Cemetery of Splendour

Halifax film screening picks — Sep 21-27 (inc. Atlantic Film Festival pt. 2)

It’s double goodness this week—not only is the Atlantic Film Festival in full swing, but also Carbon Arc returns for a fall season of screenings, kicking off with the well-received Brazilian domestic drama The Second Mother. The first three weeks have been planned as double screenings (7pm and 9:30pm) so it will be easier than ever to make it out to the Museum of Natural History to see films, starting this Friday.

If you’ve looked at my pre-festival top ten picks for AFF, you know that seven of those films are packed into the first four days of the week, so I guess you know where to find me for the next while.

The Radical Imagination Project isn’t taking a break for the festival, and has a Monday screening of Til the Cows Come Home—the story of the protests against the closing of Canada’s rehabilitative prison farms in 2010.

Out of town, the Lunenburg Doc Fest picks up where AFF leaves off, kicking off a weekend of documentary screenings on Friday. I haven’t broken out the individual screenings in my picks below, but you can check out the whole program here.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Sep 20) — Cemetery of Splendour (Rak ti Khon Kaen), Cineplex Park Lane, 1:30pm, AFF: tickets. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, UK/France/Germany/Malaysia/Thailand, 2015, 122 minutes.
    — Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren), Cineplex Park Lane, 1:30pm, AFF: tickets. Zhangke Jia, China/France/Japan, 2015, 131 minutes.
    The Lobster, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, AFF: tickets. Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/Greece/France/Netherlands, 2015, 119 minutes.
    ‘Til the Cows Come Home, Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project. Lenny Epstein, Canada, 2014, 60 minutes.
    — Rear Window, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7:00pm, free tickets available at box office only. Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954, 115 minutes.
    Rams (Hrútar), Cineplex Park Lane, 9:45pm, AFF: tickets. Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland, 2015, 93 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Sep 21) — The Daughter, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, AFF: tickets. Simon Stone, Australia, 2015, 96 minutes.
    — Mistress America, Cineplex Oxford, 7pm & 9:10pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Noam Baumbach,USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 22) — Dheepan, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:00pm, AFF: tickets. Jacques Audiard, France, 2015, 109 minutes.
    — The Reflektor Tapes, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7:30pm, $14.95. Kahlil Joseph, UK, 2015, 92 minutes. Arcade Fire documentary just premiered at TIFF.
  • Thursday (Sep 23) — Son of Saul, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, AFF: tickets. László Nemes, Hungary, 2015, 107 minutes.
    James White, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:15pm, AFF: tickets. Josh Mond, USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
  • Friday (Sep 24) — The Second Mother, 7pm & 9:30pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. Anna Muylaert, Brazil, 2015, 112 minutes.

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

  • Thursday (Sep 23) — Amy, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2014, 111 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 27) —  Mr. Holmes,  Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Bill Condon, UK/USA, 2015, 104 minutes.


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