2-Week Calendar

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October 15 - 21

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

October 22 - 28

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

WHITFLIX deadline extended to November 10!

Creative types with smartphones in hand are invited to smartphone films in competition in this new film festival. Links to submissions must be received by November 10.

Whitflix Submission Form.

Films must be less than 5 minutes and shot on a smartphone. Entries will be judged by a panel of film industry insiders.
Winning submissions will be featured in the four categories:
1) And… action! (Drama, Comedy, Suspense)
2) Once upon a phone (Documentary)
3) Check one two (Music video)
4) The other thing (Surrealism, Animation, Experimental, Else, Other)

There is no fee, and no age limit or geographic boundary. The Al Whittle Theatre is looking to highlight the creativity, especially in the Nova Scotia community, but submissions will be entertained from anywhere.
A Gala screening is planned for November 24.There is no entry fee. Send links to entries to Mary Harwell, Al Whittle Theatre at
manager@alwhittletheatre.ca

ALL UPCOMING EVENTS

  • CINEMA
    Mersal
    Saturday October 21, 1:00p
    Presented by Anil Kumar
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: details tba

    In Tamil with English subtitles.
    A magician comes to India and finds his long lost brother who is a doctor in USA. He learns about his identity and decides to take revenge for those who killed his parents.

  • THEATRE
    Broken Leg Theatre - RUSTLE
    Saturday October 21, 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 "RUSTLE", to commemorate the Fall, and it is sure to be a wheel-barrel full of fun (& leaves) for the whole family! (we're raking in some great artists!)

    Broken Leg Theatre - Featured acts this time around include DanceConXion, The Dead Sheep Scrolls, Megan Hyslop (clown), Caravan Theatre, Liz Fraser (puppet story), Djugdjug Ensemble, Jenn Kang (Mad Lib Karaoke), Valley Ghost Walks, The Ukulele Ladies, and more!! You just won't beLEAF the talent!! ;O)

    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
    Light to the World
    Sunday October 22, 1:00p–2:15p
    Presented by Bahá'í International Community
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Free

    CELEBRATIONS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

    Inspired by the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, millions of people worldwide will celebrate the 200th anniversary of His birth. As a part of the celebrations, a feature film, "Light to the World" has been produced. The Bahá'ís of Annapolis Valley are offering to the public a free viewing of this film.

    Bahá’u’lláh was born in Tehran in 1817. Two centuries later, the day of His birth is celebrated around the world alongside the birth of the forerunner of His Revelation, the Báb, born in 1819 on the day before the birth of Bahá’u’lláh according to the calendar used in Persia. These Twin Holy Birthdays are celebrated by Bahá’ís and their friends as one annual festival where the closely interwoven lives and missions of these two Divine Luminaries are remembered together.

    Light to the World on YouTube

    Contact: mad9wolf@gmail.com  |  9026910235

  • CINEMA
    After the Storm
    Sunday October 22, 4:00p–5:57p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    In the latest film from celebrated Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son; Our Little Sister), a divorced man struggles to regain his estranged family’s trust while sheltering them during a typhoon. After the Storm recalls the beauty of scenery after a summer rain and the feeling that everything seems different, even though nothing has changed.

    Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) is a failed writer, third-rate detective and hardened gambler. As the film’s title seems to suggest, the salient moments of Ryota’s life have already passed him by: he won an important literary award when he was young but his career is no longer promising; his father has died and his wife has left him; and he adores his young son, yet seems resigned to his position on the sidelines of the boy’s life. One night, when a typhoon strikes, the broken family is forced to spend the night together at Ryota’s mother’s home. The ensuing interaction, free of melodrama and forced catharsis, is bittersweet and tender in true Kore-eda style.

    Followers of Kore-eda’s body of work will recognize many of the themes at play here, such as the attempt to find harmony in a community and the traumatic impact of divorce on a child’s life. Shot in a housing complex where the director lived as a child, the film is supported by an exceptional cast featuring an unusually irreverent Kirin Kiki (Our Little Sister; Like Father, Like Son) as Ryota’s mother. Gentle and melancholy, yet highly amusing, After the Storm shows the lighter side of Kore-eda’s cinema, and makes a welcome addition to his complex and fascinating filmography.

    "This is Kore-eda at his very best, facing up to the hardest truths with honesty and a nervous laugh—uncomfortable, invigorating, and ultimately cleansing, like the cinema’s equivalent of a cold shower. And I mean that in the best way possible." (Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage)

    "No director working today observes family life with such delicacy and care, or is so unstintingly generous with what they find." (Robbie Collin, The Telegraph)

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

  • CINEMA
    After the Storm
    Sunday October 22, 7:00p–8:57p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    In the latest film from celebrated Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son; Our Little Sister), a divorced man struggles to regain his estranged family’s trust while sheltering them during a typhoon. After the Storm recalls the beauty of scenery after a summer rain and the feeling that everything seems different, even though nothing has changed.

    Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) is a failed writer, third-rate detective and hardened gambler. As the film’s title seems to suggest, the salient moments of Ryota’s life have already passed him by: he won an important literary award when he was young but his career is no longer promising; his father has died and his wife has left him; and he adores his young son, yet seems resigned to his position on the sidelines of the boy’s life. One night, when a typhoon strikes, the broken family is forced to spend the night together at Ryota’s mother’s home. The ensuing interaction, free of melodrama and forced catharsis, is bittersweet and tender in true Kore-eda style.

    Followers of Kore-eda’s body of work will recognize many of the themes at play here, such as the attempt to find harmony in a community and the traumatic impact of divorce on a child’s life. Shot in a housing complex where the director lived as a child, the film is supported by an exceptional cast featuring an unusually irreverent Kirin Kiki (Our Little Sister; Like Father, Like Son) as Ryota’s mother. Gentle and melancholy, yet highly amusing, After the Storm shows the lighter side of Kore-eda’s cinema, and makes a welcome addition to his complex and fascinating filmography.

    "This is Kore-eda at his very best, facing up to the hardest truths with honesty and a nervous laugh—uncomfortable, invigorating, and ultimately cleansing, like the cinema’s equivalent of a cold shower. And I mean that in the best way possible." (Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage)

    "No director working today observes family life with such delicacy and care, or is so unstintingly generous with what they find." (Robbie Collin, The Telegraph)

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

  • LECTURE
    Holocaust Survivors Making Montreal Home Post World War II
    Monday October 23, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Zelda Abramson
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Free

    Seventy years ago, in 1947, Canada reluctantly opened its doors to displaced persons (DP) living in Europe. Between 1947 and March 1950, Canada granted admission to over 98,000 DPs. Only 11,064, or 11.3%, were Jews - Holocaust survivors. Once in Canada, 55% of survivors went to Montreal, 35% to Toronto; and 10% to the rest of Canada.
    The research of Dr. Zelda Abramson, sociologist at Acadia University, traced the lived experiences of Holocaust survivors who settled in Montreal, drawing on more than 70 interviews, hundreds of social service case files, and archival documents.
    The evening will present several dramatic readings that capture the challenges and successes the survivors faced integrating into Montreal and Canadian life.

    Contact: zelda.abramson@acadiau.ca  |  902-585-1273

  • CINEMA
    Atlantic
    Tuesday October 24, 10:00a–12:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $5

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

    Buy Tickets Online

    Every year Devour! invites students from regional schools to come to the Al Whittle Theatre to appreciate the cultural experience of attending a film festival and seeing important films related to health and community as part of our Scotiabank Big Picture Program.
    Atlantic is a richly shot Canadian doc that explores coastal fishing communities in Newfoundland, Ireland and Norway as they wrestle with the effects of factory fishing fleets and deep water oil exploration.
    Ireland/Canada/Norway, 2016, 80 minutes
    Director Risteard Ó Domhnaill
    Screens with Straws
    Half a billion unrecyclable plastic straws end up in landfills, streets and beaches, but there’s a sea of change happening one straw at a time.
    USA, 2017, 30 minutes
    Director Linda Booker

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Modified
    Tuesday October 24, 1:00p–3:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $5

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

    Buy Tickets Online

    Every year Devour! invites students from regional schools to come to the Al Whittle Theatre to appreciate the cultural experience of attending a film festival and seeing important films related to health and community as part of our Scotiabank Big Picture Program.

    Nova Scotia Filmmaker Aube Giroux’s first full length feature documentary takes a poignant and thought provoking look at GMOs and their effect on society, culture and health, while she interweaves a personal tale of family.
    Canada, 2017, 86 minutes
    Director Aube Giroux
    Screens with Cranberry Orange Brioche Star
    An enchanting and festive sweet bread for Christmas morning.
    Canada, 2017, 3 minutes
    Director Aube Giroux

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • MUSIC
    Conundrum Cavalcade
    Tuesday October 24, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Mike Butler
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Free

    The Conundrum Cavalcade is a traveling book tour for three graphic novels. Featuring presentations by Alexander Forbes and Kris Bertin on The Case of the Missing Men, Billy Mavreas and Andy Brown on BDQ: Interviews and Essays on Quebec Comics, and Sherwin Tjia on You Are Alice in Wonderland's Mum!. Music by Sarah Pound. Host Mike Butler. Also featuring world premiere of short film on The Case of the Missing Men.

    Contact: andy@conundrumpress.com  |  (902) 542-3344

  • CINEMA
    Modified
    Wednesday October 25, 10:00a–12:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $5

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

    Buy Tickets Online

    Every year Devour! invites students from regional schools to come to the Al Whittle Theatre to appreciate the cultural experience of attending a film festival and seeing important films related to health and community as part of our Scotiabank Big Picture Program.
    Nova Scotia Filmmaker Aube Giroux’s first full length feature documentary takes a poignant and thought provoking look at GMOs and their effect on society, culture and health, while she interweaves a personal tale of family.
    Canada, 2017, 86 minutes
    Director Aube Giroux
    Screens with Cranberry Orange Brioche Star
    An enchanting and festive sweet bread for Christmas morning.
    Canada, 2017, 3 minutes
    Director Aube Giroux

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    The Hundred Foot Journey
    Wednesday October 25, 8:00p–10:30p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $25

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets and online in advance Box Office opens in the Whittle lobby on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

    Buy Tickets Online

    Devour! Opening Gala Film Presented by CBC: The Hundred-Foot Journey Curated by Gordon Pinsent

    After a fatal tragedy, the Kadam family leaves India for a small town in southern France. Once settled they get to work on realizing their dream of opening a traditional, family-run Indian restaurant — 100 feet from a Michelin star classic French restaurant run by the indomitable Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). The initial rivalry and cultural clashes succumb to their shared passion for food, and ultimately their lives and the sleepy little town are charmingly transformed.
    France/India, 2014, 123 minutes
    Director Lasse Hallström
    Distributor Audio Ciné Films Inc.

    Following this screening, Gordon Pinsent will be interviewed on-stage by longtime friend of the festival, Bob Blumer.

    On this special evening we also award the youth winner of the Nourish Nova Scotia Food & Film Challenge. We invited children and youth of all ages to make a short film under three minutes about food literacy – having the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to choose, grow, prepare and enjoy food to support one’s health, community and the environment. The winner receives a $500 prize from Nourish Nova Scotia to support a healthy eating program or initiative in their school/community, as well as a new CBC Prize.

    The Hundred Foot Journey on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Atlantic
    Thursday October 26, 10:00a–11:30a
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $5

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

    Buy Tickets Online

    Every year Devour! invites students from regional schools to come to the Al Whittle Theatre to appreciate the cultural experience of attending a film festival and seeing important films related to health and community as part of our Scotiabank Big Picture Program.
    Atlantic is a richly shot Canadian doc that explores coastal fishing communities in Newfoundland, Ireland and Norway as they wrestle with the effects of factory fishing fleets and deep water oil exploration.
    Ireland/Canada/Norway, 2016, 80 minutes
    Director Risteard Ó Domhnaill

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Devour! the Food Film Fest Shorts Program
    Thursday October 26, 11:30a–1:15p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15
    See website for packages and multi-buy deals

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Beyond the Plate: “If you want to tell a human story, the best place to start is at the table.” Photographer Eric Wolfinger takes us on a journey far beyond the kitchen’s reach to discover stories around the world while forging his own. Director Anton Lorimer
    Saffron--the Search for Red Gold: No plant is more mysterious and valuable on the international market than saffron. German Christoph Hanke travels to the farthest reaches of Iran, close to the border of Afghanistan, to buy the plant for some of Europe’s top chefs. Director Andreas Ewels
    Nests of Gold: A visual journey following one of the world’s most expensive foods–harvested bird’s nests. From its creation in the remote island caves of the Philippines to its transformation into the legendary Cantonese dish of Bird’s Nest Soup at a 3 Michelin star restaurant, this film examines this strange delicacy.
    Director Alan Poon
    Caviar Dreams: Caviar has long been synonymous with wealth, extravagance and overindulgence, but look a little closer and you’ll discover the less glamorous underbelly of overfishing and the struggle towards sustainability. Directors Brian Gersten, Liv Dubendorf & Wei Ying
    The Rabbit Hunt: In a small town in Florida, since the beginning of the 20th century, a tradition carries on for young men on the cusp of manhood to capture fleeing rabbits from burning sugarcane fields. An initiation rite like you’ve never seen before. Director Patrick Bresnan

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Taste of Nova Scotia Awards Program
    Thursday October 26, 2:00p–3:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Free

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    We’re thrilled once again to host the Taste of Nova Scotia Awards this year. These awards provide an annual opportunity for Taste of Nova Scotia members and the public to celebrate and honour the people who produce, develop, export, prepare and serve the best quality local food and culinary experiences in the province. Join us for a very special celebration of this year’s winners followed by a reception at the Festival Lounge from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free admission.

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Dreaming of Wine
    Thursday October 26, 3:30p–5:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Dreaming of Wine:
    A handful of pioneers arrived in the Priorat region of Spain in the early 1980s. The people of the region suspected the intentions of this bunch of hippies, but the Magnificent Five were able to bring to the table talent and perseverance while local people brought the hard work and tenacity that maintained the vineyards despite historical decline in the region. Director David Fernández de Castro
    Screening with the short film Somm State of Mind:
    A New York City wine director prepares to take the highly stressful Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Exam, that if passed would provide entry into an elite rank of wine professionals worldwide. Directors Lani Chan & Bianca Holman

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Jacques Pépin – The Art of Craft
    Thursday October 26, 5:30p–7:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Considered by many as one of the greatest contemporary French chefs, Jacques Pepin came to America as a young man and has profoundly influenced generations of chefs, restaurateurs and home cooks. This warm and uplifting documentary charts his life from his early years in France to present day where, at 81 he is still cooking, travelling and entertaining a host of new food lovers around the world.
    Director Peter Stein
    Screening with the short film Crepes in Broth (Crespelle in Brodo): Many of us have special recipes in our lives that have been passed down from our family. These recipes are often deliciously wrapped up in our cultural identity.
    Director Aube Giroux

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Water & Power: A California Heist
    Thursday October 26, 5:30p–7:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Water & Power: A California Heist
    Guided by the work of a handful of burr-like journalists, this dense and disturbing documentary dives into the regulatory quagmire of California water rights with more courage than hope. Director Marina Zenovich
    Screening with the short film Mr. Salty: Peter has worked as a chef all over Canada and around the world, including Australia, China and Spain. He has painstakingly developed his salt production technique at the Newfoundland Salt Company through research and trial and error, while working as a sous chef at world-renowned Raymond’s. Director Daniel Williams

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Beatriz At Dinner
    Thursday October 26, 8:00p–9:30p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Beatriz is a Los Angeles massage therapist and holistic healer who drives to the seaside mansion of her client Cathy. When her old Volkswagen breaks down, she receives a friendly invitation from Cathy to stay for a seemingly innocent business dinner. As the guests arrive and the wine starts to flow, Beatriz finds herself in an escalating war of words with Doug Strutt, a ruthless real estate mogul who cares more about money than people. Director Miguel Arteta
    Screening with the short film A Portrait of a Chef as a Young Woman: Katie Sanderson is a new kind of chef — a nomad without a restaurant who follows her passion from project to project. Directors Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine

    Beatriz At Dinner on Vimeo

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Tuna, Farofa and Spaghetti
    Thursday October 26, 8:30p–10:15p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Three high profile Brazilian chefs travel to France, Italy and Japan and back to their roots. A road movie full of flavours and gastronomic stories, this is an earnest look through the culinary landscape at how global cuisine has truly become. Director Riccardo Rossi
    Screening with the short film A Chef’s Moment: A day in the life of a busy Halifax restaurant. Director Erica Meus-Saunders

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Strawberry Days
    Friday October 27, 10:00a–11:45a
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Fifteen-year-old Wojtek travels to Sweden from Poland with his parents to work on a farm picking strawberries. Against all odds he forms a connection with the farmer’s daughter. The outside world will never accept the relationship, and they find themselves trapped on opposite sides when the slowly brewing conflict between the Swedes and the guest workers erupts in a sudden violent confrontation.
    Director Wiktor Ericsson
    Screening with the short film The Migrant Kitchen – Chirmol
    In American restaurants, immigrants are the backbone of the kitchen. Born in Guatemala, kitchen manager Jorge Dugal brings indispensable knowledge and skill to Los Angeles’ Providence Restaurant, helmed by executive chef Michael Cimarusti. Director Antonio Diaz

    Strawberry Days on Vimeo

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
    Friday October 27, 12:30p–2:45p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    This rhapsodic film celebrates the life, art and activism of award-winning poet, essayist, novelist and farmer Wendell Berry. It eloquently explores the challenges and opportunities facing family farmers in an age of industrial agriculture.
    The screening of Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry is followed by a discussion moderated by Devour! programmer Simon Thibault with Canadian Food Centre founder Nick Saul and food law expert Jamie Baxter, exploring themes of food law, food justice and disenfranchisement. Director Laura Dunn
    Screening with the short film Bagels in the Blood:
    A behind-the-scenes peek at one of the stalwarts of the Montréal bagel scene. Directors Daniel Beresh & Jonathan Keijser

    Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Schumann's Bar Talks
    Friday October 27, 3:00p–4:45p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Schumann’s Bar Talks
    Charles Schumann is the man behind Schumann’s Bar in Munich — a writer, model, thinker and traveller in all things to do with bars. Schumann’s Bar Talks is not only a voyage of discovery to the most beautiful bars in the world, but also to the people who bring them to life. Director Marieke Schroeder
    Screening with the short film Hand-cut: From chainsaw to cocktail, this beautiful five-minute documentary tracks the journey of clear, artisan ice into the hands of New York City bartenders. Director Griffin Hammond

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Barbecue
    Friday October 27, 5:00p–6:45p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

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    A symphony of meat and fire, Barbecue shows us how an everyday ritual is shared by cultures around the world as a way to celebrate community, friendship and tradition. A film told in 13 languages, from Texas to the Syrian border, from Shisa nyama to Lechon, Barbecue reveals the simple truths in life that bring people together. Director Matthew Salleh
    Screening with Cook it Raw
    Sustainability, collaboration, tradition and creativity are the pillars of the annual Cook It Raw pilgrimage. Each year, a group of chefs and producers descends upon a different part of the world to tap into a region’s foodways, in this case, Norway. Director Kevin Kossowan

    Barbecue on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    The Essense of a Country
    Friday October 27, 5:30p–7:15p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    In Québec, maple syrup is a way of life. This poetic documentary tells the story of the Québecois through their devotion to the sweet amber liquid. With striking northwoods scenery and polemical observations about Québec culture and history, The Essence of a Country is an homage to a people holding fast to their customs and convictions. Director Françis Legault
    Screening with the short film MacKinnon Brothers:
    The MacKinnon brothers only use ingredients sourced entirely from their own farm to create their craft beer.
    Director James Reid

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Coffee
    Friday October 27, 8:00p–10:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

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    This rich and often black Altman-like drama follows the intersection of three groups as their lives take a dire turn through unfortunate circumstances. Does crime pay?
    Director Cristiano Bortone
    Screening with The Ovens of Cappoquin: A tale seen the world over: the struggle to survive and maintain quality and integrity on this changing planet. In this case, for its longevity, commitment to tradition and love of good bread, Barron’s Bakery is a beacon of inspiration. Directors Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine

    Coffee on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    The Promise
    Friday October 27, 8:30p–9:45p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    A century ago Rogljevo was incredibly prosperous for a remote village in far eastern corners of Serbia. But today this region is poor and deserted. Suddenly a French family moved in to grow grapes and produce wine. They believe they have discovered a promised land, one of the top five wine regions in Europe. Will the locals accept this? But more importantly, will the wine world? Director Zeljko Mirkovic
    Screening with the short film Beyond the Break: The story of a group of pro surfers who have left the international surfing circuit in order to grow organic vegetables on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Directors Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Plastic China
    Saturday October 28, 10:00a–11:30a
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    A thought-provoking look at families involved in small scale recycling in urban China. Heartbreaking and gut wrenching, this film is sure to make you rethink plastic in your life.
    Director Jiu-liang Wang
    Screening with the short film In a Nutshell: What kind of world are we living in? How are we connected? It only takes six minutes to sum up in this poignant piece of animated sensory overload. Director Fabio Friedli

    Plastic China on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    24 Snow
    Saturday October 28, 12:30p–2:15p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    In the coldest reaches of Siberia, Sergei raises Yakutskian horses and lives a life of rarity, hunting, fishing and raising a family. This compelling and beautifully shot documentary gives us an uplifting glimpse into life in one of the harshest environments on Earth. Director Mikhail Barynin
    Screening with the short film Kill Day: Never has a butcher so eloquently summed up the somewhat conflicted, ongoing struggle to put ethically sourced meat on the table. Note: contains images and a real account of meat production that viewers may be sensitive to. Director Kevin Kossowan

    24 Snow on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Make Your Film Now
    Saturday October 28, 2:00p–3:30p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Free

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    One of Nova Scotia’s most-acclaimed film producers, Bill Niven, moderates a panel of his peers to let you know all about the realities of pitching, financing, making and distributing your film in Nova Scotia and across Canada.

    Niven is bilingual (English and French). Originally from Cape Breton, he is past-chair of the Nova Scotia Motion Picture Industry Association; a member of the CMPA; lifetime ex-officio member of the board of the Atlantic Film Festival; and served for three terms as vice-chair, Eastern Canada of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    James Beard: America's First Foodie
    Saturday October 28, 3:00p–4:15p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Author, raconteur, bon vivant and consummate host, James Beard was a trailblazer in the modern day love for all things culinary. As one of the earliest cooks on television, culinary instructor and author of more than 20 books on food and entertaining, his legacy lives on through the James Beard Foundation. This entertaining bio-pic gives us a loving and in-depth look at how James Beard became America’s first foodie. Director Elizabeth Frederici
    Screening with the short film Buffet: An insatiably hungry crowd of guests practically assault a buffet and its brave servers like never before. Directors Santa de Santis & Alessandro d’Ambrosi

    James Beard: America's First Foodie on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Thank You for the Rain
    Saturday October 28, 4:00p–5:45p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Five years ago Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together we see him transform from a father to a community leader and activist on the global stage. Director Julia Dahr
    Screening with the short film The Land, The Sea: How do you choose the land or the sea? Longtime deep sea fisherman turned goat farmer, Gabriel Flaherty of Aran Islands Goats Cheese, doesn’t have to. The sea surrounds him and runs through his veins. Directors Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Grand Cru
    Saturday October 28, 5:00p–7:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Quebec born winemaker Pascal Marchand has gone on to become a legendary winemaker in Burgundy, France. This insightful documentary chronicles how Pascal leads his winery through the disastrous 2016 with a little bit of luck and a great deal of skill and perseverance. World premiere. Director David Eng
    Director David Eng will be interviewed on-stage post-screening by Bob Blumer. This film will also inspire a dinner following the screening at 8PM at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market–A Celebration of Canadian Cinema & Cuisine: Celebrity Chef Spotlight Gala Dinner with Chefs Michael Smith, Paul Rogalski, Craig Flinn, Joshna Maharaj, Ali Hassan, Emma Cardarelli, Tony Rinaldo & David Smart (tickets sold separately).
    Screening with the short film Donair Dynasty
    A greasy little tour through the history of Halifax’s officially-declared food, the Donair. Director Gwydion Morris

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    New Chefs on the Block
    Saturday October 28, 6:00p–8:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Another great film in our series on what it takes to open a successful restaurant. This film charts the rise of two restaurants in Washington D.C., from inception to opening and through the first year. Success is never easy.
    Director Dustin Harrison-Atlas
    Screening with the short film Burtown and the Barn
    Sometimes the most unlikely cast of characters open a restaurant in a 300+ year old Quaker house in Ireland.
    Directors Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine

    New Chefs on the Block on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    The Dinner
    Saturday October 28, 8:00p–10:15p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Steve Coogan headline this gripping drama revolving around some terrible decisions their children make one eventful night during dinner and its effects on their families and relationships.
    Director Oren Moverman
    Screening with the short film The Carvery: A slow restaurant’s course is changed forever when a food critic with an insatiable appetite shows up and the restaurant’s owners will stop at nothing to ensure he gets fed. Director Kieron Quirke

    The Dinner on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Cabbages, Potatoes and Other Demons
    Saturday October 28, 8:30p–9:45p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    This is an honest and often humorous look at how farming in Eastern Europe has challenges. You’ve never seen so many cabbages and neither has the marketplace! How does a farmer make a living in the face of oversupply? Director Serban Georgescu
    Screening with the short film Buttercup Squash Fries with Sage Aioli: Nothing says autumnal meal more than a plate of homemade buttercup squash fries with sage aioli.
    Director Aube Giroux

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Back to Burgundy
    Sunday October 29, 1:00p–3:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Returning to his native Burgundy, the heir to a struggling winery looks to the past to reinvent the family business so that it can regain its former glory. Director Cédric Klapisch
    Screening with The Magical Mystery of Musigny:
    John has an enthusiasm for wine, especially for a particular Pinot Noir, and attempts to convince his wife of the power of wine at every turn. Directors Emmett Goodman & John Meyer

    Back to Burgundy on Vimeo

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CULINARY
    Late Fall Mushroom Hunt with Brendon Zissou
    Sunday October 29, 1:00p–3:00p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $45

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    At Linden Ave and Main street across from the Al Whittle Theatre:
    Join Nova Scotia über mycologist Brendon Zissou on a two-hour walk through the local forest on the hunt for late fall mushrooms.

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    42 Grams
    Sunday October 29, 1:30p–3:30p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Opening a high profile restaurant with Michelin star aspirations is never easy and is always hardest on the owners, even for Chicago’s 42 Grams. Director Jack Newell

    Screening with the short film The Chef at the Palace: Chef Maciej Nowicki is no ordinary chef. He digs deep into a culinary identity of Poland through research, reconstructs historical recipes, and ultimately, recreates long-forgotten dishes. Director Bartosz Dziamski

    42 Grams on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table
    Sunday October 29, 3:30p–5:15p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Ella Brennan is a household name in the restaurant industry. Known today as the inspirational matriarch of the rambling Brennan family of New Orleans and the force of nature behind first Brennan’s and then Commander’s Palace, she is a commanding force in the history of American hospitality.
    Director Leslie Iwerks
    Screening with the short film Croissant: The best way to start a new relationship is with breakfast in bed. Or is it?
    Director Marius Conrotto Diaz

    Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table on Vimeo

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Tongue Cutters
    Sunday October 29, 4:00p–5:30p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    Studio-Z
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    In this charming and whimsical coming of age story, nine-year-old Ylva dreams of following in her family’s footsteps and earning money by working a season in the fisheries of northern Norway. There she meets 10-year-old Tobias, a highly skilled and ambitious cod tongue cutter who takes her under his wing and shows her the art. Over time, they discover they have much in common, and as Tobias’ big dreams inspire Ylva, their bond grows. A beautiful friendship is formed while knee-deep in fish heads. Director Solveig Melkeraaen
    Screening with the short film Turf Salmon Smoke:
    Irishman Declan McConnellogue uses 10,000-year-old turf (compressed dirt held together by roots over hundreds of years) to smoke salmon from a time gone by. Directors Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine

    Tongue Cutters on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    Ramen Heads
    Sunday October 29, 5:30p–7:15p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Japan’s reigning king of ramen, Osamu Tomita, takes us into his kitchen, where he shares recipes, trade secrets and flavour philosophies. A mouth-watering survey of culinary history, famous restaurants and specialty ingredients, Ramen Heads makes a compelling case for finding Japan’s heart through its stomach. Director Koki Shigeno
    Screening with the short film Riceballs: Can a small lunchbox tradition break down the barriers between father and son and ultimately unite schoolyard bullies? Director Shingo Usami

    Ramen Heads on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • CINEMA
    The Trip to Spain
    Sunday October 29, 7:30p–9:30p
    Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 Ticket Pro outlets

    Tickets: TicketPro outlets in advance Box Office opens at the Whittle on Oct 24. See website for packages and multi-buy deals

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    Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time they head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. Over plates of pintxos and paella, the pair exchange barbs and their patented celebrity impressions, as well as more serious reflections on what it means to settle into middle age. Director Michael Winterbottom
    Screening with the short film The Butcher Shop: With many small businesses struggling to survive, this traditional family butcher shop with its own farm and abattoir has been in the trade since the 1600s. Note: contains a real account of meat production that viewers may be sensitive to. Directors Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine

    The Trip to Spain on YouTube

    Contact: lia@devourfest.com

  • THEATRE
    Valley Ghost Walks' Anniversary Show
    Monday October 30, 7:30p–9:30p
    Presented by Valley Ghost Walks
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20 adult
    $15 student

    Tickets: Tickets available online and at all Ticketpro outlets.

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    Valley Ghost Walks have been haunting the Annapolis Valley for 10 years! Come celebrate with the ghosts and special guests in this sit-down performance. See old favourites, meet new ones, and hear the behind the scene stories from 10 years of this amazing community theater group. Special guests include Alan Melanson from Annapolis Royal's Candlelight Tours and musical guest Francoise Cote.

    Contact: jerome@valleyghostwalks.com  |  (902) 692-8546

  • CINEMA
    An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
    Wednesday November 1, 7:00p–8:38p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    It has been a decade since the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to light and championed it as a global concern. Ten years later, Al Gore presents new research demonstrating that 14 of Earth’s 15 hottest years in recorded history have been since 2001. In light of America’s recent with­drawal from the 2016 Paris Agreements, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is urgent and essential viewing.

    Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk take the directorial reigns to recap the successes and setbacks since the first film. At the centre of it all is the slightly grayer, mellower, but no less impassioned, Al Gore. He continues touring his PowerPoint lectures, updated with not only new grim facts, but also encouraging examples of successful green energy projects. He trains the next generation of eco-leaders with his Climate Leadership initiatives and uses his considerable connections to negotiate deals with the world’s leaders. However, the most powerful sections are the visually startling check-ins he does with scientific researchers regarding our planet’s health. While many naysayers mocked his 2006 scientific, ani­mated projections of rising waters flooding the World Trade Center area in Manhattan, no one was laughing when 2012’s Hurricane Sandy did just that.

    The former Vice President is a modern-day superhero decked out in his button-up shirts and cowboy boots. It is surprising and fascinating how lonely the fight has been, and the fact that he has been doing it now for nearly a quarter century with no signs of slowing down is admirable. With the health and future of the planet at stake, Gore and those training with him are certainly the heroes we need.

    "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is an important and relevant worldwide look at the environmental crisis." (Jordan Ruimy, We Got This Covered)

    "It's less an attack on big business (though such sentiments are certainly present) than a call for a rational assessment of proven facts. If it does occasionally dabble in hero worship of its subject, it also makes the effective case that somebody has to keep showing up when nobody else can be bothered." (Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, Consequence of Sound)

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

  • CINEMA
    The Trip to Spain
    Sunday November 5, 4:00p–5:47p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Following their culinary outings to England’s Lake District in The Trip and down the Italian coast in The Trip to Italy, Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Rob Brydon (Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) team up once more to indulge in Iberian epicurean delights, trade barbs, and compete to perfect the ultimate Michael Caine impression, in Michael Winterbottom's much-anticipated Trip to Spain.

    After the success of Coogan’s travelogue and reviews of English and Italian restau­rants, The New York Times commissions a new piece; this time, he is sent to Spain with the ever-reliable Brydon in tow. Soaking in the culinary riches of the Basque region, which boasts several of the best reviewed restaurants in the world, and moving through the coun­try to the Mediterranean coast, Coogan and Brydon devour envy-inspiring meals, while reviving their iconic and devastatingly funny impressions of Michael Caine, Al Pacino, and Roger Moore (with a new and accomplished Mick Jagger joining the roster).

    Between the meals, jokes, and meandering drives throughout the Spanish countryside, cracks begin to show in Coogan and Brydon’s optimistic veneer. Despite their insistence that they are at "the sweet spot" of their lives, the pair spends substantial amounts of time reminiscing about their younger selves and earlier films (Philomena is mentioned repeat­edly), while negotiating the difficult task of coming to terms with their older selves, and more settled family lives. Still crackling with the improvisational energy and vibrancy of the first two installments, The Trip to Spain provides a reliable mix of breathtaking vistas, indulgent meals, and Coogan and Brydon’s hilarious odd-couple comedy.

    "Director Michael Winterbottom hasn't just delivered the funniest movie of the year, but also a comedy that casts its characters in a harsh new light." (David Ehrlich, Indiewire)

    "For fans of the series, The Trip to Spain gives one a wholehearted meal of all they could possibly desire." (Jordan Raup, The Film Stage)

    "… brilliant, hilarious, the funniest thing since The Trip to Italy." (Sam Wollaston, The Guardian)

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

  • CINEMA
    The Trip to Spain
    Sunday November 5, 7:00p–8:47p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Following their culinary outings to England’s Lake District in The Trip and down the Italian coast in The Trip to Italy, Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Rob Brydon (Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) team up once more to indulge in Iberian epicurean delights, trade barbs, and compete to perfect the ultimate Michael Caine impression, in Michael Winterbottom's much-anticipated Trip to Spain.

    After the success of Coogan’s travelogue and reviews of English and Italian restau­rants, The New York Times commissions a new piece; this time, he is sent to Spain with the ever-reliable Brydon in tow. Soaking in the culinary riches of the Basque region, which boasts several of the best reviewed restaurants in the world, and moving through the coun­try to the Mediterranean coast, Coogan and Brydon devour envy-inspiring meals, while reviving their iconic and devastatingly funny impressions of Michael Caine, Al Pacino, and Roger Moore (with a new and accomplished Mick Jagger joining the roster).

    Between the meals, jokes, and meandering drives throughout the Spanish countryside, cracks begin to show in Coogan and Brydon’s optimistic veneer. Despite their insistence that they are at "the sweet spot" of their lives, the pair spends substantial amounts of time reminiscing about their younger selves and earlier films (Philomena is mentioned repeat­edly), while negotiating the difficult task of coming to terms with their older selves, and more settled family lives. Still crackling with the improvisational energy and vibrancy of the first two installments, The Trip to Spain provides a reliable mix of breathtaking vistas, indulgent meals, and Coogan and Brydon’s hilarious odd-couple comedy.

    "Director Michael Winterbottom hasn't just delivered the funniest movie of the year, but also a comedy that casts its characters in a harsh new light." (David Ehrlich, Indiewire)

    "For fans of the series, The Trip to Spain gives one a wholehearted meal of all they could possibly desire." (Jordan Raup, The Film Stage)

    "… brilliant, hilarious, the funniest thing since The Trip to Italy." (Sam Wollaston, The Guardian)

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

  • CINEMA
    Lady Macbeth
    Wednesday November 8, 7:00p–8:29p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    "This brilliantly feminist British indie film plunges a cold, sharp knife into the back of bonnet dramas. Lady Macbeth is like a Jane Austen story with a dash of sex and murder and a nineteenth-century heroine who might have swallowed the works of Caitlin Moran and Gloria Steinem.

    It's actually got nothing to do with Shakespeare. The script, by playwright Alice Birch, is adapted from an 1860s Russian novella by Nikolai Leskov, Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk District, and it was shot by theatre director William Oldroyd. The pair relocate the book to Victorian England where Florence Pugh (the spitting image of a young Kate Winslet) plays Katherine, a teenager in northern England whose father has married her off to a rich miner’s son. Humiliatingly, she is part of a two-for-one deal, thrown in with a plot of land. Worse, her husband (Paul Hilton) is a seething mess of pathetic inadequacies.

    This is a pure feminist parable. We watch as her maid, Anna (Naomi Ackie), yanks Katherine’s corset ribbons agonisingly tight. And just as the patriarchy is deforming her body, so too it is twisting her soul. When her husband leaves the family pile on business, Katherine ends up in bed with a cocky servant (Cosmo Jarvis). A killing spree follows.

    Newcomer Florence Pugh is like a lightning bolt, totally electric as Katherine, who’s up there with Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina in the literary heroine stakes. She has the innocent face of an angel but she soon begins to live up to her Shakespearean namesake. And like Amma Asante’s Belle and Tom Hardy’s Taboo, Lady Macbeth is part of a new generation of British film and tv showing us that Britain’s diversity didn’t begin with the Windrush. The stable boy and Katherine’s maid are both mixed race—which adds another layer of complexity and shows up toxic class divisions. What an extraordinary film." (Cath Clarke, Time Out)

    "Oldroyd's brilliance (and Pugh's) is to probe this age-old archetype—the Gothic antiheroine, the adulteress—and find pathos and cruelty. It's also to uncover the complex web of hierarchies—of race and class, as well as gender—that ensnare and empower her." (Maia Silber, Washington Post)

    "A rebuke to the genteel period costume dramas that have long reigned as arthouse staples. Director William Oldroyd turns the genre on its head, penetrating the pretty exteriors that conceal wild and dangerous emotions." (Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

    "In many ways, Lady Macbeth is remarkable for what it isn't. It isn't a staid period drama. It isn't romantic. It isn't predictable. And it certainly isn't comfortable." (Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic)

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

  • CINEMA
    Frantz
    Sunday November 12, 4:00p–5:53p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    In the aftermath of World War I, a young German woman mourning the death of her fiancé Frantz, forms a bond with a mysterious Frenchman visiting her beloved’s grave.

    The war has just ended and Anna (Paula Beer) is still living with Frantz’s parents, who are shattered over their son’s death. Meanwhile, the citizens of Anna’s small German town are just beginning to emerge from the shadow of the war. Spying a stranger laying a bouquet of roses on Frantz’s grave one day, the quietly grieving Anna is both surprised and intrigued. Hesitantly, the visitor reveals he is a French soldier, but with the horrors of the war still so raw in everyone’s minds, the small community makes it clear he is not welcome among them.

    Adrien (Pierre Niney, The Snows of Kilimanjaro) soon reveals he knew Frantz prior to the war, as the two became fast friends over their shared love of art and music. Anna and Frantz’s parents eventually warm to the sensitive Frenchman, grateful for the chance to relive a connection to Frantz. But despite Adrien’s initial charms, his past slowly reveals itself to be more mysterious and murky than it seems.

    Telling a familiar tale of love, remembrance, grief, and mourning in new and surprising ways, Frantz is a brilliant addition to the filmography of François Ozon (Potiche). Shot equally in Germany and France, and in both languages, it is an elegant, beautifully rendered, mostly black-and-white elegy to a lost generation and the legacy it left.

    "This new film is exceptional and one of Ozon's best." (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)

    [Frantz] continues the filmmaker’s long line of complex female heroines and explores many themes dear to Ozon, including mourning and the refuge fiction and/or art can offer in times of crisis. And as usual, the actors are all in fine form.” (Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter)

    "It is a cunningly crafted fiction, full of visual artifice and narrative sleight-of-hand, that by the end could hardly feel more sincere." (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times)

     

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

  • CINEMA
    Frantz
    Sunday November 12, 7:00p–8:53p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    In the aftermath of World War I, a young German woman mourning the death of her fiancé Frantz, forms a bond with a mysterious Frenchman visiting her beloved’s grave.

    The war has just ended and Anna (Paula Beer) is still living with Frantz’s parents, who are shattered over their son’s death. Meanwhile, the citizens of Anna’s small German town are just beginning to emerge from the shadow of the war. Spying a stranger laying a bouquet of roses on Frantz’s grave one day, the quietly grieving Anna is both surprised and intrigued. Hesitantly, the visitor reveals he is a French soldier, but with the horrors of the war still so raw in everyone’s minds, the small community makes it clear he is not welcome among them.

    Adrien (Pierre Niney, The Snows of Kilimanjaro) soon reveals he knew Frantz prior to the war, as the two became fast friends over their shared love of art and music. Anna and Frantz’s parents eventually warm to the sensitive Frenchman, grateful for the chance to relive a connection to Frantz. But despite Adrien’s initial charms, his past slowly reveals itself to be more mysterious and murky than it seems.

    Telling a familiar tale of love, remembrance, grief, and mourning in new and surprising ways, Frantz is a brilliant addition to the filmography of François Ozon (Potiche). Shot equally in Germany and France, and in both languages, it is an elegant, beautifully rendered, mostly black-and-white elegy to a lost generation and the legacy it left.

    "This new film is exceptional and one of Ozon's best." (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)

    [Frantz] continues the filmmaker’s long line of complex female heroines and explores many themes dear to Ozon, including mourning and the refuge fiction and/or art can offer in times of crisis. And as usual, the actors are all in fine form.” (Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter)

    "It is a cunningly crafted fiction, full of visual artifice and narrative sleight-of-hand, that by the end could hardly feel more sincere." (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times)

     

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

  • CINEMA
    Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
    Wednesday November 15, 7:00p–8:32p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, helped change the way we look at urban living. Her writing and activism had a direct impact on neighbourhoods in Manhattan and Toronto, and influenced city planners all over the world.

    Now, in the centenary of her birth, Citizen Jane focuses on Jacobs' most dramatic battles in the 1960s: when she went up against New York City's most ruthless power broker, Robert Moses. At stake was whether the city's historic neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village, Soho, and Little Italy would stay intact or be split apart by expressways.

    Filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer takes us into the heyday of magazine journalism, a male-dominated world where Jacobs excelled while raising a family. Despite her lack of a college degree, she immersed herself into the world of urban planning and became an outspoken critic of its leading trends. While developers like Moses focused on automobiles and expressways, Jacobs championed sidewalks and foot traffic.

    Moses amassed immense political power in the innocuous-sounding position of New York City Parks Commissioner. By personal fiat, he leveled neighbourhoods to build the Cross Bronx Expressway and other massive projects.

    Tyrnauer chronicles how Jacobs marshaled a movement against Moses, when he sought to push through the Lower Manhattan Expressway that would demolish blocks and displace thousands. Afterwards, Jacobs moved to Toronto where she joined the effort to stop the Spadina Expressway and lived for almost four decades.

    This inspirational documentary delivers a timely lesson in the power of the people to push back against bullying developers.

    "As a history of this war of ideas and as an introduction to Jacobs, the film is essential. But it also pivots toward a great challenge: today's global urbanization. [A] gorgeous, tightly written and entertaining film." (Alex Bozilovic, The Globe and Mail)

    "Jacobs argued that what looks to officialdom like disorder is actually what makes a crowded human landscape function—it's just a more complex order. This compelling documentary lets you see the beauty she found in that complexity." (Bob Mondello, NPR)

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

  • THEATRE
    Follies
    Friday November 17, 7:00p–9:30p
    Presented by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20 - available at the door from 6pm, November 17

    New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished.Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves

    Contact: kathy@justuscoffee.com

  • CINEMA
    Loving Vincent
    Sunday November 19, 4:00p–5:35p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    "Stand in front of a painting by Vincent van Gogh for more than five minutes, and your brain starts to react in strange ways. Even today, more than a century after the artist’s death, the brushstrokes pack an almost psychedelic energy, vibrating with an intensity that seems to have sprung directly from van Gogh’s tortured personal life. Now imagine staring at one of these paintings for 90 minutes straight—or crazier still, watching a series of them actually start to move.

    Such was the vision Polish animator Dorota Kobiela had for Loving Vincent a truly awe-inspiring portrait of the great Dutch artist that boasts the distinction of being 'the world’s first fully painted feature film.' That means every one of the nearly 65,000 frames in this near-lunatic labor of love was rendered by hand with oil paints, following a style intended to mimic that of the master—which has precisely the effect you might imagine, pulling audiences into the delirious, hyper-sensual world suggested by van Gogh’s oeuvre.

    The artist himself has been dead a year when the story begins, so we aren’t seeing things through his eyes so much as in ersatz homage to his style, where bold colors and thick, energetic strokes of paint transform traditional live-action footage into living tableaux, rendered all the richer by Clint Mansell’s gorgeous score. It’s an impressive conceit, and one that allows us to float through van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone or pop in for a drink at the Café Terrace at Night—just two of nearly 130 actual paintings that Kobiela and co-writer/director Hugh Welchman weave into the relatively conventional detective story (of all things!) that frames this one-of-a-kind work of art.

    Most people know that van Gogh cut off his own ear, but fewer recall—and no one knows for certain—the precise explanation for his death. Needless to say, Kobiela and Welchman won’t be the ones to solve this mystery, and yet, they enlist a handsome young man—Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth), son of the postmaster with the wild-bramble beard (Chris O’Dowd), both of whom sat for several van Gogh portraits—to serve as a sort of amateur detective. Clad in the same bright yellow blazer forever immortalized on canvas, Armand becomes improbably infatuated with the case, setting out to answer the question, 'How does a man go from being absolutely calm to suicidal in six weeks?'

    Although history immortalizes Vincent van Gogh as a kind of mad genius, the filmmakers literally try to craft a more nuanced and sensitive portrait of the artist, who often signed his letters, 'Your loving Vincent'—from which the movie’s title derives." (Peter Debruge, Variety)

    "[I]t’s safe to say nobody has ever seen anything quite like it before." (Zack Sharf, IndieWire)

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

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    Loving Vincent
    Sunday November 19, 7:00p–8:35p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
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    Cost: $9

    "Stand in front of a painting by Vincent van Gogh for more than five minutes, and your brain starts to react in strange ways. Even today, more than a century after the artist’s death, the brushstrokes pack an almost psychedelic energy, vibrating with an intensity that seems to have sprung directly from van Gogh’s tortured personal life. Now imagine staring at one of these paintings for 90 minutes straight—or crazier still, watching a series of them actually start to move.

    Such was the vision Polish animator Dorota Kobiela had for Loving Vincent a truly awe-inspiring portrait of the great Dutch artist that boasts the distinction of being 'the world’s first fully painted feature film.' That means every one of the nearly 65,000 frames in this near-lunatic labor of love was rendered by hand with oil paints, following a style intended to mimic that of the master—which has precisely the effect you might imagine, pulling audiences into the delirious, hyper-sensual world suggested by van Gogh’s oeuvre.

    The artist himself has been dead a year when the story begins, so we aren’t seeing things through his eyes so much as in ersatz homage to his style, where bold colors and thick, energetic strokes of paint transform traditional live-action footage into living tableaux, rendered all the richer by Clint Mansell’s gorgeous score. It’s an impressive conceit, and one that allows us to float through van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone or pop in for a drink at the Café Terrace at Night—just two of nearly 130 actual paintings that Kobiela and co-writer/director Hugh Welchman weave into the relatively conventional detective story (of all things!) that frames this one-of-a-kind work of art.

    Most people know that van Gogh cut off his own ear, but fewer recall—and no one knows for certain—the precise explanation for his death. Needless to say, Kobiela and Welchman won’t be the ones to solve this mystery, and yet, they enlist a handsome young man—Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth), son of the postmaster with the wild-bramble beard (Chris O’Dowd), both of whom sat for several van Gogh portraits—to serve as a sort of amateur detective. Clad in the same bright yellow blazer forever immortalized on canvas, Armand becomes improbably infatuated with the case, setting out to answer the question, 'How does a man go from being absolutely calm to suicidal in six weeks?'

    Although history immortalizes Vincent van Gogh as a kind of mad genius, the filmmakers literally try to craft a more nuanced and sensitive portrait of the artist, who often signed his letters, 'Your loving Vincent'—from which the movie’s title derives." (Peter Debruge, Variety)

    "[I]t’s safe to say nobody has ever seen anything quite like it before." (Zack Sharf, IndieWire)

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

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    Menashe
    Wednesday November 22, 7:00p–8:22p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
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    Cost: $9

    "Filmed on the sly, Menashe is a fascinating, poignant and rare glimpse into the world of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, starring members of the Hasidic community.

    Menashe is thoroughly absorbing and offers a fresh and probing look at a cloistered community living in plain sight on busy New York streets. The story centers on Menashe (Menashe Lustig) a widower trying to win back the custody of his tween son Rieven (Ruben Niborski). The boy was not taken away by the courts, but by rabbinical dictate. Because Menashe’s wife died, the religious leader deemed it appropriate for Rieven to live with his aunt and uncle. If Rieven does not live in a two-parent family, he will be expelled from his yeshiva, the Hasidic school he attends.

    But Menashe is heartsick being without his son. He labors at a dead-end job at a local market with an overbearing boss and goes home to a drab and tiny apartment. His judgmental brother-in-law Eizik (Yoel Weisshaus) takes in Riesen to live with his wife and children. He is substantially more successful financially than Menashe and lords it over him. 'My son is my only consolation,' Menashe explains simply, entreating his brother-in-law to let him raise his own son.

    Complicating matters, poor Menashe messes up a lot, whether on the job, when making kugel or in caring for a pet. His son loves him, but Menashe is regarded by most who know him as a rather bumbling schlemiel.

    To add insult to injury, Menashe feels dismissed and diminished simply for being a single man.
    If he re-marries, the rabbi dictates, then his son can return to live with him. But the boy cannot live alone with his blue-collar, hardworking dad. Menashe doesn’t want to marry merely for the sake of propriety. But he desperately wants to be more than a part-time dad.

    The film winds up compelling both from a cultural and sociological angle and as a universal story of a parent yearning to be with his son. Menashe, the film and the character, share a sweet spirit. And while the arcane world that it re-creates is one that will be unfamiliar to most viewers, the sentiments within it are highly recognizable.

    Menashe is a warm, relatable and tender tale about parental love, religion and belonging, told humanely and with vivid authenticity." (Claudia Puig, The Wrap)

    "Here is a film dedicated to recognizing our most common obstacles, its quiet storytelling largely accompanied by those feelings at the bottom of anyone's gut: guilt, shame, defeat. Menashe is a gorgeous ode to everyone's inner screw-up." (Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com)

    "Menashe works as both a rare introduction to a way of life largely unseen (or exaggerated by those outside of it) as well as a touching depiction of fighting for what's most important in life." (Jordan Raup, The Film Stage)

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

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    MODIFIED
    Saturday November 25, 7:00p–10:00p
    Presented by Aube Giroux
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    Cost: $12

    Tickets: Tickets sold at Box of Delights and at the door

    Local Wolfville filmmaker Aube Giroux will show her new documentary film, Modified. Modified is a story told through the eyes of the filmmaker and her late mother, Jali Giroux, a resident of Gaspereau. Their mother-daughter investigative journey asks why GMOs aren't labeled in food products in Canada and the US despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. The film recently won the Best Film Audience Award at Lunenburg Doc Fest. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director and executive producer as well as a tasting of one of the recipes featured in the film. Audience-goers will also be gifted heirloom seeds saved by Jali Giroux.

    Contact: modifiedthefilm@mail.com

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    The Glass Castle
    Sunday November 26, 4:00p–6:07p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
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    Cost: $9

    Based on Jeannette Walls’ highly acclaimed and best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle follows the successful writer’s life as she reflects on the unconventional and frequently impoverished upbringing she and her siblings experienced while growing up with their chaotic and dysfunctional, but ultimately lov­ing parents.

    Along with her siblings Lori (Sarah Snook, The Dressmaker), Brian (Iain Armitage, Captain Fantastic's Charlie Shotwell, and Josh Caras), and Maureen (Eden Grace Redfield, Captain Fantastic’s Shree Crooks, and Brigette Lundy-Paine), Jeannette (Chandler Head, Ella Anderson, and Room's Brie Larson) leads a non-traditional but tight-knit family life with her parents Rex (Woody Harrelson, The Edge of Seventeen, No Country for Old Men) and Rose Mary (Naomi Watts, While We're Young, Birdman). Embracing a life of adventure and self-directed learning, Rex and Rose Mary move their family frequently around to differ­ent cities in Arizona and California. However, as their children grow older and more aware of the debt and broken relationships chasing their parents from place to place, the won­der of their nomadic lifestyle begins to fade.

    With their family life growing increasingly unstable, due in large part to Rex’s alcoholism and inability to maintain meaningful work, Jeannette and her siblings begin to imagine a more traditional and independent life of their own, away from their parents’ chaotic influence.

    At once adventurous and heartfelt, The Glass Castle tests the strength of family bonds against individual ambitions and identities, and explores the complexities of negotiating parent-child relationships as children mature into adults. Deftly adapted and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the emotional resonance of Jeannette Walls’ widely loved memoir is unmistakably present in its long-awaited film adaptation.

    "Reflective and cumulatively poignant, Destin Cretton's The Glass Castle lays bare the utmost truth about families: You will eventually morph into your parents." (Tomris Laffly, Time Out)

    "Even while gesturing toward a redemptive sacred altar, a default mode for parenthood in many mainstream movies, the director lets the messy realities stand. And his fine cast makes them ring true—the selfishness and neglect, the confrontations brutal and tender, the pained silences and, not least, the gusts of pure, jagged joy." (Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter)

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

  • CINEMA
    The Glass Castle
    Sunday November 26, 7:00p–9:07p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Based on Jeannette Walls’ highly acclaimed and best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle follows the successful writer’s life as she reflects on the unconventional and frequently impoverished upbringing she and her siblings experienced while growing up with their chaotic and dysfunctional, but ultimately lov­ing parents.

    Along with her siblings Lori (Sarah Snook, The Dressmaker), Brian (Iain Armitage, Captain Fantastic's Charlie Shotwell, and Josh Caras), and Maureen (Eden Grace Redfield, Captain Fantastic’s Shree Crooks, and Brigette Lundy-Paine), Jeannette (Chandler Head, Ella Anderson, and Room's Brie Larson) leads a non-traditional but tight-knit family life with her parents Rex (Woody Harrelson, The Edge of Seventeen, No Country for Old Men) and Rose Mary (Naomi Watts, While We're Young, Birdman). Embracing a life of adventure and self-directed learning, Rex and Rose Mary move their family frequently around to differ­ent cities in Arizona and California. However, as their children grow older and more aware of the debt and broken relationships chasing their parents from place to place, the won­der of their nomadic lifestyle begins to fade.

    With their family life growing increasingly unstable, due in large part to Rex’s alcoholism and inability to maintain meaningful work, Jeannette and her siblings begin to imagine a more traditional and independent life of their own, away from their parents’ chaotic influence.

    At once adventurous and heartfelt, The Glass Castle tests the strength of family bonds against individual ambitions and identities, and explores the complexities of negotiating parent-child relationships as children mature into adults. Deftly adapted and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the emotional resonance of Jeannette Walls’ widely loved memoir is unmistakably present in its long-awaited film adaptation.

    "Reflective and cumulatively poignant, Destin Cretton's The Glass Castle lays bare the utmost truth about families: You will eventually morph into your parents." (Tomris Laffly, Time Out)

    "Even while gesturing toward a redemptive sacred altar, a default mode for parenthood in many mainstream movies, the director lets the messy realities stand. And his fine cast makes them ring true—the selfishness and neglect, the confrontations brutal and tender, the pained silences and, not least, the gusts of pure, jagged joy." (Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter)

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

  • CINEMA
    100 Short Stories
    Wednesday November 29, 7:00p–8:08p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
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    Cost: $9

    100 Short Stories is acclaimed Nova Scotian filmmaker Neal Livingston's first feature-length documentary.

    In an original, engaging and often humorous exploration of energy policy, governance and regional policy, Livingston interweaves tales of predatory capitalism, eco-activism and contemporary life in Atlantic Canada.

    The film presents a first-person account of a year-long struggle to develop Black River Wind, a renewable energy project, and to overcome an attempted hostile takeover. Meanwhile, the local citizens of Inverness County band together to defeat oil and gas drilling and fracking coming to Cape Breton Island.

    100 Short Stories won the 2017 Energy Award at the Cinema Verde Film Festival in Gainesville, Florida.

    The screening will be followed by a Q&A and Neal Livingston will be in attendance.

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

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    Die göttliche Ordnung (The Divine Order)
    Sunday December 3, 4:00p–5:36p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
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    Cost: $9

    Swiss women were not granted the vote until 1971. Petra Volpe's The Divine Order revisits their fight for equality through the fictional lens of a young housewife living in a small, tranquil village.

    "Nora (Marie Leuenberger) spends her days doing laundry, making beds and vacuuming around her domineering father-in-law, and her nights cooking and caring for husband Hans (Max Simonischek) and their two sons. At first, she seems agreeably submissive to this life of routine servitude. But unfamiliar stirrings of outrage over her place in society—and that of her female compatriots—soon begin to percolate, triggered by two concurrent incidents: Hans’ refusal to allow her to get a job (a privilege granted to him by law); and her free-spirited teenage niece Hanna (Ella Rumpf) being sent to prison for wanting to be with her older, long-haired boyfriend.

    These twin injustices speak to the larger problem of women’s subjugation in Swiss society, the wrongheadedness of which is thrown into sharp relief by the momentous counterculture sweeping the rest of the globe. It’s not long before Nora is standing up to the close-minded leader of her social club, Mrs. Wipf (Therese Affolter)—who claims equality between the sexes is 'a sin against nature'—and forming a makeshift suffrage organization ahead of a 1971 ballot vote on the issue. From the start, she’s joined in her campaign by elderly firebrand Vroni (Sibylle Brunner), who resents losing her restaurant because she wasn’t allowed to handle its finances, and Graziella (Marta Zoffoli), a single Italian woman whose curly hair and fashionable threads are signs of her enlightened attitude.

    The Divine Order eventually sees the town’s ladies go on strike ahead of the vote, shacking up together in an act of solidarity that further underscores women’s inherent power as the glue that holds families together. Volpe dramatizes her action with a light touch that allows for flashes of pointed comedy even as she maintains a firm focus on the way threats of slander, humiliation, abuse and ostracism are used by the ruling class to maintain privilege.

    No prior knowledge of Switzerland’s political evolution is necessary to guess the conclusion of The Divine Order, as its feel-good narrative telegraphs much of what’s to come. Yet thanks to its director’s sturdy guidance and Leuenberger’s fine lead performance as Nora, whose resolve is colored by doubt and trepidation, the film never feels stilted or preachy; rather, it radiates an infectious admiration for the courage shown by its heroines in the face of immense obstacles."

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

  • CINEMA
    Die göttliche Ordnung (The Divine Order)
    Sunday December 3, 7:00p–8:36p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Swiss women were not granted the vote until 1971. Petra Volpe's The Divine Order revisits their fight for equality through the fictional lens of a young housewife living in a small, tranquil village.

    "Nora (Marie Leuenberger) spends her days doing laundry, making beds and vacuuming around her domineering father-in-law, and her nights cooking and caring for husband Hans (Max Simonischek) and their two sons. At first, she seems agreeably submissive to this life of routine servitude. But unfamiliar stirrings of outrage over her place in society—and that of her female compatriots—soon begin to percolate, triggered by two concurrent incidents: Hans’ refusal to allow her to get a job (a privilege granted to him by law); and her free-spirited teenage niece Hanna (Ella Rumpf) being sent to prison for wanting to be with her older, long-haired boyfriend.

    These twin injustices speak to the larger problem of women’s subjugation in Swiss society, the wrongheadedness of which is thrown into sharp relief by the momentous counterculture sweeping the rest of the globe. It’s not long before Nora is standing up to the close-minded leader of her social club, Mrs. Wipf (Therese Affolter)—who claims equality between the sexes is 'a sin against nature'—and forming a makeshift suffrage organization ahead of a 1971 ballot vote on the issue. From the start, she’s joined in her campaign by elderly firebrand Vroni (Sibylle Brunner), who resents losing her restaurant because she wasn’t allowed to handle its finances, and Graziella (Marta Zoffoli), a single Italian woman whose curly hair and fashionable threads are signs of her enlightened attitude.

    The Divine Order eventually sees the town’s ladies go on strike ahead of the vote, shacking up together in an act of solidarity that further underscores women’s inherent power as the glue that holds families together. Volpe dramatizes her action with a light touch that allows for flashes of pointed comedy even as she maintains a firm focus on the way threats of slander, humiliation, abuse and ostracism are used by the ruling class to maintain privilege.

    No prior knowledge of Switzerland’s political evolution is necessary to guess the conclusion of The Divine Order, as its feel-good narrative telegraphs much of what’s to come. Yet thanks to its director’s sturdy guidance and Leuenberger’s fine lead performance as Nora, whose resolve is colored by doubt and trepidation, the film never feels stilted or preachy; rather, it radiates an infectious admiration for the courage shown by its heroines in the face of immense obstacles."

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

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    Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
    Wednesday December 6, 7:00p–8:26p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
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    Cost: $9

    Known for her iconic look, wild-child antics, and scandalous private life, Hedy Lamarr was revered as "the most beautiful woman in the world" in 1940s tabloids. Yet, few know her true story; an undiscovered genius, she pioneered a secret communication system intended to guide US torpedoes during WWII, which became the basis for contemporary technologies like GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi.

    The directorial debut from Emmy Award–winning journalist and producer Alexandra Dean, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story looks deeper into the life of the screen legend, whose military and communication contri­butions went unrecognized for decades. As a child, the Austrian-born Lamarr would disassemble music boxes and put them back together, just to understand how they worked. After her breakout role in the Czech film Ecstasy, the young Hedy escaped her ammunition-manufacturing husband and fled the country, later signing a contract with MGM studios and starring in notable hits such as Algiers, Boom Town and Comrade X with Clark Gable. Her most impressive achievement, however, was the one she was never acknowledged for: a revolutionary radio guidance system called “frequency hopping” that she co-invented with composer George Antheil in her spare time to defeat the Nazis in naval battle. Though she would attempt to patent the idea, the US Navy thought she was better suited to selling war bonds and entertaining troops instead. Sadly, the name Hedy Lamarr would later only be known for the inventor’s infamous six marriages, affairs, drug use, and obsession with plastic surgery. Throughout her life, Lamarr’s face proved to be a blessing and a curse, often opening one door, but halting the possibility of opening another.

    Produced by Susan Sarandon (The Meddler) and featuring appearances by film legends such as Mel Brooks (The Producers, Blazing Saddles), Peter Bogdanovich (Hitchcock/Truffaut, While We’re Young) and Diane Kruger (Farewell My Queen, Inglourious Basterds), the Tribeca hit finally tells Lamarr’s story the way she intended to tell it. A woman ahead of her time, Lamarr not only paved the way for communication technology, but she was also one of the first women to produce her own films during a time when women were restricted to positions in front of the camera. Dispelling Lamarr’s public image as a flighty celebrity, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a trailblazing tribute to women whose contributions have gone unrecognized and an inspiration for future generations of female inventors to come.

    "A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc." (John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter)

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

  • CINEMA
    Breathe
    Sunday December 10, 4:00p–5:57p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    After years of critical success as an actor, Andy Serkis makes his directorial debut with Breathe, the inspiring biopic portrait of Robin Cavendish. After being diagnosed with polio at age 28, Cavendish served as a global advocate for people living with disabilities and assisted in the development of medical technologies that transformed the lives of paralyzed individuals everywhere.

    Andrew Garfield stars as Cavendish alongside Claire Foy (The Lady in the Van, Rosewater) as devoted wife Diana Blacker in this heartwarm­ing chronicle of a couple determined to break barriers for families facing physical chal­lenges. Completely paralyzed from the neck down, Cavendish was put on a medical respi­rator but refused to be confined by his hospital bed. Against his doctors’ advice, he and Diana bravely set off on a worldwide quest with their son, Jonathan (Dean-Charles Chapman), to share their story. Not only was Cavendish a miracle of science for being one of the longest living polio survivors, but he was also a pioneer in the medical community for his innovating efforts to enhance mobility for the physically impaired. With the help of his friend, professor, and inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville, TV's Downton Abbey), Cavendish used himself as a guinea pig to test the first wheelchair with a built-in respirator. While he and Diana faced unique pressures in their relationship, their unwavering strength and spirit lies at the heart of this story.

    Known for his performance capture roles in films like the The Hobbit and The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Serkis daringly steps into a new genre in this brilliant, life-affirming love story about perseverance, courage, and human connection. Garfield master­fully pulls off a challenging performance, transforming physically and psychologically to capture Cavendish’s optimistic and resil­ient spirit. Written by two-time Academy Award nominee William Nicholson (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and pro­duced by Cavendish’s son, Breathe shares one of the most hopeful and awe-inspiring tales of the season.

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

  • CINEMA
    Breathe
    Sunday December 10, 7:00p–8:57p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    After years of critical success as an actor, Andy Serkis makes his directorial debut with Breathe, the inspiring biopic portrait of Robin Cavendish. After being diagnosed with polio at age 28, Cavendish served as a global advocate for people living with disabilities and assisted in the development of medical technologies that transformed the lives of paralyzed individuals everywhere.

    Andrew Garfield stars as Cavendish alongside Claire Foy (The Lady in the Van, Rosewater) as devoted wife Diana Blacker in this heartwarm­ing chronicle of a couple determined to break barriers for families facing physical chal­lenges. Completely paralyzed from the neck down, Cavendish was put on a medical respi­rator but refused to be confined by his hospital bed. Against his doctors’ advice, he and Diana bravely set off on a worldwide quest with their son, Jonathan (Dean-Charles Chapman), to share their story. Not only was Cavendish a miracle of science for being one of the longest living polio survivors, but he was also a pioneer in the medical community for his innovating efforts to enhance mobility for the physically impaired. With the help of his friend, professor, and inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville, TV's Downton Abbey), Cavendish used himself as a guinea pig to test the first wheelchair with a built-in respirator. While he and Diana faced unique pressures in their relationship, their unwavering strength and spirit lies at the heart of this story.

    Known for his performance capture roles in films like the The Hobbit and The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Serkis daringly steps into a new genre in this brilliant, life-affirming love story about perseverance, courage, and human connection. Garfield master­fully pulls off a challenging performance, transforming physically and psychologically to capture Cavendish’s optimistic and resil­ient spirit. Written by two-time Academy Award nominee William Nicholson (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and pro­duced by Cavendish’s son, Breathe shares one of the most hopeful and awe-inspiring tales of the season.

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