ANTHROPOCENE – THE HUMAN EPOCH

Date: TBD

 

Canada

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier

In English, and in Russian, Italian, German, Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles.

Documentary

87 minutes

Rated PG: coarse language

In their third collaboration, Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier team up to explore industrialization and contemplate humanity’s impact on the planet. Narrated by Alicia Vikander, this Canadian documentary spans six continents and 20 countries, capturing alarming evidence of mankind’s never-ending quest for dominance over the natural world in this current geological age.

 

Quotes:

 

“...ANTHROPOCENE URGENTLY USES THE VISUAL POWER OF CINEMA TO REMIND AUDIENCES THAT THE EARTH’S BEAUTY ISN’T THEIRS FOR THE TAKING.”

- Pat Mullen, POV

 

“...THE IMAGES THEY CAPTURE ARE STUNNING AND DAMNING IN EQUAL MEASURE.”

  • Andrew Parker, The Gate

 

“STUNNINGLY, EVEN HYPNOTICALLY SHOT – FROM THE WORLD’S LARGEST LANDFILL IN KENYA, TO THE MOST POLLUTED CITY IN RUSSIA TO TONS OF TUSKS REPRESENTING 10,000 DEAD ELEPHANTS. A HARD DOC TO WALK AWAY FROM UNAFFECTED.”

- Jim Slotek, Original Cin

 

Other:

 

Website: https://theanthropocene.org/film/

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8399690/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

 

Awards:

 

Nominee for Best Canadian Film at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2018

Nominee for Best Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle 2018

More awards available at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8399690/awards?ref_=tt_awd

KAYAK TO KLEMTU

Date: TBD

Canada

Directed by Zoe Leigh Hopkins

In English

Adventure, Family

92 minutes

Rated PG: violence; coarse language

14-year-old Ella is determined to kayak the length of the Inside Passage, along the shores of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, in order to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic through her beloved homeland waters. She's prepared for any challenge except her dysfunctional family, who she has to bring on the trip. Her neurotic aunt, her cranky uncle, her wayward cousin, and the memory of her late uncle all come along for the ride, making it a fun and amazing adventure. From Tla'Amin to Klemtu, BC, this family navigates their blend of cultures, while their spirits honour the coast as a place for each of us to protect and call home.

Quotes:

“IT IS A JOURNEY FROM A TO B, STORYTELLING 101 - A SOULFUL GESTURE FREE OF ARTIFICE AND GRANDIOSITY. THAT IT COMES WITH ACTIVISIM ATTACHED IS NOT A BONUS, BUT ITS VERY POINT.”

- The Globe and Mail

KAYAK TO KLEMTU ULTIMATELY SCORES AS A TRIUMPH FOR CANADIAN INDIGENOUS FILMMAKING. THERE ARE COUNTLES STORIES, BOTH PAST AND PRESENT, IN BC THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM A FIRST NATIONS VOICE BEHIND THE CAMERA. EFFORTS LIKE THIS PROVE THAT THESE MOVIES CAN STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH THE BEST CINEMA THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER.”

- Hollywood North Magazine

Other:

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KI8iGuwq18

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7207726/?ref_=rvi_tt

Awards:

Won Best Director and Best Actor at the American Indian Film Festival 2018

Won the Audience Choice Award at the ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival

Won the Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture and Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture at the Leo Awards

Won Best Canadian First Feature at the Victoria Film Festival 2018

COLD WAR

Date: TBD

Poland | UK | France

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Polish, French, German, Russian, Italian and Croatian with English subtitles

Drama, Music, Romance

88 minutes

Rated 14A: sexually suggestive scenes

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the context of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in desperate times.

The turbulent relationship between the main characters was inspired by the director's real-life parents, who were the real-life creators of the world-renowned Polish folk dance group Zespól Piesni i Tanca Mazowsze, Tadeusz Sygietynski and Mira Ziminska. They were married and toured the countryside after the war in search of talented young folk singers and dancers.

Quotes:

“Passionate, tempestuous, haunting and assured, this latest from writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski explores, as did his Oscar-winning "Ida," Poland's recent past, resulting in a potent emotional story with political overtones that plays impeccably today.”

  • Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Pawel Pawlikowski's savagely sexy spellbinder burns with a fever that won't quit. Joanna Kulig is a shining new star who rips across the screen like a comet. Forget the frosty title, there's enough sizzling carnality here to singe the screen.”

  • Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A film about a doomed romance, Cold War is a haunting portrait of love during wartime, a love that's maybe not meant to be but utterly, cosmically, inescapable.”

  • Joshua Brunsting, The CriterionCast

Other:

Website: https://en.unifrance.org/movie/43604/cold-war

Trailer: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6543652/videoplayer/vi2628041241?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_1

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6543652/?ref_=ttawd_awd_tt

Awards:

  • Cannes Film Festival 2018, Best Director, Pawel Pawlikowski
  • El Gouna International Film Festival 2018, Best Actress, Joanna Kulig
  • European Film Award, Best European Director, European Screenwriter & European Film

Other Awards available at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6543652/awards?ref_=tt_awd

FROZEN – SING-ALONG EDITION

Date: TBD

USA

Directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee

In English and Norwegian

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

102 minutes

Rated G

When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter's cold grip. Based on the classic 1844 Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, The Snow Queen, the film features eight original songs from Christophe Beck, with lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Quotes:

“THE SHOWSTOPPING CENTRAL MUSICAL NUMBER IS A GLORIOUS ANTHEM TO FEMALE POWER AND ABILITY… AND SO, IN FACT, IS THE WHOLE WONDERFUL MOVIE. DISNEY IS FINALLY GETTING IT.”

-MaryAnn Johanson, flickfilosopher

“THIS IS SIMPLY THE BEST CHILDREN'S FILM IN AGES, A TOTAL FROSTY DELIGHT.”

  • Camilla Long, Sunday Times

“EARNS ITS CHARMS THE HONEST WAY: WITH SMART WRITING AND HEARTFELT PERFORMANCES.”

- Hans Morgenstern, Hollywood.com

“TOP TO BOTTOM, FROZEN IS A DELIGHT. THE WRITING IS WITTY, THE VOICING IS EXCELLENT, THE STORY IS NUANCED AND THE SONGS ARE SOME OF THE BEST SINCE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.”

- Chris Carle, IGN Movies

Other:

Website: https://frozen.disney.com/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg-SiZCokII

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2294629/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Awards:

Won Best Animated Film & Best Original Song at the Academy Awards 2014

Won Best Animated Film & Nominated for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes 2014

Other Awards Available Here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2294629/awards?ref_=tt_awd

SHOPLIFTERS

Date: TBD

Japan

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

Japanese with English subtitles

Crime/Drama

121 minutes

Rated R

Out-of-work Osamu and Shota, a young boy, spend much of their day shoplifting to subsidize their ragtag group’s low-income existence in Tokyo. Their routine is derailed when they discover a neighbourhood girl, Yuri, locked out, in need, and displaying symptoms of abuse. As local authorities begin the hunt for the missing girl, Osamu and Shota share their thieving ways with her and welcome her into their “family.” However, the group is soon plunged into even more difficulty when an incident forces hidden secrets out into the open.

Quotes:

“OVERFLOWING WITH WARMTH WITHOUT LURCHING INTO SENTIMENTALITY, EMOTIONAL BUT NEVER MANIPULATIVE, “SHOPLIFTERS” ASKS WHAT MAKES A FAMILY, AND HOW AN UNORTHODOX ONE CAN SURVIVE WITHIN THE STRUCTURES OF SOCIETY.”

- Sarah Cartland, Caution Spoilers

“DELICATELY OBSERVED… IT’S CONSUMMATE, FLAWLESS FILMMAKING.”
- Kevin Maher, Times (UK)

“IT’S AN EERILY MOVING PIECE, MASTERFULLY BLURRING THE DIVIDE BETWEEN THE UNFORGIVABLE AND UNDERSTANDABLE, FINDING TENDERNESS IN THE BLEAKEST AND MOST TRAUMATIC OF CIRCUMSTANCES.”

- Mark Kermode, Observer (UK)

Other:

Website: https://www.shopliftersfilm.com/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9382rwoMiRc

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8075192/

Awards:

Won Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2018

Won Best Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2018

Won Best International Film at the Munich Film Festival 2018

Other awards available here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8075192/awards?ref_=tt_ql_op_1

 

SUSPIRIA

Date: TBD

Italy/USA

Directed by Luca Guadagnino

In English, and in German and French with English subtitles

Horror, Fantasy, Mystery

152 minutes

Rated 18A: explicit violence

Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) is a brilliant young American ballerina who travels to Berlin to study dancing at the Markos Tanz Company, one of the world's most renowned schools, under Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton)'s management. On her very first day, a student who was recently expelled from the school is murdered. The murder does not seem to be an isolated occurrence and Susie soon begins to suspect that the school might have been involved. This reimagining of Argento’s 1977 film features a stunning score by Radiohead's Thom Yorke to accompany the breathtaking nightmare unfolding onscreen.

Quotes:

“SUSPIRIA IS AN ALLURING BLEND OF SOCIOPOLITICAL ALLEGORY AND VISCERAL SUPERNATURAL HORROR THAT YIELDS… FASCINATING RESULTS.”

-Sandy Schaefer, Variety

“SUSPIRIA IS A GORGEOUS, HIDEOUS, UNCOMPROMISING FILM.”

-Emily Yoshida, Vulture

“TO WATCH HIM [GUADAGNINO] EXCAVATE EVIL TO FIND A SORROWFUL TRUTH IS SOMETHING YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS.”

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Other:

Website: https://www.suspiria.movie/intrigue/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY6QKRl56Ok

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034415/?ref_=ttsnd_snd_tt

Awards:

Winner of Best Special Effects at the Venice Film Festival 2018

Winner of Best Soundtrack/Score from the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Awards 2018

Additional awards can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034415/awards?ref_=tt_awd

THE GRIZZLIES

Date: TBD

Canada

Directed by Miranda de Pencier

In English, and in Inuktitut with English subtitles

Biography, Drama

102 minutes

Rated PG: violence; coarse language

Inuit youth in a small community gain a powerful sense of pride and purpose through the sport of lacrosse, in this true-story account of tenacity, renewal, and inspiring resilience.

In 1998, first-time teacher Russ Sheppard (Ben Schnetzer) moves north for a job at a local school in Kugluktuk, a town struggling with one of the highest suicide rates in North America. With no previous experience or knowledge of life in the north, Russ is shocked and overwhelmed by the numerous social issues facing the youth, all as a result of the massive legacy of colonization on their families and communities. Russ introduces a lacrosse program in the school. Although the program is at first met with scepticism and resistance, Russ's commitment begins to win the trust of the students and together they form the Grizzlies lacrosse team. Through the sport, the youth find a vital outlet for their emotions and the team creates a sense of pride and purpose in themselves and their community.

Quotes:

“ELEVATED BY SCHNETZER’S IMPRESSIVELY CHARISMATIC TURN AS THE MOVIE’S CENTRAL CHARACTER”

David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

“ABOUT A GROUP OF STUDENTS WHO CAME TOGETHER AS A FAMILY AND CHANGED THEIR COMMUNITY FOR THE BETTER.”

Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

THE GRIZZLIES IS MORE THAN THE TYPICAL INSPIRING SPORTS DRAMA BECAUSE IT OFFERS US HOPE.”

Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

Other:

Website: https://www.northwoodentertainment.com/?fbclid=IwAR2T_Dht4H3Z3UZeOX2uQhUeo2ce0445tp9lh0kQY8UFJT2XJ5t4v98W7JU

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb_7Er4N97M

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6365796/?ref_=ttexrv_exrv_tt

Awards:

Won Best International Film at the Fabrique du Cinema Award 2018

Won Outstanding Directorial Achievement at the Directors Guild of Canada Awards 2018

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

Date: TBD

Denmark | France | Germany | Sweden

Directed by Lars von Trier

In English, and in German and Italian with English subtitles

Horror, Crime, Drama, Thriller

152 minutes

Rated 18A: explicit violence

The newest film from Lars von Trier follows the exploits of Jack (Matt Dillon), a highly intelligent killer, over the course of twelve years, introducing the audience to the murders that define his development as a serial killer. Throughout the various incidents of the film, Jack postulates that murder is a form of art in itself. As the police investigation draws nearer, Jack takes larger and larger risks in his attempt to create the ultimate piece of art. The House That Jack Built is both a dark and sinister story, presented in a philosophical and occasionally darkly humorous way.

Quotes:

“AN ABRASIVE MASTERPIECE, AND QUITE POSSIBLY THE DIRECTOR’S BEST FILM.”

-Johnny Donaldson, Daily Grindhouse

“DILLON...DELIVERS AN IMPACTFUL MOVIE MONSTER, WITH DARTING EYES AND A TOOTHY SMILE THAT MAKES JACK AT ONCE SEEM EMPATHETIC AND BONKERS.”

-Erik Kohn, Indiewire

Other:

Website: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-house-that-jack-built

Trailer: https://youtu.be/c6DuLPGZIoQ

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4003440/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Awards:

Nominated for Best Feature at the Hamburg Film Festival 2018

VOX LUX

Date: TBD

USA

Directed by Brady Corbet

In English

Drama, Music

114 minutes

Rated 14A: violence

After a meteoric rise to pop star fame in her youth, adult Celeste (Natalie Portman) mounts a comeback following an infamous incident that derailed her career. Touring in support of her sixth album, a compendium of sci-fi anthems entitled Vox Lux; the brave, foul-mouthed pop saviour must overcome her personal and familial struggles to navigate motherhood, madness and monolithic fame in the Age of Terror. Featuring original songs by Sia and a transcendent performance by Natalie Portman, personifying and pummelling the zeitgeist, Vox Lux is an origin story about the forces that shape us, as individuals, nations, and gods.

Quotes:

“Fans of Natalie Portman won't want to miss her risk-taking performance.”

  • Daniel M. Kimmel, New England Movies Weekly

“Vox Lux is an antidote to other recent films on music stardom, eschewing the usual narrative route to give its audience both the joy and discomfort around the role of trauma in addiction and the pressure of fame.”

  • Shelagh Rowan-Legg, ScreenAnarchy

“Portman's nervy performance and the movie's dazzling cinematography and haunting music make it worth a look.

  • Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media

Other:

Website: https://www.voxluxmovie.com/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dolxUIZzb3w

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5960374/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Awards:

Nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2019

Nominated for Best Actress at the Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2018

More awards available at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5960374/awards?ref_=tt_awd

ROMA

Date: TBD

Mexico, USA

Directed and written by Alfonso Cuaron

In English and in Spanish, Norwegian and Japanese with English subtitles

Drama

135 minutes

Rated PG: nudity, coarse language; violence

A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City in the early 1970s. Cleo, the maid, works in the household of Sofia and her husband Antonio, which includes their four young children, Sofia's mother, and another maid, Adela. Among scenes of Cleo's life with the family - her cleaning, cooking, taking the kids to and from school, serving them meals, putting the kids to bed and waking them up – the lives of the characters become more illuminated for the audience.

Quotes:

“SO WONDERFUL TO SEE AN ARTIST OPENING AT PEAK PERFORMANCE LEVEL ON SUCH A PERSONAL, VIGOROUS PIECE. THE AESTHETIC IS BOTH PERSONAL AND POLITICAL HERE… [AND] WIELDED TO A WONDERFULLY EMOTIVE, DEVASTATING EFFECT.”

- Berry Jenkins, Director of Moonlight

“CHILDREN OF MEN WAS CUARON’S ONE TRUE MASTERPIECE UNTIL NOW.”

- BBC

“CUARON HAS AN EXTRAORINDARY WAY OF COMBINING THE CLOSEUP AND THE WIDE-SHOT, THE TELLINGLY OBSERVED DETAIL - HUMOUROUS OR POIGNANT OR JUST EFFORTLESSLY AUTHENTIC - WITH THE BIG PICTURE AND THE SENSE OF SCALE. AT TIMES, IT FEELS NOVELISTIC, A DENSELY REALISED, INTIMATE DRAMA GIVING US ACCESS TO DOMESTIC LIVES DEVELOPING IN WHAT FEELS LIKE REAL TIME. IN ITS ENGAGINGLY EPISODIC WAY, IT IS ALSO AT TIMES LIKE A SOAP OPERA OR TELENOVELA. AND OTHER TIMES, IT FEELS RESOUNDINGLY LIKE AN EPIC.”

- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Other:

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp_i7cnOgbQ

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6155172/?ref_=ttls_li_tt

Awards:

Won the Golden Lion at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on August 30th, 2018

Earned nominations for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes 2018.

More awards available at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6155172/awards?ref_=tt_awd