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 Wednesday, October 1



    

Amour Fou

Wednesday, October 1 at 1:00 pm
SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas

 

Director: Jessica Hausner
Country: Austria/Luxembourg/Germany | 2014
Language: German with English Subtitles
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 90 min
Rating: PG
Official Website


2014 Cannes Film Festival: Official Selection
2014 Toronto International Film Festival: Official Selection


Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival & Hamilton Poetry Centre

Austrian auteur Jessica Hausner crafts an exquisitely beautiful, disarmingly humorous and darkly romantic vision of the last days of 19th-century German poet Heinrich von Kleist, whose yearning for love and oblivion found fulfillment when he met the beautiful Henriette Vogel.






    

Magic In The Moonlight

Wednesday, October 1 at 4:00 pm
SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas

 

Director: Woody Allen
Country: USA | 2014
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance
Runtime: 98 min
Rating: PG
Official Website


2014 Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award World Cinema - Documentary
2014 Berlin Film Festival Official Selection


Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival & Steel City Jazz Festival

Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age, Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake.


What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick Magic in the Moonlight plays is the one that fools us all.






    

Calvary

Presented by: CCXIT
Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 pm
SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas

 

Director: John Michael McDonagh
Country: Ireland/UK | 2014
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 100 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website


2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
2014 Berlin Film Festival Official Selection


Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival & Irish Canadian Club of Hamilton

Calvary’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral - and often comic - problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.






    

Mood Indigo

Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Directors: Michel Gondry
Country: France | 2013
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance
Runtime: 94 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website

 

Community Partner: Centre Francais

Eminently inventive auteur Michel Gondry finds inspiration from French novelist Boris Vian's cult novel to provide the foundation for this visionary and romantic love story starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and Romain Duris (The Beat My Heart Skipped).


Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, Duris plays wealthy bachelor Colin, whose hobbies include developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef. When Colin learns that his best friend has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend’s party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloé (Tautou) and, before they know it, they’re plunging headfirst into a romance that Gondry rapturously depicts as only he can. Their whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloé; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. Colin discovers the only cure is to surround her with a never-ending supply of fresh flowers.


 Thursday, October 2



    

Venus in Fur

Thursday, October 2 at 1:00 pm
SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas

 

Director: Roman Polanski
Country: France | 2013
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 96 min
Rating: NYR
Official Website


2013 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection


Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival & Moulin Rouge Cocktail Lounge

Venus in Fur, the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski, is based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s groundbreaking novella. Alone in a Paris theatre after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas complains that he has not seen anyone capable of playing the female lead: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave when actress Vanda bursts in with a whirlwind of erratic energy.


At first she seems to embody everything he has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared, or so it seems. When Thomas reluctantly agrees to let her audition, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation.






    

Ilo Ilo

Thursday, October 2 at 4:00 pm
SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas

 

Directors: Anthony Chen
Country: Singapore | 2013
Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 99 min
Rating: PG
Official Website


2013 Cannes Film Festival: Camera d’Or
2013 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection

 

Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival & YMCA Immigrant Services

Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family: troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middle class and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale's antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy challenge the new normal yet again..






    

Alive Inside

Presented by: McMaster University Alumni Association
Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett
Country: USA | 2014
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 78 min
Rating: G
Official Website


2014 Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award


Community Partner: McMaster Department of Psychiatry

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.


An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

 

Panel discussion following the film

  • Moderator – Professor Nick Kates, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
  • Panelist – Dr. Sheila Harms, Assistant Professor, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
  • Panelist – Dr. Maxine Lewis, Associate Professor, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
  • Panelist – Cynthia Vander Kooij, Music Therapist, Music Therapy Services of Hamilton Wentworth





    

The Double

Presented by: Kate and Carl Turkstra
Thursday, October 2 at 9:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square


Director: Richard Ayoade
Country: UK | 2013
Language: English
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Runtime: 93 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website

 

2013 London Film Festival Official Selection
2013 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection

Inspired by Dostoyevsky’s novella of the same name, The Double is a dark comedy written by Ayoade and Avi Korine (Mister Lonely), a funny and frightening story about an insignificant man driven to near breakdown by the appearance of his doppelganger. 

 

Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James (also Jesse Eisenberg), upsets the balance.  James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite: confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.



 Friday, October 3



    

The Human Scale

Presented by: HBSA - Hamilton/ Burlington Society of Architects
Friday, October 3 at 7:00 pm
Mills Hardware

 

Director: Andreas Dalsgaard
Country: Denmark | 2012
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 83 min
Rating: PG
Official Website


2013 Hamburg Film Festival Official Selection
2013 Sydney Film Festival Official Selection


Community Partner: Downtown Hamilton BIA/ Mills Hardware

Half of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues as a result of our way of life. Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities throughout 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way that takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. The Human Scale meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the centre of our planning.






    

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

Friday, October 3 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Grant Baldwin
Country: Canada | 2014
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 75 min
Rating: PG
Official Website


2014 HotDocs Film Festival Official Selection

 

Community Partner: Environment Hamilton, Mustard Seed Co-op & Plan B Organic Farm

 


The myths behind corporate food production make for easy pickings as filmmaker Grant Baldwin dismantles best-before dates and illustrates how our perception of produce encourages us to discard perfectly edible and nutritious food. Vowing to stop buying groceries for six months and survive exclusively on discarded food, Baldwin's stockpile of found food demonstrates how the supply-and-demand chain is out of sync. Unlike many environmental films that portray apocalyptic outcomes or make viewers feel helpless, his personal investment makes major sustainability issues comprehensible, solvable and, apparently, delicious.

 

 

Panel discussion following the film

  • Moderator – Dave Carson (Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee)
  • Panelist – Clare Wagner (Manager, Community Food, Neighbour to Neighbour Centre)
  • Panelist – Chris Krucker (Farmer, Manorun Farm)
  • Panelist – Graham Cubitt (Mustard Seed Co-op)





                        

Je Suis A Toi (All Yours)

Canadian Premiere
Friday, October 3 at 9:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: David Lambert
Country: Belgium, Canada | 2014
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 102 min
Rating: R
Official Website


2014 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Official Selection

 

 

Je suis à toi explores the conflicted relationships between an improbable trio: Lucas (Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Grand Central), a young Argentinian escort who comes to Belgium after a fortuitous online encounter; Henri (Jean-Michel Balthazar, The Kid with a Bike) a Belgian baker in his fifties, consumed with solitude who decides to help a lost Lucas, and Anne (Monia Chokri, Les Amours Imaginaires, Laurence Anyways), one of Henri’s workers who obstinately refuses Lucas’ advances. At the centre of this trio is love — not just in all its beauty, but also in its crudeness — a “strange love triangle [exists] where two people trying to love each other go against the third party,” said the director, David Lambert.

 Saturday, October 4



    

Tu dors Nicole

Saturday, October 4 at 4:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Stéphane Lafleur
Country: Canada | 2014
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 93 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website


2014 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection
2014 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection



Community Partner: Centre Francais

 

Making the most of the family home while her parents are away, Nicole, 22 years old, is enjoying a peaceful summer with her best friend Véronique. When Nicole's older brother shows up with his band to record an album, the girls' friendship is put to the test. Their vacation takes an unexpected turn, punctuated by a heatwave, Nicole's growing insomnia and the persistent courtship of a 10-year-old boy.






    

Grandma Lo-Fi

Saturday, October 4 at 5:00 pm
Mills Hardware

 

Director: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jonsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
Country: Iceland | 2012
Language: Icelandic with English Subtitles
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 65 min
Rating: PG
Official Website


2012 MoMA Documentary Fortnight Official Selection
2012 Rotterdam Film Festival Official Selection
2012 SXSW Film Festival Official Selection


Community Partner: Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto

At the tender age of 70 Sigridur Nielsdottir started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. Seven years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs, an eccentric myriad of catchy compositions mixing in her pets, found toys, kitchen percussion and Casio keyboards. Before long the Icelandic/Danish musician became an adored cult figure in the Icelandic music scene, represented here by her young apprentices Mugison, Mum, and Seabear. Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm 'Grandma Lo-fi' is a cinematic tribute to her boundless creativity.






    

Art and Craft

Presented by: The Hutton Family
Saturday, October 4 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker
Country: USA | 2014
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 89 min
Rating: PG
Official Website


2014 HotDocs Film Festival Official Selection
2014 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection


Community Partner: McMaster Department of Psychiatry

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans 30 years, covering a wide range of painting styles, periods and artists, including 15th-century icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world.

 

Art and Craft starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity—but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.

 

Panel discussion following the film

  • Moderator – Professor Nick Kates, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
  • Panelist – Dr. Suzanne Archie, Associate Professor, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
  • Panelist - Dr. Nadeem Akhtar, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
  • Panelist – Lance Dingman, Peer Provider, Mental Health Rights Coalition
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    Palo Alto

    Saturday, October 4 at 8:00 pm
    Mills Hardware

     

    Director: Gia Coppola
    Country: USA | 2013
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama
    Runtime: 100 min
    Rating: 14A
    Official Website


    2013 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection
    2013 Venice Film Festival Official Selection


    Community Partner: CLiC / Mills Hardware

    Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B (James Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Jack Kilmer). Emily (Zoe Levin), meanwhile, offers sexual favours to every boy to cross her path — including both Teddy and his best friend Fred (Nat Wolff), a live wire without filters or boundaries. As one high school party bleeds into the next — and April and Teddy struggle to admit their mutual affection — Fred's escalating recklessness starts to spiral into chaos. An unflinching portrait of adolescent lust, boredom, and self-destruction, Palo Alto is a teen movie for the ages — an astonishing debut feature from writer-director Gia Coppola, based on the book Palo Alto: Stories by James Franco.


     Sunday, October 5



        

    Maïna

    Sunday, October 5 at 1:00 pm
    Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

     

    Director: Michel Poulette
    Country: Canada | 2013
    Language: Inuktitut with English Subtitles
    Genre: Drama
    Runtime: 102 min
    Rating: PG
    Official Website


    Winner – Best Picture, Best Actress – 2013 American Indian Film Festival, Nominee, Best Picture – Canadian Screen Awards

    In the aftermath of a bloody confrontation between her band, the Innu tribe, and the Inuits, the “Men from the Land of Ice”, MAÏNA, daughter of Grand Chief Mishte-Napeu, finds herself on a mission that will change the course of her life. In order to fulfill a promise made to her friend Matsii as she lay on her deathbed, MAÏNA has to follow the trail of her enemies to retrieve Nipki, Matsii’s 11-year-old son who has been captured by the Inuits. She is taken captive herself by Natak, the Inuit clan’s leader, and forced to travel with them to the Land of Ice.


    Taking place before contact with Europeans, MAINA introduces us to two fascinating civilizations that founded America.






        

    A Thousand Times Goodnight

    Sunday, October 5 at 4:00 pm
    Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

     

    Director: Eric Poppe
    Country: Norway | 2013
    Language: English, Norwegian with English Subtitles
    Genre: Drama
    Runtime: 117 min
    Rating: 14A
    Official Website


    2013 Montreal World Film Festival: Special Grand Prix


    Community Partner: Mohawk College Journalism

    Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) is one of world's top war photojournalists, capturing dangerous and chilling images in the most dire landscapes, all in an effort to shed light on the real cost of modern war. But she's also a wife and mother. After a near-death experience chronicling the ritual of a female suicide bomber, her husband levels an ultimatum: give up the dangerous profession or lose the family she counts on. Yet the conviction that her photos can make a difference makes it difficult for her to walk away entirely. With an offer to photograph a refugee camp in Kenya, a place allegedly so safe that her daughter is allowed to join her, Rebecca comes face to face with just how much she risks each time she steps back into the fray.






        

    20,000 Days on Earth




    Sunday, October 5 at 7:00 pm
    Mills Hardware

    Sunday, October 5 at 9:00 pm
    Mills Hardware


    Director: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
    Country: UK | 2014
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
    Runtime: 97 min
    Rating: 14A
    Official Website


    2014 Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award World Cinema - Documentary
    2014 Berlin Film Festival Official Selection


    Community Partner: Dr. Disc / Mills Hardware

    20,000 Days on Earth weaves drama and reality in a fictionalized 24 hours in the life of internationally acclaimed musician, author and screenwriter Nick Cave.

     

    Cave’s story is both extraordinary and strikingly universal. It takes us deep into the heart of how myth, memory, love and loss, shape each and every one of our lives, every single day.

     

    The film explores the creative process, encounters collaborators from Cave’s past and bears witness to startlingly frank insights from this icon of modern culture. It reveals what makes us who we are and what influences who we want to become – ultimately, it is a love letter to the transformative power of the human spirit.

     

     





     Friday, September 26



        

    The Trip To Italy

    Presented by: BMO Financial Group
    Friday, September 26 at 7:00 pm
    Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

     

     Opening Night Screening

     

     

    Director: Michael Winterbottom
    Country: UK | 2014
    Language: English
    Genre: Comedy
    Runtime: 108 min
    Rating: 14A
    Official Website

     

    2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection

    In this witty and incisive follow-up to The Trip, Michael Winterbottom reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonations. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri.

     

    The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity.

     


     After the film, come to the Art Gallery of Hamilton for the Opening Night Celebration! FREE admission.
    Full details in Film Festival Events.


     Saturday, September 27



      

    Marriage Italian Style

    Saturday, September 27 at 4:00 pm
    Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

     

    Director: Vittorio De Sica
    Country: Italy | 1964
    Language: Italian with English Subtitles
    Genre: Comedy
    Runtime: 102 min
    Rating: R
    Official Website

    1965 Academy Awards, Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actress

     

    Community Partner: Cinema Insieme

    2014 is the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous, and funniest, Italian comedies of all time, Marriage Italian Style co-stars Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren. Mastroianni is the irrepressibly carnal businessman Domenico, who discovers Loren as a young prostitute, Filumena, who he keeps as his mistress and confidante. When he chooses to marry a young cashier instead, Filumena is furious, and resorts to a series of wild and hilarious ruses to win back his hand.





      

    Tim's Vermeer

    Saturday, September 27 at 7:00 pm
    Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

     

    Director: Teller
    Country: USA | 2014
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
    Runtime: 80 min
    Rating: PG
    Official Website

    2013 New York Film Festival Official Selection

    2013 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection

    Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: how did 17th-century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (Girl with a Pearl Earring) manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces; on a pilgrimage to the north coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney; and eventually even to Buckingham Palace, to see the Queen's Vermeer.

     

     

     

    Panel Discussion following the film

    • Panelist – Dr. Benedict Leca, the AGH Director of Curatorial Activities
    • Panelist - Dr. Alison McQueen, Professor, Art History, McMaster University
    • Panelist – Martin Eckart, Senior Developer, Factor[e]





        

    God Help the Girl

    Saturday, September 27 at 9:00 pm
    Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

     

    Director: Stuart Murdoch
    Country: UK | 2014
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama|Musical
    Runtime: 111 min
    Rating: 14A
    Official Website


    2014 Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection
    2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection


    Community Partner: Chaises Musicales

    God Help the Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. It was produced by Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) and stars Emily Browning (Pompeii), Olly Alexander (Enter the Void) and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones).

     

    According to Barry Mendel, “It’s a simple story–about the brief moment after you’ve realised what you want to do with your life, before your dream settles into becoming your job, when you’re filled with enthusiasm, meeting like-minded friends and the possibilities are endless.”


     Sunday, September 28



        

    BoyHood

    Sunday, September 28 at 1:00 pm
    Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

     

    Director: Richard Linklater
    Country: USA | 2014
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama
    Runtime: 165 min
    Rating: 14A
    Official Website


    Berlin International Film Festival: Silver Bear Award Best Director
    SXSW Film Festival: Louis Black Lone Star Award
    Seattle International Film Festival: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress

     

    Community Parnter: Boys & Girls Club of Hamilton


    Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a ground-breaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.






        

    Web Junkie

    Sunday, September 28 at 4:00 pm
    Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

     

    Director: Hilla Medalia, Shosh Shlam
    Country: Israel, USA | 2013
    Language: English, Mandarin with English Subtitles
    Genre: Documentary
    Runtime: 88 min
    Rating: PG
    Official Website


    2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
    2014 HotDocs Official Selection

     

    Community Partner: McMaster Dept. of Psychiatry

    China is the first country in the world to classify internet addiction (now a global issue) as a clinical disorder. Web Junkie is a feature documentary that spotlights the revolutionary treatment for internet addiction used in Chinese rehab centres. The film delves into a Beijing treatment centre exploring the cases of three Chinese teenagers from the day they arrive, through their three months stay, and their return to their homes. It follows the underlying issues related to the disorders and the manner and treatment the patients receive. Prof. Tao Ran established the world's first Internet Addiction clinic, and promises to cure children of internet addiction, an ailment that has grown into one of China's most feared public health hazards.

     

     

    Panel discussion following the film

    • Moderator – Professor Nick Kates, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
    • Panelist – Dr. Nadeem Akhtar, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
    • Panelist – Professor James MacKillop, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
    • Panelist – Dr. Noam Soreni, Associate Professor, McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences





        

    We Are The Best

    Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 pm
    Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

     

    Director: Lukas Moodysson
    Country: Sweden | 2013
    Language: Swedish with English Subtitles
    Genre: Drama
    Runtime: 102 min
    Rating: 14A
    Official Website

     

    2013 London Film Festival Official Selection
    2013 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection
    2013 Venice Film Festival Official Selection

     

    Community Partner: Hammer City Records

     

    From Swedish master Lukas Moodysson, We are the Best! revolves around three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Based on a graphic novel, We are the Best! is a paean to DIY culture, the spirit of youth and the power of rebellion.

     Monday, September 29



      

    Tracks

    Presented by: Cogeco
    Monday, September 29 at 1:00 pm
    SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas

     

    Directors: John Curran
    Country: Australia | 2013
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama|Biography
    Runtime: 112 min
    Rating: PG
    Official Website


    2013 London Film Festival Official Selection

    2013 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection

    2013 Venice Film Festival Official Selection


    Community Partner: Go Australia/ Ancaster Film Festival

     

    From director John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don't Live Here Anymore) Tracks tells the remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman who leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) who begins to photograph her voyage. The film, adapted from Davidson's own memoirs, was produced by Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King's Speech, Shame).






      

    Life Itself

    Presented by: Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd
    Monday, September 29 at 4:00 pm
    SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas

     

    Directors: Steve James
    Country: USA | 2014
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
    Runtime: 120 min
    Rating: 14A
    Official Website

    2014 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection

    2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection

     

    Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival & Hamilton Film Festival

     

    Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) and Executive Producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Raging Bull) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Moneyball) present a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent.






        

    I Origins

    Presented by: Effort Trust
    Monday, September 29 at 7:00 pm
    SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas

     

    Director: Mike Cahill
    Country: USA | 2014
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama
    Runtime: 106 min
    Rating: 14A
    Official Website


    2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection


    Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival

    I Origins, the second feature film from writer and director Mike Cahill (Another Earth) tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen (Brit Marling), they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implication and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs.






      

    Love Is Strange

    Presented by: Banko Media
    Monday, September 29 at 7:00 pm
    Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

     

    Directors: Ira Sachs
    Country: USA | 2014
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama
    Runtime: 98 min
    Rating: 14A
    Official Website

    2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
    2014 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection

     

    Community Partner: The Well - LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre of Hamilton

     

    Ben and George take advantage of New York's new marriage laws and tie the knot after being together for 39 years. Unfortunately, the Catholic school where George teaches does not approve and they reluctantly fire him, forcing the couple to split up and stay with friends while they sell their apartment and look for cheaper housing. George crashes with two gay police officers, while Ben, who's a painter, bunks with his nephew's family in Brooklyn -- a temporary situation that weighs heavily on all involved.


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    Siddharth

    Tuesday, September 30 at 7:00 pm
    Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

     

    Director: Richie Mehta
    Country: Canada | 2013
    Language: Hindi with English Subtitles
    Genre: Drama
    Runtime: 96 min
    Rating: 14A
    Official Website


    2013 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection


    Community Partner: South Asian Heritage Association of Hamilton

    After sending away his 12 year-old son Siddharth for work, Mahendra (a chain-wallah who specializes in fixing broken zippers on the streets) is relieved as his financial burdens will be alleviated. But when Siddharth fails to return home, Mahendra learns he may have been taken by child-traffickers. With little resources and no connections, he travels across India in pursuit, with the hope that whatever force arbitrarily took his child away will return him unharmed.


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