Halifax film screening picks — May 1-7

01 May
May 1, 2017

TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival finally hits Halifax this week at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (almost 4 months after this excellent overview appeared in the NY Times), but you’d have to be forgiven if you haven’t heard about it. With an almost total lack of publicity (not listed on the AGNS website events page, pretty much hidden under a “CTTFF” sub-link on the Atlantic Film Festival events menu, and with no Facebook events created) and pretty terrible screening times (only 1 evening screening among the 10 screenings through the week), it feels more like a covert operation than an effective way to shine a light on Canada’s best films of last year.

Perhaps the most impressive of the lot, Cape Breton director Ashley McKenzie’s debut feature Werewolf is playing Thursday afternoon at 3pm. This will be the third Halifax screening, after selling out at the Atlantic Film Festival in September and at Carbon Arc in March. I am also very much looking forward to Kevan Funk’s violence-and-hockey drama, his “terse and devastating feature film debutHello Destroyer, which is the one evening screening, also on Thursday.

So many of these films, as with Hello Destroyer, played just once in Halifax, at the Atlantic Film Festival, and have been eagerly awaited since—Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses, Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, Johnny Ma’s Old Stone, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk. And in the case of Zacharias Kunuk’s Maliglutit (Searchers)—an Inuit response of sorts to John Ford’s The Searchers—this will be its first Halifax screening. It’s too bad that it will be nearly impossible for folks with daytime commitments to seem them.

None of the regular local screening series have offerings this week.

Out of town, Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has Carbon Arc crowd favourite Kedi on Wednesday and Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-nominated The Salesman on Sunday. In Liverpool, the Astor has the Olivier Assayas gem Personal Shopper on Wednesday and Atlantic Canadian box office sensation Maudie on Friday and Saturday—hopefully it can do for the Astor what it did for Fundy Cinema.

  • In theatres, seen and recommended:
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this week:
    • Monday (May 1) — Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Ann Marie Fleming, 2016, Canada, 89 minutes.
    • Tuesday (May 2) — It’s Only the End of the World, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Xavier Dolan, 2016, Canada/France, 99 minutes.
    • Wednesday (May 3) — Old Stone (Lao Shi), Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Johnny Ma, 2016, Canada/China, 80 minutes.
    • Thursday (May 4) — Werewolf, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Ashley McKenzie, 2016, Canada, 79 minutes.
      — Hello Destroyer, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 7pm, free. Kevan Funk, 2016, Canada, 110 minutes.
    • Friday (May 5) — Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 1pm, free. Mathieu Denis & Simon Lavoie, 2016, Canada, 183 minutes.
      Blue Velvet, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, $9.95. David Lynch, 1986, USA, 120 minutes.
    • Saturday (May 6) — Canada On Screen Shorts Programme 1, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 1pm, free, 95 minutes.
      Angry Inuk, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, 2016, Canada, 82 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 7) — Canada On Screen Shorts Programme 2, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 1pm, free, 79 minutes.
      Maliglutit (Searchers), Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre @ AGNS, 3pm, free. Zacharias Kunuk, 2016, Canada, 94 minutes.
      Blue Velvet, Cineplex Park Lane, 9pm, $9.95. David Lynch, 1986, USA, 120 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley and South Shore screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (May 3) — Personal Shopper, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 1:30pm & 7pm, $8. Olivier Assayas, France, 2016, 110 minutes.
      — Kedi, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Ceyda Torun, Turkey/USA, 2016, 80 minutes.
    • Friday (May 5) — Maudie, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Aisling Walsh, Ireland/Canada, 2016, 115 minutes.
    • Saturday (May 6) — Maudie, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Aisling Walsh, Ireland/Canada, 2016, 115 minutes.
    • Sunday (May 7) — The Salesman, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Asghar Farhadi, Iran/France, 2016, 125 minutes.
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