Halifax screening picks—March 12-18

“In a fairer world, Portrait of Jason would have done what [Shirley Clarke’s] earlier works didn’t—it would have launched her, turned her into one of the most sought-out, most admired, and busiest directors of the time,” writes Richard Brody in The New Yorker.  “In director Shirley Clarke’s daring and ground-breaking documentary,” says the Dal Art Gallery’s note for this Tuesday’s screening, “would-be cabaret performer, hustler, and gender preference pioneer Jason delivers an electrifying monologue about what it is like to be black and gay in mid-Sixties USA.” This is the latest in the Gallery’s Women Filmmakers 1931-1969 series of free screenings. Rescheduled to Tuesday March 27.

Wednesday in Wolfville, Fundy Cinema has Spettacolo, the well-reviewed documentary about a dying tradition in a dying town. Every year in Monticchiello, a Tuscan village with about 100 residents, the citizens stage a play about themselves. “One of the film’s most beautiful passages,” writes the Village Voice’s Bilge Ebiri, “is a montage of different townsfolk — a teacher, a woman hanging laundry, a clerk behind a desk — practicing their lines as they go about their day.”

This evening (Monday) at the Central Library, Novel Tech Ethics has lined up another excellent discussion panel for a mental-health-themed screening, this time for Sarah Silverman’s 2015 expectation-redefining portrayal of depression, I Smile Back, a film that, with its relentless darkness, has been more of a divider than uniter of critical opinion.

Carbon Arc is on hiatus this weekend to accommodate the Museum of Natural History’s March break programming.

  • In theatres, seen & recommended:
  • In theatres, notable:
  • Halifax screenings this weekend:
    • Monday (Mar 12) — Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:30pm, regular pricing. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017, 117 minutes.
      I Smile Back, Central Library, 6pm, free. Adam Salky, USA, 2015, 85 minutes.
      The Dark Crystal, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:30pm, $6.99. Jim Henson & Frank Oz, USA/UK, 1982, 93 minutes.
      — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:40pm, regular pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes.
    • Tuesday (Mar 13) — Portrait of Jason, MacAloney Room, 4th floor, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 7pm, free. Shirley Clarke, USA, 1967, 105 minutes.
      To Kill a Mockingbird, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, $6.99. Alan J. Pakula, USA, 1962, 129 minutes.
      The Dark Crystal, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:45pm, $6.99. Jim Henson & Frank Oz, USA/UK, 1982, 93 minutes.
    • Wednesday (Mar 14) — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:15pm, regular pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes.
      To Kill a Mockingbird, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.99. Alan J. Pakula, USA, 1962, 129 minutes.
      Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:45pm, regular pricing. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017, 117 minutes.
    • Thursday (Mar 15) — The Dark Crystal, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:30pm, $6.99. Jim Henson & Frank Oz, USA/UK, 1982, 93 minutes.
      — Call Me By Your Name, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, regular pricing. Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA/Brazil/France, 2017, 132 minutes.
    • Friday (Mar 16) — Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:40pm, regular pricing. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017, 117 minutes.
    • Sunday (Mar 18) — To Kill a Mockingbird, Cineplex Park Lane, 2:30pm, $6.99. Alan J. Pakula, USA, 1962, 129 minutes.
  • Wolfville screenings this week:
    • Wednesday (Mar 14) — Spettacolo, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen, USA, 2017, 91 minutes.
    • Sunday (Mar 18) — I, Tonya, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Craig Gillespie, USA, 2017, 121 minutes.
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