2-Week Calendar

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May 17 - 23

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May 24 - 30

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

ALL UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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
    Sunshine on Leith
    Sunday May 31, 8:00p–9:40p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    The sophomore feature from British actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) stars Peter Mullan (War Horse, Stone of Destiny) and Jane Horrocks (Little Voice) in a vibrant cinematic adaptation of the acclaimed stage musical, inspired by the chart-topping album from Scottish band The Proclaimers.

    What would you give up for love? What love would you be willing to give up on? What makes love last—and when, if ever, is it time to let go? These tough questions drive Sunshine on Leith, a soaring musical based on the endlessly catchy tunes of Scotland's beloved folk-pop duo The Proclaimers.

    Best friends Davy (George MacKay, Pride) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) return from military service in Afghanistan. Both come back in one piece—unlike some of their colleagues. Their brush with death only intensifies a desire to live life to the fullest, which for Davy involves falling head-over-heels in love with Yvonne (Antonia Thomas), while Ally plans to propose marriage to Davy's sister Liz (Freya Mavor). Meanwhile, Davy and Liz's folks, Rab (Mullan) and Jean (Horrocks), are set to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. It should be a happy occasion, if only Rab weren't keeping a troubling secret.

    A perfect balance of profound themes and rousing songs—from I'm On My Way to I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)—sung by actors giving it their soulful best, Sunshine on Leith piles one stirring scene atop another. Based on the stage musical by Stephen Greenhorn, the ebullient script seamlessly entwines dialogue and music, while director Dexter Fletcher's focus on character development still leaves ample room for bursts of joyous, unexpected choreography: a party turns into a punch-up, and a declaration of love turns into a flash mob in the sunny streets of Leith. You will be humming these numbers long after the credits roll, wondering all the while: Who would you walk 500 miles for?

    "Pitched perfectly between microbudget miracle Once and all-star Aegean romp Mamma Mia! What these songs lack in recognition they make up for in feelgood factor." (Emma Morgan, Total Film)

    "The best jukebox musical to come around in ages." (David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews)

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

  • CINEMA
    Cinéma Politique
    Tuesday June 2, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Wolfville Advocates for Progressive Politics
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Donation

    BROKEN PROMISES, HOLLOW APOLOGIES
    An exploration of First Nation issues in Canada.
    In spite of a carefully negotiated and widely publicized apology, the Conservative government has ignored the needs & rights of Indigenous peoples. Although there has been international condemnation about inequities and systemic abuse, the Harper government actions have in fact increased such conditions.

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

  • 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, 8:00p–10:00p
    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 • Pharmasave, 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 (A Brilliant Young Mind)
    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

  • CINEMA
    Cinéma Politique
    Tuesday June 23, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Wolfville Advocates for Progressive Politics
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Donation

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    Cinéma Politique is a gathering of politicos & the curious who are interested in exploring modern political phenomenon through video & discussion. Topics vary month-to-month, sometimes a miscellany of topics, sometimes focusing on a single topic, depending on the speaker. Currently we looking at the the fall federal election and ways to move forward from the current rut we seem to be in.

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

  • CINEMA
    While We’re Young
    Sunday June 28, 8:00p–9:37p
    Presented by Fundy Film Society
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Aging gracefully is never easy, and it may be worse for artists. Josh Srebnick (Ben Stiller) is a New York documentarian who never quite got his due. As he labours over the umpteenth edit of his cerebral new film, it is plain that he has hit a creative dry patch. Josh and his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts, Birdman), tried to start a family and were unable—and have decided they are okay with that. Yet for Josh, there is something still missing.

    Enter Jamie (Adam Driver, Tracks, Inside Llewyn Davis) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), who approach Josh after a class he teaches. A young artist couple, they are spontaneous and untethered, ready to drop everything in pursuit of their next passion—retro board games one day, acquiring a pet chicken the next. For Josh, it is as if a door has opened back to his youth.

    It is not long before the unhappy fortysomethings Josh and Cornelia throw aside friends their own age—including Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz in a sly supporting role—to trail after these young hipsters who seem so plugged in, so uninhibited, so Brooklyn cool. "Before we met," Josh admits, "the only two feelings I had left were wistful and disdainful." But is this new inspiration enough to sustain collaboration with artists twenty years his junior?

    While We're Young is Noah Baumbach's sparkling follow-up to Frances Ha. Where that film was a delightful, minimalist screwball comedy, this look at New York's creative class is a more openly funny social portrait, capturing the weird, upended logic of urban sophisticates: the older ones embrace their iPads and Netflix, the young ones crave vinyl records and vintage VHS tapes.

    Powered by Stiller's note-perfect lead performance and loose, comic turns by Watts and Seyfried, While We're Young is a complete pleasure to watch. And, as the most surprising character in the mix, Jamie adds one more layer to Driver's hipster persona.

    "An almost perfect 90-minute hit of confident and inspired comedic commentary. " (Catherine Shoard, The Guardian)

    "While a truly original comedy, While We're Young is the rare one that also laces rich thematic elements with wonderfully drawn characters to create a picture that's as genuinely hilarious as it is thoughtful about how hopes, ambitions, dreams and ideals of personal and creative accomplishments that ebb and flow across decades." (Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist)

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