This Week in Rep Cinema: Undefeated, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Woman in the Dunes, Being Elmo, L'Argent
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.
It's an exciting week in the Toronto cinemascape. A fantastic series has begun at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, as March Break begins 'Spiriting Away' the young and old alike with Ghibli classics such as Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service and newer films like Ponyo. But there's more! The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (seen previously) is opening its newly renovated doors with free screenings of Waste Land on Monday and Tuesday and opens Friday with full cinema programming. So what are you waiting for? Spring has sprung, get thee to a cinema.
TUESDAY MARCH 13 / UNDEFEATED / CUMBERLAND CINEMA / 8PM
Undefeated, the winner of the Best Documentary Oscar a few weeks ago follows a promising high school football team in a dilapidated corner of Memphis, Tennessee. Coach Bill Courtney has spent six years training his boys to be good men first and great players second and finally they have a chance at some real glory. But with players struggling to play AND graduate high school in one of the most poverty-ridden districts in the city, Courtney knows the challenge he's facing is that much greater. Screening at multiple times all week.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 14 / CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY / CINEPLEX / 7PM
Cineplex's Classic Film Series features a childhood treat this month, with the magical man who can make all (good) children's dreams come true. Willy Wonka arrives in Gene Wilder's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Forget about the glitzy remake that had all the aesthetic with half the heart, revel in the real deal as Candy Man Willy Wonka tests out his adolescent apprentices in the attempt to find an heir to his candy-coated throne. Your golden ticket to this film is a mere $5 at participating cinemas.
FRIDAY MARCH 16 / THE WOMAN IN THE DUNES / INNIS TOWN HALL / 7PM
A slow-burning tale of an unlucky entomologist who finds himself kidnapped by a group of villagers, while researching insects who live in sand dunes. His sentence? To spend his days trapped with a strange woman endlessly digging out a house set in the sand. He comes to understand that the sand needs to be dug constantly to prevent the entire village from disappearing in the dunes, accepting the importance of his role in the dune as well as his responsibility to have a relationship with this woman. This screening is part of the Free Friday Film's series at CINSSU and is free.
SATURDAY MARCH 17 / BEING ELMO / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 6:30PM
It's been less than a year since the Bloor Cinema shut down, purchased and began renovations to become a permanent documentary theatre, but it feels like a lifetime. This week the cinema opens its doors as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and starts screening one of the most popular documentaries from last years festival. Being Elmo follows puppeteer Kevin Clash from his modest upbringing to his eventual success with one of the most lovable monsters of all time. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at the cinema.
SUNDAY MARCH 18 / L' ARGENT / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 4:45PM
Bresson's last film, an adaptation of a Tolstoy tale set in modern Paris is a moral nightmare. When a boy unknowingly passes a counterfeit bill to a store owner, it leads to a chain of events that results in desperate violence and murder. In a sadistic educational system, this is the type of film that should be shown to wayward children to illustrate the lesson that using counterfeit money isn't a victimless crime. But really, Bresson's final film earned him the Director's Prize at Cannes and isn't screened often. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
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