COVID Update March 16, 2020

As of March 16, 2020 the entire Spring season of Reel Movie Mondays is cancelled.

Spring Reel Movie Mondays ticket holders will be refunded through eventbrite shortly.

Donation. Many of you have expressed your support and asked what you can do for us. Thank you. If you’re able, one way to help is to turn your refund into a donation to the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery.

Tax Receipts will be issued at the end of the year for any donation value of $20 or more.

Click here for the donation button (after you receive your refund from the event).

We hope to return to offering you stellar independent movies as soon as possible.

This is a challenging time for the MAG and our greater community. We look forward to welcoming all of our visitors back as soon as possible. In the meantime, thank you for your patience, understanding, and support.

Sincerely,

Karli Kendall

Tickets - CANCELLED

NOTE ABOUT ONLINE SALES: Please note that online/phone sales close at 4:30pm on film nights, with potential for limited tickets available at the door for $10 starting 30 minutes before screening. If you pre-purchase tickets online/by phone we do not mail any tickets. They are available to pick up at the door on film night under your name, or you may pick them up in advance at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG).

COMPLETE SEASON LINEUP

Buy a Season Package to all 5 films for $45 regular or $35 for MAG Members; available until the first film night of the season. Scroll down for complete film synopses, trailers and single tickets. The winter package includes: First Cow, The Whistlers, Antigone, Military Wives, the Climb.

(Please note that if you wish to buy the season package you will be directed to the FIRST COW page on eventbrite. On this page click on TICKETS (green button) then select the appropriate package from the drop-down options - this is found below the individual tickets for First Cow)

Are you a member of the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery?

Buy your discounted RMM ticket here with Valid MAG Membership. Need a membership? Buy online at the MAG's Website (separate window will open) then come back here to buy online or call us at 403-309-8405 to purchase both.

The below Spring 2020 FILM LINEUP is CANCELLED.

First Spring Film - March 23, 2020 at 7pm

March 23, 2020

First Cow

Directed by Kelly Reichardt | USA | 121 minutes | English, MK2 - Not Yet Rated

*SEASON PACKAGE In order to purchase the season package you can select that option from the FIRST COW Eventbrite page when you click TICKETS.

Are you a member of the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery?

Buy your discounted RMM ticket with Valid MAG Membership by selecting the member ticket rate when the new Eventbrite window opens. Need a membership? Buy online at the MAG's Website (separate window will open) then come back here to buy online or call us at 403-309-8405 to purchase both.

DRAMA

Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph Old Joy in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.

Principal Cast: John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones and Ewen Bremner.

Second Spring Film - April 6, 2020 at 7pm

April 6, 2020

The Whistlers

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania/France/Germany | 97 min | English & Romanian w/English subtitles | Mongrel Media - Not Yet rated

Are you a member of the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery?

Buy your discounted RMM ticket with Valid MAG Membership by selecting the member ticket rate when the new Eventbrite window opens. Need a membership? Buy online at the MAG's Website (separate window will open) then come back here to buy online or call us at 403-309-8405 to purchase both.

CRIME/DRAMA

In this neo-noir tale from Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective, 12:08 East of Bucharest), a corrupt cop — under surveillance while participating in a mob plot in the Canary Islands — must communicate with his accomplices in an Indigenous language based on whistling.

Along with such directors as Cristi Puiu and Cristian Mungiu, Corneliu Porumboiu was one of the key members of the Romanian New Wave that emerged in the early 2000s, which broke out on the international stage with their incisive portraits of a society transitioning from communism to capitalism. Like those of his compatriots, Porumboiu's films are distinguished by their precisely observed realism, rigorous minimalism, and dark humour — all of which are once again on display in his new film, his second take on the crime-movie genre following his 2009 masterpiece Police, Adjective.

Corrupt cop Cristi (Vlad Ivanov) travels to the Canary Island of La Gomera, where he collaborates with mobsters in order to try and free a shady Bucharest businessman named Zsolt (Sabin Tambrea), who is believed to know the whereabouts of a mattress containing millions in cash. Under heavy surveillance on the island, Cristi is taught by the local gangsters and a femme fatale, appropriately named Gilda (Catrinel Marlon), to communicate in an indigenous whistle language called "El Siblo," which is unintelligible to the police because it sounds like bird calls. Full of double-crossings and unexpected twists and turns, Porumboiu's neo-noir thriller is an intelligent, entertaining, deadpan-funny caper that explores the limitations of language while at the same time using it as a poetic form of resistance.

Principal Cast: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar

Third Spring Film - April 20, 2020 at 7pm

April 20, 2020

Antigone

Directed by Sophie Deraspe, Canada | 109 min | French w/English subtitles | Maison 4:3 - Rated 14A

Are you a member of the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery?

Buy your discounted RMM ticket with Valid MAG Membership by selecting the member ticket rate when the new Eventbrite window opens. Need a membership? Buy online at the MAG's Website (separate window will open) then come back here to buy online or call us at 403-309-8405 to purchase both.

DRAMA

Gripping, powerful, and of-the-moment, Antigone loosely adapts Sophocles' Greek tragedy and situates it in contemporary Montreal. The latest from critically acclaimed Québécois writer-director Sophie Deraspe (The Wolves, The Amina Profile) is a compassionate family drama that doesn't hold back on its indictment of the current refugee and immigrant experience in North America.

Following the murder of their parents, Antigone, her sister Ismène, her brothers Étéocle and Polynice, and their grandmother Ménécée find refuge in Montreal. They live a quiet modest life in a tiny apartment in a working-class neighbourhood. A straight-A student seemingly destined for greatness, Antigone (masterfully played by Nahéma Ricci in her first leading role) is the glue that holds the family together. Tragedy strikes when Étéocle is wrongfully gunned down by police during the arrest of Polynice, a small-time drug dealer. Motivated by her sense of duty towards her family and fuelled by the memory she cherishes of her dead parents, Antigone decides to jeopardize her own future to preserve that of her family.

Antigone acutely explores familial sacrifice, the burden of responsibility, and the nature of justice with exceptional depth and nuance. Although inspired by a story 2,500 years old, Deraspe's film is a timely meditation, one that prompts serious reflection on immigrant life in ostensibly welcoming contemporary Canada.

Principal Cast: Nahéma Ricci, Rawad El-Zein, Antoine DesRochers

Fourth Spring Film - May 4, 2020 at 7pm

May 4, 2020

Military Wives

Directed by Peter Cattaneo, United Kingdom | 112 min | English | Level Film, Rated PG

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Buy your discounted RMM ticket with Valid MAG Membership by selecting the member ticket rate when the new Eventbrite window opens. Need a membership? Buy online at the MAG's Website (separate window will open) then come back here to buy online or call us at 403-309-8405 to purchase both.

DRAMA

With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement, in this feel-good story from Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty).

Life on a military base can be uneventful, especially for the wives who are left behind when their partners are called to duty. Kate (Kristin Scott Thomas) is one of these women, bearing the stress and monotony with grace and forebearance. As the long-standing chair of the Social Committee, Kate has a hard time stepping away when newcomer Lisa (Sharon Horgan) is appointed in her place. The two women have very different definitions of social activities: Kate wants the group to continue with her busy calendar of book clubs and community work, while Lisa prefers to find any excuse for a glass of wine. When the idea of starting a choir is first broached, the women theoretically find common ground — even if they don't see eye to eye on the approach. Nonetheless, as the group begins to practice, they soon discover that the joy of singing is infectious and the first military wives choir is born.

Discovering that they can rely on each other for more than beautiful harmonies, the members come together to confront the challenges of having a partner at war, to face the uncertainty of their fates, and to acknowledge how much of their identity is wrapped up in their husbands.

Inspired by the international phenomenon of military wives choirs, Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) crafts an emotive and poignant story about a group of women who realize that their partners in Afghanistan aren't the only ones whose circumstances can lead to unbreakable bonds of camaraderie, belonging, and deep friendship.

Principal Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng

FINAL Spring Film - May 11, 2020 at 7pm

May 11, 2020

The Climb

Directed by Michael Angelo Covino, USA | 97 min | English | Mongrel Media - Rated PG

Are you a member of the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery?

Buy your discounted RMM ticket with Valid MAG Membership by selecting the member ticket rate when the new Eventbrite window opens. Need a membership? Buy online at the MAG's Website (separate window will open) then come back here to buy online or call us at 403-309-8405 to purchase both.

COMEDY/DRAMA

A startling confession on a bike ride across the South of France becomes the hub for an episodic journey through the lives of two men, in Michael Angelo Covino's clever and honest comedy about a destructive, co-dependent, and inescapable friendship.

The set-up is simple: lifelong friends Mike and Kyle are out for a bike ride through the mountains in the South of France when Mike confesses that he slept with Kyle's fiancé. In the hands of director Michael Angelo Covino (who also co-wrote and co-stars in the film), this confessional episode expands into an epic multi-year journey that navigates the ins and outs of a co-dependent friendship. Traversing through family holidays, birthdays, ski trips, and, of course, bike rides, The Climb takes what could be a knucklehead display of toxic masculinity and — through an intelligent, surprising, and self-aware use of slapstick and whip-smart dialogue — steers it through the lives of two people who can't seem to tear themselves apart from each other — and the destructive behaviour they resort to in the process.

Eschewing many standard techniques of cinematic comedy, Covino relies on a series of beautifully choreographed single takes, one for each scene, allowing many of the most hilarious moments to come from the least expected places in the frame. This aesthetic, coupled with a clever structure (to reveal any more plot would ruin the layers of surprise), provide a breezy runway upon which Covino and his co-star Kyle Marvin foster a palpable, relatable honesty through their remarkable chemistry. With each comedic escalation, The Climb not only makes us cackle at the absurdity of its scenarios, but also ponder complex questions about the nature of male friendships.

Principal Cast: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin