Halifax film screening picks — Nov 30-Dec 6

The Fundy Film Society brings two award winners to Wolfville this week: the 2014 Golden Lion winner A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, and Sundance 2015 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl—this Wednesday and Sunday, respectively, at the Al Whittle Theatre. The other out-of-town screening of note this week is this Wednesday at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool99 Homes.

There are a couple of social-justice doc screenings in Halifax this week—the Attawapiskat documentary After the Last River is presented Monday at the Central Library by the Radical Imagination Project, and Lia Tarachansky’s On the Side of the Road, on Nakba denial, screens this Thursday at Saint Mary’s University. That one is sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), Canadians, Arabs, and Jews for a Just Peace (CAJJP), and Students Against Israeli Apartheid at Dalhousie University (SAIA Dal).

As well on Thursday—which happens to be the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities—it’s the kickoff of “Atlantic Canada’s first disability film festival,” the Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF). The kickoff party will feature a screening of Scars of Shame, which played the most recent Atlantic Film Festival, and will be followed by a varied program of events on Friday and a closing showcase of submitted/awarded films on Saturday. Free tickets here.

This weekend’s late-night pop-cult screening at Cineplex Park Lane is the 1982 John Carpenter classic The Thing.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Nov 30) — After the Last River, O’Regan Auditorium @ Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project, followed by special guest speaker Sherry Pictou. Vicki Lean, Canada, 2015, 86 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Dec 1) — Room, Cineplex Oxford, 3 6:30pm &‎ ‎9:15pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Lenny Abrahamson, 2015, USA, 118 minutes.
  • Thursday (Dec 3) — On the Side of the Road, Sobey Building Room 225 @ Saint Mary’s University, 7pm, free, followed by presentation by director. Lia Tarachansky, Israel, 2013, 83 minutes.
  • Friday (Dec 4) — The Thing, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. John Carpenter, USA, 1982, 109 minutes.
  • Saturday (Dec 5) — The Thing, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. John Carpenter, USA, 1982, 109 minutes.

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

  • Wednesday (Dec 2) — A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Roy Andersson, 2014, Sweden/Norway/France/Germany, 100 minutes.
    99 Homes, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Ramin Bahrani, 2014, USA, 112 minutes.
  • Sunday (Dec 6) — Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, 2015, USA, 105 minutes.
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