2011 Film Selection
FRANCE - L'artiste (2011)
Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin (French superstar Jean Dujardin who won Best Actor in Cannes for this performance) wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break. Shot exactly like a silent film, this delightful throwback comedy to the Golden era of Hollywood is a testament to pure cinema.
October 17, 8:30 p.m.
THE SALT OF LIFE
ITALY - Gianni e le donne (2011)
House husband Gianni has many things to worry about while his retirement slips by doing boring chores for his wife, mother, daughter and pretty neighbour. But romance is not one of them. One day his old friend Alfonso, inspired by his own surprising sexual escapades, decides it’s time for Gianni to get a girlfriend and reacquaint himself with some of life’s pleasures. From the director of MID-AUGUST LUNCH.
October 15, 5:00 p.m. | October 17, 4:00 p.m.
BELGIUM - La Fée (2011)
Firmly grounded in the work of Chaplin, Keaton and especially Jacques Tati, Belgium-based trio Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy are back with their latest Keystone-style romp!Dom works the night shift in a small hotel near the industrial sea port of Le Havre. One night, a woman arrives with no luggage and no shoes. Her name is Fiona and she tells Dom that she is a fairy that can grant him three wishes. Fiona makes two of his wishes come true then mysteriously disappears. Dom. who has fallen in love with her by then, searches for her everywhere.
October 22, 5:30 p.m. | October 23, 5:15 p.m.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
UK, USA (2011)
The mother of a teenage boy who went on a high-school killing spree tries to deal with her grief -- and feelings of responsibility for her child's actions -- by writing to her estranged husband. Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay directed an exquisitely realized adaptation of Lionel Shriver's bestselling novel starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly in gripping performances.
October 14, 9:30 p.m. | October 16, 9:30 p.m.
LA DOLCE VITA
Federico Fellini's classic returns to the big screen! Journalist and man-about-town Marcello (icon Marcello Mastroianni) struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome's elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer. Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in association with The Film Foundation, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Mediaset - Medusa, Paramount Pictures and Cinecittà Luce. Restoration funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation.
October 16, 7:45 p.m.
UK, IRELAND (2011)
The explosive directorial debut from UK acting stalwart Paddy Considine, this film won the Best Director-World Cinema and Special Jury Prize at this year's Sundance. The story of Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating results on both of their lives.
October 18, 9:30 p.m. | October 19, 3:30 p.m.
THE KID WITH A BIKE
BELGIUM - Le gamin au vélo (2011)
The latest humanist tale from Cannes darlings the Dardenne Brothers -- Cyril, almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children's home. By chance he meets Samantha, who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn't recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage.
October 18, 6:45 p.m. | October 19, 3:30 p.m.
FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY (2011)
Marcel Marx, a former bohemian and struggling author, has given up his literary ambitions and relocated to the port city Le Havre. He leads a simple life based around his wife Arletty, his favorite bar and his not too profitable profession as a shoeshiner. As Arletty suddenly becomes seriously ill, Marcel's path crosses with an underage illegal immigrant from Africa, who needs Marcel's help to hide from the police. From Finnish master filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki.
October 16, 5:15 p.m. | October 18, 3:30 p.m.