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The Pitch; What’s Playing This Week At The Civic (Mar 24 – Mar 30)

The Pitch; what’s playing this week at The Civic (Mar 24 – Mar 30)

7 titles and 2 special events this week at The Civic.

Always trying to stretch the limits of the single-screen, we prove once again that we can oscillate between 7-day single film commitments, like with the current week’s Logan and next week’s Ghost in the Shell ’17, with a diverse week like this one coming up, where The Civic is offering 9 unique presentations.

When you can say that you’ve got a Studio Ghibli and Jim Jarmusch film screening on the same day, that is a good day. Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson (PG), stars Adam Driver, perhaps better known these days as Kylo Ren, the second time that Jarmusch has made a beautiful moody indi-film with Disney franchise bad guys. You will remember Thomas Hiddleston’s (Thor’s Loki) brooding musical vampire in Only Lovers Left Alive. Paterson is a quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details and plays on the split over the weekend and Tuesday with Michael Keaton’s (Spotlight, Birdman) latest project.

The Founder (PG) is the story of Ray Kroc (Keaton), a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness. 

So that’s 2 out of the 7 titles. For number 3, we bring you the new Studio Ghibli produced film, and the first to made by a non-Japanese director. The Red Turtle (G) is a dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds. Premiering in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, it was also nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 89th Academy Awards.  A spring break treat, playing as a matinee on Saturday and Tuesday.

Numero quatre, another best animated feature Oscar nominee, the stop motion animated, My Life as a Zucchini (G) from Switzerland, plays a pair of matinees on Sunday and Wednesday.  After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

Carrying on with the artful animated features, our 5th title and Free Member Monday movie is, Ghost in the Shell (95), a seminal anime work, that was a favourite source of inspiration for many a post-secondary feminist art theory course. This big-screen appetizer of the classic will whet the appetite for our Mar. 31st opening of the lauded live-action adaptation featuring Scarlett Johansson and one of Japan’s leading actors and auteur directors, Beat Takeshi.

Number 6 and second to none, this powerful Doc Weds. film was nominated for best documentary feature at the 89th Academy Awards. I’m Not Your Negro (PG) is directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. The film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

And for the final title of our 7, the German film, Toni Erdmann (14A), nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar, plays as the week’s Thursday Night Movie. A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.

And I almost forgot about our 2 special screening events:

On Saturday, Mar 25th, following the evenings film screening, the first monthly Young Programmers slot launches with a free screen event at 9pm curated by local youth.

On Monday, Mar. 27th, prior to our Member Monday film, everyone is welcome to a free-screening event – The Kootenay Screen Based Industry Open Screen. On the menu is a mix of shorts produced by people currently living or from the Kootenays, work produced in the Kootenays, or about the Kootenays. Screening starts at 6:30pm.

And that’s 9! Whew, I’ll be looking forward to the one-film week following.

The Founder (PG)   tickets
Friday 24, March 6:45 PM,
Saturday 25, March 4:30 PM,
Sunday 26, March, 4:00 PM,
Tuesday 28, March 6:45 PM

Paterson (PG)
Friday 24, March 9:05 PM,
Saturday 25, March 7:00 PM,
Sunday 26, March 6:45 PM,
Tuesday 28, March 9:05 PM
The Red Turtle (G)   tickets
Saturday 25, March 2:00 PM,
Tuesday 28, March 2:00 PM

Young Programmers Event
Saturday 25, March 9:00 PM

My Life as a Zucchini (G)   tickets
Sunday 26, March 2:00 PM,
Wednesday 29, March 2:00 PM

Kootenay Screen Based Industry Open Screen
Monday 27, March 6:30 PM

Member Monday – Ghost in the Shell (’95)
Monday 27, March 8:00 PM

I’m Not Your Negro (PG)   tickets
Wednesday 29, March 7:30 PM

Toni Erdmann (14-A)   tickets
Thursday 30, March 7:00 PM