Halifax film screening picks — April 24-30

Get ready for five months of life without Carbon Arc screenings—the winter-spring season wraps up this week with one more go-round for the massively popular cats-in-Istanbul doc Kedi at 9pm, but not before a 7pm screening of The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at last year’s Cannes festival. This true story of Olli Mäki—the Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title—was shot on black and white film by first-time director Juho Kuosmanen, who “skips the usual triumphant moments and instead lingers over the big questions… that might be glossed over elsewhere.”

Tonight at Cineplex Park Lane you can check out the work of this year’s thesis and third year film students at NSCAD at their end-of-year screening. Doors will open at 6pm and films will begin promptly at 6:15—tickets are available for a suggested donation of 5$ or 10$ at the door.

The “Featured Film Director Series” of films by Nicole Holofcener continues Tuesday at the Central Library with Carbon Arc programmer Zack Miller introducing James Gandolfini’s penultimate film Enough Said, “a romantic comedy of sorts, one set in deep middle age, that time of life when you start wondering if there are any surprises left for you.”

Out of town this week, King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal on Tuesday has what is probably the last Nova Scotia screening of Jim Jarmusch’s marvellous Paterson. This Sunday in Wolfville, Fundy Cinema has the WWII romance Their Finest, “a film that openly stumps for two causes: the value of women in the workplace, and the power of cinema to tell stories that people need to hear.” As of this posting it is also still playing in Halifax at Park Lane. The heartening news from Fundy, by the way, is that this essential screening series is on an uncommonly solidly financial footing for the next while thanks to the unexpected popularity of Maudie.

  • In theatres, seen and recommended:
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Monday (Apr 24) — NSCAD Film Screening, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:15pm, suggested donation $5 or $10. Various directors, Canada, 2017, event to end by 10pm.
    • Tuesday (Apr 25) — Enough Said, Central Library, 6:30pm, free, introduced by Zack Miller. Nicole Holofcener, USA, 2013, 93 minutes.
    • Friday (Apr 28) — The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Juho Kuosmanen, Finland/Germany/Sweden, 2016, 92 minutes.
      — Kedi, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 9pm, $7. Ceyda Torun, Turkey/USA, 2016, 80 minutes.
      The Graduate, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:25pm, $6.99. Mike Nichols, USA, 1967, 105 minutes.
    • Saturday (Apr 29) — The Graduate, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:30pm, $6.99. Mike Nichols, USA, 1967, 105 minutes.
    • Sunday (Apr 30) — The Graduate, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:30pm, $6.99. Mike Nichols, USA, 1967, 105 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screenings this week:
    • Tuesday (Apr 25) — Paterson, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $10. Jim Jarmusch, USA, 2016, 118 minutes.
    • Sunday (Apr 30) — Their Finest, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Lone Scherfig, UK, 2016, 117 minutes.
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