This Week in Rep Cinema: Three Stars, The Palm Beach Story, China Heavyweight, Fat Kid Rules the World, French Cancan
This Week in Rep Cinema features second-run and classic film selections from cinemas such as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, The Fox, The Revue, The Royal, Toronto Underground Cinema, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and more.
Cinema at a leisurely pace is the theme this week, with a documentary about everybody else doing all the hard work. In Three Stars, you can kick back and enjoy a food documentary about the best chefs and kitchens in the business, or you can get pumped and inspired by the athletes in China Heavyweight. Test your hand at seducing a millionaire by walking in Claudette Colbert's shoes in The Palm Beach Story, or relate to a pair of misfit teens looking for glory in Fat Kid Rules the World. And if you're just looking for an all-around good time, French Cancan is a love-letter to France and life itself.
TUESDAY JULY 10 / THREE STARS / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 6:45PM
As if we aren't obsessed enough with food documentaries, Three Stars showcases the delectable foodstuffs of revered Michelin Guide chefs, and the dedication and hard work that goes into attaining those coveted three stars. Watch as nine chefs from eight different countries reveal how they discover the best ingredients, grow the tastiest produce and finally, test out the food. I'd recommend eating before this film--if it's anything like Jiro Dreams of Sushi, you'll leave tortured and ravenous. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
WEDNESDAY JULY 11 / THE PALM BEACH STORY / TIFF IN THE PARK / 9:15PM
TIFF in the Park continues with a knock-out screwball comedy by Preston Sturgess, guaranteed to entertain the horde at David Pecaut Square. Gerry (Claudette Colbert) and Tom (Joel McRae) are a young married couple struggling with money issues and lamenting the unfortunate strain it puts on their marriage. After another upsetting quarrel over money, a determined Gerry flees to Palm Beach to find a way to quickly divorce her husband, and falls into the lap of one of the richest men in the country. But that's OK--she just wants his money to send back to Tom anyway! This screening is free and starts at dusk.
THURSDAY JULY 12 / CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT / AMSTERDAM BREWERY AS PART OF OPEN ROOF FESTIVAL / 9PM
If you missed China Heavyweight at Hot Docs, here's another chance to see the newest film by Yung Chan, director of the award-winning film Up the Yangtze. Chang returns with his camera to China to follow a renowned state boxing recruiter as he mills through the countryside searching for raw, undeveloped talent. China is known for it's rigid athletic recruitment policies, which constantly train children with specific attributes and skill-sets for competitive glory, but what happens when these kids reach the level of international competition? Will they live up to their potential? Tickets are $15, include a concert by The Little Black Dress at 8pm, and can be purchased online.
FRIDAY JULY 13 / FAT KID RULES THE WORLD / PROJECTION BOOTH / 7PM
Matthew Lillard's foray into filmmaking resulted in a successful debut at TIFF Next Wave Festival in May, a coveted screening at the Open Roof Festival last week and it finally settles in Toronto for a week-long run at the Projection Booth. Fat Kid Rules the World is a story about a pair of mismatched teenagers who band together to start a punk band in search of notoriety, but end up developing a more valuable friendship instead. It's an unflinching and often hilarious look at broken homes, father-son relationships, and the harsh reality of growing up. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the cinema.
SATURDAY JULY 14 / FRENCH CANCAN / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 5PM
Forget about any feelings you have for Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann's excessive Moulin Rouge and learn the real story behind the infamous hall. Director Jean Renoir disappeared from the film circuit for 15 years before creating this film and returned with a real joie de vivre and a love of music--both of which are evident in French Cancan. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.