Halifax film screening picks — Oct 26-Nov 1

I think that the Fundy Film Society wins film-Halloween this year, with the Iranian vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night playing this Wednesday evening in Wolfville.

Carbon Arc has the “delicious and frothy fantasia with a teasing erotic frisson,” François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend (two screenings on Friday), and the rather more reflective documentary Quebekoisie on Wednesday, with the directors Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins in attendance for a Q&A.

I’m pretty sure the first time I watched Solaris it was because the description on the VHS box at Video Difference sold it to me as Russia’s answer to 2001. In the years since I’ve watched it multiple times, read the novel, and twice watched the Soderbergh remake that is surprisingly truer to the book in some key ways. I now think of it, of course, as very much its own thing, and if you’ve never seen it, I’d suggest you check out this week’s screening—the latest in the Dal Art Gallery sci-fi Wednesdays series. On Tuesday the Gallery also has the visually rich The Mill and the Cross to conclude its October series of Dutch-art-related screenings.

Cineplex Park Lane has late-night screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show this Friday and Saturday, because, yeah, Halloween.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Oct 27) — The Mill and the Cross, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Lech Majeswski, Poland/US/UK, 2011, 100 minutes.
    Grandma, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:05‎pm, ‎7:05pm &‎ ‎9:10pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Paul Weitz, 2015, USA, 78 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Oct 28) — Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Cineplex Park Lane @ 6:45pm & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing @ 7pm, $6. Frank Capra, USA, 1939, 130 minutes.
    Quebekoisie, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, by donation, directors present for Q&A. Mélanie Carrier & Olivier Higgins, Canada, 2014, 80 minutes.
    Solaris, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1972, 167 minutes.
  • Thursday (Oct 29) — Revolution, Ondaatje Auditorium @ McCain Building (6135 University Ave), 7pm, free. Follow-up to 2006’s Sharkwater examines threats to marine life around the globe—runner-up for People’s Choice doc award at TIFF 2012. Rob Stewart, Canada, 2012, 85 minutes.
  • Friday (Oct 30) — The New Girlfriend, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm & 9:30pm, $7. François Ozon, France, 2014, 107 minutes.
    — The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Jim Sharman, UK/USA, 1975, 100 minutes.
  • Saturday (Oct 31) — The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Jim Sharman, UK/USA, 1975, 100 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Oct 27) — Jimmy’s Hall, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Ken Loach, UK/Ireland/France, 2014, 106 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Oct 28) — A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Ana Lily Amirpour, USA, 2014, 101 minutes.
  • Sunday (Nov 1) — ’71, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Yann Demange, UK, 2014, 99 minutes.
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