This Week in Rep Cinema: Frenzy, The Man Behind the Sweater, Bicycle Dreams, Jeff Who Lives at Home, Silver Bullets
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.
TUESDAY MAY 8TH / FRENZY / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 7PM
If there's one thing TIFF really does well in the Lightbox, it's added-content screenings, and the Hitchcock masterclasses with Guillermo del Toro look to be no exception. Each screening will include a one hour introduction and one hour post-film conversation about the piece, and Frenzy is as worthy of consideration as any. Hitchcock's most graphically violent and disturbing, yet witty film is rarely given the attention it deserves, despite potentially being his most accomplished work. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
THURSDAY MAY 10TH / MEET THE MAN BEHIND 'THE SWEATER' / NFB MEDIATHEQUE / 7PM
To celebrate one of the gems of Canadian filmmaking, the NFB along with ECW Press are holding an event dedicated to animator Sheldon Cohen, director of the beloved short animated work dedicated to our favourite past-time, The Sweater. The event will also contain screenings of a selection of Cohen's other works, a discussion and a book signing of his most recent work celebrating creativity in film and art. The event is free but seating is first come, first served.
THURSDAY MAY 10 / BICYCLE DREAMS / ROYAL CINEMA / 7PM
Welcome to the Race Across America or better known as the World's Toughest Bike Race, a 3000 mile bike race that forces it's contestants to tackle deserts, mountains and never-ending stretches of road. The cyclists battle exhaustion, dehydration and other ailments, all for the sake of a charity race. The doc features a particularly tragic year where an accident joins the racers together to propel towards the finish. Tickets are $30, can be purchased online or in person and all proceeds go to Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, Tour for Kids event and Childhood Cancer.
FRIDAY MAY 11 / JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME / REVUE CINEMA / 9PM
This popular festival film was released this winter to only a small theatrical release but will hopefully putter along the second-run circuit. Jeff Who Lives at Home features wunderkind and Muppet-remaster-er Jason Segal as a 30-year-old layabout who is reticent to EVER leave his mother's house, but a minor errand on her birthday seems to propel him in that direction. A softer film by the Duplass brothers who also brought us Baghead and Cyrus, it's a fun ride with a story that keeps its ultimate direction murky most of the way through. The film also plays Saturday and Sunday, tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the cinema.
SUNDAY MAY 13 / SILVER BULLETS / INNIS TOWN HALL / 8PM
Werewolf films, while not nearly as prevalent as vampire or zombie films, haven't seen much growth or development in the genre since Ginger Snaps which was over a decade ago. Indie director Joe Swanberg takes on the genre but with his own twist, instead of following an honest-to-god werewolf, he features an actress who has been cast as one and explores how her new role affects her relationships and levels of power with those around her. Part of an all day event with the director, Swanberg will host a talk following this film. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the cinema.
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