2-Week Calendar

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January 22 - 28

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January 29 - February 4

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  • Wednesday
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  • Saturday

ALL UPCOMING EVENTS

  • CINEMA
    The Violin Teacher
    Sunday January 22, 4:00p–5:42p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Director Sérgio Machado tells the quietly engaging story of Laerte (Lázaro Ramos), a talented violinist who fails an audition for the Symphonic Orchestra of São Paulo (OSESP) and is forced to teach at a public school in Heliopolis, the biggest favela of Brazil, to pay his bills.

    The instruments are precarious and the environment is hostile but little by little Laerte is able to gain the trust of the students and the community. He also gradually regains his pleasure of playing the violin. When he finds out about a new audition for OSESP, he is torn between rehearsals and his classes but ultimately decides to leave the school. However, a tragedy in Heliopolis brings students and teacher together one more time to perform at a farewell concert.

    Inspired by the true story of the Baccarelli Institute and Antonio Ermirio de Moraes' play Acorda Brasil, The Violin Teacher is set to a beautiful score of classical violin pieces.

    "The solid, matter-of-fact conviction Lazaro Ramos brings to the performance is very much in keeping with the spirit of a film that carefully sidesteps the easy option of overt melodrama and tearjerking sentimentality in favour of honest emotion and well-crafted, quietly engaging storytelling." (Allan Hunter, Screen Daily)

    "This beautifully crafted character study pulls off most of the tough stuff it attempts with that extra dose of feeling, perspective, and poetry that elevates mere social commentary into real art." (Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    The Violin Teacher
    Sunday January 22, 7:00p–8:42p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Director Sérgio Machado tells the quietly engaging story of Laerte (Lázaro Ramos), a talented violinist who fails an audition for the Symphonic Orchestra of São Paulo (OSESP) and is forced to teach at a public school in Heliopolis, the biggest favela of Brazil, to pay his bills.

    The instruments are precarious and the environment is hostile but little by little Laerte is able to gain the trust of the students and the community. He also gradually regains his pleasure of playing the violin. When he finds out about a new audition for OSESP, he is torn between rehearsals and his classes but ultimately decides to leave the school. However, a tragedy in Heliopolis brings students and teacher together one more time to perform at a farewell concert.

    Inspired by the true story of the Baccarelli Institute and Antonio Ermirio de Moraes' play Acorda Brasil, The Violin Teacher is set to a beautiful score of classical violin pieces.

    "The solid, matter-of-fact conviction Lazaro Ramos brings to the performance is very much in keeping with the spirit of a film that carefully sidesteps the easy option of overt melodrama and tearjerking sentimentality in favour of honest emotion and well-crafted, quietly engaging storytelling." (Allan Hunter, Screen Daily)

    "This beautifully crafted character study pulls off most of the tough stuff it attempts with that extra dose of feeling, perspective, and poetry that elevates mere social commentary into real art." (Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    Cameraperson
    Wednesday January 25, 7:00p–8:42p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    For the past 25 years I’ve worked as a documentary cinematographer. I originally shot the following footage for other films, but here I ask you to see it as my memoir. These are the images that have marked me and leave me wondering still.” (Kirsten Johnson)

    What does it mean to film another person? How does it affect that person—and what does it do to the one who films?

    Kirsten Johnson has been the eyes and mind behind some of the most iconic documentary films ever made. Her work with Laura Poitras (Citizenfour), Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) among many others has arguably moved documentary cinema into the public eye in an entirely new way. At the heart of Johnson’s approach are humility, curiosity and a certain brand of American humanism. Whether she is shooting nurse midwives in an obstetrics clinic in Nigeria or a boxing match in New York City, Johnson brings a virtuosity of technique and an easy open manner—people address her camera like they were having a conversation with a friend. But the cost of documenting human suffering and tragedy comes at a price, as scenes on both a grand scale (genocide) and a much smaller level make clear. In a sequence that captures a newborn baby’s struggle for breath, you hear Johnson’s agonized comments off-camera. Episodes drawn from Johnson’s family life, her twins and her elderly mother who is suffering from dementia add another dimension, as her camera becomes a means of fixing time and keeping people alive in some ineffable way.

    Cameraperson could function as a masterclass in documentary filmmaking, as Johnson discusses shot setups with directors like Moore or Poitras. But more importantly, Johnson reveals through her own eyes the very nature of perception, of what it means to be alive and seeing the world.

    A work that combines documentary, autobiography and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

    “All this could have easily become a cacophony of disconnected sights and sounds, but Cameraperson unfolds with beauty and purpose—mixing the fluidity of a dream with the acuity of an essay. Johnson teases out themes and finds echoes across the years.” (Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice)

    “Humanity permeates Cameraperson, thanks to Johnson’s presence, so as experimental as it is, it’s also stirring and poignant, with a tangible sense of empathy intact in every frame.” (Katie Walsh, The Playlist)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    The Edge of Seventeen
    Sunday January 29, 4:00p–5:44p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Academy Award nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson (Seven Psychopaths, No Country for Old Men) star in this hilarious, poignant coming-of-age tale about a witty but self-absorbed teen whose life goes into a tailspin after her older brother starts dating her best friend.

    Not many people pay attention to socially awkward high-school junior Nadine (Steinfeld), but it is not for lack of effort on her part. The Edge of Seventeen begins with Nadine assailing her history teacher, Mr. Bruner (Harrelson), with her umpteenth breathless—and phony—crisis. Tired of Nadine's high drama, Mr. Bruner refuses to offer token consolation, though he does offer her half his cookie.

    Whatever adolescent disaster Nadine thinks she is suffering from, nothing can prepare her for what is tantamount to a personal apocalypse: Nadine's best—and, well, only—friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), has started dating Nadine's annoyingly earnest fitness-nut older brother Darian (Blake Jenner). Ugh! This unholy union sparks a new level of mania in Nadine, one that will push her to try new things—like sending brazen text messages to the cute, aloof boy who works at the pet store in the mall.

    Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig's debut is a rollicking tour of 21st-century teen angst. Nadine can be crazily solipsistic but over the course of her misadventures she learns to exercise empathy for others, even Darian. Harrelson gives a beautifully considered performance peppered with small surprises, while Steinfeld exudes comic chops, embracing every facet of this wondrously complicated heroine—and taking her to the very edge.

    “Unfolding like a symphony of small humiliations, there isn’t a moment in this movie that doesn’t feel at least vaguely familiar, and there isn’t a moment in this movie that doesn’t feel completely true.” (David Ehrlich, Indiewire)

    “Written and directed by the gifted first-timer Kelly Fremon Craig, and graced by a superb star turn from Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen is the rare coming-of-age picture that feels less like a retread than a renewal. It’s a disarmingly smart, funny and thoughtful piece of work, from end to beginning to end.” (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    The Edge of Seventeen
    Sunday January 29, 7:00p–8:44p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Academy Award nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson (Seven Psychopaths, No Country for Old Men) star in this hilarious, poignant coming-of-age tale about a witty but self-absorbed teen whose life goes into a tailspin after her older brother starts dating her best friend.

    Not many people pay attention to socially awkward high-school junior Nadine (Steinfeld), but it is not for lack of effort on her part. The Edge of Seventeen begins with Nadine assailing her history teacher, Mr. Bruner (Harrelson), with her umpteenth breathless—and phony—crisis. Tired of Nadine's high drama, Mr. Bruner refuses to offer token consolation, though he does offer her half his cookie.

    Whatever adolescent disaster Nadine thinks she is suffering from, nothing can prepare her for what is tantamount to a personal apocalypse: Nadine's best—and, well, only—friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), has started dating Nadine's annoyingly earnest fitness-nut older brother Darian (Blake Jenner). Ugh! This unholy union sparks a new level of mania in Nadine, one that will push her to try new things—like sending brazen text messages to the cute, aloof boy who works at the pet store in the mall.

    Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig's debut is a rollicking tour of 21st-century teen angst. Nadine can be crazily solipsistic but over the course of her misadventures she learns to exercise empathy for others, even Darian. Harrelson gives a beautifully considered performance peppered with small surprises, while Steinfeld exudes comic chops, embracing every facet of this wondrously complicated heroine—and taking her to the very edge.

    “Unfolding like a symphony of small humiliations, there isn’t a moment in this movie that doesn’t feel at least vaguely familiar, and there isn’t a moment in this movie that doesn’t feel completely true.” (David Ehrlich, Indiewire)

    “Written and directed by the gifted first-timer Kelly Fremon Craig, and graced by a superb star turn from Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen is the rare coming-of-age picture that feels less like a retread than a renewal. It’s a disarmingly smart, funny and thoughtful piece of work, from end to beginning to end.” (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • THEATRE
    Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
    Friday February 3, 7:00p–10:00p
    Presented by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20 - available only at the door

    Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

    In this new production, directed by Michael Longhurst ), Lucian Msamati plays Salieri – with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

    Contact: kathy@justuscoffee.com

  • THEATRE
    Broken Leg Theatre - Rooster
    Saturday February 4, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Donna Holmes
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Tickets are $10

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Door or by contacting Donna at donnaholmes712@gmail.com

    Broken Leg Theatre is a variety show that plays at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville three times a year. Our next show's theme is "Rooster", to commemorate the Chinese New Year animal, and it is sure to be a barnyard full of fun for the whole family! (It won't be fowl at all... I swear!)

    Broken Leg Theatre - Featured acts on the rooster (oops... I mean roster) include DanceConXion, The Dead Sheep Scrolls, Sammy Wilson, two different dance groups from Acadia University, Caravan Theatre, Dianne Looker, a whole lot of chicken jokes, and more!! See you there (unless you're chicken)!

    Show starts at 7pm.

    If you'd like to be involved (on, or behind, the stage) please contact Donna at donnaholmes712@gmail.com or check out our facebook page at facebook.com/brokenlegtheatre. :O)

    Contact: donnaholmes712@gmail.com

  • CINEMA
    Lion
    Sunday February 5, 4:00p–6:00p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    From the production team that brought us The King's Speech comes Lion: the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley and his 25-year odyssey.

    Precocious five-year-old Saroo Khan is always up for an adventure. Eager to help his older brother Guddu with any odd job that will provide their family with much-needed money, Saroo follows Guddu everywhere he goes. One night the two boys are separated on a train platform in their native Madhya Pradesh, and Saroo winds up nearly a thousand miles away in Calcutta.

    Homeless in a strange city where he does not speak the language, Saroo gets by on his street smarts until he is taken in by a government orphanage. When an Australian couple adopts him, he is taken to live with them in Hobart, Tasmania. It is not until Saroo leaves that island as a young Australian man that he begins to wonder what became of his first home and the family he so adored. Ingeniously using satellite images from Google Earth, he finds a lead to follow up on. But the search for Saroo's past threatens to overwhelm his present, and he finds himself further adrift than he ever imagined possible.

    Adapting Brierley's own book, A Long Way Home, screenwriter Luke Davies and first-time director Garth Davis infuse the story with quiet heartbreak. Newcomer Sunny Pawar lights up the screen as the young boy and Dev Patel (The Man Who Knew Infinity) delivers a deeply affecting performance as the adult Saroo. Nicole Kidman, David Wenham (Oranges and Sunshine), Rooney Mara (Carol, Her) and Tannishtha Chatterjee (Angry Indian Goddesses, Siddarth) round out Lion's all-star international cast, while Greig Fraser's arresting photography conveys the overwhelming chaos and beauty of Saroo's two worlds. This remarkable journey shows us how home transcends borders and family transcends blood.

    “Once in a while, a movie comes along that is so touching and sincere, without a moment of false emotion or manipulative self-indulgence, that it established squatters’ rights and moves into your heart to stay.” (Rex Reed, New York Observer)

    “A sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home, which engrosses throughout the course of its two-hour running time.” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    Lion
    Sunday February 5, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    From the production team that brought us The King's Speech comes Lion: the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley and his 25-year odyssey.

    Precocious five-year-old Saroo Khan is always up for an adventure. Eager to help his older brother Guddu with any odd job that will provide their family with much-needed money, Saroo follows Guddu everywhere he goes. One night the two boys are separated on a train platform in their native Madhya Pradesh, and Saroo winds up nearly a thousand miles away in Calcutta.

    Homeless in a strange city where he does not speak the language, Saroo gets by on his street smarts until he is taken in by a government orphanage. When an Australian couple adopts him, he is taken to live with them in Hobart, Tasmania. It is not until Saroo leaves that island as a young Australian man that he begins to wonder what became of his first home and the family he so adored. Ingeniously using satellite images from Google Earth, he finds a lead to follow up on. But the search for Saroo's past threatens to overwhelm his present, and he finds himself further adrift than he ever imagined possible.

    Adapting Brierley's own book, A Long Way Home, screenwriter Luke Davies and first-time director Garth Davis infuse the story with quiet heartbreak. Newcomer Sunny Pawar lights up the screen as the young boy and Dev Patel (The Man Who Knew Infinity) delivers a deeply affecting performance as the adult Saroo. Nicole Kidman, David Wenham (Oranges and Sunshine), Rooney Mara (Carol, Her) and Tannishtha Chatterjee (Angry Indian Goddesses, Siddarth) round out Lion's all-star international cast, while Greig Fraser's arresting photography conveys the overwhelming chaos and beauty of Saroo's two worlds. This remarkable journey shows us how home transcends borders and family transcends blood.

    “Once in a while, a movie comes along that is so touching and sincere, without a moment of false emotion or manipulative self-indulgence, that it established squatters’ rights and moves into your heart to stay.” (Rex Reed, New York Observer)

    “A sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home, which engrosses throughout the course of its two-hour running time.” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    Maliglutit (Searchers)
    Wednesday February 8, 7:00p–8:34p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Fifteen years after winning the prestigious Caméra d’Or for Best First Feature at Cannes for his debut Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (The Journals of Knud Rassmussen) returns with this Arctic epic, inspired by the classic John Ford western The Searchers, in which a vengeful husband sets off in pursuit of the men who kidnapped his wife.

    While Kunuk and his collaborator Natar Ungalaaq (The Journals of Knud Rassmussen, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) hew closely to the basic scenario of the Ford original—wherein a white girl is abducted by members of the Comanche nation, sparking a seven-year search by her obsessed uncle—they have made a film that is very different in tone and feel. In the vast spaces of the Arctic, a family is torn apart when marauding men break into an igloo and abduct a young woman. When the woman’s husband returns to find his home ransacked and his wife vanished, he vows revenge. Gathering together a band of maliglutit (“followers”), the man sets out to rescue the captives. During the arduous journey across the tundra, Kunuk slowly transforms his theme from justified retribution to self-examination, as the film questions whether these hunters, ostensibly the heroes, have begun to act like those who have violated their family.

    As with Ford’s The Searchers, Maliglutit (Searchers) explores the repercussions of acts of violence within a community and how righteous indignation can all too easily become wanton brutality in its own right. But Kunuk’s film goes beyond Ford’s as it forces us not only to interrogate the colonial ideology inherent to the western genre but also to consider the very possibility of justice in a seemingly unjust world. With this tale as timeless as the landscape in which it is set, one of Canada’s foremost filmmakers has provided us with another classic.

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • MUSIC
    Beatles - a Celebration of the B Sides
    Friday February 10, 7:30p–10:15p
    Presented by Saltwater Roses
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20 at the door at the time of the event (cash only)

    To reserve tickets, contact beatlessfab@gmail.com

    Saltwater Roses have been playing Beatles music for 30+ years. Now they’re bringing it on the road , having recently performed shows in Ontario, NB and NS. Don’t miss songs and stories from the B-Sides of the Fab Four. If you're old enough to remember how a " 45 " worked on a record player, you'll know what we're talking about . Songs include Revolution , Dear Prudence, Nowhere Man , We Can Work It Out , This Boy , Twist and Shout and the entire 2nd side of Abbey Road!

    "They worked it out!" "Their down to earth rapport made the evening like listening to music at a house party with your friends." "plenty of swaying, toe-tapping, clapping and singing along as Saltwater Roses performed the Beatles B Sides at the Regent Theatre" - Wellington Times- Aug, 2016

    Proceeds to Annapolis Valley Music Festival

    Beatles - a Celebration of the B Sides on YouTube

    Contact: beatlessfab@gmail.com

  • CINEMA
    Manchester by the Sea
    Sunday February 12, 4:00p–6:16p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, Take This Waltz) and Kyle Chandler (Carol) star in this critically acclaimed drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan about a reclusive handyman whose life is upended after the sudden death of his beloved older brother.

    Lee Chandler (Affleck, in a career-defining performance) is the resident handyman for a small apartment complex in a Boston suburb. He spends his days shovelling snow, fixing leaks, and doing his best to ignore the tenants' small talk. He spends his evenings either alone in his basement apartment or nursing a beer at his local, where he will pick a fight with anyone who throws a glance his way. Yet somehow we know that buried beneath this sadness is another life.

    When he receives the news that his older brother Joe (Chandler) has died of a congenital heart condition and that, to his unpleasant surprise, he has been appointed legal guardian of Joe's teenage son, Patrick (Lucas Hedges, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom), Lee returns to his nearby seaside hometown, a place of both cherished and painful memories. Despite the sudden loss of his father and in stark contrast to his uncle, Patrick is full of life. A popular student, he juggles hockey, band practice and two girlfriends. As this mismatched pair stumbles through the mundane details of estate planning and the awkward strain of adolescence, Lee is forced to confront his past, revealed seamlessly through flashbacks and the realities of his present.

    Lonergan's genius is rooted not in the extraordinary but the ordinary. A master of detail, he uses his character's daily surroundings and routines to create a beautifully textured reality. He turns the loose narrative structure into one of his film's greatest strengths: rather than depend on an obvious narrative arc or dramatic set pieces, he draws out the emotion of his text subtly and steadily. In Manchester by the Sea, Lonergan has created a world so messy that it can only be described as wonderfully human.

    “The persistence of grief and the hope of redemption are themes as timeless as dramaturgy itself, but rarely do they summon forth the kind of extraordinary swirl of love, anger, tenderness and brittle humor that is Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan’s beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama about how a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront a past tragedy anew.” (Justin Chang, Variety)

    “Manchester by the Sea is a film of surpassing beauty and heart. Even at its most melancholy depths, it brims with candid, earnest, indefatigable life.” (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)

    “See this film as soon as you can, preferably with someone you love. Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature as a writer-director is a drama of surpassing beauty, and Casey Affleck’s portrayal of the janitor, Lee Chandler, is stripped-back perfection—understated, unaffected, yet stunning in depth and resonance.” (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    Manchester by the Sea
    Sunday February 12, 7:00p–9:16p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, Take This Waltz) and Kyle Chandler (Carol) star in this critically acclaimed drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan about a reclusive handyman whose life is upended after the sudden death of his beloved older brother.

    Lee Chandler (Affleck, in a career-defining performance) is the resident handyman for a small apartment complex in a Boston suburb. He spends his days shovelling snow, fixing leaks, and doing his best to ignore the tenants' small talk. He spends his evenings either alone in his basement apartment or nursing a beer at his local, where he will pick a fight with anyone who throws a glance his way. Yet somehow we know that buried beneath this sadness is another life.

    When he receives the news that his older brother Joe (Chandler) has died of a congenital heart condition and that, to his unpleasant surprise, he has been appointed legal guardian of Joe's teenage son, Patrick (Lucas Hedges, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom), Lee returns to his nearby seaside hometown, a place of both cherished and painful memories. Despite the sudden loss of his father and in stark contrast to his uncle, Patrick is full of life. A popular student, he juggles hockey, band practice and two girlfriends. As this mismatched pair stumbles through the mundane details of estate planning and the awkward strain of adolescence, Lee is forced to confront his past, revealed seamlessly through flashbacks and the realities of his present.

    Lonergan's genius is rooted not in the extraordinary but the ordinary. A master of detail, he uses his character's daily surroundings and routines to create a beautifully textured reality. He turns the loose narrative structure into one of his film's greatest strengths: rather than depend on an obvious narrative arc or dramatic set pieces, he draws out the emotion of his text subtly and steadily. In Manchester by the Sea, Lonergan has created a world so messy that it can only be described as wonderfully human.

    “The persistence of grief and the hope of redemption are themes as timeless as dramaturgy itself, but rarely do they summon forth the kind of extraordinary swirl of love, anger, tenderness and brittle humor that is Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan’s beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama about how a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront a past tragedy anew.” (Justin Chang, Variety)

    “Manchester by the Sea is a film of surpassing beauty and heart. Even at its most melancholy depths, it brims with candid, earnest, indefatigable life.” (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)

    “See this film as soon as you can, preferably with someone you love. Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature as a writer-director is a drama of surpassing beauty, and Casey Affleck’s portrayal of the janitor, Lee Chandler, is stripped-back perfection—understated, unaffected, yet stunning in depth and resonance.” (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    The Red Turtle
    Wednesday February 15, 7:00p–8:20p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Another extraordinary work from famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, The Red Turtle is also the studio’s first international co-production. Academy Award-winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit has collaborated with Studio Ghibli to make his first feature-length film, a tale told with a classic simplicity that belies its emotional power.

    Shipwrecked on a deserted island, a lone man struggles to find his place in this new world. The basics for survival are abundant yet frustratingly out of reach and danger lurks in the smallest of crevices; every isolated grotto is also a potential grave. The man cleverly uses the forest’s resources to support his raft-making efforts but every attempt to escape is thwarted by an enormous sea turtle that seems intent on having him stay. Enraged, he attacks the turtle, intent on killing it. What happens next is the beginning of a new chapter in the man’s life, one that will instruct him in the ways of companionship and lead him to understand that nature must take its course.

    The Red Turtle luxuriates in the magic of life and the cycles of nature. Its languorous, entirely wordless storytelling arouses the senses, inspires wonder and invites viewers to cast themselves in the central role. All the hallmarks of a Studio Ghibli film are here—not least of all, the studio’s compassionate treatment of humanist themes—rendered in De Wit’s singular animation style. It is an artistic partnership that has given us one of the year’s finest cinematic experiences.

    “This is a quiet little masterpiece of images, each one rich with meaning, that collectively speak to a universal process.” (Eric Kohn, Indiewire)

    “This is, quite simply, thoughtful and ultimately moving animation at its best.” (Lisa Nesselson, Screen International)

    “Michael Dudok de Wit’s hypnotizing, entirely dialogue-free The Red Turtle is a fable so simple, so pure, it feels as if it has existed for hundreds of years, like a brilliant shard of sea glass rendered smooth and elegant through generations of retelling.” (Peter Debruge, Variety)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    20th Century Women
    Sunday February 19, 4:00p–5:58p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Film Circuit favourite Mike Mills is back with the eagerly awaited follow-up to his acclaimed debut, Beginners. Following that film’s exploration of Mills' adult relationship with his father, 20th Century Women looks back to the director’s life growing up with his mother in Santa Barbara, California, telling a loosely autobiographical tale of the women who helped shape him.

    Despite incessant renovations on her sprawling old house, Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening, Ginger & Rosa, The Kids Are Alright) nonetheless maintains an open-door policy that provides a home base not just for her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), but also for Jamie’s close-friend-next-door Julie (Elle Fanning, Trumbo, Ginger & Rosa), twenty-something lodger Abbie (Greta Gerwig, Jackie, Maggie’s Plan, Frances Ha), and local mechanic William (Billy Crudup, Jackie, Spotlight). With no paternal presence for Jamie, Dorothea recruits Abbie as a role model for him. However, their makeshift family arrangement is complicated by Abbie’s own distracted self-searching and Jamie’s burgeoning feelings for Julie.

    20th Century Women presents a subtly layered view of the turbulent final moments of 1970s America, enriched by Mills’ skilled infusion of era-appropriate music and fashion. Ultimately, however, the film’s performances shine brightest as Bening’s brilliant work is supported beautifully by Gerwig, Fanning, Crudup and newcomer Zumann, all of whom contribute to making Mills’ sophomore effort a must-see.

    “Despite the gender gap between the film’s creator and his subjects, the film is beautifully perceptive and, at times, deeply poignant. Mills has created the kind of comedy in which you laugh with recognition because its dilemmas feel so familiar. “ (Nido Lang, Consequence of Sound)

    "The sheer likability of these lived-in characters is a powerful magnet, thanks to insightful writing and a note-perfect ensemble anchored by a never-better Annette Bening." (David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    20th Century Women
    Sunday February 19, 7:00p–8:58p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Film Circuit favourite Mike Mills is back with the eagerly awaited follow-up to his acclaimed debut, Beginners. Following that film’s exploration of Mills' adult relationship with his father, 20th Century Women looks back to the director’s life growing up with his mother in Santa Barbara, California, telling a loosely autobiographical tale of the women who helped shape him.

    Despite incessant renovations on her sprawling old house, Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening, Ginger & Rosa, The Kids Are Alright) nonetheless maintains an open-door policy that provides a home base not just for her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), but also for Jamie’s close-friend-next-door Julie (Elle Fanning, Trumbo, Ginger & Rosa), twenty-something lodger Abbie (Greta Gerwig, Jackie, Maggie’s Plan, Frances Ha), and local mechanic William (Billy Crudup, Jackie, Spotlight). With no paternal presence for Jamie, Dorothea recruits Abbie as a role model for him. However, their makeshift family arrangement is complicated by Abbie’s own distracted self-searching and Jamie’s burgeoning feelings for Julie.

    20th Century Women presents a subtly layered view of the turbulent final moments of 1970s America, enriched by Mills’ skilled infusion of era-appropriate music and fashion. Ultimately, however, the film’s performances shine brightest as Bening’s brilliant work is supported beautifully by Gerwig, Fanning, Crudup and newcomer Zumann, all of whom contribute to making Mills’ sophomore effort a must-see.

    “Despite the gender gap between the film’s creator and his subjects, the film is beautifully perceptive and, at times, deeply poignant. Mills has created the kind of comedy in which you laugh with recognition because its dilemmas feel so familiar. “ (Nido Lang, Consequence of Sound)

    "The sheer likability of these lived-in characters is a powerful magnet, thanks to insightful writing and a note-perfect ensemble anchored by a never-better Annette Bening." (David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    The Eagle Huntress
    Wednesday February 22, 7:00p–8:27p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Otto Bell’s visually stunning documentary follows Aisholpan Nurgaiv, a 13-year-old girl that becomes the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a longstanding patrilineal tradition.

    It seems impossible to conceive of training wild eagles, with their seven-foot wingspans and razor-sharp talons. Yet the Kazakh people have been doing so for centuries, and the practitioners in the Bayon-Ölgii province of Mongolia are the most faithful keepers of the sacred practice. Perched precariously on the side of a mountain, with a gigantic mother eagle circling overhead, the brave girl perseveres in the face of danger and manages to capture her own baby eagle. And this is only the beginning of her adventure: under her father’s tutelage, she remains tenaciously committed to the intense training necessary to her eaglet’s development.

    Aisholpan’s natural gifts for understanding and communication allow her to form a lasting bond with the bird, and with her parents’ support, she becomes the first girl ever to take part in the Golden Eagle Festival, competing against 70 seasoned eagle hunters. But it is only after, when she goes on a hunt, that Aisholpan will seek her true rite of passage as an eagle huntress.

    Narrated by executive producer Daisy Ridley and featuring stunning cinematography by Simon Niblett, this riveting documentary is a rare look at one of the world’s last true wildernesses. It is a larger-than-life story, but one that is anchored by intimate moments. Our young heroine’s passion takes her on an incredible journey with an enriching and empowering lesson that will set hearts soaring.

    The Eagle Huntress is all at once an inspiring story for children of all ages to believe that they can do anything, a reflection on the unfairness of gender roles and a rare and unique look at a remote part of the world.” (Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News)

    "Along with Aisholpan’s enduring spirit, The Eagle Huntress excels in portraying the beauty and respect the people here have for both the animals and environment. With Simon Niblett’s soaring cinematography, using a mix of eagle-mounted GoPro cameras and drone footage, there’s both an expansive and intimate sensory rush when we see Aisholpan in action." (Jordan Raup, The Film Stage)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    La La Land
    Sunday February 26, 4:00p–6:08p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    What to do after the extraordinary success of Whiplash? For the follow-up to his 2014 hit, writer-director Damien Chazelle looks into the past while setting things firmly in the present, bridging two eras with a fizzy and exhilarating homage to the energy and optimism of one of Hollywood's most successful genres.

    Drawing upon studio-era spectacle, La La Land ushers the musical into the 21st century in all its brightly coloured, anamorphic splendour, telling the story of two star-crossed young dreamers determined to make it big on the silver screen. It is either stardom or bust!

    A devotee of the jazz legends Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl) plays a mean piano himself and is determined to uphold the values of the old masters. His plans include opening his own club, but to make ends meet he is stuck playing tepid cocktail jazz in a humdrum Los Angeles restaurant. Mia (Emma Stone, Birdman) is a movie buff with an eye for the classics who aspires to be a serious actress. For the moment, the closest she comes to seeing stars is serving lattes in the canteen on the Warner Bros. lot.

    Sebastian and Mia meet cute no less than three times before diving headlong into a life-altering romance, but is their love strong enough to weather disappointment, compromise and ever-burgeoning periods apart?

    Including an opening sequence shot on the freeways of LA that will have you jitterbugging in the aisles and another set in the Griffith Observatory immortalized in Rebel Without a Cause, Chazelle tips his hat to some of the enduring classics of Hollywood whilst reveling in the sheer joy and pleasures of a genre that continues to put a smile on our faces. As Gosling and Stone seductively sing and dance their way through the tumult of life and love, they sprinkle stardust on a movie that will put a twinkle in every eye.

    “I was utterly absorbed by this movie’s simple storytelling verve and the terrific lead performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone who are both excellent—particularly Stone, who has never been better.” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

    La La Land is both a love letter to a confounding and magical city and an ode to the idea of the might-have-been romance, in all its piercing sweetness. It’s a movie with the potential to make lovers of us all. All we have to do is fall into its arms.” (Stephanie Zacharek, Time)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    La La Land
    Sunday February 26, 7:00p–9:08p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    What to do after the extraordinary success of Whiplash? For the follow-up to his 2014 hit, writer-director Damien Chazelle looks into the past while setting things firmly in the present, bridging two eras with a fizzy and exhilarating homage to the energy and optimism of one of Hollywood's most successful genres.

    Drawing upon studio-era spectacle, La La Land ushers the musical into the 21st century in all its brightly coloured, anamorphic splendour, telling the story of two star-crossed young dreamers determined to make it big on the silver screen. It is either stardom or bust!

    A devotee of the jazz legends Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl) plays a mean piano himself and is determined to uphold the values of the old masters. His plans include opening his own club, but to make ends meet he is stuck playing tepid cocktail jazz in a humdrum Los Angeles restaurant. Mia (Emma Stone, Birdman) is a movie buff with an eye for the classics who aspires to be a serious actress. For the moment, the closest she comes to seeing stars is serving lattes in the canteen on the Warner Bros. lot.

    Sebastian and Mia meet cute no less than three times before diving headlong into a life-altering romance, but is their love strong enough to weather disappointment, compromise and ever-burgeoning periods apart?

    Including an opening sequence shot on the freeways of LA that will have you jitterbugging in the aisles and another set in the Griffith Observatory immortalized in Rebel Without a Cause, Chazelle tips his hat to some of the enduring classics of Hollywood whilst reveling in the sheer joy and pleasures of a genre that continues to put a smile on our faces. As Gosling and Stone seductively sing and dance their way through the tumult of life and love, they sprinkle stardust on a movie that will put a twinkle in every eye.

    “I was utterly absorbed by this movie’s simple storytelling verve and the terrific lead performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone who are both excellent—particularly Stone, who has never been better.” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

    La La Land is both a love letter to a confounding and magical city and an ode to the idea of the might-have-been romance, in all its piercing sweetness. It’s a movie with the potential to make lovers of us all. All we have to do is fall into its arms.” (Stephanie Zacharek, Time)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    Moonlight
    Wednesday March 1, 7:00p–8:50p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    The second feature from acclaimed writer-director Barry Jenkins is an impeccably crafted study of African-American masculinity that follows its young protagonist from childhood to adulthood as he navigates the dangers of homophobia, drugs, and violence.

    Though his story begins in late-1980s Miami, Jenkins shuns the familiar neon-lit hot spots in favour of a neglected neighbourhood caught in the throes of a crack epidemic. Here we meet young Chiron. Bullied at school and beaten down by a harsh home life, Chiron finds solace and comfort in the love and pride promoted by his surrogate parents. Despite his small stature and taciturn nature, Chiron is a survivor, and, as he grows, it becomes clear that his real battle is not even on the streets. It is an internal one: reckoning with his complex love for his best friend.

    Presented in three acts, Moonlight takes Chiron from childhood (Alex Hibbert) to his teens (Ashton Sanders) to adulthood, but defies coming-of-age conventions. Instead, Jenkins immerses us in an atmospheric subjectivity, an impressionistic vision of Chiron’s psyche in which sensuality, pain, and unhealed wounds take centre stage with staggering power. Anchored by an unforgettable performance by emerging talent Trevante Rhodes (as the older Chiron), Moonlight explores the profoundly human need to feel connected, while remaining firmly grounded in a specific understanding of African-American experience.

    “It’s a true American masterpiece and one of the best films of the decade.” (Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer)

    “In its quietly radical grace, it’s a cultural watershed—a work that dismantles all the ways our media view young black men and puts in their place a series of intimate truths. You walk out feeling dazed, more whole, a little cleaner.” (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)

    “Directed with superb control and insight by Jenkins, Moonlight achieves the near-impossible in film, which is to ground its story and characters in a place and time of granular specificity and simultaneously make them immediately relatable and universal.” (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • MUSIC
    Port Cities Album Release
    Thursday March 2, 7:30p–10:00p
    Presented by Deep Roots Music Cooperative
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Regular: $20 plus fees and HST
    Students: $15 plus fees and HST

    Tickets: ticketpro.ca and Ticketpro locations throughout Nova Scotia

    Buy Tickets Online

    Port Cities - Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon, and Dylan Guthro—began writing together in 2011 amidst the breathtaking edge-of-the-world landscapes of Cape Breton Island. They formed a strong musical connection as each of them were releasing award-winning albums and touring solo careers, but soon their creative success started to demand more ongoing collaboration. The band will introduce their fans to music from their debut album which will be available for download and CDs at the show.

    Contact: office@deeprootsmusic.ca

  • THEATRE
    Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw
    Friday March 3, 7:00p–9:45p
    Presented by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20 - tickets only available at the door

    Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman.

    From the torment of the Hundred Years' War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France. Bernard Shaw's classic play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary.

    Contact: kathy@justuscoffee.com

  • CINEMA
    A Quiet Passion
    Sunday March 5, 4:00p–6:04p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Emily Dickinson is an ideal subject for a filmmaker as unremittingly erudite as Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, Of Time and the City). Now recognized as a genius who committed to paper some of the most important verses in American literature, the 19th-century poet was virtually unknown in her lifetime, with fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems published. A recluse who eventually boarded herself up in her bedroom, Dickinson explored her inner self in great detail. And while the internal lives of poets are hard to visualize, her story is as poetic as her work itself.

    A Quiet Passion finds Davies and cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister engaged in recreating the details and atmosphere of the past. Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon) led such a deeply introverted existence and yet it is her encounters with her mother, father, and sister that structure the film. These moments—familiar to all who know the role that families play in Davies’ work—are sensitively rendered, but it is the seamless manner in which Dickinson’s luminous poetry is integrated that is the central joy of A Quiet Passion.

    Stunning in its sumptuous photography, the film’s beauty is also evident in the respect and love that it brings to its subject. A magician when it comes to understanding the inner workings of the most sensitive of minds, Davies has created an extraordinarily moving account of Emily Dickinson’s particular genius.

    “Given its themes and the tragic circumstances of Dickinson’s life, Passion is a refreshingly humorous work. Its firecracker dialogue is invigorating; the assured, measured compositions are equally compelling. And in its sensitivity to intersecting conflicts related to womanhood and class, it is quietly masterful.” (Michael Pattison, Indiewire)

    “The great theme of Dickinson’s life, Davies argues, is finding solace—not in religion, but in art, and A Quiet Passion itself can boast such moments of quiet catharsis.” (Ray O’Connor, The Film Stage)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    A Quiet Passion
    Sunday March 5, 7:00p–9:04p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Emily Dickinson is an ideal subject for a filmmaker as unremittingly erudite as Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, Of Time and the City). Now recognized as a genius who committed to paper some of the most important verses in American literature, the 19th-century poet was virtually unknown in her lifetime, with fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems published. A recluse who eventually boarded herself up in her bedroom, Dickinson explored her inner self in great detail. And while the internal lives of poets are hard to visualize, her story is as poetic as her work itself.

    A Quiet Passion finds Davies and cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister engaged in recreating the details and atmosphere of the past. Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon) led such a deeply introverted existence and yet it is her encounters with her mother, father, and sister that structure the film. These moments—familiar to all who know the role that families play in Davies’ work—are sensitively rendered, but it is the seamless manner in which Dickinson’s luminous poetry is integrated that is the central joy of A Quiet Passion.

    Stunning in its sumptuous photography, the film’s beauty is also evident in the respect and love that it brings to its subject. A magician when it comes to understanding the inner workings of the most sensitive of minds, Davies has created an extraordinarily moving account of Emily Dickinson’s particular genius.

    “Given its themes and the tragic circumstances of Dickinson’s life, Passion is a refreshingly humorous work. Its firecracker dialogue is invigorating; the assured, measured compositions are equally compelling. And in its sensitivity to intersecting conflicts related to womanhood and class, it is quietly masterful.” (Michael Pattison, Indiewire)

    “The great theme of Dickinson’s life, Davies argues, is finding solace—not in religion, but in art, and A Quiet Passion itself can boast such moments of quiet catharsis.” (Ray O’Connor, The Film Stage)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    Julieta
    Sunday March 12, 4:00p–5:39p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Spanish maestro Pedro Almodóvar (Volver, Talk to Her, Broken Embraces) is renowned for his ability to move effortlessly from high drama to high farce, exploring the contradictions of human needs and desire through a range of styles and tones. As one of the cinema’s greatest makers of films about women, it is only fitting that for his latest and 20th feature he has chosen to adapt the work of Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro. Mining three stories from Munro’s exquisite collection Runaway and relocating them to Spain, Almodóvar creates a marvelously textured tale that examines the strained relationship between a mother and daughter.

    When we first meet Julieta (Emma Suárez), she is a 55-year-old teacher about to move to Lisbon with her husband, Lorenzo (Darío Grandinetti, Wild Tales, Talk to Her), until an unexpected encounter brings an end to those plans and, for reasons unbeknownst to Lorenzo, Julieta insists she must remain in Madrid. Almodóvar then plunges us into the past, where Julieta (now played by Adriana Ugarte) is an effervescent and beautiful young woman who, on a train one late winter night, meets and is enchanted by a handsome young man, Xoan (Daniel Grao). In short order, Julieta becomes pregnant, moves to Xoan’s idyllic fishing village in Galicia, marries him and begins to raise their daughter, Anitá. In the full glow of her happiness, it seems that nothing could possibly go wrong.

    And so the film moves forward and backward through time as it chronicles Julieta’s relationship and eventual rupture with her beloved daughter (played alternately by Priscilla Delgado and Blanca Pares), while in the present Lorenzo follows her around Madrid, intent on unravelling the mystery behind her sudden decision. Evoking such earlier Almodóvar films as High Heels and All about My Mother, Julieta reflects on the magic of chance encounters and the fragility of relationships in the face of long-buried secrets.

    Julieta is a timeless and mature examination of femininity and guilt that marks a return to form for director Pedro Almodóvar.” (Lauren Humphries-Brooks, We Got This Covered)

    “A slick, stylish melodrama with an involving story and a cracking cast. Star Adriana Ugarte is a real find.” (Anna Smith, Empire)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    Julieta
    Sunday March 12, 7:00p–8:39p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Spanish maestro Pedro Almodóvar (Volver, Talk to Her, Broken Embraces) is renowned for his ability to move effortlessly from high drama to high farce, exploring the contradictions of human needs and desire through a range of styles and tones. As one of the cinema’s greatest makers of films about women, it is only fitting that for his latest and 20th feature he has chosen to adapt the work of Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro. Mining three stories from Munro’s exquisite collection Runaway and relocating them to Spain, Almodóvar creates a marvelously textured tale that examines the strained relationship between a mother and daughter.

    When we first meet Julieta (Emma Suárez), she is a 55-year-old teacher about to move to Lisbon with her husband, Lorenzo (Darío Grandinetti, Wild Tales, Talk to Her), until an unexpected encounter brings an end to those plans and, for reasons unbeknownst to Lorenzo, Julieta insists she must remain in Madrid. Almodóvar then plunges us into the past, where Julieta (now played by Adriana Ugarte) is an effervescent and beautiful young woman who, on a train one late winter night, meets and is enchanted by a handsome young man, Xoan (Daniel Grao). In short order, Julieta becomes pregnant, moves to Xoan’s idyllic fishing village in Galicia, marries him and begins to raise their daughter, Anitá. In the full glow of her happiness, it seems that nothing could possibly go wrong.

    And so the film moves forward and backward through time as it chronicles Julieta’s relationship and eventual rupture with her beloved daughter (played alternately by Priscilla Delgado and Blanca Pares), while in the present Lorenzo follows her around Madrid, intent on unravelling the mystery behind her sudden decision. Evoking such earlier Almodóvar films as High Heels and All about My Mother, Julieta reflects on the magic of chance encounters and the fragility of relationships in the face of long-buried secrets.

    Julieta is a timeless and mature examination of femininity and guilt that marks a return to form for director Pedro Almodóvar.” (Lauren Humphries-Brooks, We Got This Covered)

    “A slick, stylish melodrama with an involving story and a cracking cast. Star Adriana Ugarte is a real find.” (Anna Smith, Empire)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent
    Wednesday March 15, 7:00p–8:44p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Director Brigitte Berman’s The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent is a brilliant first-person portrait of one of Canada’s most beloved actors, Gordon Pinsent, whose formidable and thoughtful storytelling takes us from his childhood in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, through a body of work (the 1960s series Quentin Durgens, M.P., classics The Rowdyman and John and the Missus, acclaimed latter-day films Away from Her and Two Lovers and Bear) that is embedded in our national consciousness.

    With an irrepressible spark, the natural raconteur relates how, as a young man in 1948, he left the Rock to come to Toronto. Flat broke but driven by the dream of working in entertainment, he bounced from one job to the next in a picaresque series of hilarious missteps and joyous breakthroughs. He would later be joined on this adventure by the love of his life, grand dame of theatre Charmion King. The film also features Pinsent’s children who speak candidly about growing up in close proximity to the entertainment world, while fellow artists and friends including Christopher Plummer, Norman Jewison, and Mary Walsh further define Pinsent’s personable appeal.

    Now 86, the accomplished writer, painter, actor and director looks back—and ahead—with the same fervent passion that has fed all facets of his life. In some of the most beautiful passages of River, Pinsent recites Keats, Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll. His unmistakable voice gives us a sense of a life fully lived and of a mischievous playfulness behind the serious sonority. Berman’s film is a charming trip through decades of Canadian culture, one that allows us to see how cultural legacies are built.

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    Paterson
    Sunday March 19, 4:00p–5:58p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Small-town American life has inspired filmmakers for over a century. In the process, it has created a storytelling tradition that counters the big-city syndrome of so many New York and Los Angeles–set films. With Paterson, Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive) brings his unique observational eye to both a character and a community that bear the same name, hinting at ideas of continuity and stability. Jarmusch has previously focused on the quotidian; his films are quiet and reflective, and in many respects cut against the grain of most contemporary American filmmaking. Here he has created a film that gently transforms the ordinary into the transcendent.

    Paterson (Adam Driver, Tracks, Inside Llewyn Davis, Frances Ha) works as a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey—an ordinary working guy in a run-of-the-mill small city. His life is regulated clockwork: up around 6am, home by 6pm, walk the dog, drop by the local tavern, drink a beer, chat with the bartender. His wife is a perfect match—Laura (Golshifteh Farahani, Rosewater) is as even-handed and -tempered as her husband. However, there is more beneath the surface, found in each character’s internal lives: Paterson is a poet and Laura a repressed artistic gadfly. Each day before driving the streets, Paterson scrawls a poem in his notebook, and each evening Laura welcomes him home with a new and quirky surprise. Throughout, Jarmusch envelopes these characters, and their community, with a magical yet perfectly balanced air of simplicity and well-being.

    William Carlos Williams, who wrote the epic poem Paterson, is a touchstone, as are the poets Wallace Stevens and Frank O’Hara but Jarmusch is, as always, very much his own artist and his unique voice is articulated through Driver and Farahani’s note-perfect performances. This master has done it again, providing us with an offbeat meditation on the couple and their desire for creative self-expression. Idiosyncratic in the best of ways, Paterson is a rewarding slow burn of a film.

    “Like the best poetry, Paterson keeps its meticulous construction hidden, letting its impact sneak up on you unawares. When the final image cuts to black, it triggers an overwhelming surge of emotions that’ll make you want to remain seated in the dark until long after the credits have finished rolling, basking in this marvelous film’s afterglow.” (Giovanni Marchini Camia, The Film Stage)

    “Writer-director Jim Jarmusch often explores existential themes, but they’ve perhaps never been so beautifully unadorned as they are in Paterson, a deceptively modest character piece that’s profound and moving while remaining grounded in the everyday.” (Tim Grierson, Screen International).

    “A lovely fable about the fragile, fruitful and occasionally fraught relationship between creativity and everyday life.” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    Paterson
    Sunday March 19, 7:00p–8:58p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Small-town American life has inspired filmmakers for over a century. In the process, it has created a storytelling tradition that counters the big-city syndrome of so many New York and Los Angeles–set films. With Paterson, Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive) brings his unique observational eye to both a character and a community that bear the same name, hinting at ideas of continuity and stability. Jarmusch has previously focused on the quotidian; his films are quiet and reflective, and in many respects cut against the grain of most contemporary American filmmaking. Here he has created a film that gently transforms the ordinary into the transcendent.

    Paterson (Adam Driver, Tracks, Inside Llewyn Davis, Frances Ha) works as a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey—an ordinary working guy in a run-of-the-mill small city. His life is regulated clockwork: up around 6am, home by 6pm, walk the dog, drop by the local tavern, drink a beer, chat with the bartender. His wife is a perfect match—Laura (Golshifteh Farahani, Rosewater) is as even-handed and -tempered as her husband. However, there is more beneath the surface, found in each character’s internal lives: Paterson is a poet and Laura a repressed artistic gadfly. Each day before driving the streets, Paterson scrawls a poem in his notebook, and each evening Laura welcomes him home with a new and quirky surprise. Throughout, Jarmusch envelopes these characters, and their community, with a magical yet perfectly balanced air of simplicity and well-being.

    William Carlos Williams, who wrote the epic poem Paterson, is a touchstone, as are the poets Wallace Stevens and Frank O’Hara but Jarmusch is, as always, very much his own artist and his unique voice is articulated through Driver and Farahani’s note-perfect performances. This master has done it again, providing us with an offbeat meditation on the couple and their desire for creative self-expression. Idiosyncratic in the best of ways, Paterson is a rewarding slow burn of a film.

    “Like the best poetry, Paterson keeps its meticulous construction hidden, letting its impact sneak up on you unawares. When the final image cuts to black, it triggers an overwhelming surge of emotions that’ll make you want to remain seated in the dark until long after the credits have finished rolling, basking in this marvelous film’s afterglow.” (Giovanni Marchini Camia, The Film Stage)

    “Writer-director Jim Jarmusch often explores existential themes, but they’ve perhaps never been so beautifully unadorned as they are in Paterson, a deceptively modest character piece that’s profound and moving while remaining grounded in the everyday.” (Tim Grierson, Screen International).

    “A lovely fable about the fragile, fruitful and occasionally fraught relationship between creativity and everyday life.” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    I, Daniel Blake
    Wednesday March 29, 7:00p–8:40p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    For nearly 50 prolific years, British master Ken Loach (Jimmy’s Hall, The Angels’ Share, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) has addressed socio-economic issues in Britain and beyond through the working-class heroes who populate his films. His relatable characters, with all their naturalism and sharp edges, leap off the screen as if real people in real, and usually dire, situations. Most recently, Loach won his second Cannes Palme d’Or with I, Daniel Blake, a timely drama about an ailing handyman’s battle to survive after being denied his government health benefits.

    Loach’s latest feature is indeed one of his finest explorations of social realism. The eponymous Daniel (Dave Johns, TV’s Inspector George Gently) is an affable 59-year-old carpenter in Newcastle, England, fighting to collect his Employment and Support Allowance after falling ill. (Government illogic stipulates that his benefits will be taken away unless he looks for work, yet doctor’s orders prevent him from working.) Waiting to sign on at the local Job Centre, Daniel befriends Katie (Hayley Squires, A Royal Night Out), a young single mother who is also being shoved around by the vagaries of the system, having just been relocated with her two kids from a London homeless shelter to an affordable council flat up north. A mutually beneficial alliance, and makeshift extended family, is formed.

    Loach and his frequent collaborator, screenwriter Paul Laverty (Jimmy’s Hall, The Angels’ Share), spin a tale that will leave no one unmoved. Working with some of the most powerful set pieces he has ever filmed, the director effortlessly builds empathy for two downtrodden people—honest would-be workers navigating a cruel tangle of red tape while trying to steal a happy moment or two.

    I, Daniel Blake is one of Loach’s finest films, a drama of tender devastation that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity that goes right back to the plainspoken purity of Vittorio De Sica.” (Owen Gleiberman, Variety)

    “It’s often warm and quite funny, but is, at heart, a damning critique of the Tory government in Britain and their belt-tightening austerity measures, as well as a rallying cry for those who fall through the cracks.” (Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage)

    “It's a spare film, muted in colour and unflashy—and it's all the more powerful and urgent for it.” (Dave Calhoun, Time Out London)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • THEATRE
    Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
    Friday May 5, 7:00p–9:40p
    Presented by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op
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    Cost: $20 - tickets only available at the door

    “I’ve no talent for life.”

    Just married. Buried alive. Hedda longs to be free...

    Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

    Contact: kathy@justuscoffee.com

  • THEATRE
    Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
    Friday May 26, 7:00p
    Presented by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op
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    Cost: $20 - tickets only available at the door on the night of the show

    A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. 
    Nearby, the households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible. 

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