Christie Pits Film Festival

The Christie Pits Film Festival returns for year two

This Sunday July 22, make your way to the greenery pits of Christie Pits Park where there'll be three summer outdoor film screenings, presented in collaboration with the Open Roof Festival and The Revue Cinema. Yes, that's right; Christie Pits Film Festival is back and bigger than ever.

The festival kicks off its second year this Sunday. For three of the following four Sundays (July 22, July 29th and August 12th), Christie Pits will be home to the screening of three coming-of-age classics. This year's theme, in keeping up with the current affection of anything vintage or '80s, is "When We Were Young, cinematic tales of youth and growing up, under the stars".

Opening night will showcase Big (1988), the classic Tom Hanks movie about a 12-year-old boy who makes a wish to be big and finds out the next morning that his wish has been granted, but with one twist, he is still a 12-yearl-old kid inside. This will be a nostalgic pleasure for those growing up in the 80s (Guilty!).

The second screening is on July 29th where cinephiles can enjoy a viewing of Cinema Paradiso (1988), one of Italian cinema's most revered movies. An ode to cinema lovers, this Italian classic tells the tale of a young boy who falls in love with films while helping a projectionist run the village theater. Interestingly, the movie even has an outdoor screening scene where the viewer can join in with the protagonists and reminisce about their childhood while simultaneously experience the joy of watching movies under the stars. Definitely a worthy, summer night!

The final night of the festival, Sunday August 12th, required the viewer's help in selecting the film. Each festival attendee voted for the film they want to see close the festival, and the winner was Rebel Without a Cause. For more information on the festival, visit the Christie Pits Film Festival page on Facebook.

The Christie Pits Film Festival is free of charge or pay-what-you-can and the event dates are July 22, July 29th and August 12th, 2012. For Twitter fans, you may follow them at Christie Pits Film Festival, @ChristiePitsFF.

Writing by Irsida Sheshi


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