This Week in Rep Cinema: Town of Runners, My Man Godfrey, Eagle vs Shark, Derby Baby, Picnic
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.
Olympic fever hits the cinemas this week as we have not one but two documentaries about two very different types of sports. In Town of Runners, an Ethiopian town that has broken dozens of long-distance running records trains its newest recruits, while Derby Baby anticipates the tipping point for contemporary female roller derby. In lighter fare, two romantic comedies present completely bizarre depictions of relationships, whether it's socialite seducing her butler in My Man Godfrey, or childish misfits in Eagle vs Shark. And the week wouldn't be complete without a classic Hollywood film thrown in the mix, just in time for the summer comes Picnic, a film about what happens when a stranger shakes everything up.
TUESDAY JULY 3 / TOWN OF RUNNERS / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 9:30PM
There's less than a month to go before London 2012 and even the Bloor is Olympic crazy, featuring Town of Runners, a British documentary about a small, remote Ethiopian town that has a proud history of developing long-distance running champions. The film follows the history of Bekoji runners past and present and highlights the struggles of the youngest crop of runners as they train to change their lives for themselves and their families. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at the cinema.
WEDNESDAY JULY 4 / MY MAN GODFREY / TIFF IN THE PARK / 9:15PM
In case you missed my round-up on the free outdoor movies this summer, I'll let you in on the best screening of the bunch, My Man Godfrey. Gregory La Cava's satirical farce features William Powell as a man down-on-his-luck with a past to keep secret, up against the wiles of the gregarious and batty Carole Lombard, a young socialite with money to spare and a few screws loose. The two come together wonderfully with a supreme supporting cast of characters in one of the most charming and boisterous screwball comedies this side of Bringing Up Baby. Head over to David Pecault Square around dusk for this feature.
THURSDAY JULY 5 / EAGLE VS SHARK / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:30PM
In the same vein of Spaced and Napoleon Dynamite, Eagle vs Shark is the New Zealand version of a romantic comedy about two socially awkward misfits finding love, while treating each other poorly and doing all the weirdest things together. Starring Flight of the Conchords favourite Jemaine Clement and writer Loren Horsley, the film presents adults with youthful regrets, memories and hangups and how the influence of the past can affect our decisions in the present. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
FRIDAY JULY 6 / DERBY BABY / ROYAL CINEMA / 9:30PM
Throw your old VHS copy of Roller Ball aside and discover the new rules of roller derby in this documentary about the the rapidly growing, rowdy sport. Contemporary roller derby culture still has the markings of DIY and punk culture written all over it, but fans are flocking to stadiums in increasing numbers to see professional league teams too. In Derby Baby, players, fans and enthusiasts discuss the tipping point of this exciting, female powered sport. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
SUNDAY JULY 8 / PICNIC / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 1PM
Smouldering small-town secrets, despair and longing come to the forefront in Picnic, as Hall, an unemployed college dropout manages to rile up all the key players in a small town during Labour Day weekend. Despite being a decade too old for the role, William Holden plays the role of Hal with a perfect air of uncertainty and timidity, while also fully showcasing his musculature at every given opportunity. Also featured is a young Kim Novak in one of her first starring roles, pre-Hitchcock treatment. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
- Beneath Clouds - TIFF Bell Lightbox - Wed July 4 - 9pm
- Gore Gore Girls Fundraiser: The Wizard of Gore - Projection Booth - Fri July 6 - 7:30pm
- Unfinished Spaces - Bloor Hot Docs Cinema - Sun July 8 - 9pm
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