The Guilty
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Guilty

The Guilty / Den Skyldige (original title)

Dir. Gustav Möller / Denmark / Crime, Drama, Thriller / 85m / R

Danish with English subtitles

Alarm dispatcher Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. But soon he realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought.

John Fink of The Film Stage believes it’s an “exhilarating, minimalist thriller that effectively sinks its hooks in.” And the Village Voice’s Bilge Ebiri is similarly impressed with how Möller “establishes a vital connection between the formal playfulness of his film and the moral vision of his story.”

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT.

ONLY RUSH TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR IF SOME WHO HAVE TICKETS DO NOT SHOW UP.

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The Great Buster
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Great Buster

The Great Buster

Peter Bogdanovich / USA / 2018 / Doc / 102m / PG

Documentary on the life and works of comic genius Buster Keaton, directed by Peter Bogdanovic.

The Great Buster celebrates the life and career of one of America’s most influential and celebrated filmmakers and comedians, Buster Keaton, whose singular style and fertile output during the silent era cemented his legacy as a true cinematic visionary.

Starring: Bill Hader, Buster Keaton, Carl Reiner, Cybill Shepherd, Dick Cavett, Mel Brooks, Nick Kroll, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Lewis, Werner Herzog

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Science Fair
Nov
23
9:00 PM21:00

Science Fair

Dirs: Darren Foster, Cristina Costantini / Documentary / USA / 2018 / 90 minutes / PG

Hailed by critics as "immensely likeable," "brilliant and quirky" an "ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends," and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, Nine high school students from disparate corners of the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair. Facing off against 1,700 of the smartest teens from 78 countries, only one can be named "Best in Fair."

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Madeline's Madeline
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Madeline's Madeline

Dir. Josephine Decker / USA / 2018 / Art, Drama / 93 minutes / 14A

Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious theatre troupe. When the ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes Madeline to weave her rich interior world and her troubled relationship with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting conflict rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives.

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Hearts Beat Loud
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Hearts Beat Loud

Dir. Brett Haley / 2018 / Comedy, Drama, Music / 97m / PG-13

In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam off to college while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

Starring: Alex Reznik, Andrea Morales, Blythe Danner, Kiersey Clemons, Michael Abbott Jr., Nick Offerman, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Sasha Lane, Ted Danson, Toni Collette

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Cielo
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Cielo

Writer, Director, Producer:  Alison McAlpine / Canada/Chile / 2018 / 78 minutes

Spanish, French, English with English subtitles

Cielo is a cinematic reverie on the crazy beauty of the night sky, as experienced in the Atacama Desert, Chile, one of the best places on our planet to explore and contemplate its splendour. Director Alison McAlpine’s sublime nonfiction film drifts between science and spirituality, the arid land, desert shores and lush galaxies, expanding the limits of our earthling imaginations. Planet Hunters in the Atacama's astronomical observatories and the desert dwellers who work the land and sea share their evocative visions of the stars and planets, their mythic stories and existential queries with remarkable openness and a contagious sense of wonder. A love poem for the night sky, Cielo transports us to a space, quiet and calm, within which we can ponder the infinite and unknown.

“I was fortunate enough to grow up under the inspiring sky of northern Chile, which at night feels so close that -in the words of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda- “I was able to touch the nocturnal vault”. This feeling is beautifully and accurately captured in this documentary by Alison McAlpine.” – Maurice Bitran, CEO, Ontario Science Centre

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Jeune Femme
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Jeune Femme

Dir. Léonor Serraille / France/Belgium / 2017 / Drama / 97 minutes

French with English subtitles

Broke, with nothing but her cat to her name and doors closing in her face, Paula is back in Paris after a long absence. As she meets different people along the way, there is one thing she knows for sure: she’s determined to make a new start and she’ll do it with style and panache!

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Zama
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Zama

Dir. Lucrecia Martel / Argentina / Drama / 2017 / 115 minutes

Spanish with English subtitles

Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit.

“Beautiful, hypnotic, mysterious and elliptical” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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Nico, 1988
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Nico, 1988

Dir. Susanna Nicchiarelli / Italy / 2017 / Music, Drama / 93 minutes / R

English | German | Czech | French with English subtitles

Set between Paris, Prague, Nuremberg, Manchester, the Polish countryside and the Roman seaside, Nico, 1988 is a road-movie dedicated to the last years of Christa Päffgen, known by her stage name “Nico”. One of Warhol's muses, singer of The Velvet Underground and a woman of legendary beauty, Nico lived a second life after the story known to all, when she began her career as a solo artist. Nico, 1988 is the story of Nico's last tours with the band that accompanied her around Europe in the Eighties: years in which the "priestess of darkness", as she was called, found herself again, shaking off the weight of her beauty and rebuilding the relationship with her only forgotten son. It is the story of a rebirth, of an artist, of a mother, of the woman beyond the icon.


"...Trine Dyrholm is aces as Nico. She uncannily summons the singer’s brooding performing style, along with her many complications." -Toronto Star

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Summer 1993
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Summer 1993

Writer/Dir. Carla Simón / Spain / 2017 / 97 minutes / G

Catalan with English subtitles

In the summer 1993, following the death of her parents, six years old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan province to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her new legal guardians. The country life is a challenge for Frida – time passes differently in her new home and the nature that surrounds her is mysterious and estranging. She now has a little sister for whom she has to take care of and has to deal with new feelings, such as jealousy. Often, Frida is naively convinced that running away would be the best solution to her problems. Yet, the family does what it can to achieve a fragile new balance and bring normality to their life. Occasional family outings to a local fiesta or a swimming pool, cooking or listening to jazz in the garden bring them moments of happiness. Slowly, Frida realizes that she is there to stay and has to adapt to the new environment. Before the season is over, she has to cope with her emotions and her parents have to learn to love her as their own daughter.

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Nocturne: Matthew Rankin Retrospective + Threads Doc
Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

Nocturne: Matthew Rankin Retrospective + Threads Doc

Carbon Arc is taking part in Nocturne: Art at Night this Saturday October 13 with six hours of FREE screenings!

Carbon Arc Cinema presents Threads at 7:25pm with a retrospective of Winnipeg filmmaker, Matthew Rankin screening the rest of the evening.

Short films play continuously with the theatre doors open and lights gently on welcoming audiences to come and go. Stop by to enjoy the fun, and beautifully bizarre worlds of Matthew Rankin along with the inspirational short documentary, Threads.

Threads, set in Bangladesh, tells the story of how an 86-year old artist transforms an ancient tradition of quilting into a contemporary art, empowering thousands of women and their families over three decades.

As a young girl in Calcutta, Surayia had the seemingly impossible dream of being an artist. Over the course of her long life, she found her destiny in art and community, opening opportunity for thousands in Bangladesh and bringing an ancient quilting tradition into the present. Surayia's story-telling designs have been presented to royalty and dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

The idea to create the documentary Threads came together in conversation over coffee at a restaurant in Halifax, NS.  

Winner of Best Short Documentary, Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, and two other Audience Choice Awards for Best Short Film and Best Short Documentary

Threads screening sponsored by the Bangladesh Community Association of Nova Scotia.

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Matthew Rankin’s outstanding 65 minute program of Canadian short experimental films first screened at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival this spring. Carbon Arc Cinema wanted to bring the program back to Halifax for more to enjoy.

Winnipeg native, Matthew is an animator/inventor/historian/filmmaker and an advocate for handmade film. His films blend live-action with classical and avant-guard hand animation techniques that include stop-motion, hand-painting, scratching, bleaching, light painting, and manipulating film stock. His fantastical films transform the cinematic language of abstraction into narratives, guided by eccentric characters in heightened emotional spaces. Matthew’s films have the ability to transcend reality while remaining rooted in historical facts; described as a “Heritage Minute on acid” at TIFF 2017. Matthew is the 2018 Canadian Screen Award winner for Best Animated Short for Tesla World Light. Currently he is in post-production on his debut feature The Twentieth Century, a Canadian historical biopic about the early life of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Shorts Include:

This is an Official Message of Encouragement | 2015

Mynarski: Death Plummet | 2014

Sharhé Halé-Shakhsi: M. Rankin | 2008

I Dream of Driftwood | 2007

Negativipeg | 2010

Discount Everything | 2014

Cattle Call | 2008

Hydro Lévesque | 2008

Tabula Rasa | 2011

The Tesla World Light | 2017

FREE SCREENINGS DURING NOCTURNE

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Breath
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Breath

Dir. Simon Baker / Australia / 2017 / Drama / 115 minutes / 14A

Based on Tim Winton's award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.

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Let the Sunshine In
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Let the Sunshine In

Dir. Claire Denis / France / 2017 / Comedy, Drama, Romance / 96 minutes / 14A

French with English subtitles

Juliette Binoche delivers a luminous performance in the deliciously witty, sensuously romantic new film from acclaimed director Claire Denis (White Material). Isabelle (Binoche) is a divorced Parisian painter searching for another shot at love, but refusing to settle for the parade of all-too-flawed men who drift in and out of her life. There’s a caddish banker (Xavier Beauvois) who, like many of her lovers, happens to be married; a handsome actor (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who’s working through his own hang-ups; and a sensitive fellow artist (Alex Descas) who’s skittish about commitment. What reads like a standard romantic comedy premise is transformed, in the hands of master filmmaker Denis, into something altogether deeper, more poignant, and perceptive about the profound mysteries of love.

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Vegan Delights: Canadian Shorts
May
12
6:30 PM18:30

Vegan Delights: Canadian Shorts

Eleven Canadian Shorts, 75 mins

Admission is $10

The Vegan Delights Program is inspired by passion, playfulness and inclusivity. It showcases independent animation that expresses a heartfelt personal investment and reflects a creative connection with the audience.

Curated by Festival Director, Siloën Daley, this year's program contains eleven fairly new short animated films. Three of the artists will be present to take part in an extended Q&A following the screening, they are Amanda Strong, Alicia Eisen, and Evan DeRushie.

• Old Man - Alicia Eisen (Vancouver)

• Fox and The Whale - Robin Joseph

• Borscht & Fresh Bread - Sarah Gignac (Halifax)

• Emanations: A Visual Poem - Patrick Jenkins

• Tesla Lumiere Mondiale - Matthew Rankin

• Naked Island: Sober - Élise Simard

• Flood - Amanda Strong (Vancouver)

• Birdlime - Evan DeRushie (Toronto)

• I Like Girls - Diane Obomsawin

• Michi - Kaho Yoshida (Vancouver)

• Hedgehog's Home - Eva Cvijsnovic

Following the show (at the start of the party so folks do not need to purchase a ticket to this screening to attend) the Helen Hill Animation Award will be presented to an artist to create a new short animation.

Helen’s particular style of creation was unhampered by convention, and marked by a rarely found honesty and immediacy. Her clear and engaging presence can be felt in all her work. Helen is a key inspiration behind the Animation Festival of Halifax.

The Helen Hill Award was created by the Linda Joy Media Arts Society to celebrate this remarkable individual and to support artists working in animation.

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The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
May
12
12:00 PM12:00

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

Follow the Big Bad Fox and other creatures around as they have the adventures of their lives.

Dir. Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert, France, 80 min - French with English subtitles

Admission is $10 or Festival Pass

From the creators of the Academy Award®- nominated Ernest & Celestine comes another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits destined to become a classic. The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again!

Directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert adapt Renner’s own acclaimed graphic novel into a delirious, delightful triptych of interlocking stories, with a pacing and visual spontaneity that harkens back to classic Looney Tunes shorts and slapstick two-reelers. But underneath the gags (and there are plenty of them), the three stories offer a sensitive and beautiful portrayal of family and the anxieties of modern life.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons
May
12
9:30 AM09:30

Saturday Morning Cartoons

Free and welcome to all! There will be cereal!!

AFX - the Animation Festival of Halifax in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries and Mini-Con presents: Saturday Morning Cartoons. Out of this world cartoons made in Halifax!

Join us in your PJs, cozies or your choice of costume for Saturday morning cartoons and cereal at the Halifax Central Library, Paul O'Regan Hall.

We can’t wait to reveal some of the big name cartoons that are made right here by four studios in Halifax! Hosted by John Davie.

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John Davie –

Saturday Morning Cartoon & Cereal Host

John has worked primarily for DHX Media and its earlier incarnations since 2004, when he joined the team for the second season of the stop-motion series Poko.

During that time he has been a Script Coordinator, Writer and/or Voice Performer for a variety of animated series, including Lunar Jim, Inspector Gadget, Bo on the Go, Addison, Amazon Prime’s Wishenpoof, and the upcoming Netflix series Colorforms.

In addition to animation, John has worked in the field of Live-Action on such shows as This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Book of Negroes, Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and CBC-TV’s Short Film Face-Off.

 

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Satellite Girl and Milk Cow
May
11
9:30 PM21:30

Satellite Girl and Milk Cow

Dir. Chang Hyung-yun, Korea, 2014, 81 mins - Korean with English subtitles

Admission is $10

An out of commission satellite picks up a lovelorn ballad on her radio antenna and descends to Earth to find the source of such sincere emotions. But on the way she is caught in the crossfire of a raging magical battle and is transformed into Satellite Girl, complete with Astro Boy-like rocket shoes and weapon-firing limbs.

Meanwhile, the balladeer in question – a loser 20 something at a café open mic – meets the fate that befalls all broken-hearted lovers: he is turned into a farm animal. But love knows no bounds, and aided by the wise and powerful Merlin – a wizard who has been turned into a roll of toilet paper – our duo must evade the all-consuming incinerator monster, the wily pig witch, and other nefarious adversaries in an attempt to be together.

From the brilliant and slightly twisted mind of writer/director Chang Hyung-yun, Satellite Girl and Milk Cow is a heartfelt and wildly entertaining commentary on the possibility for human connection in the crazy, mixed-up, post-modern world we live in.

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Think Oscar!
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Think Oscar!

Masterclass by Ron Diamond

Admission is $10

Often people wonder, “Why did certain films not get nominated?”, “What distinguished one film over another to make it to become the Oscar Winner?”, “What are the voting procedures?,” “What qualifies a film?”, and “How does someone become an Academy member?”

Academy Member Ron Diamond, presents a three hour Master Class that will entertain, inform, and challenge the viewing audience’s preconceptions as to the lesser-known facts about the filmmaking world’s most sought after and respected honor, the Academy Award®.

Diamond explains the rules for submission and pitfalls that have caused some films to be disqualified. To give participants perspective on what kinds of films attract the attention of the Academy Members, Diamond will present a selection of short films including samples of Academy Award Winners, Academy Award Nominates, Oscar qualified shorts that were shown for consideration yet did not progress to nomination, and shorts that did not qualify, might have been disqualified or were not submitted for consideration.

Diamond will share original documents with attendees along with Academy Awards programs and other materials generally regarded as only seen by Academy members and those attending the Academy Awards.

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AFX Pitch Panel
May
11
3:30 PM15:30

AFX Pitch Panel

AFX Pitch Panel

Free and welcome to all to sit in and watch, but if you want to pitch click here to signup.

Have you ever wondered how an animation production gets started? Whether it’s a movie, short film, or a series, it all starts with an idea. That idea is then explained (pitched) to someone who has the authority to say ‘yes’ and if all goes well, the production is funded (given the green-light) and work begins.

This mock pitch session is an opportunity to see the pitching process in an open forum. The format is similar to Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank, where our animation panel will hear pitches from hopeful creators and give feedback. Our panelists will share their insights which will be engaging and informative for both audience and participants alike.

Our panel is not in a position to green-light any projects, but at the end of the session, the panel will deliberate and select a winner. All participants will get valuable experience and guidance in shaping their pitches.

Led by Dylan Edwards of Copernicus

Confirmed on the panel are:
Stephanie Betts, Vice President, Development and Current Series, DHX
Phillip Stamp, Vice President, Current Production, DHX Halifax
Mary Elizabeth Luka, Consultant, Digital Media, Arts, Culture

 

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Pitching Workshop
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Pitching Workshop

AFX Pitching Workshop

Free and open to all, however registration is required so check out this page to do so.

Participation includes sign-up for Pitch Panel at 3:30pm

Do you have an idea for an animated project, but are not sure how to take the next step to make it reality? Join our workshop and shape that idea into a pitch!

Led by Dylan Edwards from Copernicus Studios, this workshop will be looking at how to structure a pitch so that your concept is clear, and working on tips for presentation. 

No experience necessary, no preparation required. All you need is an idea for an animated project and a willingness to take criticism. The workshop will run through the morning with a break for lunch. In the afternoon, workshop participants will get a chance to show their work at the Pitch Panel.

Bring a lunch or go to one of the many nearby restaurants.

 

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Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
May
10
9:00 PM21:00

Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

 Dir. Masaaki Yuasa, Japan, 2017, 93 min - Japanese with English subtitles

Admission is $10

Night is Short, Walk on Girl, directed by Masaaki Yuasa, takes place over the course of one strange night as a nameless young woman, known only as “the girl with black hair,” walks the streets of Kyoto and experiences a series of surreal encounters and odd characters, drinking middle-aged salarymen under the table, exploring an all-night used bookstore with a bird goblin, helping a guerilla theater company express their feelings… all the while unaware of the romantic longings of a fellow student who has been creating increasingly fantastic and contrived reasons to run into her, in an effort to win her heart. The perfect “I guess it’s romantic?” comedy for the modern age, Night is Short is a celebration of the unconventional, confusing routes that love and life can take.

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19th Annual Animation Show of Shows
May
10
6:30 PM18:30

19th Annual Animation Show of Shows

16 International Films / Various Artists / 2017 / 93 min

Introduced and a Q&A to follow with program curator, Ron Diamond of L.A.

• Can You Do It - Quentin Baillieux (France)

• Tiny Big - Lia Bertels (Belgium)

• Next Door - Pete Docter (U.S.)

• The Alan Dimension - Jac Clinch (Great Britain)

• Beautiful Like Elsewhere - Elise Simard (Canada)

• Hangman - Paul Julian & Les Goldman (U.S.)

• The Battle of San Romano - Georges Schwitzgebel (Switzerland)

• Gokurosama - Aurore Gal, Clémentine Frère, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli, & Romain Salvini(France)

• Dear Basketball - Glen Keane (U.S.)

• Island - Robert Löbel & Max Mörtl (Germany)

• Unsatisfying - Parallel Studio (France)

• The Burden - Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Sweden)

• Les Abeilles Domestiques - Alexanne Desrosiers (Canada)

• Our Wonderful Nature - The Common Chameleon - Tomer Eshed (Germany)

• Casino - Steven Woloshen (Canada)

• Everything - David OReilly (U.S.)

 

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AFX Kick-off
May
10
5:01 PM17:01

AFX Kick-off

Join us as we say a few words to open AFX !!

Greetings from Mayor Mike Savage, and Festival Directors Siloën Daley and Phillip Stamp.

DJ James Reid will be in the house, and Tidehouse Brewery will launch a brew made made especially for the festival.

Come out and toast the art and industry of animation with us!

 

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AFX the Animation Festival of Halifax
May
10
to May 12

AFX the Animation Festival of Halifax

Three days celebrating the art and industry of animation in Halifax and beyond! 

Festival Passes are 'off sale' but advance tickets are still available for all events, some are going fast though. But all shows will have a limited number of 'rush tickets' at the door.

Note that since our advance tickets are virtual, you will be added to a list at the door. Bringing proof of purchase, such as your order number or email notification which you'll receive after purchase, is helpful but not required. (You will receive your pass at your first festival event.)

Doors open 30 minutes before events start, however our lounge will be open all day. During the festival please arrive at least 20 minutes before your event start time. Your pass only guarantees a seat until 20 minutes to start time, at which point your seats will be offered to customers looking for single tickets.

Note also that we stop letting folks into screenings 15 minutes after shows start so as not to cause too much distraction.

Contact Siloën at movies@carbonarc.ca with any questions or concerns.

Our new festival website: www.anifx.ca

 

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The Last Family
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Last Family

Dir. Jan P. Matuszyński / Poland / 2016 / 123 minutes

Polish with English subtitles

An unusual trio is at the center of Jan P. Matuszynski’s THE LAST FAMILY, a harrowing portrait of surrealist painter Zdzislaw Beksinski (Andrzej Seweryn in an award-winning role) and his relationship with spouse Zofia (Aleksandra Konieczna) and frenetic son Tomasz (Dawid Ogrodnik), a radio broadcaster. Seweryn breathes life into the role of Beksinski’s shy and frustrated artist father, as do Konieczna and Ogrodnik. With infinite attention to period detail, THE LAST FAMILY recreates 28 years of their strife, haunted by psychological torments clearly articulated for all to see within the dark horrors of Beksinski’s apocalyptic body of work.

 

Shorts Before Features

Becka Barker's 5 minute film screens before The Last Family.

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And When Alone Repeat is short meditation that brings together amateur weather balloons, a dashcam meteorite, hand-drawn rotoscoped animation, and Robert Frost's consternation with poets who, he felt, used language to obscure rather than illuminate.

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In the Fade
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

In the Fade

Dir. Fatih Akin / Germany, France / 2017 / 106 minutes / German with English subtitles

Out of nowhere, Katja’s life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo, a lawyer and Nuri’s best friend, represents Katja in the eventual trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. The trial pushes Katja to the edge, but there’s simply no alternative for her: she wants justice.

 

 

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Oh Lucy!
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Oh Lucy!

Dir. Atsuko Hirayanagi / USA & Japan / 2017 / 96 minutes / English & Japanese with English subtitles

OH LUCY! follows Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima in an Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance), a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she’s convinced by her niece, Mika to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named “Lucy.” The new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett, Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”). When John suddenly disappears from class, Setsuko travels halfway around the world in search of him, and in the outskirts of Southern California, family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to preserve the dream and promise of “Lucy.”

 

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Outside In
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Outside In

Dir.  Lynn Shelton / USA / 2017 / 109 minutes

Written by Jay Duplass and Lynn Shelton. Starring Jay Duplass, Edie Falco, Kaitlyn Dever and Ben Schwartz

After serving 20 years for the crime of essentially being in the wrong place at the wrong time, 38-year-old Chris (Jay Duplass) is granted early parole thanks largely to the tireless advocacy of Carol (Edie Falco), his former high-school teacher. As he struggles with the challenges of navigating the modern world as an ex-con, and with a fraught relationship with his brother Ted (Ben Schwartz), Chris ends up confessing his romantic love for Carol — a love that, given her marital status, Carol cannot reciprocate. Or can she? Carol longs for something her husband no longer provides. Meanwhile, Carol's daughter Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever) befriends Chris, finding a kindred spirit in this awkward, tormented older guy.

 

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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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Shorts Before Features

Local short animation by Jenna Marks screens before the feature

How You Turned into a Fish, 5m

How You Turned into a Fish is a poetic animated painting. It explores the ideas of grief and time and shows how one woman can keep a friend alive as long as she keeps remembering.

 

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Dreams So Real - Metric Concert Film
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Dreams So Real - Metric Concert Film

Dir.  T. Edward Martin and Jeff Rogers / Canada / 2018 / 120 minutes

Dreams So Real, the feature-length 4k concert documentary, captures Canadian rock group Metric’s last live performance of a year-long sold-out world tour. 

In 2016 the group traversed the globe on the most significant tour of their career. The show in Vancouver, BC was the culmination of a year’s work on behalf of the band and their dedicated crew. Their performance was recorded by 26 cameras, finished in 4K with audio mixed by multi-Grammy winner David Bottrill. 

The film features fan favourites from over five albums including indelible hits Breathing Underwater, Gold Girls Guns and Help I’m Alive. With plenty of arena-worthy moments, Dreams So Real is a stunning recreation of an incredibly special evening.

 

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