School Life
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

School Life

dir. Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane / Ireland / 2017 / 99 minutes

 
 

This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Housed in an 18th century estate, school life embraces tradition and modernity. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For his wife Amanda, the key to connecting with children is the book, and she uses all means to snare the young minds. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds, but now the unthinkable looms: what would retirement mean? What will keep them young if they leave?

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La Vie à Vélo

Shorts Before Features screen in partnership with AFCOOP and Telefilm Canada

La Vie à Vélo
Chris & Susie Shapones / 2017 / 1m

A journey to the moon and back.

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The Insult
Mar
2
8:30 PM20:30

The Insult

dir. Ziad Doueiri / Lebanon / 2017 / 112 minutes

Please note this screening is later than our usual 7pm start time.

 
 

In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices. The Insult is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

Presented in Arabic and French with English subtitles.

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Jane
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

Jane

dir Brett Morgen / USA / 2017 / 90 minutes

 
 

In 1960, Dr. Louis Leakey arranged for a young English woman with a deep love of animals to go to Gombe Stream National Park near Lake Tangyanika. The Dutch photographer and filmmaker Hugo van Lawick was sent to document Jane Goodall’s first establishment of contact with the chimpanzee population, resulting in the enormously popular Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees, the second film ever produced by National Geographic. One hundred hours of Lawick’s original footage was rediscovered in 2014. From that material, Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) has created a vibrant film experience, giving new life to the experiences of this remarkable woman and the wild in which she found a home.

Second screening added! 7pm & 9pm Saturday March 3

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The Light of the Moon
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Light of the Moon

dir. Jessica M. Thompson / USA / 2017 / 94 minutes

Presented in partnership with Avalon Sexual Assault Centre.

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Bonnie, a young and successful Latina architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt, but the truth quickly emerges. Bonnie emphatically denies the impact of what has just happened to her. She fights to regain normalcy and control of her life, but returning to her old life is more complicated than expected. Her attempt to recapture the intimacy she previously had with Matt falters and cracks begin to surface in their relationship. Another attack in the neighborhood only drives Bonnie further into denial, before an encounter with an at-risk woman causes her to face the truth and confront her own self-blame.

Stephanie Beatriz gives a powerful and moving performance as Bonnie, a woman who maintains her dignity and sense of humor as she deals with the aftermath of a life-altering experience. The Light of the Moon is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of relationships in the face of a tragedy.

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The Stairs w/ director Hugh Gibson
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Stairs w/ director Hugh Gibson

dir. Hugh Gibson / Canada / 2017 / 95 minutes

Winner of Best Canadian Film from the Toronto Film Critics Association, The Stairs tells the story of Marty, Greg and Roxanne, who each survived decades of street-involvement. Using their experiences to ease the paths of others, they perform social work in their old neighbourhood, while struggling to maintain their newly-found stability. Told over five years, The Stairs examines life on society’s margins. Defying stereotypes through intimate portraits, its remarkable subjects are surprising, funny, shocking and moving.

Read our review from the 2017 Atlantic International Film Festival.

Hugh Gibson will be present to introduce the screening and for a discussion afterwards.

 

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Faces, Places
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Faces, Places

dir. Agnès Varda & JR / France / 2017 / 89 minutes

 
 

Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting mix of documentary and road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Together, they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship formed along the way.

Presented in French with English subtitles.

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Félicité
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Félicité

dir. Alain Gomis / France, Senegal / 2017 / 123 minutes

 
 

Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at Berlinale this year, the fourth feature from Senegalese-French filmmaker Alain Gomis is steeped in visual and musical lyricism. Félicité follows a fiercely independent club singer and single mother who lives her life in the chaotically vibrant Congolese capital of Kinshasa with a proud defiance — she doesn't need marriage, a man, or even love to get by. But when her teenage son is in a horrific traffic accident, she must find a way to pay for his operation, which forces this resolutely solo woman to find help before it's too late. This quest sends her on a fast-paced journey through the streets of Kinshasa and eventually leads Félicité to trust in Tabu (Papi Mpaka), a man known more for his indulgences than his intimacies.

Presented in Lingala and French with English subtitles.

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2017 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

2017 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

various directors and countries / 2017 / 112 minutes

Presented by The Globe and Mail.

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Carbon Arc is excited to open the winter season with a perennial audience favorite. An award from the Cannes Lions Festival is recognized as "the ultimate achievement in creativity" and this collection of commercials represents the best in marketing and advertising globally. Come and enjoy a selection of smart, funny clips from Canada, Argentina, Japan, and more.

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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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