The OTHER SIDE OF HOPE - November 13
November 13, 2017 - 4th film of the Fall season
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki, Drama, Not Yet Rated, Finland/Germany | 100 minutes | Finnish, English, Arabic, Swedish w/ English subtitles, FilmsWeLike
Returning with his first feature in six years since his Film Circuit arthouse favourite Le Havre, Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki (The Man Without a Past) delivers what can be considered the second chapter of his PortCities Trilogy. In his distinctive anachronistic, yet tonally rich style, Kaurismäki paints the unlikely bond between a Syrian refugee and a middle-aged menswear salesman.
Khaled (newcomer Sherwan Haji) worked as a mechanic in Aleppo before fleeing in a coal ship container and accidently landing on the shores of Helsinki. He emerges from his hiding place covered head to toe in black dust, an alien in an unfamiliar town. Wikstrom (Sakari Kuosmanen), deeply unsatisfied with his life, leaves his prickly, alcoholic wife and offloads his remaining stock of men’s shirts to fund a career change. After taking a risk at a highstakes poker game, Wikstrom is presented with a new breath of life that eventually connects and collides both men in an unpredictable friendship.
Deftly mixing tragedy and wry humour, Kaurismäki builds a story of an unlikely community coming together under difficult circumstances. This idiosyncratic fable on the refugee crisis could not be more humane and timely.
MENASHE - November 27
November 27, 2017 - Final film of the Fall season
Directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein, Drama, Rated PG, USA | 82 minutes | Yiddish w/English subtitles, Mongrel Media
Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe-a kind, hapless grocery store clerk-struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah's death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven's strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah's memorial. It's his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters.
"The real strength of Menashe lies with its ability to be a fly on the wall of a fragile existence that can take any number of unexpected turns." - Eric Kohn, indieWire
Principal Cast: Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz
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The DRESSMAKER - Special encore screening, Sept. 18/17
September 18, 2017 - Bonus Encore Screening*
Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia 2015 - Black Comedy| 118 minutes | English, Rated 14A, eOne
This wickedly comic drama stars Kate Winslet as a worldly dressmaker returning to the Australian backwater that exiled her. The Dressmaker is a sumptuous, saucy, and scandalous tale of love and vengeance in the mid-1950s. It also has the most fabulous gowns this side of the red carpet.
Tilly Dunnage (Winslet) arrives in the small town of Dungatar like a gunslinger: broad-brimmed hat on her head, sleek pumps on her feet, trusty Singer sewing machine at her side. When Tilly is hired to design and custom-make haute couture for the more rebellious local ladies, a battle line is drawn: on one side, those who love Tilly’s progressive style, and on the other side, Dungatar’s conservative busybody contingent.
Moorhouse’s adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s 2000 novel may lead audiences to expect a primmer, more well-behaved movie based on its title alone, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have them in stitches.
Principle Cast: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving
*This film is not part of the regular season lineup and not included in any package price or the TO THE LOST discount.
The BIG SICK - October 2
October 2, 2017 - 1st film of the Fall season
The Big Sick
Directed by Michael Showalter, comedy/romance, rated 14A
USA | 119 minutes | English, Urdu, Elevation Pictures
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
"Hilarious and heartbreaking with no clear trajectory, frequently catching viewers off guard, it's a rom-com of both heart and brain about a couple tested by illness and clashing cultures." - Peter Howell The Toronto Star
Principle Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
TULIP FEVER - October 16
October 16, 2017 - 2nd film of the Fall season
Directed by Justin Chadwick, period drama - 14A
UK/USA | 107 minutes | English, eOne
Based on the novel by celebrated author Deborah Moggach Tulip Fever tells the tale of a torrid romance between a painter and a beautiful, young married woman at the height of tulip mania in 17th-century Amsterdam. Drawing from an adapted screenplay by playwright Sir Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) once again employs his masterful eye for detail to bring this period drama to vivid life.
When wealthy merchant Cornelis (Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds) commissions a portrait of his beautiful wife Sophia (Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl), an irrepressible passion begins to bloom
between Sophia and the talented young artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to commit her beauty to canvas. As the young star-crossed lovers hinge their future together on an investment in the risky tulip market, tensions build and deceptions abound as the stakes grow higher.
Beautifully shot in muted palettes reminiscent of Vermeer, Tulip Fever features quietly powerful performances from its two leads, as well as another wonderfully ominous turn from the Academy Award-winning Waltz. Dame Judi Dench also brings her infamously dry wit to the role of a cheeky abbess.
Tulip Fever interweaves the narrative of one of the most astonishing economic events in European history with a deeply intimate tale of desire, betrayal, and perilous ambition.
Principal Cast: Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, Judi Dench
LOVING VINCENT - October 30
October 30, 2017 - 3rd film of the Fall season
Directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, Animated/Biography/Drama, Not Yet Rated
UK/Poland | 95 minutes | English, Mongrel Media
Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted feature film. Written & Directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, produced by Poland’s BreakThru Films & UK’s Trademark Films.
The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting handpainted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across Europe to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.
No other artist has attracted more legends than Vincent van Gogh. Variously labelled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a layabout, the real Vincent is at once revealed in his letters, and obscured by myth and time. Vincent himself said in his last letter: ‘We cannot speak other than by our paintings’. We take him at his word and let the paintings tell the real story of Vincent van Gogh.
Loving Vincent was first shot as a live action film with actors then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint. Loving Vincent stars famous faces to match the famous paintings they portray.
Principal Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd, Douglas Booth, Helen McCrory, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk