This Week in Rep Cinema: The Swell Season, World of Shorts (Past Perfect), The Dead, Stalker, The Orphanage
This Week in Rep Cinema features second run and classic film selections from cinemas such as The Fox, The Revue, The Royal, Toronto Underground Cinema, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox and more.
As we enter awards season, Fifty Years of Discovery: Cannes Critics Week heats up at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, featuring highlights from the beloved festival. From Anna Karina's devastating affair in Living Together, to contemporary slacker classic Clerks, the difficult nature of history and cruel childhood in the Spanish film Spirit of the Beehive to the over-the-top violence found in Man Bites Dog, there's something for everybody in this series, walk, don't run. Also at TIFF, Attack the Bloc: Cold War Science Fiction from Behind the Iron Curtain begins this week, opening up with classics by Andrei Tarkovsky. Combine that with a musical documentary, short films and zombies, mix it all up, add an olive and you have This Week in Rep Cinema!
TUESDAY JANUARY 17TH / THE SWELL SEASON / ROYAL CINEMA / 9:30PM
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova fell in love filming Once, a touching film about two strangers bonding over their love of music, winning an Oscar in the process. But their struggles were only just beginning as their fledgling romance was put to the test when the couple underwent a two year worldwide tour for their band The Swell Season. This intimate documentary highlights the excitement and exhaustion as their differences catch up to them. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes prior to the screening.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18TH / WORLD OF SHORTS: PAST PERFECT / NFB MEDIATHEQUE / 6 & 8PM
This month's World of Shorts screening focuses on nostalgia, or that fine line between remembering the past, reliving it and obsessing. Selections include 1994 a mockumentary about an Iranian family that moves to Norway just before the Lillehammer Olympics, only to find that the locals aren't as friendly as once portrayed and Just Before Dawn about two friends trying to relive their glory days at a party, a task that might be more harm than good. TIckets are $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the NFB.
THURSDAY JANUARY 19TH / THE DEAD / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 9:30PM
This politically charged zombie nightmare puts a spin on a tired genre. An American soldier finds himself stranded in Africa, as an evacuation flight crash lands just off the coast. Dangerous enough considering he's in a war-torn area, there's a zombie infestation taking place. He teams up with an African soldier who witnessed his village being torn apart literally by zombies, the two try to find the latter's family and make it out of the continent alive. Presented by Rue Morgue's Cinemacabre, the screening will feature some classic horror trailers and prizes. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at Eyesore Cinema, Suspect Video or the cinema.
SATURDAY JANUARY 21ST / STALKER / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 3PM
Stalker is director Andrei Tarkovsky's second foray into science fiction, after his masterpiece Solaris. In this dystopic world, the military harbours a great secret, a heavily guarded area called the Zone which includes a room that allows dreams to come true. To infiltrate the Zone, the services of a 'Stalker' are required, a guide who can lead common folk through the terrain, allowing them to return whole on the other side. In this journey, two intellectuals hire a stalker to help them find inspiration in the Zone and it's up to him whether they return alive. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the cinema.
SUNDAY JANUARY 22ND / THE ORPHANAGE / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 4PM
Produced by Guillermo Del Toro, The Orphanage is a fantasy-horror film so engrossing and terrifying that I can barely remember the plot for the fear. It's the story of Laura, an adult orphan who returns to the facility where she grew up, with the intention of renovating it into a school for children with disabilities. But the more time she and her family spend in the house, the more unsettled she becomes, especially after her son meets an invisible friend who wears a sack over his head. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the cinema.
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Still from the Orphanage
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