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Boundaries (Pays)

April 5, 2017   “Pays”, in French, means “Country/Countries”, which is a word closely associated to patriotism, but it also means “homeland” in the sense of “who I am” and “where I am from”. In the imaginary island country of Besco (population: 170,000), negotiations on the exploitation of natural resources happen in the surreal environment…
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After The Storm

April 12, 2017 Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay his child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother, Yoshiko, and his beautiful ex-wife, Kyoko, seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing…
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Canada On Screen: Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

April 19, 2017 TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) has joined with three other organizations to offer a ‘Canada On Screen’ free presentation celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday this year. We have selected Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould. And ‘yes’ it is free! This movie, made in 1993, is a dramatised fusion of documentary and biographical…
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20th Century Women

April 26, 2017 Film Circuit favourite, Mike Mills, is back with the eagerly awaited follow-up to his acclaimed debut, Beginners. Following that film’s exploration of Mills’ adult relationship with his father, award-winning comedy-drama 20th Century Women looks back to the director’s life growing up with his mother in Santa Barbara, California, telling a loosely autobiographical…
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The Salesman

May 3, 2017 Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman won the 2017 best foreign film Oscar. The title refers to a local production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman starring the film's two protagonists (Shahab Hosseini) winner of the best actor prize at Cannes as Emad, and his wife Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) The high-rise apartment where…
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Paterson

May 10, 2017 The movie’s protagonist is played with outstanding attention to detail and what feels like a genuine sense of affinity. Adam Driver's indelibly moving portrayal is so lived-in and lyrical you hardly recognize it as acting. Driver plays Paterson, a poet who drives a bus in a New Jersey city which is also called Paterson! Written…
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Truman

January 18, 2017 When theatre actor Julián (Ricardo Darín) receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomás (Javier Cámara), the encounter is bittersweet. This reunion is their first meeting in many years, triggered by Julián’s diagnosis with a serious illness. Tomás is baffled by his friend’s decision to forgo continued treatment and instead focus…
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Koneline: Our Land Beautiful

January 25, 2017 Director Nettie Wild (Vancouver) will present the film and Q&A at both screenings. Koneline: Our land beautiful is a masterful feature showing the poetry of the many usages of the land. The watershed of the Stikine River is the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, a remote northwestern part of what…
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Things To Come (L’avenir)

February 1, 2017 L’avenir is disarmingly simple in form as well as complex in its exploration of love and life. Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) plays a middle-aged Parisienne philosophy professor reassessing life in an elegant, note-perfect and wry performance. Though her life had been defined primarily by ideas, her domestic life has begun to unravel. Her…
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Chevalier

February 8, 2017 Whatever form a movie takes, there’s one thing their characters very rarely do: just be men in the company of other men. That’s one reason why the behaviour in Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari’s new comedy film Chevalier is so fascinating. Six men vacation on a luxury fishing trip on a well-stocked…
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