 6th annual Animation With Love Festival will take place from December 2 - 4, 2016. See the Animation With Love page for full details.

December 2: Fan Day

Two animated features will screen on Friday evening: a Japanese anime about a famous painter called Miss Hokusai, and Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children, a dark coming-of-age fantasy from Spain.

December 3: Industry Day

On Saturday, we'll host panel discussions and a screening of a short film program focusing on local animators. Then, we party! Our social is open to all and admission is free with proof of purchase of any Animation With Love screening ticket.

December 4: Family Day

Sunday will close the festival with an international short film program and a feature-length animation from USA entitled My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea.

 

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Dreamcatcher
Nov
25
7:00 pm19:00

Dreamcatcher

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dir. Kim Longinotto / USA / 2015 / 104 minutes

For 25 years, Brenda Myers-Powell called herself “Breezy” and she dominated her world, or that’s what she thought. It was a world that had turned her into a teenage, drug-addicted prostitute. After a violent encounter with a “John”, Brenda woke up in the hospital and decided to change her life. Today she is a beacon of hope and a pillar of strength for hundreds of women and girls as young as fourteen who want to change their own lives. Dreamcatcher explores the cycle of neglect, violence and exploitation which each year leaves thousands upon thousands of girls and women feeling that prostitution is their only option to survive. By following the very charming, charismatic and truly empathic Brenda, we enter the lives of young women and see in verité footage their realities from their points of view. While the world may overlook these women and men, thankfully Brenda has not, providing an unflinching expose which contrasts seeming hopelessness against the difference that one person can make in the lives of many.

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Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
Nov
18
7:00 pm19:00

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

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International / 2015 / 113 minutes

 
 

Entertaining, provocative, and often humourous. See the ads that push today's boundaries and set new ones for tomorrow's advertisers. See this year's highlight reel of the best and most interesting award-winning commercials from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

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Demain
Nov
12
8:00 pm20:00

Demain

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dir. Melanie Laurent and Cyril Dion / France / 2015 / 118 minutes

Presented in partnership with Alliance Française.

 
 

Mankind is going through economical, ecological, and social crises that could lead to disaster within the 21st century, but directors Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion believe that talking about these problems is not as helpful as talking about their solutions. Enter Demain, a new documentary that focuses on the concrete and positive actions being taken in agriculture, education, democracy, and beyond. Spanning 10 countries, including France, Denmark, India, and the United States, this optimistic and promising look at a globally-reaching problem won Best Documentary at the 2016 César Awards.

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Cameraperson
Nov
11
7:00 pm19:00

Cameraperson

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dir. Kirsten Johnson / USA / 2016 / 102 minutes

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

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Further Beyond w/ director Christine Molloy
Nov
5
7:00 pm19:00

Further Beyond w/ director Christine Molloy

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dir. Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor / Ireland / 2016 / 89 minutes

Presented in partnership with Dalhousie University as part of the New Frontiers in Documentary masterclass and screening series.

On the surface, this documentary by filmmakers Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor (also known as the Desperate Optimists) is about a journey from Ireland to Chile in the late 1700s. The traveller is Ambrose O'Higgins, father of the first independent leader of Chile, Bernardo O'Higgins. In tracing his path across the Atlantic Ocean, Molloy and Lawler examine ideas of immigration, culture, and place, all while experimenting with the narrative documentary format. The result entwines the creative experience of filmmaking with the transformative experience of travel to see both in a new lens.

Christine Molloy will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

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Me
Nov
4
7:00 pm19:00

Me

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dir. Soheil Beiraghi / Iran / 2016 / 90 minutes

Presented in partnership with CineIran.

Me is written and directed by Soheil Beiraghi and produced by Saeed Sa’adi and Saeed Khani. The film is about Azar (Leila Hatami), a woman who acts as a middle-man for those seeking illicit goods. According to Beiraghi: “I didn’t want to portray an ordinary woman, but the one who is living a double life. She is a rebellious woman who rebels against the law and individuals.” Me was officially selected in the Certain Regard section at the 34th Fajr International Film Festival.

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The Love Witch
Oct
28
9:15 pm21:15

The Love Witch

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dir. Anna Biller / USA / 2016 / 120 minutes

Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, Anna Biller's iconic imagery and horror homages explore female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.

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Ixcanul
Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

Ixcanul

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dir. Jayro Bustamante / Guatemala / 2015 / 93 minutes

A coffee plantation at the base of a volcano is the setting for the visually impressive and beautiful story of María, a 17 year old Mayan girl who is arranged to be married... but not to the man she desires. When she plans to escape to the United States, the consequences challenge her, her family, and her village. As the first film ever made in the indigenous Mayan language of Kaqchikel, this stunning and realistic portrait of a disappearing and oft-dismissed culture is as important as it is engaging.

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Fire at Sea
Oct
22
7:00 pm19:00

Fire at Sea

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dir. Gianfranco Rosi / Italy / 2016 / 114 minutes

Presented in partnership with the Italian Canadian Cultural Association.

The Italian island of Lampedusa is the setting of this documentary, which won the Golden Bear at Berlinale — the first time a documentary has ever won the top award. As a common point of entry into Europe for hundreds of refugees from Africa and the Middle East, Lampedusa provides a stunning cultural crossroads for director Gianfranco Rosi to explore humanity and everyday life in naturalistic, poignant ways. Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives on the island, serves as the focal point as the film dives into the history of residents and refugees alike. Two different worlds are brought together by a global crisis, a timely topic that Rosi delicately handles to heartbreaking effect.

This screening will be introduced by Ruben Zaiotti, Director of the European Union Centre of Excellence and associate professor in Political Science at Dalhousie University. Ruben is the author of the book "Cultures of Border Control: Schengen and the Evolution of European Frontiers" and other publications and commentaries on migration and refugees in Europe.

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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Oct
21
7:00 pm19:00

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

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dir. Werner Herzog / USA / 2016 / 98 minutes

Oscar-nominated documentarian Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works - from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.

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Nocturne 2016: Standby For Tape Backup
Oct
15
6:00 pm18:00

Nocturne 2016: Standby For Tape Backup

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dir. Ross Sutherland / UK / 2015 / 65 minutes

Director Ross Sutherland combines found-footage from a videotape that once belonged to his granddad with a series of stories from his life. The videotape used has a lot of sentimental significance to Ross: it’s his main way of maintaining a connection to his granddad posthumously and he has used the tape as a form of meditation to combat depression. This film, originally created as a performance art piece, uses repetition to help locate hidden meaning inside the video, transforming innocuous pieces of TV into buried pieces of Sutherland's psyche.

Free screenings at 6pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm, 9:45pm, and 11pm as part of Nocturne: Art at Night.

My Love Don't Cross That River
Oct
14
7:00 pm19:00

My Love Don't Cross That River

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dir. Jin Mo-young / South Korea / 2014 / 86 minutes

Byong-man Jo and Gye-Yeul Kang, an inseperable married couple of 76 years, are the subject of this tender documentary that has become South Korea's biggest independent film of all time. Over 15 months of filming in and around their small house by the titular river, their unforgettable story of true love unfolds as they go to the market, dance, and sleep each night holding hands.

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The Fits
Oct
7
7:00 pm19:00

The Fits

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dir. Anna Rose Holmer / USA / 2016 / 72 minutes

Newcomer Royalty Hightower stars as Toni, a young boxer who joins a dance troupe, in this fresh and unique coming-of-age drama from writer/director Anna Rose Holmer. When the other dancers begin having mysterious seizures and turning them into routines, Toni must decide if she is willing to give up the control she craves in order to fit it. Spirituality, self-discovery, and a dreamlike sense of realism are blended in the rhythms of the dance performances and in the editing. Both Hightower and Holmer have garnered critical acclaim on the festival circuit for the confidence and assured nature of their contributions to the film.

The Fits will screen twice, at 7pm and 9pm

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Chevalier
Sep
30
7:00 pm19:00

Chevalier

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dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari / Greece / 2015 / 99 minutes

This "buddy movie without the buddies", directed and co-written by Athina Rachel Tsangari, takes place on a luxury yacht adrift in the Aegean Sea. Six men on a fishing trip decide to compete to see who is the best man, with the winner getting to wear the "Chevalier" victory ring. Before long, their game becomes an absurdist send-up of the things that divide them, yet unite them the most: male ego and insecurity.

Chevalier will screen twice, at 7pm and 9:15pm

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