20 Feb Halifax film screening picks — February 20-26
After a ten-week run at the Oxford, Manchester by the Sea has moved out to Bayer’s Lake and made way for another of 2016’s very best, The Salesman, the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee that has seen accelerating media attention and ticket sales since its director, Asghar Farhadi, announced that he will not attend the Oscars this Sunday, due to Trump’s Muslim travel ban.
The Dal Art Gallery continues its First Features series on Wednesday with a key film of the New German Filmmakers movement, The Second Awakening of Christa Klages, the directorial debut of Margarethe von Trotta. When the film first played New York in 1979, Vincent Canby took an extremely positive view in the Times, calling this tale of a young woman who robs a bank to finance a day-care centre “a didactic film, but… never smug in the manner of a film that knows all the answers.” Before that, on Tuesday, the Gallery continues its Black Music Biographies series with Cadillac Records, for those of you like me who can never get enough Jeffrey Wright: “The man is equally credible as a statesman and a bluesman. If that’s not range, what is?”
If we’ve learned one thing over the last many years it’s that the Brits are better prepared for zombies, so fans of the genre will be happy to note that Cineplex Park Lane this weekend has some limited screenings of the next UK zombie sensation The Girl with All the Gifts.
This is an excellent week for documentary screenings:
- Wednesday, Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has The Eagle Huntress, the “story of a 13-year-old girl that becomes the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter.”
- Friday, Carbon Arc has two screenings of Kedi, a very well-reviewed “daydream-like documentary” about the street cats of Istanbul.
- This past weekend, hundreds turned out for the funeral of filmmaker Rob Stewart, and many more joined in mourning his untimely death. Accordingly, Cineplex Park Lane has a Saturday afternoon screening of his signature documentary Sharkwater—free, with donations accepted for WWF Canada.
- In theatres, seen and recommended:
- In theatres, notable:
- Halifax screenings this week:
- Tuesday (Feb 21) — Cadillac Records, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 5pm, free. Darnell Martin, USA, 2008, 109 minutes.
- Wednesday (Feb 22) — The Second Awakening of Christa Klages, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Margarethe von Trotta, West Germany, 1978, 89 minutes.
- Friday (Feb 24) — Kedi, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm & 9pm, $7. Ceyda Torun, Turkey/USA, 2016, 80 minutes.
— The Girl with All the Gifts, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, regular pricing. Colm McCarthy, UK, 2016, 111 minutes.
- Saturday (Feb 25) — Sharkwater, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:30pm, free (donations for WWF Canada). Rob Stewart, Canada, 2006, 89 minutes.
— The Girl with All the Gifts, Cineplex Park Lane, 10:15pm, regular pricing. Colm McCarthy, UK, 2016, 111 minutes.
- Sunday (Feb 26) — The Girl with All the Gifts, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:50pm, 9:25pm, regular pricing. Colm McCarthy, UK, 2016, 111 minutes.
- Annapolis Valley & South Shore screenings this week:
- Tuesday (Feb 21) — A Man Called Ove, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $10. Hannes Holm, Sweden, 2015, 116 minutes.
- Wednesday (Feb 22) — The Eagle Huntress, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Otto Bell, UK/Mongolia/USA, 2016, 87 minutes.
- Sunday (Feb 26) — La La Land, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Damien Chazelle, USA, 2016, 128 minutes.