We are pleased to present our outstanding film lineup for 2017!

A mosaic of films as diverse as we are.


Angry Inuk

DIRECTED BY
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Country: Canada
Language: Inuit/English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 82 min
Year: 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS
In her film Angry Inuk, Inuit director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Though most commercial sealing is conducted by Inuit in the Arctic, anti-sealing activism has created a perception of the industry that denies their central role in the sealskin market. To reinsert themselves into the international discussion, these Inuit activists must inconvenience the fundraising campaigns of animal groups by using all the tricks in the social media book, and invent some of their own along the way, like “sealfies.” Seal meat is a staple food for Inuit, and many of the pelts are sold to offset the extraordinary cost of hunting. Inuit are spread across extensive lands and waters, and their tiny population is faced with a disproportionate responsibility for protecting the environment. They are pushing for a sustainable way to take part in the global economy, but in opposition stands an army of well-funded activists and well-meaning celebrities.


Birds of Passage

DIRECTED BY
Olivier Ringer

CREW
Director of Photography:Mihnea Popescu

Country: France
Language: French w/English subs
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 82 min
Year: 2015

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS
It’s Cathy’s 10th birthday, and her parents both want to do something extra-special for their thoughtful and caring daughter. Her mother, who tends to be practical and cautious, throws a traditional party and gives Cathy a cellphone; her quirky dad gives her an egg, instructing her that she must be there to witness it hatch. However, during a birthday game of hide-and-seek, it’s Cathy’s friend Margaux who sees the egg open to reveal a tiny duckling. Though the newborn baby bird immediately thinks she is its mother, Margaux’s parents will not let her keep it because they believe that her wheelchair will limit her ability to care for it. Fearing for the duckling’s fate at a breeding farm — a place known disingenuously as “bird paradise” — Margaux and Cathy resolve to set the young animal free. Director Olivier Ringer’s film is a heartwarming and realistic portrayal of a journey, in which two friends overcome physical and emotional barriers to truly experience freedom for the first time in their lives.


The Eagle Huntress

DIRECTED BY
Otto Bell

Country: USA
Language: Kazakh, English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 87 min
Year: 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS
Otto Bell’s visually stunning documentary follows Aisholpan Nurgaiv, a 13-year-old girl that becomes the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a longstanding patrilineal tradition. Perched precariously on the side of a mountain, with a gigantic mother eagle circling overhead, the brave girl perseveres in the face of danger and manages to capture her own baby eagle. And this is only the beginning of her adventure: under her father’s tutelage, she remains tenaciously committed to the intense training necessary to her eaglet’s development.


The End of the Road

DIRECTED BY
Tai Uhlmann & Theo Angell

CREW
Editor: Theo Angell
Producer:  Tai Uhlmann

Country: Canada
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 120 min
Year: 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

When youre at the end of your line you come to Lund.

Picture your life, raised in the 1950’s USA with its wholesomely deceptive family values derailed by a war where you’re coerced to kill your brothers in humanity on the other side of this planet you call home. What would it take to leave it all behind? These ostracized, politicized, revolutionized, motivated individuals joined other freedom seekers looking for a new way of life and headed for Canada. They took the road till it ended, in Lund, BC.

With a great stash of Super 8 film and archival photos shot by the hippies themselves, this is a reality film on multiple levels. Combined with cutting edge editorial and animation techniques, this film lays out the pieces of the puzzle then constructs it right before your eyes. Lund, the End of the Road, will take you on a ride through political upheaval, drug tales, sex fails, challenging the norm and creating utopia, to an ultimate integration and transformation of a small mill town. These are stories from those who couldn’t hack it and headed back south of the border and those who stayed, those we’ve lost and their offspring returning home. With another layer of reality the film is scored by folk music being made both then and now. Like the subjects themselves, this film is unconventional, pushing visual boundaries and searching for a home in everyone who watches it.


Ixcanul

DIRECTED BY
Jayro Bustamante

Country: Guatemala, France
Language: Spanish w/English subs
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 91 min
Year: 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS
The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel-speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Seventeen-year-old María and her family harvest coffee beans for Spanish-speaking foreman Ignacio, to whom María is promised in marriage. But María yearns for young picker Pepe, who dreams of leaving the region and travelling to what he calls “the other side of the volcano”: the United States. When María and Pepe do come together late one evening, their union has tragic consequences. Immersing us in its characters’ customs and beliefs, Ixcanul chronicles, with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition — and a disappearing people.


Jean of the Joneses

DIRECTED BY
Stella Meghie

Country: Canada
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 82 min
Year: 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS
Writer-director Stella Meghie takes the family comedy into fresh new territory with this whip-smart tale about the twentysomething scion of an all-female Brooklyn clan wrestling with her literary aspirations, romantic mishaps, and the chaotic preparations for her estranged grandfather’s funeral. Jean of the Joneses is a savvy comedy exploring three generations of vibrant and unforgettable women in the Jones family.


Julieta

DIRECTED BY
Pedro Almadóvar

Country: Spain
Language: Spanish w/English subs
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 99 min
Year: 2015

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS
Spanish maestro Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her, All about My Mother, Volver) is renowned for his ability to move effortlessly from high drama to high farce, exploring the contradictions of human needs and desire through a range of styles and tones. As one of the cinema’s greatest makers of films about women, it is only fitting that for his latest and 20th feature he has chosen to adapt the work of Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro. Mining three stories from Munro’s exquisite collection Runaway and relocating them to Spain, Almodóvar creates a marvelously textured tale that examines the strained relationship between a mother and daughter.


KONELĪNE: our land beautiful

DIRECTED BY
Nettie Wild

CREW
Producer: Betsy Carson
Cinematographer: Van Royko
Editor: Michael Brockington

Country: Canada
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 96 min
Year: 2015

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Some hunt on the land. Some mine it. They all love it.

KONELĪNE: our land beautiful is a sensual, cinematic celebration of northwestern British Columbia, and all the dreamers who move across it.

Some hunt on the land. Some mine it. They all love it. Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, KONELĪNE captures beauty and complexity as one of Canada’s vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change. An art film with politics, drama, and humour, KONELĪNE: our land beautiful explores different ways of seeing—and being. A guide outfitter swims her horses across the vast Stikine River. The world’s biggest chopper flies 16,000-pound transmission towers over mountaintops.

KONELĪNE‘s characters delight while smashing stereotypes: white hunters carry bows and arrows; members of the Tahltan First Nation hunt out of a pickup with high-powered rifles. There are diamond drillers—both Native and white—and elders who blockade them. There’s a Tahltan son struggling to preserve a dying language, and a white guy who sings “North to Alaska ” to his stuffed moose.


GIMME DANGER

DIRECTED BY
Jim Jarmusch

Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 108 min
Year: 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS
Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. Jim Jarmusch’s new film GIMME DANGER chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time. GIMME DANGER presents the context of the Stooges emergence musically, culturally, politically, historically, and relates their adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations and the reasons behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy.


League of Exotique Dancers

DIRECTED BY
Rama Rau

CREW

Producer: Ed Barreveld
Cinematographer: Iris Ng
Location Sound: Mary Wong
Editor: Rob Ruzic
Composer: Ken Myhr

Country: Canada
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 120 min
Year: 2016

 

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Burlesque not only transformed the lives of our characters, some of whom regularly worked with each other, it also reflected the rapid changes in mid-20th-century North American society

With a blast of brassy jazz and a spin through the glitz of modern Las Vegas, Emmy® Award-winning Storyline Entertainment and award-winning director Rama Rau’s documentary League of Exotique Dancers sets the stage for a provocative and eye-opening “backstage tour” of the golden age of Burlesque through the colourful lives of unforgettable women who made it glitter.

Our guides are none other than inductees of the Burlesque Hall of Fame, all titans of tease and each possessing a way with words as uninhibited and captivating as her routines.

Illuminated by well-known and rare, never-before-seen, archival material and accentuated by a soundtrack and original music that captures the mood of the era, League of Exotique Dancers is all about its characters. Intimate interviews—held in homes and former haunts, filled with humour and heartbreak—reveal what keeps these formers stars busy today: driving a hearse, running marathons, designing flannel nightgowns, a hypnotherapy practice . . . they’re still full of surprises!