This Week in Rep Cinema: Death in Venice, World of Shorts, Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, The Sounds of Science, Comic Book Confidential
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.
Festival fever has begun in Toronto with two drastically different events taking the city by storm. The TIFF Bell Lightbox is full-up with programming for TIFF Kids, the new younger version of the Sprockets Film Festival, while the Images Festival takes a turn around the AGO Jackman Hall and the Toronto Underground Cinema. The Projection Booth has some fun with Earth Day, the Mediatheque introduces us to some every-day heroes and the Bloor Cinema takes on cultural hallmarks like record fans and the comic industry.
MONDAY APRIL 16 / DEATH IN VENICE / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 7PM
Thomas Mann's classic novel about an acclaimed middle-aged artist embarking on a romantic obsession with a teenage boy in was most recently seen in Toronto in 2010 as the Canadian Opera Company launched Benjamin Britten's adaptation of the tale. This week, Visconti's filmic adaptation can be seen as part of TIFF's popular Books on Film series, with writer Will Aitken taking on the task of defining Visconti's lyrical storytelling formula. While more expensive than the average TIFF film screening at $35, it's an evening discussing one of the best literary adaptations of all time.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 18 / A WORLD OF SHORTS: HIDE AND SEEK / NFB MEDIATHEQUE / 6 & 8PM
The CFC's monthly screening of the hottest short films takes a turn for the fantastic this month, which shorts about real-life heroes in everyday life. Perfect for the post-Wizard World fan looking to come back to reality. Be sure to look out for Sintel, an animated short about a girl who befriends a baby dragon, Little Children, Big Words about a boy with the uncomfortable task of telling his classmates what he wants to be when he's older and Khalid, a film about a boy who is already employed to help his household survive. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the cinema.
FRIDAY APRIL 20 / GODZILLA VS THE SMOG MONSTER / PROJECTION BOOTH / 8PM
You've probably seen Godzilla face off against Japan, Mothra and King Kong but have you ever seen Godzilla take on pollution? Just in time for Earth Day, the Projection Booth is featuring a night dedicated to environmentalism, monster-movie style. Part film screening, part Earth Day Fundraiser, this is probably the most interesting environmental combo you're likely to see this week. Tickets are $12, with $1 going towards the David Suzuki Alliance and $1 to the Toronto Environmental Alliance.
SATURDAY APRIL 21 / THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE & YO LA TENGO / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 8PM
Screening as part of the Images Film Festival, the Sounds of Science is the Closing Gala of the festival. The screening is a live cinematic experience featuring the band Yo La Tengo as they play live accompaniment to French filmmaker Jean PainlevĂŠ's famous avant-garde aquatic science films of seahorses, sponges, anemones and more. Enjoy science like you never have before. The $25 Advance tickets have sold out but some rush tickets will be available at the door.
SATURDAY APRIL 21 / COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL / BLOOR CINEMA / 3:30PM
A film that's well over-due for an update, who knew a Canadian documentary would come to define an art form? Comic Book Confidential is Ron Mann's attempt to decipher the history of the comic book industry by talking to some of the most influential heavyweights of the time and, well, ever. Influencers like Robert Crumb, Linda Barry, Will Eisner, Frank Miller and Stan Lee are sat down with to identify how comics developed and influenced pop culture at large. Imagine if they knew how it'd be today? Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the cinema.
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