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The Pitch (Feb. 20 – Feb. 26)

The Pitch (Feb. 20 – Feb. 26)

Dial ‘M’ for great Canadian film

A Selection from Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival all starting with ‘M’.

As the Oscar contenders and ceremony come to a close, we take a moment to celebrate some of the best film from Canada. We sampled across from the best of English and French Canada as well as a representative of Canada’s première genre – the documentary. The fact that all the films start with the letter ‘M’ is coincidence, but mmmmmmmm! these are some tasty selections.

David Cronenberg, a Canadian icon no stranger to the international stage turns his gaze on a Hollywood dynasty and all the psychological decay that can cause a family. Maps to the Stars (rated 18A), starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and John Cusack plays for one-night only on Feb. 24th.

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Sturla Gunnarsson, director of Rare Birds, brings the majestic scenery of India during the monsoon season to the big screen.  Part road movie, part spectacle, part drama, Monsoon is a meditation on chaos, creation and faith, set in the land of believers. The subject is the monsoon, the incomparably vast weather system that permeates and unifies the varied culture of India, shaping the conditions of existence for its billion inhabitants.

And for a special Canadian Top Ten Thursday entry on Feb. 26, we bring the French-Canadian film that took Cannes by storm, winning the Jury prize.  Mommy (rated 14A) tells the story of a widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, who finds new hope when a mysterious neighbour inserts herself into their household.

But before we celebrate these Canadian cinematic gems, The Civic hosts The Whitewater Coldsmoke Opener Film Fest on Feb. 20th, and winds down to the Oscars with style beginning with two amazing international films both up for the best animated feature award.

Song of the Sea from Ireland follows Saoirse, a child who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people (Sat. Feb. 21 @ 4pm). Interstellar, a must see on the big screen, plays at 7pm following Song of the Sea. 

And on Sunday Feb. 22, The Civic Theatre brings back The Tale of Princess Kaguya from Studio Ghibli in Japan.  A film that could have just as easily been up for a best picture as best animated award tells the story of a woodcutter and his wife who find a mysterious princess inside a shining stalk of bamboo.  The film scored an amazing 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and plays at 2pm with a public screening of the Live Oscar feed directly following.

And for those who sat out to wait for the dust to settle and reveal this year’s best picture, come out to the TBA Best Picture Winner screening starting at 7pm on Mon. Feb. 23rd 

mmm, mmm, mmm! that’s good.

Coming Soon: American Sniper, Spongebob Move: Sponge Out of Water, Winter sleep and Kingsman: The Secret Service


Coldsmoke Opener Film Fest
Fri. Feb. 21 @ 6:30[/one_half] [one_half_last]song-of-the-sea-2

Song of the Sea
Sat.Feb. 21 @ 4:00pm[/one_half_last][one_half]interstellar3

Sat. Feb. 21 @ 7pm[/one_half] [one_half_last]princesskaguya

The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Sun. Feb. 22 @ 2pm[/one_half_last][one_half]oscars-poster2

Oscar Live Feed
Sun. Feb. 22 @ 4:15[/one_half] [one_half_last]oscars-poster2

TBA, Best Picture Winner
Mon. Feb. 23 @ 7:00[/one_half_last][one_half]Maps to the stars

Maps to the Stars
Tues. Feb. 24 @ 7:30[/one_half] [one_half_last]Monsoon

Wed. Feb. 25 @ 7:30pm[/one_half_last][one_half]mommy

Thurs. Feb. 26 @ 7:30pm[/one_half] [one_half_last]