Halifax film screening picks — June 8-14

08 Jun
June 8, 2015

Last year the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival showed the singularly excellent doc feature Manakamana, and this year it looks to have another excellent choice in Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours. Cohen will be in attendence for a Q&A, and will also be showing a preview of his single-screen adaptation of his recent multi-screen documentary portrait of Cape Breton, We Have An Anchor.

This ninth edition of HIFF is once again taking place at the Neptune Studio Theatre, over four nights. The festival is as indie-alternative-avant as it gets in Halifax, and the name says it—the spotlight is on makers as well as films, which means Q&As galore and a chance to learn about the craft. In addition to multiple showcases of short films there is also a third feature from Polish directors Anka and Wilhlem Sasnal, the “nearly dialogue-less” Parasite, and the Halifax-shot “no-budget dramedy” Here Kitty, Kitty from Argentina’s Santiago Giralt.

After the festival, this Sunday, you can get your Anna Leonowens on at a couple of Cineplex matinee screenings of The King and I.

This is also an excellent week for a film road trip. One of last year’s very best festival films, the Irish-Troubles-set thriller ’71, is screening Wednesday at the historic Astor Theatre in Liverpool (easily my favourite place in Nova Scotia to see a movie). And this Sunday, the Fundy Film Society is screening Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, featuring raved-about performances by Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Tuesday (June 9) — Far From the Madding Crowd, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:35pm, 6:35pm & 9:20‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Thomas Vinterberg, UK, 2015, 119 minutes.
  • Wednesday (June 10) — Atlantic Auteurs #1 (Shorts), HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 7pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. 7 films, 78 minutes total film running time, screening details here.
    — Here, Kitty Kitty, HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 9pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. Santiago Giralt, Argentina, 2014, 72 minutes, screening details here.
  • Thursday (June 11) — Atlantic Auteurs #2 (Shorts), HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 7pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. 8 films, 76 minutes total film running time, screening details here.
    Parasite, HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 9pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. Anka & Wilhelm Sasnal, Poland, 2014, 66 minutes, screening details here.
  • Friday (June 12) — [Re]Program (Shorts), HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 7pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. 7 films, 83 minutes total film running time, screening details here.
    Museum Hours, HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 9pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. Jem Cohen, Austria/USA, 2012, 106 minutes, screening details here.
  • Saturday (June 13) — Danis Goulet Retrospective (Shorts), HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 7pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. 3 films, 37 minutes total film running time, screening details here.
    CFAT Artist-in-Residence Lisa Lipton (Video), HIFF @ Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 7pm, $10/$7 film workers & students, tickets here. 2 short works, 22 minutes total running time, screening details here.
  • Sunday (June 14) — The King and I, Cineplex Oxford & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6. Walter Lang, USA, 1956, 133 minutes.

Here are my South Shore & Annapolis Valley screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Wednesday (June 10) — ’71, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Yann Demange, UK, 2014, 99 minutes.
  • Sunday (June 14) — Clouds of Sils Maria, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Olivier Assayas, Germany/France/Switzerland, 2014, 123 minutes.
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