This Week in Film: Rear Window, Disposable Film Festival, Days of Heaven, Wake Wood, Jig, Journey of a Dream, Serenity
This week in film rounds up the most noteworthy independent screenings and cinema-related events happening in Toronto.
TUESDAY JUNE 14TH / REAR WINDOW / BLOOR CINEMA / 4:30PM
One of Hitchcock's best works about paranoia and desire stars James Stewart as Jeff, a daredevil photographer recuperating from a broken leg and his patient girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) who has to put up with his claustrophobic paranoia. Not one to be left idle, Jeff finds himself fascinated by his neighbours and their behavioural patterns while studying them with binoculars to whittle away the hours. But things take a turn for the morbid when he suspects one of his neighbours of murder and nobody seems to believe him. Tickets are $9 and can be bought at the cinema.
TUESDAY JUNE 14TH / DISPOSABLE FILM FESTIVAL: COMPETITIVE SHORTS PROGRAM / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 8PM
Screening as part of the NXNE Festival, the Disposable Film Festival will be featuring a slate of shorts from this years selections. The festival focuses on films made on non-professional devices such as webcams, cell phones, point and shoot cameras and video capturing devices. Originally from San Francisco, the festival finally lands in Toronto and teams up with NXNE, a festival that is a continued and great supporter of alternative cinema. Tickets are $10 at the door or free with an NXNE pass.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 15TH / DAYS OF HEAVEN / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 9PM
Love triangles seldom end well and films about love triangles even less so, Malick calmly follows his doomed protagonists as they commit crimes of law as well as crimes of passion, all in the name of survival. Lovers Bill and Abby are put into a tough situation, on the lam for a crime they definitely committed and forced to act as brother and sister for the sake of an alibi and convenience. This lie becomes their undoing as a wealthy landowner takes a shine to Abby and she has no choice but to be prudent and marry him. What happens next proves the saying that the course of true love really never did run smooth. Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
THURSDAY JUNE 16TH / WAKE WOOD / BLOOR CINEMA / 9:30PM
And now for something completely different. Wake Wood is a new release and a contemporary throw-back to the classic era of b-movie horror films. The story seems familiar, a couple mourning the loss of their child goes to great lengths to get her back, even if it requires dark (in this case, Irish!) magic. But human arrogance rules the day and when they break very specific rules the magic goes wrong and something else wakes up. Rue Morgue knows how to throw a good party and this will screen alongside with classic trailers and they promise to award audience members with ghoulish prizes. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the cinema.
FRIDAY JUNE 17TH / JIG / ROYAL CINEMA / 7PM & 9:15PM
The documentary about Irish dancing which had Hot Docs patrons all atwitter in May returns to Toronto for a short engagement at the Royal CInema. Children are bejeweled, entire families compete and prizes are awarded in one extreme whirlwind of a week with kids so talented they are more like Spellbound than Toddlers in Tiaras. A family-friendly doc about the spirit of competition shows not all parents need be stage parents and that sometimes it's just about the dancing. Can't attend on Friday? Jig will be playing multiple times this weekend, check the Royal for more screenings. Tickets are $15 and can only be purchased online through ticketweb.
SATURDAY JUNE 18TH / JOURNEY OF A DREAM / REVUE CINEMA / 7PM
Music and politics often go hand in hand but I don't think I've ever seen a combination as potent as the one in Journey of a Dream. Shenpenn Khymsar is a Buddhist, a Heavy Metal artist and a Tibetan refugee. After escaping to Vancouver and finding an inner peace through activism and music, his documentary follows his return to Darjeeling, his birthplace and a home for other Tibetans in exile. Khymsar shines a light on the underground music scene in Darjeeling and shows how Tibetans, Nepali and Indian artists play together a mix of music in a scene that that is eastern but also western in origin. While Global Metal and Metal: A Headbanger's Journey also feature international metal scenes, this might just be the most interesting. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the cinema.
SUNDAY JUNE 19TH / SERENITY / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 12:30PM
Forget about Cowboys vs Aliens and see a different kind of western/space opera with Joss Whedon's Serenity. This full length feature of the short-lived tv series Firefly is a great stand-alone movie as well as continuation for hard-core fans, as it follows the crew on what seems to be yet another heist-gone-wrong that goes from bad to catastrophic. Backstabbings, cover-ups, ambushes and terror follow the crew from planet to planet as they try to save their ship and their skins after learning a secret too deadly to keep hidden. Tickets are $8 and can be bought at the cinema.
Still from Rear Window
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