Archive for July, 2018

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (SC Film Society) Sat (Sept 8) 2pm

Chile 2017, 100 min., drama  
Director:  Sebastián Lelio
Spanish with English subtitles
Trailer:https://youtu.be/PJHex4ZitgA

Winner of a 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as 26 other awards, this film is a dazzling, poetic, compelling tale of a transgender woman, part waitress, part singer, impacted by the sudden death of her cherished male lover. Their unconventional relationship, his family’s denial of her right to mourn him, questions about her potential involvement in his death, unexpected hatred and intolerance, her attempts to cope… all combine to make this a powerful and moving experience.

Tickets are $5 for regular films, $8 for special events. If you are not an annual member, add $4 for a Single Event Membership.

For more info, please go to scfs.ca


VAN GOGH (In the Gallery Series) – Sun (Sept 9) 2pm

Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies

Genre: Documentary  Runtime; 1 hr, 30 min
Rated: G

Synopsis: A new look at Van Gogh, through the legacy of the largest private collector of artworks by the Dutch painter: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), who, in the early 20th Century, ended up buying nearly 300 of his works, paintings and drawings included.

It tells the tormented, existential parable of a painter, seen through passages from his brother Theo’s letters, which set the pace of the exhibition, and it shows images of the places he lived and stayed in, from Paris to Provence. The opportunity to tell the story of this collection and of the burning passion for art that led to it, is an outstanding exhibition on Van Gogh. ‘Amid wheat fields and clouded skies’ at the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza, brings together 40 paintings and 85 drawings from the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Holland, now home to Helene’s heritage.
This is an exhibition that will not only tell us about Van Gogh’s art and his genius, but it will also allow us to understand the importance of drawing as part of his artistic technique.

All tickets for In the Gallery Series events are $11 and are available at the door.

 


KONELINE (SC Film Soc) Sun (Sept 16) 2pm

SPECIAL EVENT  
Introduction by Director Nettie Wild and Q&A following the film.

Canada 2016, 96 min., documentary
Director:  Nettie Wild
Trailer: KONELINE

Synopsis: A sensual, cinematic celebration of northwestern British Columbia, and all the dreamers who move across it. Some hunt on the land. Some mine it. They all love it. Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, KONELĪNE captures beauty and complexity as one of Canada’s vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change.

An art film with politics, drama, and humour, KONELĪNE does not lecture; it surprises with cinematic action and visual poetry. It is a bold experimental film from some of Canada’s leading documentary artists.

Tickets are $5 for regular films, $8 for special events. If you are not an annual member, add $4 for a Single Event Membership.

For more info, please go to scfs.ca


FACES PLACES (SC Film Soc) Sat (Sept 22) 2pm

France 2017, 94 min., documentary  
Directors:  JR, Agnès Varda
French with English subtitles
Trailer: Faces Places

In this winner of 34 awards, including two at Cannes, legendary director Agnes Vardi teams up with photographer, JR, in a documentary road movie that celebrates life and art. An odd couple, she the matron now eighty-nine and he the thirty-year-old hipster, bring their visions to explore the faces and places that are Southern France. The warmth they share is funny, genuine and infectious. We are thoroughly beguiled along the way.

Tickets are $5 for regular films, $8 for special events. If you are not an annual member, add $4 for a Single Event Membership.

For more info, please go to scfs.ca

 


Verdi’s AIDA (Met Opera) Sat (Oct 6) 10am

REVIVAL  
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Aida Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Production: Sonja Frisell
Language: Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Runtime: 3 hrs 36 min, approx.

Stars: Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as her formidable rival in the Met’s monumental production.

Tickets: $24 (General), $20 (Senior/Youth)

Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr


AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (Theatre from London)- Sun (Oct 14) 2pm

Genre: Dance/Musical/Romance/Stage  
Runtime: 2 hrs, 40 min approx
Rated: G

Stars: Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Haydn Oakley
Director: Christopher Wheeldon

Synopsis: This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin (including the classic hits ‘S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm), stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris is coming from London’s West End to the big screen.
Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war… Experience this “truly ravishing” (The Guardian) production in the comfort of your local cinema.

All tickets are $15 each and are available at the box office on the day of the show.

 


THE BOOKSHOP (SC Film Soc) Sat (Oct 27) 2pm

UK 2017, 113 min., drama 
Director:  Isabel Coixet
Trailer: The Bookshop

Based on Patricia Clarkson’s 1978 Booker Prize nominated novel, the story follows a young widow’s struggle to bring a bit of culture to a 1950’s English village. Her plan is to turn a grand old house into the town’s first bookstore.

The local Grand Dame however has other ideas, which soon turn the village into a political minefield. Battle-lines are drawn between small-mindedness and the winds of change. Lovers of books and admirers of determination will embrace this enchanting film.

Tickets are $5 for regular films, $8 for special events. If you are not an annual member, add $4 for a Single Event Membership.

For more info, please go to scfs.ca

 


Saint-Saens SAMSON ET DALILA (Met Opera) Sat (Nov 10) 10am

NEW PRODUCTION/FIRST TIME IN HD   
Composer: Camille Saint-Saën
Conductor: Sir Mark Elder
Production: Darko Tresnjak
Language: Sung in French with English subtitles
Runtime: 3 hrs 4 min, approx.

Cast: Samson (Roberto Alagna), Dalila (Elena Garanca), High Priest (Laurent Naouri), Abimélech (Elchin Azizov), The Old Hebrew (Dmitry Belosselskiy)

Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars Elena Garanca and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the pair was last seen together by HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet’s Carmen. Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimélech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. Darko Tresnjak, the Tony Award-winning director of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing the first new Met production of the opera in 20 years.

Tickets: $24 (General), $20 (Senior/Youth)

Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr

 

 


BOMBSHELL: HEDY LAMARR STORY (SC Film Soc) Sat (Nov 10) 2pm

USA 2017, 88 min., documentary/biography 
Director:  Alexandra Dean
Trailer: Bombshell

Synopsis: Few people probably remember Hedy Lamarr, although back in the day she was every bit as beautiful and talented as Elizabeth Taylor. But she had one additional asset, she was brilliant. At the beginning of WWII she co-invented a radio guidance system which would eventually play a role in future bluetooth and wifi technologies.

Heard through recently discovered audio tapes, Lamarr comes across a determined feminist who did nothing by half, whether it was escaping Nazi repression or tasking Howard Hughes’ engineers.

Tickets are $5 for regular films, $8 for special events. If you are not an annual member, add $4 for a Single Event Membership.

For more info, please go to scfs.ca

 


AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Theatre from London) – Sun (Nov 11) 2pm

OSCAR WILDE

Genre: Comedy/Stage  
Runtime: 2 hrs 40 min approx
Rated: PG

Stars: Edward Fox, Freddie Fox, Frances Barber, Sally Bretton, Nathaniel Parker, Susan Hampshire
Director: Jonathan Church

Synopsis: A new production of the Rolls-Royce of English comedies, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End, is coming to the big screen. Directed by Jonathan Church, this entertaining and still topical play brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. As an ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s smooth ascent to the top seems assured until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery. The talented ensemble cast includes real-life father and son Edward (The Audience, West End; The Day of the Jackal, ITV) and Freddie Fox (The Judas Kiss, West End; Cucumber & Banana, Channel 4; E4), Olivier Award-nominated Frances Barber (Silk, BBC; Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s Globe), Olivier Award-winner Nathaniel Parker (This House, West End; Wolf Hall, West End & Broadway), Sally Bretton (Not Going Out, BBC; King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Susan Hampshire (Forsyte Saga, Monarch of the Glen, BBC).

All National Theatre tickets are $15 each and are available at the box office on the day of the show.


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