This Week in Rep Cinema: Cafe de Flore, Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne, How to Die in Oregon, Sing-a-Long-a Grease, Wings
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.
With just a few days left until the Oscars, I'm going to suggest a Canadian film that should have been our foreign language submission, a foreign film that never had the chance (there was no award until 1957), an award winning doc that didn't fit the Academy's guidelines, a film that won Best Original Song in 1979 and the FIRST winner of the Best Picture award. In other news, while not a rep screening, there's an independent Canadian film hitting the big screen: Donovan's Echo opens this Friday at the Scotiabank Theatre. This spooky sci-fi drama about a man haunted by deja vu features Danny Glover and Bruce Greenwood and was recently seen at the Calgary and Vancouver Film Festivals.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22 / CAFE DE FLORE / FOX THEATRE / 7PM
Jean-Marc Vallee can do wrong, the French-Canadian director who brought us C.R.A.Z.Y. and The Young Victoria has received an overwhelming amount of attention for his most recent work, Cafe de Flore. A story of fate and destiny told through the story of two people at varying points in time, during the climax of their emotional lives. As the two plots spiral from emotional highs and lows, the soundtrack uses music to motivate and speak to the intensity on the screen. You'll never listen to Sigur Ros in the same way ever again. Tickets can be purchased at the cinema.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23 / LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:30PM
Bresson at his nastiest, Les Dames is a down and dirty revenge film about young love spurned. When a young woman finds herself on the unfortunate end of a breakup, the hearts in her eyes turn to daggers. Alone and furious, she embarks on a highly complex plot to set up her former beau with a woman with a disreputable background to shame and embarrass him at the most opportune moment. Screening as part of the retrospective on Robert Bresson which runs until March 18, tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24 / HOW TO DIE IN OREGON / 7PM PROJECTION BOOTH
The controversial documentary that screened for full audiences at Hot Docs in 2011 and snagged the Grand Jury award at Sundance, opens up at the Projection Booth this Friday. How to Die in Oregon traces the story of how Oregon became the first state in the US to allow a physician to assist in the suicide of a terminal patient. Included are emotional visits to patients exercising their rights to die and the journey of Cody, a woman suffering from terminal liver cancer as she struggles with the decision. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the cinema.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25 / SING-A-LONG-A GREASE / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 2PM & 7PM
From the producers of the Sound of Music sing-a-long-a comes a musical experience that doesn't include nazi's or nuns. Dress like a Pink Lady, a T-Bird or a Scorpion to win the costume competition, belt out the chorus to Summer Nights, croon with Frankie Avalon to Beauty School Drop Out or groan along with Danny for Sandy. Whatever your favourite song, whomever your favourite character, what happens in Sing-a-Long-a Grease, stays in Sing-a-Long-a-Grease. Can't go on Saturday? It also plays Friday the 24th and Sunday the 26th at 7pm.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26 / WINGS / REVUE CINEMA / 4PM
On Oscar day 2012, treat yourself to a Silent Sunday screening of Wings, the first "Best Picture" award winner ever. While not technically titled "Best Picture" yet, this heart-wrenching film about two boys who grow up to be men during the horror of WWI won the "Most Outstanding Production" and was retroactively given that designation. The film also stars Clara Bow as the girl next door who volunteers as an ambulance driver to follow her unrequited crush to war. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the cinema.
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