Halifax film screening picks — May 30-June 5

Dalhousie University will award an honorary doctorate to filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin tomorrow, and tonight she will be presenting her documentary Trick or Treaty?, in which she “digs into the tangled history of Treaty 9,” at the Central Library. The screening will be hosted by filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton, with filmmaker Catherine Anne Martin offering a traditional Mi’kmaq welcome, and Halifax poet laureate Rebecca Thomas performing a poem. Obomsawin will remain for a discussion after the film.

Cineplex Park Lane has a couple of screenings this week of The Boy and the Beast, last year’s anime hit in Japan from Momoru Hosoda, who might be the current leading candidate for “new Miyazaki”.

This Sunday, Fundy Cinema in Wolfville has the New Zealand film The Dark Horse, which has gathered a large number of positive reviews for its lead performance by Cliff Curtis. The film made the rounds of the 2014-15 festivals but only last month got a North American commercial release.

  • Halifax area screening picks for this week:
    • Monday (May 30) — Trick or Treaty?, Central Library, 6:30pm, free. Alanis Obomsawin, Canada, 2014, 85 minutes.
      — Rocky, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. John G. Avildsen, USA, 1976, 119 minutes.
    • Tuesday (May 31) — The Boy and the Beast, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:50pm, regular Tuesday-discount pricing. Mamoru Hosoda, Japan, 2015, 120 minutes.
    • Wednesday (June 1) — The Boy and the Beast, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:50pm, regular pricing. Mamoru Hosoda, Japan, 2015, 120 minutes.
  • Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:
    • Sunday (June 5) — The Dark Horse, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. James Napier Robertson, New Zealand, 2014, 124 minutes.
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