THE BACKWARD CLASS
Directed by Madeleine Grant
The first class of caste students in India’s history undertake the national high school
graduation exams as a means to a brighter future for themselves and their families.
“A GENUINELY MOVING AND INSPIRING DOCUMENTARY” – Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight
Directed by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
A renowned linguistics professor struggles to maintain her mind and self after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, in this adaptation of the Lisa Genova novel.
“THIS IS AN EFFORTLESSLY EXCELLENT FILM, ABOUT A HORRIBLY HARD SUBJECT.” -Catherine Shoard, The Guardian
Directed by Laura Poitras
In English and in Portuguese & German with English subtitles
A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.
“MOVIE OF THE CENTURY…ONE OF THE MOST ABSORBING I’VE EVER SEEN.” -rogerebert.com
SHANA: THE WOLF’S MUSIC
Directed by Nino Jacusso
The Merritt filmed coming-of-age story about a Canadian Aboriginal girl who is a very gifted musician. But to bring her violin to sing, she must follow the wolf.
“SPIRITUALLY CHARGED COMING-OF-AGE STORY” -Andrea Wildt, Cineman
GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM
Directed by Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz
In Hebrew, French & Arabic with English subtitles
An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws, in this powerhouse courtroom drama.
“Mesmerizing.” – Peter Sobczynski,RogerEbert.com
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
In Russian with English subtitles
In a Russian coastal town, Nikolai is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits his old Army friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
“ALL THE DETAIL AND DENSITY OF A GREAT NOVEL-SWEEPING, CURIOUS AND BOLD.”
-Dave Calhoun, Time Out
Directed by Xavier Dolan
In English & in French with English subtitles
Canada’s official submission to the 87th Academy Awards foreign film category, tells the story of a feisty widowed single mom who finds herself burdened with the full- time custody of her explosive 15-year-old ADHD son.
“A HEARTSWELLING, BREATHTAKING PIECE OF CINEMA.” -Vanity Fair
MAPS TO THE STARS
Directed by David Cronenberg
Canada/ USA/ Germany/ France
A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
“EXTRAORDINARY” -The Telegraph
Directed by Jon Stewart
Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.
“A CLEAR-HEADED, SENSITIVE AND THOROUGHLY IMPRESSIVE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT”
-Winnipeg Free Press
Directed by Cameron Labine
Mountain Men is a comedy/drama that follows two estranged brothers, Toph and Cooper, as they journey to a remote family cabin in the mountains to evict a squatter.
“A MOVIE THAT BRILLIANTLY MIXES COMEDY AND DRAMA IN UNEXPECTED WAYS.” – Marina Antunes, Quiet Earth
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
Belgium/ France/ Italy
In French and Arabic with English subtitles
Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
“IMPASSIONED, EXCITING AND MOVING ” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
BIG NEWS FROM GRAND ROCK
Directed by Daniel Perlmutter
The story of a small town newspaper that is facing bankruptcy. In an attempt to attract advertisers and readership, the editor begins inventing stories based on old movies, with hilarious results.
“SWEET AND CHARMING” -Beatroute
DARKFEST SHOWING: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
Directed by Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi
In English and in German with English subtitles
Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood.
“THIS MOVIE IS SIMPLY FUN… AN ORGASM FOR THE FUNNY BONE” -Fluter
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkey/ France/ Germany
In English & in Turkish with English subtitles
Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal, with whom he has a stormy relationship, and his sister Necla, who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities…
“INTRICATE, MONUMENTAL AND MYSTERIOUS. THIS IS MASTERFULLY STAGED AND PERFORMED.” -Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
WHEN THE OCEAN MET THE SKY
Directed by Lukas Huffman
Three estranged brothers must journey to a remote location in order to receive their inheritance due to a stipulation in their parents will.
“A VISUAL AND EMOTIONAL DELIGHT” -CIFF