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March 29 - April 4

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  • Friday
  • Saturday

April 5 - 11

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  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

ALL UPCOMING EVENTS

  • DANCE
    Dance Recital Spring Fling
    Thursday April 2, 6:30p–8:00p
    Presented by Acadia Dance Community Club
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $10

    Please join us for our Annual Spring recital at the Al Whittle theatre and watch our little stars shine!

    Contact: club@adcclub.org

  • MUSIC
    Night Kitchen Incognito
    Saturday April 4, 8:00p–10:00p
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $10, $5 for students/unwaged

    Tickets: Just Us Cafe in Wolfville

    Featured performers this month are Shawna Caspi and Brandon Miller Davis (formerly of the Harrow Brothers).

    Contact: nightkitchenwolfville@gmail.com

  • CINEMA
    Boychoir
    Sunday April 5, 7:00p–8:43p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    From acclaimed Canadian director François Girard (Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin) comes a drama that the entire family can enjoy: the story of a gifted eleven-year-old boy who must struggle against the odds to find his voice.

    Stet (newcomer Garrett Wareing) is an angry youngster who can sing like an angel. Orphaned after his mother is killed in a car accident, he ends up boarding at a choir school on the US East Coast—a place about as different from his small Texas town as can be. Feeling misunderstood, out of place, and

    frustrated with the cards life has dealt him, Stet finds himself at odds with Choirmaster Carvelle (Dustin Hoffman, Chef, Barney’s Version), a disciplinarian of the old school. But Carvelle recognizes something special in Stet’s voice, and pushes the boy to put his troubled young soul into the music.

    Boychoir will have audiences swooning as voices converge in hymns, and cracking a smile when a joyous rap breaks out in the school washroom. Supported by a star-studded cast that includes Josh Lucas (Daydream Nation), Eddie Izzard (Across the Universe), Debra Winger (Rachel Getting Married), and Kathy Bates (Midnight in Paris), Wareing makes a marvellous debut as a kid who has been through hell but has been granted a heavenly gift.

    Boychoir is about the way that music can touch our lives—if only it is given enough encouragement to come out and play.

    "In a country where musical talent is so often confused with sex appeal, Boychoir offers a welcome alternative, celebrating discipline, talent and the sound of untainted innocence." (Peter Debruge, Variety)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    Boychoir
    Monday April 6, 7:00p–8:43p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    From acclaimed Canadian director François Girard (Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin) comes a drama that the entire family can enjoy: the story of a gifted eleven-year-old boy who must struggle against the odds to find his voice.

    Stet (newcomer Garrett Wareing) is an angry youngster who can sing like an angel. Orphaned after his mother is killed in a car accident, he ends up boarding at a choir school on the US East Coast—a place about as different from his small Texas town as can be. Feeling misunderstood, out of place, and

    frustrated with the cards life has dealt him, Stet finds himself at odds with Choirmaster Carvelle (Dustin Hoffman, Chef, Barney’s Version), a disciplinarian of the old school. But Carvelle recognizes something special in Stet’s voice, and pushes the boy to put his troubled young soul into the music.

    Boychoir will have audiences swooning as voices converge in hymns, and cracking a smile when a joyous rap breaks out in the school washroom. Supported by a star-studded cast that includes Josh Lucas (Daydream Nation), Eddie Izzard (Across the Universe), Debra Winger (Rachel Getting Married), and Kathy Bates (Midnight in Paris), Wareing makes a marvellous debut as a kid who has been through hell but has been granted a heavenly gift.

    Boychoir is about the way that music can touch our lives—if only it is given enough encouragement to come out and play.

    "In a country where musical talent is so often confused with sex appeal, Boychoir offers a welcome alternative, celebrating discipline, talent and the sound of untainted innocence." (Peter Debruge, Variety)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • MUSIC
    Dreams: A Night of Music and Action
    Wednesday April 8, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Horton's Because I am a Girl Club
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Tickets are $5 for a single ticket or $20 for 5 (a family pass).

    Tickets: The Box of Delights

    This year along side our annual art show fundraiser, Horton's Because I am a Girl Club is hosting a music/ talent night. We have an exciting roster of female performers lined up to dance, sing, perform spoken word, a monologue and short skits. The point of the show is to highlight and showcase some of the amazing women around the valley and to give the chance for our community to show their support to this wonderful and very important issue. The evening is about men, women, children-- our community coming together to support, discuss and hopefully inspire each other to take action and open up the discussion about gender inequality. After all, gender inequality is not just a girls issue.

    In support of our club and the foundation Because I Am a Girl, we are also hosting an art show showcasing art of local artists that will be displayed upstairs in Studio Z. The show will be held at the Al Whittle Theatre on April 8th starting at 7pm and running until approximately 9pm with a 20 minute intermission in between.

    We encourage everyone of all ages to attend the event because we believe that the key is getting children involved and educated early on! We hope that with more female role models, girls will no longer put barriers on their dreams, and will see only the sky as their limit.

    Contact: yophi8@gmail.com

  • MUSIC
    Highway 125
    Saturday April 11, 8:00p
    Presented by Orpheum Entertainment
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $12 Advanced
    $15 At the door

    Tickets: Tickets are avaliable at Box of Delights Book Store in Wolfville and Moe's Place Music Sales in Windsor

    Highway 125 is a 5-piece blues/rock band out of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Formed in the summer of 2009, the band currently consists of Curtis Matheson on guitar/lead vocals/harmonica, Allan Currie on guitar/vocals, Tristan Baxter on bass guitar/vocals, Lonnie L. Jones on drums, and more recently Matthew Nicholson on saxophone/vocals. Curtis Matheson and Allan Currie are the only remaining members from it’s original incarnation, and no member was any older than 15 years of age when the band first began playing together.

    In 2012, the band quickly became popular around the Cape Breton music scene, performing in just about any place that was considered anywhere. By mid-2013, Mainland Nova Scotia had taken notice and began booking them to perform. With this, came their debut album “Payin’ Dues”, which eventually went on to be included on the Blind Lemon Blues “Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums of the Year”, listed as #3. Their 2014 EP “Off The Floor” also received an Honorary Mention by the Newfoundland radio show in 2015.

    Today, Highway 125 are ready to make their comeback with their 3rd consecutive spring/summer tour of the Maritimes, this time stronger than ever before. This high-energy, real deal, rockin’ blues blast is ready to come to a town near you. Long live Canadian Blues!  Don't miss one of Atlantic Canada's top blues acts!

    Highway 125's Curtis Matheson Interview on 93.5 CHMR FM
      


    This Al Whittle Theatre 
    performance will be recorded live by Kory Bayer of Soundmarket Live.  K-Rock's Darren Harvey will MC the evening.

    Highway 125 on YouTube

    Contact: james@valleyevents.ca

  • CINEMA
    Selma
    Sunday April 12, 4:00p–6:08p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    On the afternoon of March 7, 1965, Alabama state troopers and members of a Dallas County posse, armed with clubs, cattle prods and tear gas, attacked civil rights demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The marchers had planned to walk the 50 miles to Montgomery, the state capital, as part of a long-building protest against the denial of basic voting rights to Southern blacks. The procession would have crossed Lowndes County, where not a single African-American voter had been registered in more than 60 years. Efforts to change this had been met with bureaucratic obstruction, intimidation and lethal brutality, including the killing, a week earlier, of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26-year-old laborer and protester, by a state trooper.

    A few days later, a second march, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., turned back rather than risk further violence. By the time the third, ultimately successful effort left Selma on March 21, President Lyndon B. Johnson, pushed by Dr. King and televised images of official brutality as well as by his own political and moral instincts, had introduced the Voting Rights Act in a nationally televised address to Congress.

    Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.  Director Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo, Lincoln, The Help) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. Up for two Oscars, the film has already garnered 32 awards and 70 nominations.

    "Ms. DuVernay, writes history with passionate clarity and blazing conviction. (The cinematographer, Bradford Young, captures its shadows and its glow.) Even if you think you know what’s coming, Selma hums with suspense and surprise. Packed with incident and overflowing with fascinating characters, it is a triumph of efficient, emphatic cinematic storytelling. And much more than that. Selma is not a manifesto, a battle cry or a history lesson. It’s a movie: warm, smart, generous and moving in two senses of the word. It will call forth tears of grief, anger, gratitude and hope. And like those pilgrims on the road to Montgomery, it does not rest." (A.O. Scott, The New York Times)

    "Known for her superb indie dramas, DuVernay has proven herself a master of small, intimate moments. Selma never loses focus on the interpersonal dynamics between King and his followers, his detractors and his family." (Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com)

    "There are several reasons to see Selma—for its virtuosity and scale, scope and sheer beauty. But then there are its lessons, which have to do with history, but also today: Selma invites viewers to heed its story, meditate on its implications and allow those images once again to change our hearts and minds." (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    Selma
    Sunday April 12, 7:00p–9:08p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    On the afternoon of March 7, 1965, Alabama state troopers and members of a Dallas County posse, armed with clubs, cattle prods and tear gas, attacked civil rights demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The marchers had planned to walk the 50 miles to Montgomery, the state capital, as part of a long-building protest against the denial of basic voting rights to Southern blacks. The procession would have crossed Lowndes County, where not a single African-American voter had been registered in more than 60 years. Efforts to change this had been met with bureaucratic obstruction, intimidation and lethal brutality, including the killing, a week earlier, of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26-year-old laborer and protester, by a state trooper.

    A few days later, a second march, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., turned back rather than risk further violence. By the time the third, ultimately successful effort left Selma on March 21, President Lyndon B. Johnson, pushed by Dr. King and televised images of official brutality as well as by his own political and moral instincts, had introduced the Voting Rights Act in a nationally televised address to Congress.

    Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.  Director Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo, Lincoln, The Help) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. Up for two Oscars, the film has already garnered 32 awards and 70 nominations.

    "Ms. DuVernay, writes history with passionate clarity and blazing conviction. (The cinematographer, Bradford Young, captures its shadows and its glow.) Even if you think you know what’s coming, Selma hums with suspense and surprise. Packed with incident and overflowing with fascinating characters, it is a triumph of efficient, emphatic cinematic storytelling. And much more than that. Selma is not a manifesto, a battle cry or a history lesson. It’s a movie: warm, smart, generous and moving in two senses of the word. It will call forth tears of grief, anger, gratitude and hope. And like those pilgrims on the road to Montgomery, it does not rest." (A.O. Scott, The New York Times)

    "Known for her superb indie dramas, DuVernay has proven herself a master of small, intimate moments. Selma never loses focus on the interpersonal dynamics between King and his followers, his detractors and his family." (Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com)

    "There are several reasons to see Selma—for its virtuosity and scale, scope and sheer beauty. But then there are its lessons, which have to do with history, but also today: Selma invites viewers to heed its story, meditate on its implications and allow those images once again to change our hearts and minds." (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    1971
    Wednesday April 15, 7:00p–8:19p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    On March 8, 1971 eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.

    On the night of the “Fight of the Century” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, the activists, calling themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, picked the lock on the door to the small FBI field office. They took every file in the office, loaded them into suitcases, and walked out the front door.

    Mailed anonymously, the documents started to show up in newsrooms. The heist yielded a trove of damning evidence that proved the FBI was deliberately working to intimidate civil rights activists and Americans nonviolently protesting the Vietnam War. The most significant revelation was an illegal program overseen by lifelong FBI director J. Edgar Hoover known as COINTELPRO—the Counter Intelligence Program.

    Despite searching for the people behind the heist in one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in, and the identities of the members of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI remained a secret.

    Until now.

    For the first time, the members of the Citizens’ Commission have decided to come forward and speak out about their actions.

    In her documentary feature debut, filmmaker Johanna Hamilton tells their story through a combination of exclusive interviews, rare primary documents from the break-in and investigation, national news coverage of the burglary and dramatic re-creations, the story of the Citizens’ Commission unfolds with haunting echoes to today’s questions of privacy in the era of government surveillance.

    "Director Johanna Hamilton should be credited for getting these faces in front of the camera, to humanize political rebellion of an early era not as some sepia-toned memory, but a story of very human individuals." (Gabe Toro, The Playlist)

    "Johanna Hamilton's 1971 represents a mind-blowing scoop disguised as a fairly garden-variety issue doc." (Steve Macfarlane, Slant Magazine)

    "Exciting and enlightening, the still-timely film ranks with docs like The Weather Underground in its evocation of a more politically engaged era." (John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    Cinéma Politique
    Thursday April 16, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Wolfville Advocates for Progressive Politics
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Donation

    TBA

    Contact: cinepolitique@gmail.com  |  (902) 678-3748

  • THEATRE
    The Hard Problem
    Friday April 17, 7:00p–10:00p
    Presented by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20

    Tickets: • Online at ticketpro.ca • By phone at 1-888-311-9090 • Home Hardware, Windsor • Box of Delights, Wolfville • Wilsons Pharmasave, Kentville • Wilsons Pharmasave, Berwick • or at the door one hour before the show

    Buy Tickets Online

    By Tom Stoppard.
    The story centres around a young psychology researcher at odds with her colleagues at a brainscience institute.

    Contact: kathy@justuscoffee.com  |  902-542-7474, x 230

  • MUSIC
    Spring Concert
    Saturday April 18, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Four Seasons Orchestra
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15; seniors and children: $10

    A concert of orchestral music for springtime!

    Contact: dhamusic@ns.sympatico.ca  |  902 798 1730

  • CINEMA
    Wild
    Sunday April 19, 4:00p–5:55p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Devastated by the death of her mother from cancer in 1991, the twenty-two-year-old Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon, Mud, Walk the Line) soon spirals into a deeply self-destructive decline that destroys her marriage and leaves her addicted to heroin. Four years later, in a bid to leave her demons behind, she makes a rash decision and embarks on a life-changing journey. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern, The Master) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own.

    Based on Strayed's best-selling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Café de flore, The Young Victoria) and screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring her extraordinary adventure to the screen. Wild tells the story of her journey, alternating remarkable moments from the novice hiker's unaccompanied trek with flashbacks of the traumas that triggered her inspiring feat. The film powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures—as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

    Vallée, who is rapidly becoming one of Hollywood's foremost filmmakers, relates these parallel narratives with a dexterous touch, balancing vivid depictions of Strayed's gruelling exertions with instances of heartfelt introspection. Hornby's screenplay, meanwhile, retains the compelling blend of humour and pathos that won Strayed's book such wide acclaim. This follow-up to Vallée's Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club is an extraordinary odyssey of loss and self-discovery, powered by Witherspoon's award-worthy characterization.

    "There are other movies out this year that are more technically ambitious than Wild (I'm thinking Birdman). There are others that are wider-reaching in scope and sheer audacity (the 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood). But there aren't any others that offer the power and profundity of Wild. This movie is a gift. It's also a journey." (Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune)

    "Wild may sound like a film about redemption, but it’s more about learning to live with what you can’t control—and accepting what you can control, which is sometimes just as difficult." (Connie Ogle, Miami Herald)

    "As for Witherspoon, there’s not a shred of her America’s Sweetheart persona in this work. She strips naked, literally and otherwise, in a raw, brave performance." (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    Wild
    Sunday April 19, 7:00p–8:55p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Devastated by the death of her mother from cancer in 1991, the twenty-two-year-old Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon, Mud, Walk the Line) soon spirals into a deeply self-destructive decline that destroys her marriage and leaves her addicted to heroin. Four years later, in a bid to leave her demons behind, she makes a rash decision and embarks on a life-changing journey. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern, The Master) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own.

    Based on Strayed's best-selling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Café de flore, The Young Victoria) and screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring her extraordinary adventure to the screen. Wild tells the story of her journey, alternating remarkable moments from the novice hiker's unaccompanied trek with flashbacks of the traumas that triggered her inspiring feat. The film powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures—as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

    Vallée, who is rapidly becoming one of Hollywood's foremost filmmakers, relates these parallel narratives with a dexterous touch, balancing vivid depictions of Strayed's gruelling exertions with instances of heartfelt introspection. Hornby's screenplay, meanwhile, retains the compelling blend of humour and pathos that won Strayed's book such wide acclaim. This follow-up to Vallée's Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club is an extraordinary odyssey of loss and self-discovery, powered by Witherspoon's award-worthy characterization.

    "There are other movies out this year that are more technically ambitious than Wild (I'm thinking Birdman). There are others that are wider-reaching in scope and sheer audacity (the 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood). But there aren't any others that offer the power and profundity of Wild. This movie is a gift. It's also a journey." (Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune)

    "Wild may sound like a film about redemption, but it’s more about learning to live with what you can’t control—and accepting what you can control, which is sometimes just as difficult." (Connie Ogle, Miami Herald)

    "As for Witherspoon, there’s not a shred of her America’s Sweetheart persona in this work. She strips naked, literally and otherwise, in a raw, brave performance." (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    Leviathan
    Wednesday April 22, 4:00p–6:20p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    "First feted for his striking 2003 debut The Return, and celebrated since for The Banishment and Elena, Andrey Zvyagintsev is a director of heavyweight gifts, whose films are distinguished by both their visual beauty and their narrative ambition. This latest feature, a prize winner at the 2014 Cannes and London film festivals, references nothing less than the Book of Job, in which God puts a good man through dreadful suffering.

    Our protagonist is Kolya (Aleksei Serebryakov), who's blessed with a beautiful wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova), a healthy son Roma (Sergey Pokhodaev) and a fine home, but must, as the film goes on, contend with threats to all of them. His tormentors are cruel fate, fickle human hearts and the might of the Russian state; his most constant friend is the vodka haze that sees him through it all.

    Sound a bit bleak? Well, it's no cheery rom-com, but neither is it a slog. In fact, its beauty, intensity and intelligence make Leviathan oddly uplifting despite a largely solemn emotional climate and some heart-tugging content. Zvyagintsev has an extraordinary ability to infuse his storytelling with small mysteries and surprises, without seeming to withhold information or deploy manipulative twists. Even when the content is extreme enough to suit the most frenzied melodrama, there is a delicacy to the storytelling that precludes any sense of hysteria or empty hand-wringing.

    He's just a consummate filmmaker—one who knows how to use his medium to its fullest and most expressive extent, so that his stories always seem as if they could only ever have been movies, not stage plays or novels or tv shows or operas. And he is served here by a cast of actors who inhabit their parts with the same utter commitment and certainty of purpose. Brimming with emotion, unflinchingly tense, and often darkly, painfully funny, this is a film possessed of both classic sweep and sharp contemporary relevance." (Hannah McGill, The List)

    Among numerous nominations and awards, Leviathan received a Palme d'Or nomination and won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes, won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

    "Leviathan may be the one true masterpiece of global cinema released in 2014." (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com)

    "Magnificently acted, expertly crafted and unerringly sure of every treacherous step it takes, Leviathan is an indictment, but also an elegy, a film set among the monumental ruins of a culture, whether they’re the skeletal remains of boats, a whale’s bleached bones, a demolished building or a trail of lives that are either ruined or hopelessly resigned." (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    Leviathan
    Wednesday April 22, 7:00p–9:20p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    "First feted for his striking 2003 debut The Return, and celebrated since for The Banishment and Elena, Andrey Zvyagintsev is a director of heavyweight gifts, whose films are distinguished by both their visual beauty and their narrative ambition. This latest feature, a prize winner at the 2014 Cannes and London film festivals, references nothing less than the Book of Job, in which God puts a good man through dreadful suffering.

    Our protagonist is Kolya (Aleksei Serebryakov), who's blessed with a beautiful wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova), a healthy son Roma (Sergey Pokhodaev) and a fine home, but must, as the film goes on, contend with threats to all of them. His tormentors are cruel fate, fickle human hearts and the might of the Russian state; his most constant friend is the vodka haze that sees him through it all.

    Sound a bit bleak? Well, it's no cheery rom-com, but neither is it a slog. In fact, its beauty, intensity and intelligence make Leviathan oddly uplifting despite a largely solemn emotional climate and some heart-tugging content. Zvyagintsev has an extraordinary ability to infuse his storytelling with small mysteries and surprises, without seeming to withhold information or deploy manipulative twists. Even when the content is extreme enough to suit the most frenzied melodrama, there is a delicacy to the storytelling that precludes any sense of hysteria or empty hand-wringing.

    He's just a consummate filmmaker—one who knows how to use his medium to its fullest and most expressive extent, so that his stories always seem as if they could only ever have been movies, not stage plays or novels or tv shows or operas. And he is served here by a cast of actors who inhabit their parts with the same utter commitment and certainty of purpose. Brimming with emotion, unflinchingly tense, and often darkly, painfully funny, this is a film possessed of both classic sweep and sharp contemporary relevance." (Hannah McGill, The List)

    Among numerous nominations and awards, Leviathan received a Palme d'Or nomination and won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes, won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

    "Leviathan may be the one true masterpiece of global cinema released in 2014." (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com)

    "Magnificently acted, expertly crafted and unerringly sure of every treacherous step it takes, Leviathan is an indictment, but also an elegy, a film set among the monumental ruins of a culture, whether they’re the skeletal remains of boats, a whale’s bleached bones, a demolished building or a trail of lives that are either ruined or hopelessly resigned." (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • MUSIC
    Ariana Nasr chante PIAF (CD Release)
    Friday April 24, 8:00p–10:00p
    Presented by Andy and Ariana
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20

    Tickets: Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville http://www.ArianaNasr.com

    Buy Tickets Online

    A full concert of the songs of Édith Piaf as sung and performed by Ariana Nasr and Andy Flinn of Gaspereau NS.

    This event will celebrate the release of a new CD titled "La Vie en Rose" which will feature a selection of songs from the show.

    Ariana Nasr chante PIAF (CD Release) on YouTube

    Contact: ariana@tabmusic.ca

  • MUSIC
    Ariana Nasr chante PIAF (CD Release)
    Saturday April 25, 8:00p–10:00p
    Presented by Andy and Ariana
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20

    Tickets: Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville http://www.ArianaNasr.com/buy-tickets

    Buy Tickets Online

    A full concert of the songs of Édith Piaf as sung and performed by Ariana Nasr and Andy Flinn of Gaspereau NS.

    This event will celebrate the release of a new CD titled "La Vie en Rose" which will feature a selection of songs from the show.

    Ariana Nasr chante PIAF (CD Release) on YouTube

    Contact: ariana@tabmusic.ca

  • CINEMA
    Land Ho!
    Sunday April 26, 4:00p–5:35p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    An official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the utterly charming Land Ho! follows the bawdily comedic escapades of aged ex-brothers-in-law Colin (Paul Eenhoorn, This is Martin Bonner) and Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) as they set off across Iceland’s first-class cities, grand coastlines and hauntingly primordial countryside with the intent of “getting their grooves back.”

    Disenchanted with life after a forced retirement, former oculoplastic surgeon Mitch shows up on the recently divorced Colin’s doorstep with two tickets for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Land of the Midnight Sun. Mitch has planned a busy itinerary—luxury hotels, indulgent spas, picturesque hiking, renowned restaurants and trendy nightclubs—all in the interests of helping him and his long-time pal escape the monotony of their everyday lives back home in America. The off-beat pairing of the brash, unruly Mitch and the forlorn, mild-mannered Colin soon proves to be a perfect storm of trouble as they mull over art, baffle over molecular gastronomy, and skip from lighthouses to lighting up.

    Collaborating for the first time, writer/directors Martha Stephens (Pilgrim Song) and Aaron Katz (Cold Weather) further establish themselves as leading lights of contemporary American independent filmmaking. With Land Ho!, they have created a light, lively throwback to those 1980s road comedies we all loved while touching movingly on themes of aging, loneliness and friendship.

    "A balm for the harried soul, Land Ho! is part travelogue, part therapy session. Watching it could inspire you to call an old friend or book a trip to an exotic locale. Maybe both." (Diane Garrett, The Wrap)

    "Land Ho! is a hot spring of a movie: It fizzes a lot, and you come out feeling better than you went in." (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)

    "It's a funny and moving film about aging, but it's also a wacky journey across Iceland with two characters who are instantly likable and ultimately quite lovable." (Daniel Fienberg, HitFix)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    Land Ho!
    Sunday April 26, 7:00p–8:35p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    An official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the utterly charming Land Ho! follows the bawdily comedic escapades of aged ex-brothers-in-law Colin (Paul Eenhoorn, This is Martin Bonner) and Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) as they set off across Iceland’s first-class cities, grand coastlines and hauntingly primordial countryside with the intent of “getting their grooves back.”

    Disenchanted with life after a forced retirement, former oculoplastic surgeon Mitch shows up on the recently divorced Colin’s doorstep with two tickets for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Land of the Midnight Sun. Mitch has planned a busy itinerary—luxury hotels, indulgent spas, picturesque hiking, renowned restaurants and trendy nightclubs—all in the interests of helping him and his long-time pal escape the monotony of their everyday lives back home in America. The off-beat pairing of the brash, unruly Mitch and the forlorn, mild-mannered Colin soon proves to be a perfect storm of trouble as they mull over art, baffle over molecular gastronomy, and skip from lighthouses to lighting up.

    Collaborating for the first time, writer/directors Martha Stephens (Pilgrim Song) and Aaron Katz (Cold Weather) further establish themselves as leading lights of contemporary American independent filmmaking. With Land Ho!, they have created a light, lively throwback to those 1980s road comedies we all loved while touching movingly on themes of aging, loneliness and friendship.

    "A balm for the harried soul, Land Ho! is part travelogue, part therapy session. Watching it could inspire you to call an old friend or book a trip to an exotic locale. Maybe both." (Diane Garrett, The Wrap)

    "Land Ho! is a hot spring of a movie: It fizzes a lot, and you come out feeling better than you went in." (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)

    "It's a funny and moving film about aging, but it's also a wacky journey across Iceland with two characters who are instantly likable and ultimately quite lovable." (Daniel Fienberg, HitFix)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    The Price We Pay
    Wednesday April 29, 7:00p–8:33p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Smart, eye-opening and incendiary, The Price We Pay examines the timely issue of tax avoidance—specifically, the widespread use of tax havens by multinational corporations, who have managed to deprive governments of trillions of dollars in corporate-tax revenues by attributing their profits to countries with low or non-existent tax rates (such as the Cayman Islands or the Isle of Man) rather than the countries where their operations are located. This practice is (arguably) legal—but is it fair?

    With meticulous research and remarkable breadth and depth, director Harold Crooks—who previously exposed the world of big-time corporate malfeasance in such key political documentaries as The Corporation and Surviving Progress—takes us on a fascinating journey as he analyzes the origins, the damaging repercussions and the complex moral issues arising from corporate tax evasion. Tracing the dramatic increase in the off-shoring of corporate assets to the Reagan administration’s dismantling of the welfare state in the 1980s, Crooks follows the thread through to the present day, where tax avoidance has directly contributed to the dominance of the “one percent” and further deepened income disparity and wealth inequality.

    Assembling interviews with leading economists and academics from around the world (including Thomas Piketty, author of the New York Times best-seller Capital in the Twenty-First Century) as well as defectors from the world of big finance, Crooks also makes powerful use of footage from government questioning of executives for companies involved in large-scale tax avoidance, such as Barclay’s and Amazon. A vital exposé of the pervasive corruption and often flagrant illegality endemic to modern capitalism, The Price We Pay is a compelling, coherent and forceful call to action.

    "Director Harold Crooks’ well-crafted documentary offers a concise, engrossing and occasionally infuriating overview of the ways multinationals avoid taxes by stashing profits in offshore havens." (Joe Leydon, Variety)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    Still Alice
    Sunday May 3, 8:00p–9:41p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    The always extraordinary Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right, A Single Man) rightfully earned an Oscar nomination for her revelatory performance as a renowned linguistics professor struggling with the effects of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

    The fact that Dr. Alice Howland (Moore) is a lifelong student of language and communication may give her a powerful resource in her fight against mental decline, but it also means that she has a uniquely troubling understanding of what is to come. The poetic insight of Elizabeth Bishop—“The art of losing isn’t hard to master”—becomes a painful everyday reality for Alice, as losing her way in the streets of Manhattan soon leads to greater, far more dire losses. But even as Alice’s life begins to drop away in pieces around her, her condition provides an opportunity to regain something else she had lost: her relationship with her youngest daughter, Lydia (Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria, On the Road), with whom she has never seen eye-to-eye.

    While never neglecting the deleterious effects that Alice’s condition has on her relationships with her husband and three grown children, directing duo Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (The Last of Robin Hood, Quinceañera) stay focused on Alice’s subjective experience of the disease, detailing her slow decline—and the inventive tactics she deploys to combat it—with both keen precision and affecting empathy. With Moore’s marvellous turn complemented by impressive performances from a top supporting cast (which also includes Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth), Still Alice will break your heart—but it will also remind you that love is all around you, still.

    "Ms. Moore shares her journey with boundless generosity. She makes you feel what it’s like to lose the wind beneath your wings." (Rex Reed, New York Observer)

    "Julianne Moore gives the performance of her career (no mean feat, given the strength of her previous work) in this heartbreaking yet life-affirming tale of a woman determined to hold onto her identity while under attack from a debilitating mental disease." (David Hughes, Empire)

    "The triumph of Still Alice is that it’s not about an illness; it’s about a person." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    Alive Inside: Alzheimer's Documentary and Panel
    Thursday May 7, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Careforce, Family 1st Medical, and Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $5
    For tickets, contact:
    Joel Stoddart - Careforce - joel@careforce.ca or 902-365-3155
    Kate Spurr - Family 1st Medical - sales@family1stmedical.ns.ca or 902-681-0202
    Remaining tickets (if any) will be available at the door.

    Careforce, Family 1st Medical, and the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia are proud to present the feature documentary Alive Inside AND a bonus discussion panel.

    Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

    This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

    We would love to have you join us for this uplifting event. The film runs for 78 minutes.

    Alive Inside: Alzheimer's Documentary and Panel on YouTube

    Contact: joel@careforce.ca  |  (902) 365-3155

  • CINEMA
    Wild Tales
    Sunday May 10, 8:00p–10:02p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    As its title suggests, Argentinian director Damián Szifrón’s latest feature Wild Tales (nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Annual Academy Awards) is a compendium of outrageously bizarre stories, each more shocking and hilarious than the last. Blending black comedy with dramatically loaded scenarios, Szifrón skilfully weaves together six separate short films, unlinked by narrative but unified by a violence that simmers on the cusp of explosion.

    The opening short, “Pasternak,” features a game of chance aboard an airplane whose passengers discover they all know the same failed musician. Road rage is a trigger for hilarity in the short “Road to Hell.” Unexpected endings continue in “Dynamite,” wherein the eponymous hero vents his frustration with tow trucks and traffic in a manner that defies social norms and safety standards. The final and possibly funniest short, “Till Death Do Us Part,” documents the mayhem during a wedding reception when the new bride discovers that her husband has recently cheated on her.

    More than a series of stories about frustrated characters on the verge, Wild Tales is also a portrait of contemporary Argentina: a society riddled with corruption, hampered by bureaucracy, and bogged down by tradition. Szifrón’s film, by breaking down taboos and allowing its characters to lose control, provides a cathartic release from the pressures of modern-day living—a release that provokes unrestrained, double-over-in-your-seat laughter.

    "The movie rarely, if ever, feels mechanical. Instead, you may find yourself marveling at the fertility of an imagination that could allow itself to toss so many vivid characters and stories—enough to supply four or five movies—into one generous package." (Mick La Salle, San Francisco Chronicle)

    "Wild Tales rockets along with sleek, amoral charm and a masterful sense of cinematic storytelling; it’s worth noting that one of the producers is Spain’s Pedro Almodóvar." (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    Seymour: An Introduction
    Wednesday May 13, 8:00p–9:24p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Ethan Hawke directs this intimate documentary portrait of classical pianist, composer, author, teacher and sage Seymour Bernstein.

    Seymour Bernstein is not well known, but he is deeply cherished by those who do know him. Living in a small Manhattan apartment at age eighty-five, he appears fully content with his choice to forgo a promising career as a concert pianist in order to teach music. Now Ethan Hawke, one of his greatest admirers, takes us into Bernstein's world with this delicately crafted film, offering a wise and charismatic reflection on art and life.

    In Seymour: An Introduction, Hawke mostly stays off camera and lets Bernstein do the talking—and the man is a sweet-natured font of thought-provoking stories as he reminisces about his experiences growing up, playing piano for soldiers in the Korean War, and struggling with performance anxiety. As Hawke recalls, he first met Bernstein at a dinner party while grappling with the question "why make art?," and that theme winds its way through the film as the teacher carries on conversations with accomplished friends such as art critic Michael Kimmelman and religious scholar Andrew Harvey. He also reflects on the careers of pianists Glenn Gould and Clifford Curzon, seen in archival footage, and his deep love of piano music proves infectious.

    Hawke shows himself to be a sensitive documentary portraitist, adding to his accomplishments as an actor, fiction director, and novelist. Calling to mind My Dinner with André, his film is full of urbane conversation and infused with the sophisticated rhythms of New York City. Whether aficionados or newcomers to the world of classical music, viewers will find much to gain from this introduction to Seymour.

    "This first documentary directed by Ethan Hawke happily sidesteps any vanity-project pitfalls, granting full expression to Bernstein’s wise and witty commentary on a craft that he’s spent decades honing — as well as the proper application of that craft when the demands of art are often outweighed by the pressures of commerce." (Justin Chang, Variety)

    "Hawke’s film is very well crafted, tightly edited and elegantly photographed. The acute musical selections only add to our appreciation of Seymour’s selfless devotion to his art." (Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • THEATRE
    Man and Superman
    Friday May 15, 7:00p–10:00p
    Presented by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20

    Tickets: • Online at ticketpro.ca • By phone at 1-888-311-9090 • Home Hardware, Windsor • Box of Delights, Wolfville • Wilsons Pharmasave, Kentville • Wilsons Pharmasave, Berwick • or at the door one hour before the show

    Buy Tickets Online

    by George Bernard Shaw
    With Ralph Fiennes
    A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate.

    Contact: kathy@justuscoffee.com  |  902-542-7474, x 230

  • CINEMA
    One Chance
    Sunday May 17, 8:00p–9:43p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Before Susan Boyle there was Paul Potts, a schlubby car-phone salesman from Wales who blew Simon Cowell and his fellow judges away on the first episode of Britain’s Got Talent with his rendition of Puccini’s aria "Nessun Dorma".  The son of a steelworker with a chipped front tooth and the voice of an angel won that first season of the reality show, but his progression through the competition is just an afterthought in One Chance, the story of his life leading to the life-changing moment that has been viewed more than 110 million times on YouTube. (See the original audition video here.)

    Paul (James Corden, Begin Again) actually gets several chances to pursue his passion: studying in Venice, where he chokes during a master class with his idol, Luciano Pavarotti; scoring the lead in an amateur production of Aida only to be struck with appendicitis and a tumour on his thyroid; regaining his voice months later only to suffer massive injuries in a major car accident. Despite neighbourhood bullies and a disapproving father (Colm Meaney, The Damned United), he perseveres with the love of his utterly charming wife, Julz (Alexandra Roach, Anna Karenina, The Iron Lady), a delightful sense of humour and that voice (Potts’ own vocals were used in the film).

    "You’d have to be totally cynical, with a heart of stone and ice water in your veins, not to be even the slightest bit charmed by One Chance." (Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com)

    "Director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) has crafted a sweet, funny, heartfelt film, and while we may know all along how it all turns out, Paul’s signature performance still gives us chills." (Annlee Ellingson, Los Angeles Times)

     

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • MUSIC
    The Karen Robinson Band
    Saturday May 23, 8:00p
    Presented by Robinsong Music and Entertainment
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Tickets $20
    Available at The Box of Delights, Wolfville or www.robinsong.ca or at the door

    The Karen Robinson Band 2015 Tour

    Singer songwriter Karen Robinson's original music with a 5-piece big band sound and Special Guest: Dancer, Michel Dubé, Atlantic Ballroom Dance Champion for five consecutive years.

    Karen’s unique turns of phrase and fresh melodies draw audiences in, and the band’s artistry leaves them wanting more.
    The show will feature new songs plus all of the songs from Karen’s CD of original music, “Karen Robinson With”, 2014 Music Nova Scotia Award nominee. “The range of expression is vast; the songs are rich and complex…” (Stephen Cooke, Chronicle Herald, Pick of the Week, November 7, 2013.) Karen and the band received a standing ovation at the 2014 TD Halifax Jazz Festival.

    Contact: karen.robinson@ns.sympatico.ca  |  (902) 452-3002

  • CINEMA
    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
    Sunday May 24, 8:00p–9:45p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    A psychological adventure from the Zellner Brothers, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter tells the haunting and strangely funny story of a young Japanese woman set on fulfilling the wildest of dreams.

    In a hectic city of 35 million, Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi, Babel, The Brothers Bloom) feels devastatingly alone. Trapped in isolating psychological torment, Kumiko—a meek twenty-something struggling to make it on her own in Tokyo—lives in constant resentment of her dead­‐end job and demeaning boss, her more successful and attractive peers, and her relentlessly nagging mother. But her spirits lift when, in a fictional American film, she observes a man bury a satchel of money in the wintry Midwestern wilderness. Though only witnessed on a staticky VHS tape, she becomes convinced that the treasure is real and merely awaiting discovery by a courageous dreamer like herself.

    With little more than a self‐made treasure map, Kumiko sets off on an epic, unpredictable journey across the Pacific and through the icy plains of Minnesota to unearth her mythical fortune.

    Rinko Kikuchi commands the screen in a complex, heartbreaking performance, and filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner are also featured in key supporting  roles.

    Inspired by a true story, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter was filmed on location in Tokyo and Minnesota. The Zellner Brothers spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible.

    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a kind of peculiar, intelligent fairy tale, a striking film, a bizarre joy and a beautiful delight." (Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist)

    "Striking a complex tone of tragedy and uplift at the same time, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter both celebrates the escapist power of personal fantasies and bears witness to their dangerous extremes. It's the rare case of a story that's inspirational and devastating at once." (Eric Kohn, indieWIRE)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    The Salt of the Earth
    Wednesday May 27, 8:00p–9:50p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Twenty-five years ago, director Wim Wenders (Pina, Buena Vista Social Club, Paris Texas) discovered the haunting black and white artworks of celebrated Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. Now a 70-year-old man who has traveled to nearly every corner of the Earth for more than 40 years, Salgado has documented some of the most tragic and catastrophic events in recent history: revolutions and international conflicts, genocide in Rwanda, wars in Yugoslavia, starvation in Ethiopia, the Saddam Hussein-devastated Kuwaiti oilfields, mass exoduses around the globe and more. So taken with Salgado's iconic photos—striking works often bearing witness to the poor, the suffering and neglected members of society—Wenders bought two prints and promptly framed them above his office desk where they remain to this day.

    But the more Salgado’s ghostly photos preoccupied Wenders' heart and psyche, the more the venerable German filmmaker felt compelled to understand the man who took them. Eventually Wenders would come to not only befriend Salgado, but with The Salt Of The Earth, shot by Salgado's son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Hugo Barbier (Pina), he offers a deeply moving and insightful portrait of the artist, his camera work and his exceptionally sensitive observations of humanity.

    Salgado’s photography expeditions were more pilgrimages than trips. His restless globetrotting found him abandoning his family for months at a time; with campesinos in rural South America, folk artists in Mexico, impoverished cultures all over Africa and remote indigenous people around the world. Wenders’ coup de maître is a two-way mirror contraption where Salgado sits, recounting the often heartbreaking tales behind the image. And what Wenders' slow-burning and beautiful documentary communicates most ardently is the compassion Salgado extends to his subjects, which is seemingly part of the very texture of each photo. The gorgeous score by musician composer Laurent Petitgand is a standout. Swelling with a low-hum beauty, his music is like an ambient celestial chorus, but one that wisely never tries to drown out the subject. (Based on Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist)

    "A stunning visual ode to the photographer Sebastiao Salgado. Wim Wenders’ mastery of the documentary form is again on display in The Salt of the Earth." (Jay Weissberg, Variety)

    "The Salt of the Earth deals with two kinds of journeys the photographer made. The outward one may have literally taken him to the furthest corners of the Earth and resulted in the stunning images the film features, but it is the inward journey that paralleled it that completely holds our attention." (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • CINEMA
    Phoenix
    Sunday June 7, 8:00p–9:38p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    With his internationally acclaimed films The State I Am In, Yella and Jerichow, Christian Petzold established himself at the forefront of the group of contemporary German filmmakers known as the Berlin School. Following the success of his previous film, Barbara, Petzold returns with another story of a fiercely determined woman—and the deeply divided society to which she belongs—caught between a tragic past and an uncertain future.

    Emerging from a concentration camp at the end of World War II, Nelly Lenz (played by the formidable Nina Hoss, Petzold’s regular star) undergoes significant reconstructive surgery to repair a facial injury caused by a bullet wound. Nelly wants everything to be exactly the way it was before the war—including her appearance—but it is not. Presumed dead by her friends and relatives, fixated on the memories of her former life and unable to accept the shattered reality before her, Nelly returns to Berlin to fulfill the dream that sustained her throughout her imprisonment: reuniting with her husband, Johnny (Ronald

    Zehrfeld, Hoss’ co-star in Barbara). But even as she scours the ravaged city to find him, she is haunted by terrible, whispered rumours: that it was Johnny himself who betrayed her to the Nazis.

    Travelling beyond Barbara’s setting in the former East Germany to further explore his country’s dark twentieth-century history, Petzold positions Nelly as a powerfully ambiguous representation of the titular phoenix: rising from the ashes of her broken life, she strives not to begin anew but to reclaim the old dreams of the past. Gorgeously shot, featuring impeccable art direction, a faultless score, and two powerhouse performances in the leading roles, Phoenix is one of the most thrilling and engrossing dramas of the year.

    "Both a powerful allegory for post-war regeneration and a rich Hitchcockian tale of mistaken identity, Phoenix once again proves that German filmmaker Christian Petzold and his favorite star, Nina Hoss, are clearly one of the best director-actor duos working in movies today." (Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter)

    "Because Petzold is such a gifted storyteller, with the lean, driving narrative sense of the film noir masters, he also keeps those twists and turns chugging smoothly along, building to a climax so expertly orchestrated that one imagines he started with it in mind and worked the rest of the movie backward from there." (Scott Foundas, Variety)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • THEATRE
    Broken Leg Theatre - Family
    Saturday June 13, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Donna Holmes
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $10 (at the door)

    Broken Leg Theatre is a theatrical variety show that follows the same kind of format as "Night Kitchen" - but instead of mostly music acts, we'll have mostly theatrical acts.

    Our shows include drama, comedy, musical theatre, dance... or maybe even something by YOU!

    If you'd like to be involved (on or behind the stage) please contact Donna Holmes at iwakichick@hotmail.com or check out our facebook page at https://facebook.com/brokenlegtheatre. :O)

    Contact: iwakichick@hotmail.com

  • CINEMA
    Clouds of Sils Maria
    Sunday June 14, 8:00p–10:04p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    A veteran stage star (Juliette Binoche, Summer Hours, Caché) turns to her assistant (Kristen Stewart, Still Alice) for solace as she jousts with an arrogant younger actress (Chloë Grace Moretz, Hugo), in the brilliant new film from French auteur Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, Something in the Air).

    Binoche plays Maria, a famous actor who rose to success with her role in an acclaimed lesbian play in which she played the younger part opposite a middle-aged lover. Now, years later, she is approached to do the same play—this time in the role of the older woman. As life begins to mirror art, Maria finds herself facing a younger version of herself in the form of Jo-Ann (Moretz), the actor hired to play opposite her.

    The tension between an established star confronted with age and the arrogant younger woman on the rise provides much of the internal and psychological drama of Clouds of Sils Maria. Assayas expands his narrative by providing ample screen time for what is in effect the central relationship of the film, that between Maria and her hyperefficient assistant, Valentine (Stewart), who balances iPhone and BlackBerry calls and texts while providing her boss with pertinent advice along the way.

    As Maria and her assistant hide out in the Swiss Alps (the film carries with it the feel of summertime outdoors in the mountains), we are shown all the insecurities of an actress trying to balance fame with privacy, career with personal life, while wondering if attitudes toward aging have put an early expiration date on her career. And then, one magical day, the famed cloud of Sils Maria, a forewarning of inclement weather, spills up the valley.

    "The typically great Binoche conveys a tantalizing mixture of confidence and unease as she considers her glamorous past and undetermined future." (Eric Kohn, indieWIRE)

    "Binoche leaves audiences with the same exhilarating feeling here—of having witnessed something precious and rare—answering the challenge of Assayas’ script by revealing a character incredibly closer to her soul." (Peter Debruge, Variety)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157

  • THEATRE
    A View from the Bridge
    Friday June 19, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20

    Tickets: Available now at all Ticketpro outlets https://secure.ticketpro.ca/achat_AWT05IS14.html • Online at ticketpro.ca • By phone at 1-888-311-9090 • Home Hardware, Windsor • Box of Delights, Wolfville • Wilsons Pharmasave, Kentville • Wilsons Pharmasave, Berwick • or at the door one hour before the show

    Buy Tickets Online

    In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece.

    Contact: kathy@justuscoffee.com  |  902-697-4231

  • CINEMA
    X + Y
    Sunday June 21, 8:00p–9:51p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    From the producers of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, X + Y emerges as one of the year’s most rewarding discoveries. Inspired by the real-life subjects of his documentary Beautiful Young Minds, first-time feature director Morgan Matthews here turns his talents to fiction filmmaking with wonderfully affecting results.

    For most of us, equations are just a means to an end. But for teenage math prodigy Nathan (Asa Butterfield, Hugo, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), they are a way of life. Diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when he was a little boy, Nathan has always struggled to relate to people, even to his ever-loving mother, Julie (Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go-Lucky). Numbers (especially prime ones) are the only things that make sense to him. But when attentive teacher Mr. Humphreys (Rafe Spall, Life of Pi, One Day) takes an interest in Nathan’s talents, doors begin to open. Mr. Humphreys’ unorthodox teaching methods soon help Nathan land a spot on Great Britain’s team at the International Mathematics Olympiad in Taipei, where, under the blustery guidance of squad leader Richard (Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky), Nathan and his fellow socially awkward mathletes discover that they might not be as weird as they thought themselves to be.

    Favouring small, resonant moments over contrived dramatic catharsis, Matthews allows his story to build organically to its poignant conclusion. Butterfield is a wonder as Nathan, and the always superb Hawkins is a force of nature as Julie. Warm, sensitive and compelling, X + Y is about more than connecting numbers—it is about connecting hearts.

    "Deeply affecting … Matthews’ affinity for the subject and empathy for his characters pays rich dividends, while his documentary background shines through in his and DP Danny Cohen’s eye for striking visual details." (Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter)

    "At the core of this tender-hearted and moving British indie film is a fascinating relationship between a single mum and her autistic teenage son." (Dave Calhoun, Time Out)

    "An attractively unparochial drama with a bracing interest in excellence." (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

    Contact: info@fundyfilm.ca  |  (902) 542-5157