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Current Feature Films

My Awkward Sexual Adventure
The movie won the People's Choice Award at the Calgary International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Whistler Film Festival in 2012.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has named this film one of Canada's Top Ten of 2012

Directed by SEAN GARRITY
Starring: 
JONAS CHERNICK
EMILY HAMPSHIRE
SARAH MANNINEN
VIK SAHAY

Canada
Run Time: 98 minutes
Rated 18A
Language: ENGLISH

My Awkward Sexual Adventure
Friday, March 29th at 7pm
Director Sean Garrity in Attendance!

After his girlfriend dumps him for being terminally boring in bed, nerdy Winnipeg accountant Jordan (Chernick) heads to Toronto where his best friend Dandak (Sahay) throws him an impromptu party full of available women. Unable to talk about anything other than his ex-girlfriend, Jordan gets kicked out of his own party and is rescued by charmingly kooky stripper, Julia (Hampshire).

In exchange for sorting out her disastrous finances, Julia agrees to become Jordan's guide to erotic success, leading him into a world of strip clubs, massage parlours and cross-dressing. En route to mastering his bedroom skills, Jordan has to confront his own insecurity in episodes which require him to shed his clothes along with his inhibitions.

Reviews:
“Sharp direction by the versatile Sean Garrity and a very funny script by Chernick ensure for an uproarious – and surprisingly educational – sex comedy” -
TIFF

My Awkward Sexual Adventure is not to be hidden behind closed doors, it is a film that should be paraded down the streets of Vancouver. - Grace Williamson at the Metro IV, Santa Barbara International Film Festival

[F]or those who liked “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” prepare to laugh until you cry and walk out of the theatre with heart warmed. - John McCurdy, Atlantic Jewish Times



Still Mine
Saturday, March 30th at 7pm

Still Mine
Still garnered seven nominations at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Cromwell), Best Actress (Bujold) and Best Cinematography.

Directed by MICHAEL MCGOWAN
Starring: 
JAMES CROMWELL
GENEVIEVE BUJOLD
JONATHAN POTTS
Scott Speedmanndie MacDowel
Canada
Run Time: 102 minutes
Rated 14A
Language:
ENGLISH

Set against the windswept farmland of rural New Brunswick, Still tells of the bond between a man and wife as they enter the twilight of their lives. As Irene (Bujold) begins to lose her memory, she and her husband Craig (Cromwell) face the difficult reality of maintaining their large, drafty farmhouse. A skilled carpenter, Craig decides to build a more manageable house and figures the only obstacles are time and the weather. But he finds himself battling against the local authorities over building bylaws while trying to care for his ailing wife.

Sensitively directed by McGowan and featuring powerful performances from its perfectly cast leads, Still is a graceful and beautifully understated love story.

Reviews:
A sensitive and insightful film exploring the dilemmas of the elderly living in a bureaucratic society.....well acted, beautifully filmed and topical for boomers....and so Canadian. - Tribute.ca

Michael McGowan's Still is an exquisitely mounted and deeply affecting love story about one man's determination to create a suitable home for his ailing wife. Veterans James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold are nothing short of magnificent as they mine the subtext in the story of a couple with a deep and complicated past. - TIFF

This is a wonderful deeply touching love story about a couple in their twilight years who are so devoted to each other, even to the point of almost ignoring their seven grown children. They had this magnetic chemistry between them that made the six-decade relationship they were portraying seemed so fresh and vital even now. - Roger Walker-Dack's 5 Minute Movie Guide


A Dangerous Method
Rebelle won 10 awards at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress & Best Supporting Actor
Rachel Mwanza won Best Actress at Berlin & Tribeca Film Festivals

Directed by KIM NGUYEN
Starring:ar
RACHEL MWANZA
SERGE KANYINDA
ALAIN MC ELI BASTIEN

Canada
Run Time: 94 minutes 
Rated 14A
Language: FRENCH with English Subtitles

Rebelle (War Witch)
Saturday, March 30th at 9pm

Nominated for best foreign language film at the 2013 Academy Awards, Rebelle is a harrowing film about survival. The film is narrated by 14 year old Komona (Rachel Mwanza) who recounts the past two years of her life in war torn sub-Saharan Africa to her unborn child.

Abducted by a rebel army and forced into killing her parents, Komona is inducted into the brutal lifestyle of the child soldier. One day she has a vision and is the only person to escape unscathed from a ferocious fire-fight. Impressed by her premonitory powers, warlord Great Tiger bestows her with the title “War Witch”, a position which earns her privileges but also the threat of harsh punishment if her powers fail. The only bright spot in her life is a young albino boy, Magicien. 

Montreal based film maker, Kim Nguyen selected former street child Rachel Mwanza to play the lead role after watching her in a documentary on street kids in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She went on to win Best Actress awards at both the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals.

Reviews:
“Excellent, driven by a fierce, award-winning performance from 15 year-old Rachel Mwanza” - LA Weekly

“Stellar storytelling, a riveting performance, wonderful cinematography......makes Rebelle more than just a war film” - Press+1

Sunday: People's Choice Films - You Choose!
Sunday, March 31st at 5pm and 7pm

Announcing the People's choice films for this Sunday, March 31st! We will be screening Blackbird - The Film at 5pm followed by Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell at 7.15pm! Thanks to everyone who voted, it was a close race. Remember you can see either film on Sunday for just $10, or both films for $15. Join us between the films for our closing reception in the theatre too! All ticket holders are welcome.

BlackbirdBlackbird

Sean Randall, a socially isolated and bullied Goth teenager who befriends his classmate Deanna, is falsely accused of plotting a school shooting after he makes a threat against Deanna's boyfriend in an online chat.

Director: Jason Baxton
Starring: Connor Jessup, Alexia Fast, Michael Buie
Length: 103 minutes
Rating: Adult Content Advisory
Language: English

Stories We TellStories We Tell

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.  Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley
Starring: Pixie Bigelow, Deirdre Bowen, Geoffrey Bowes
Length: 108 minutes
Rating: PG13
Language: English

 

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