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Screenings are listed in chronological order.


 Friday, October 16 - Opening Night





 

 

 

MR. HOLMES

Friday, October 16 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Bill Condon
Country:
UK/USA | 2015
Language:
English
Runtime:
104 min.
Rating:
PG | Crime / Drama / Mystery


 

Official Selection:
2015 Berlin International Film Festival,
2015 San Francisco International Film Festival,
2015 Seattle International Film Festival,
2015 Sydney Film Festival

Sir Ian McKellen gives a memorable performance as a long-retired Sherlock Holmes, aged 93, living in a remote Sussex farmhouse reflecting on his life while writing in his journals, tending to his bees, and dealing with the deterioration of his once incredible mind. A wonderful new twist to the world’s most famous detective.

 

 

Presented by:

 


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


 Saturday, October 17





 

 

BEST OF ENEMIES

Saturday, October 17 at 4:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Directors: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville

Country: USA | 2015

Language: English

Runtime: 87 min.

Rating: 14A | Documentary


Official Selection:
2015 Sundance Film Festival,
2015 San Francisco International Film Festival,
2015 New Zealand International Film Festival

A captivating documentary about the legendary series of nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. Intended as commentary on the issues of their day, these vitriolic and explosive encounters came to define the modern era of public discourse in the media, marking the big bang moment of our contemporary media landscape when spectacle trumped content and argument replaced substance.  Two men. Ten debates. Television would never be the same.

 

 

Panel Discussion following the film - CANCELLED


 

 








 

FRANCOFONIA

Saturday, October 17 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Alexander Sokurov
Country: Netherlands, Germany, France, Russia | 2015
Language: Russian w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 87 min.
Rating: PG  |  Docudrama 



Official Selection:
2015 Toronto International Film Festival,
2015 Venice Film Festival

Master filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) tells the story of Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff Metternich who worked together to save the collection of the Louvre during the German occupation of France in this magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relation between art, culture and power. One of Ioncinema.com’s Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2015.

 

 

Presented by:

 

 

 








 

 

THEEB

Saturday, October 17 at 9:30 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Naji Abu Nowar
Country: UAE, Qatar, Jordan, UK | 2014
Language: Arabic w/English Subtitles, English
Runtime: 100 min.
Rating: PG  |  Adventure / Drama  / Thriller

 


2014 Venice Film Festival Winner, Best Director,

2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival Winner, Best Narrative Film, Best Film from the Arab World,

2014 Cairo International Film Festival Winner, Best Cinematography and Art Direction


 

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.








 

 

PORCH STORIES

Saturday, October 17 at 9:00 pm
Mills Hardware

 

Director: Sarah Goodman
Country: Canada | 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 73 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Drama

 


2015 Canada Film Festival Award of Excellence Winner


 

From the director of acclaimed 2004 Hot Docs prizewinning documentary Army of One, Toronto filmmaker Sarah Goodman displays a sure hand with her first narrative feature. Porch Stories captures the intersecting lives of three people. With a strolling camera and beautiful black-and-white cinematography, Goodman perfectly portrays the web of events and overheard conversations that make up the city’s soundscape.

 

 

 


 Sunday, October 18





 

 

WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE

Sunday, October 18 at 1:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Country: Japan | 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 103 min.
Rating: PG  |  Animation / Drama / Family

 

 


2015 Seattle International Film Festival Films 4 Families Youth Jury Award Winner


Official Selection:

2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam,

2015 New York International Children’s Film Festival,

 


From legendary animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro) comes this exquisitely crafted masterpiece by director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), based on the novel by British author Joan G. Robinson. Anna, an artistically gifted but timid girl who suffers from asthma, is sent from Sapporo to spend the summer convalescing in a sleepy seaside village where she forms an instant bond with the mysterious Marnie.

 

 

Community Partner: Japan Foundation

 

Presented by:

 








 

DIOR AND I

Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Frédéric Tcheng
Country: France | 2014
Language: French w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 90 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Documentary

 


2014 Seattle International Film Festival Special Jury Award Winner – Documentary

Official Selection:

2014 Tribeca Film Festival,

2014 Sydney International Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2014 New Zealand International Film Festival,

2014 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival

 

 

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labour of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators.

 

 

Community Partner: Beaux Mondes

 

 








 

 

AMY

Sunday, October 18 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Asif Kapadia
Country: UK | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 90 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Documentary / Biography

 

 

Official Selection:

2015 Cannes Film Festival,

2015 Sydney Film Festival,

2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival,

2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,

2015 New Zealand International Film Festival

 

With a voice oft described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul; a once in two generational musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. As riveting as it is sad, Amy is a powerfully honest look at the twisted relationship between art and celebrity -- and the lethal spiral of addiction.

 

 

Community Partner: Dr. Disc, McMaster Department of Psychiatry

 

Presented by:

 

 

Panel discussion to follow the film








 

 

TIMBUKTU

Sunday, October 18 at 6:00 pm
Mills Hardware

 

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Country: France | 2014
Language: French, Arabic w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 97 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Drama

 

 

2015 Academy Award Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film,

2014 Cannes Film Festival Winner, Francois Chalais Award, Jury Prize,

2014 Chicago International Film Festival Winner, Best Director,

2014 Cesar Awards Winner Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film

 

Following the recent jihadist takeover of northern Mali, a proud cattle herder comes into fateful conflict with the fundamentalist rulers of the provincial capital, in this luminous, lyrical and poetic drama from the great African filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako.

 








 

 

A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

Sunday, October 18 at 9:00 pm
Mills Hardware

 

Director: Roy Andersson
Country: Sweden, Norway | 2014
Language: Swedish w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 100 min.
Rating: PG  |  Comedy / Drama

 

 

2014 Golden Lion Winner, Venice Film Festival

 

Official Selection:

2014 Toronto International Film Festival,

2014 Reykjavik Film Festival,

2014 Tokyo International Film Festival

 

Master Swedish Director Roy Andersson (Songs from the Second Floor) returns with this absurdist, surrealistic and shocking pitch-black comedy, which moves freely from nightmare to fantasy to hilariously deadpan humour as it muses on man’s perpetual inhumanity to man.

 

 

Experience creates meaning – are you experienced? #AGHayx


 Monday, October 19





 

 

COURT

Monday, October 19 at 1:00 pm
Ancaster SilverCity Cinemas

 

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane
Country: India | 2014
Language: Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 116 min.
Rating: PG  |  Drama 

 


2014 Venice Film Festival – Horizons Award Best Film Winner, Luigi De Laurentiis Award Winner,

2014 Singapore International Film Festival – Best Asian Feature Film, Best Asian Director Winner,

2014 Vienna International Film Festival – FIPRESCI Prize Winner,

2014 National Film Awards India – Best Feature Film Winner


 

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the "people's poet", is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. What truly distinguishes Court, is the brilliant cast of professional and nonprofessional actors; an affecting mixture of comedy and tragedy; and the naturalist approach to the characters and to Indian society as a whole, rich with complexity and contradiction.

 

 

Community Partner: South Asian Heritage Association of Hamilton, Ancaster Film Festival








 

 

GRANDMA

Monday, October 19 at 4:00 pm
Ancaster SilverCity Cinemas

 

Director: Paul Weitz
Country: USA | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 78 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Comedy / Drama 



Official Selection:

2015 Sundance Film Festival,

2015 Tribeca Film Festival,

2015 Toronto LGBT Film Festival,

2015 Sydney Film Festival

 

 

Lily Tomlin stars as self-described misanthrope Elle Reid who has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, shows up needing help. The two of them go on a day-long journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future.

 

 

Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival








 

 

IRRATIONAL MAN

Monday, October 19 at 7:00 pm
Ancaster SilverCity Cinemas

 

Director: Woody Allen
Country: USA | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 94 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Drama / Mystery 

 


Official Selection:

2015 Cannes Film Festival,

2015 Sarajevo Film Festival


When a burned-out, brilliant professor (Joachim Phoenix) - one who believes in lessons from life rather than textbooks - takes a job at a small college, everyone there is abuzz. He becomes involved with a teacher as well as a precocious student (Emma Stone), but it takes a dramatic, existential act to turn his life around and make him see the world through a much rosier and more positive perspective.

 

 

Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival

 

Presented by:








 

 

CORBO

Monday, October 19 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Mathieu Denis
Country: Canada | 2014
Language: French w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 119 min.
Rating: PG  |  Drama



Official Selection:

2014 Toronto Film Festival,

2015 Berlin International Film Festival

 

A teenage Québecer in the 1960s evolves from pro-independence activist to radical terrorist, in this gripping chronicle of the origins of the FLQ in the decade preceding the 1970 October Crisis.

 

 

Community Partner: Le Centre Français


 Tuesday, October 20




 

 

SAMBA

Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano
Country: France | 2014
Language: French w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 118 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Drama

 


Official Selection:

2014 Toronto International Film Festival,

2014 Tokyo International Film Festival,

2014 Dubai International Film Festival,

2015 Cesar Awards: Best Supporting Actress Nominee,

2015 Lumière Awards: Best Actress Nominee


From the acclaimed directing duo of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (The Intouchables), Samba is the richly entertaining chronicle of an undocumented worker battling deportation from his adopted home in Paris. Stubbornly holding onto his dream, Samba (Omar Sy) pins his hopes for a reprieve on Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), an emotionally vulnerable immigration advocacy volunteer with little experience, but plenty of heart.

 

 

Community Partner: Le Centre Français







 

 

BIKES vs. CARS

Tuesday, October 20 at 9:00 pm
Mills Hardware

 

Director: Fredrik Gertten
Country: Sweden | 2015
Language: English, Spanish, Portuguese w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 90 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Documentary

 


Audience Award Winner, 2015 UK Green Film Festival


The bicycle is an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs. Cars, a new film project from acclaimed documentarian Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world.

 

 

 


 Wednesday, October 21





 

THE WOLFPACK

Wednesday, October 21 at 1:00 pm
Ancaster SilverCity Cinemas

 

Director: Crystal Moselle
Country: USA | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 80 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Documentary

 


2015 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner – Documentary,

2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival Best Documentary Feature Winner

 

Official Selection:

2015 Dallas International Film Festival,

2015 Tribeca Film Festival,

2015 Hot Docs Film Festival,

2015 San Francisco International Film Festival,

2015 AFI Docs Festival

 

Award-winning documentary about six bright teenage brothers who spent their entire lives locked away from society in a Manhattan housing project apartment. All they know of the outside is gleaned from the movies they watch obsessively (and recreate meticulously). Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.

 

 

Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival, McMaster Department of Psychiatry



Panel discussion to follow the film








 

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR

Wednesday, October 21 at 4:00 pm
Ancaster SilverCity Cinemas

 

Director: Maya Forbes
Country: USA | 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 90 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Drama / Comedy

 


Official Selection:

2014 Sundance Film Festival,

2014 Toronto International Film Festival,

2014 Torino Film Festival,

2015 Los Angeles Film Festival


Maya Forbes autobiographically inflected Infinitely Polar Bear stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, he attempts to rebuild a relationship with his two daughters, and win back the trust of his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana).

 

 

Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival, McMaster Department of Psychiatry



Panel discussion to follow the film








 

LOVE & MERCY

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm
Ancaster SilverCity Cinemas

 

Director: Bill Pohlad
Country: USA | 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 121 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Documentary

 

 

Official Selection:

2014 Toronto International Film Festival,

2015 Berlin International Film Festival,

2015 SXSW Film Festival,

2015 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema,

2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival,

2015 Jerusalem Film Festival


Love & Mercy presents a fascinating portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalogue of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.

 

Presented by:

 

 

Community Partners: Dr. Disc, McMaster Department of Psychiatry



Panel discussion to follow the film








 

BELTRACCHI THE ART OF FORGERY

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Arne Birkenstock
Country: Germany | 2014
Language: German, French w/English Subtitles, English
Runtime: 93 minutes
Rating: PG | Documentary

 

 

Official Selection:
2014 Warsaw Film Festival,
2014 Stockholm International Film Festival


A mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging and selling paintings of early 20th-century masters. A larger-than-life personality who was responsible for the biggest art forgery scandal of the postwar era.

 

 

Panel discussion to follow the film


 Thursday, October 22




 

 

DANCING ARABS

Thursday, October 22 at 1:00 pm
Ancaster SilverCity Cinemas

 

Director: Eran Riklis
Country: Israel | 2014
Language: Arabic, Hebrew w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 105 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Drama

 


Official Selection:

2014 Telluride Film Festival,

2014 London Film Festival,

2014 Jerusalem Film Festival,

2015 Toronto Jewish Film Festival

 

A sensitive tale of a gifted Palestinian-Israeli boy (Eyad) from the town of Tira whose parents send him to an elite Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. There he finds himself struggling with issues of language, culture, and identity. Feeling foreign and alienated, Eyad realizes that if he is to be accepted as an equal, allay people’s suspicions and belong – he has to make personal sacrifices.

 

 

Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival, YMCA Careerworx








 

 

SUNSHINE ON LEITH

Thursday, October 2 at 4:00 pm
Ancaster SilverCity Cinemas

 

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Country: Scotland | 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 100 minutes
Rating: PG | Comedy, Musical, Drama

 


Official Selection: 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

 

 

Based on the sensational stage hit of the same name and featuring music from Scottish duo the Proclaimers, this infectious, heart-warming musical tells the story of love and life after war. Two best pals, Davy and Ally, return home to Edinburgh after a tour of Afghanistan and must learn to assimilate back to civilian life. From finding jobs to love, the boys have their work cut out for them.

 

Presented by:

 

Community Partner: Ancaster Film Festival

 








 

 

RED ARMY

Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Gabe Polsky
Country: USA | Russia | 2014
Language: English, Russian w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 76 min.
Rating: PG  |  Documentary

 


2014 Chicago International Film Festival, Audience Choice Award Winner,

2014 AFI Fest, Audience Choice Award Winner

 

Official Selection:

2014 Cannes Film Festival,

2014 Telluride Film Festival,

2014 Toronto International Film Festival,

2014 Zurich Film Festival,

2014 New York Film Festival,

2015 Hong Kong International Film Festival,

2015 New Zealand Film Festival

 

From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union. RED ARMY is an inspiring story about the Cold War played out on the ice rink, and a man who stood up to a powerful system and paved the way for change for generations of Russians.

 

Presented by:


Globe & Mail public affairs columnist, author of Red Machine and McMaster University alumnus Lawrence Martin will be speaking following the screening.

 








 

 

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR

Thursday, October 22 at 9:30 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square


Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Country: Thailand | 2015
Language: Thai w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 122 min.
Rating: PG  |  Drama

 

 

Official Selection:

2015 Cannes Film Festival,

2015 Toronto International Film Festival,

2015 Jerusalem Film Festival,

2015 New Zealand International Film Festival

A young medium and a middle-aged hospital volunteer investigate a case of mass sleeping sickness that may have supernatural roots, in the gorgeous, mysterious, and gently humorous new film from Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives).


Experience creates meaning – are you experienced?
#AGHayx

 


 Friday, October 23





 

THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL

Friday, October 23 at 4:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Marielle Heller
Country: USA | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 102 minutes
Rating: 14A | Drama

 


2015 Berlin International Film Festival, Best Feature Film Winner,

2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival, Best International Feature Film Winner,

2015 Sundance Film Festival, Cinematography Award Winner


The Diary of a Teenage Girl is based on Phoebe Gloeckner's novel of the same name, hailed by Salon as "one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender and beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America." With fearless performances from Kristen Wiig, Bel Powley and Alexander Skarsgård, a stirring score, inventive graphic novel-like animation sequences, imagination, humor and heart. It is a coming of age story that is as poignant as it is unsettling.








 

MAVIS!

Friday, October 23 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Jessica Edwards
Country: USA | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 81 min.
Rating: PG  |  Documentary

 


Official Selection:

2015 SXSW Film Festival,

2015 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival,

2015 Montclair Film Festival,

2015 AFI Docs Festival,

2015 New Zealand Film Festival

 

 


Legendary soul and gospel singer, and civil rights icon, Mavis Staples has been thrilling audiences for decades. The Staples Singers sang freedom songs in the 60s for the civil rights movement and topped the charts in the 70s with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There”. Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, and more.   

 

 

Community Partner: Dr. Disc








 

JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI

Friday, October 23 at 9:30 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Jafar Panahi
Country: Iran | 2015
Language: Persian with English Subtitles
Runtime: 82 minutes
Rating: PG | Drama

 


2015 Berlin International Film Festival, FIPRESCI Price Winner, Golden Bear Winner

 

Official Selection:

2015 Toronto International Film Festival,

2015 Hong Kong International Film Festival,

2015 Moscow International Film Festival,

2015 Telluride Film Festival

 

 

Sentenced to a 20 year ban on filmmaking in 2010 Jafar Panahi has continued to find ways to circumvent this ban and continue creating art. In Taxi, he circles the streets of Tehran in a Taxi picking up strangers and inviting them to speak about concerns, fears, hopes, and expectations. As Panahi coaxes forth this series of narratives, the camera captures a panorama of the vibrant, bustling, and fascinating city through the car windows. Without ever leaving the cab, Panahi quietly orchestrates a multi-layered mosaic of life in today's Iran.

 Saturday, October 24





 

COMING HOME

Saturday, October 24 at 4:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Zhang Yimou
Country: China | 2014
Language: Mandarin w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 109 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Drama

 


2015 Hong Kong Film Awards Winner, Best Chinese Language Film

 

Official Selection:

2014 Cannes Film Festival,

2014 Toronto International Film Festival,

2014 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival

 

 

In the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, an amnesiac woman struggles to regain her memory and reconnect with her long imprisoned husband, in this enthralling and emotional drama from Chinese master Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero).








 

DUKHTAR

Saturday, October 24 at 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Afia Nathaniel
Country: Pakistan | 2014
Language: Urdu, Pushto w/English Subtitles
Runtime: 93 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Mystery / Suspense

 


Official 2014 Academy Award Selection, Pakistan, Best Foreign Language Film,

Creteil International Women’s Film Festival, Best Feature Film, Winner

 

Official Selection:

2014 Toronto International Film Festival,

2014 Busan International Film Festival,

2014 Dubai International Film Festival,

2015 Seattle International Film Festival,

2015 Munich International Film Festival

In a village in Pakistan, a young mother kidnaps her ten-year old daughter to save her from a child marriage to a tribal leader. Their daring escape triggers a deadly hunt. With the pursuers hot on their heels, the mother strikes an unlikely deal with a cynical ex-Mujahid truck driver to take them to Lahore. Carefully dodging the far-reaching influence of the tribal leader, the trio embark on an epic journey through the sweeping landscape of Pakistan where the search for freedom and love comes with a price.

 

 

Community Partner: South Asian Heritage Association of Hamilton, Graduate program of Gender studies and Feminist Research of McMaster University


Q&A following the screening with Director Afia Nathaniel








 

RUSH LINE ONLY!

 

AL PURDY WAS HERE

Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 pm
Mills Hardware

 

Director: Brian D. Johnson
Country: Canada | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 95 min.
Rating: PG  |  Documentary

 


Official Selection:

2015 Toronto International Film Festival

 

The story of Al Purdy, Canada’s leading poet, and the A-frame cabin that he built, now being restored as a writers’ retreat. Featuring interviews and performances by artists including Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn, Gord Downie, Gordon Pinsent, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Sarah Harmer, Tanya Tagaq and Joseph Boyden the film moves between Purdy's story and the compelling characters bound up in his legacy. Purdy has been called the last, best and most Canadian poet.

 

 

Community Partner: Hamilton Poetry Centre

 

Q&A with Director Brian D. Johnson following the screening








 

PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST

Saturday, October 24 at 9:00 pm
The Cotton Factory

 

Director: John Mitchell, Christina Zeidler
Country: Canada | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 84 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Comedy 

 


Official Selection:

2015 Inside-Out Film Festival,

2015 Outfest,

2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival


A 40-something lesbian and serial monogamist breaks up with her long-standing girlfriend, only to discover that her new love interest might not be interested in a relationship. Toronto is the backdrop for this romantic comedy about a woman forced to confront herself and the possibility that she broke up with ‘the one’.

 

 

Community Partner: The Cotton Factory, Steel Lounge, CLiC Young Professionals, Digital Canaries

 

Q&A with Director Christina Zeidler will follow the screening


Join us for the Official Closing Weekend Party, immediately following the screening at The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave. North.


 Sunday, October 25





 

PAINTED LAND: IN SEARCH OF THE GROUP OF SEVEN

Sunday, October 25 at 1:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Phyllis Ellis
Country: Canada | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 90 min.
Rating: NYR  |  Documentary

 


Official Selection:

2015 Vancouver International Film Festival

Phyllis Ellis' investigative film is equal parts mystery, history and adventure. Algoma's tangled wilderness and Lake Superior's expansive North Shore inspired the Group of Seven, particularly their guiding spirit, Tom Thomson. In this enthralling documentary, three modern-day adventurers canoe across lakes, bushwhack through untamed forests and scale cliffs to seek out the vistas that inspired these artists. Seeing the iconic paintings side by side with the astonishing locations that inspired them is a reminder of art's power and this land's majestic beauty.

 

 

Presented by:

 

 

Q&A with Director Phyllis Ellis following the film








 

TRICK OR TREATY

Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

 

Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Country: Canada | 2013
Language: Cree w/English Subtitles, English
Runtime: 85 min.
Rating: PG  |  Documentary

 

 

This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada.

 

 

Community Partner: Hamilton Regional Indian Centre

 

Q&A with Director Alanis Obomsawin following the screening





RUSH LINE ONLY!

LOCAL DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE


Sunday, October 25 at 6:00 pm
Mills Hardware

Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 pm
Mills Hardware


 

 

FORGOTTEN

 

Director: Eleanor Mcgrath
Country: Canada | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 42 min.
Rating: NYR | Documentary

 

Official Selection: 2015 La Femme International Film Festival, 2015 Commffest, Crystal Palace International Film Festival

Forgotten is about the yearning to know one's history -- what began with a fire at 295 George Street in Toronto becomes the catalyst to share the story of over 100,000 children who came to Canada as indentured farm labour and domestics. This is the forgotten history of many Canadians, both of the children themselves and their descendants.

 

 

NEIGHBOURHOODS RISING: FOR THE GRACE OF GOD, Episode 1

 

Director: Ryan Furlong
Country: Canada | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 25 min.
Rating: NYR | Documentary

Neighbourhoods Rising is a five film series each focusing on the people and their stories across five different neighborhoods in Hamilton. This film (the first in the series) follows Timothy Cyr, a scrap metal collector and second hand dealer as he scrounges to get by and to create an unforgettable experience for local children on his favorite holiday, Halloween. Tim's selflessness is intercut with an unlikely Guinness Book Record holding beat cop as he patrols Barton Street East, candid tales of discrimination and local history revisited by a tight group of old friends at the Italian Social Club and we unveil the true story of the one of the country’s most outrageous Marijuana activist who also happens to be the city’s most infamous mayoral candidate.







 

TANGERINE

Sunday, October 25 at 9:00 pm
Mills Hardware

 

Director: Sean Baker
Country: USA | 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 88 min.
Rating: 14A  |  Drama / Comedy

 


2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival ‘Independent Camera’ Award Winner,

2015 Traverse City Film Festival ‘Stanley Kubrick Award’ Winner,

2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival ‘Directors to Watch’

 

Official Selection:

2015 Sundance Film Festival,

2015 San Francisco International Film Festival,

2015 Sydney Film Festival

Tangerine, which was shot entirely on smartphones, explores transgender street culture with edgy comedy, diving deep into the world of sex workers and trans street culture. As working girl Sin-Dee tears through the city on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart, the film becomes a rip-roaring odyssey of various subcultures of Los Angeles.

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