Halifax film screening picks — June 13-19

13 Jun
June 13, 2016

Another week, another festival! Following on the heels of a successful tenth edition of HIFF this week is the fifth edition of OUTeast, Atlantic Canada’s only exclusively LGBTQ+ film and video festival. There’s an extensive program this year but perhaps the most artistically daring selection is the real-time drama Paris 05:59—”while some hetero audiences will unquestionably feel sidelined by the explicit orgy, the loss is theirs.”

The documentary section of the program includes a couple of notable Hot Docs selections: Strike a Pose, which catches up with Madonna’s Blond Ambition dancers some 25 years on, and Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, which documents the role that hysterical homophobia played in a false gang-rape conviction in 1997.

On Sunday, the final day’s program features the French lesbian romance Summertime, and a directorial debut from SNL’s Chris Kelly, Other People, which garnered a nice notice in The Guardian, and sounds like a funnier James White.

In theatres this week you can catch Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen confection Love & Friendship, which is a riding a wave of glowing reviews, and which I frankly cannot wait to see. And this Sunday, Cineplex Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing have the sublime David-Lean-directed Brief Encounter, a truly peerless film—”the best romantic film of all time.

Out of town this week, on Wednesday the Astor Theatre in Liverpool has The Meddler, and Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has The Man Who Knew Infinity.

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