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2018 Winter Schedule

Jan 10 Loving Vincent
Jan 24 The Square
Feb 7 Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle
Feb  21 Meditation Park
Mar 7 C'est La Vie
Mar 21 Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Apr 4 A Fantastic Woman
Apr 18 The Divine Order
May 2 The Party
Note: replaces previous listing
May 16 Finding Your Feet
TBA Always much more coming!


Screening times twice monthly on Wednesdays on what has become a somewhat irregular schedule- check the listings, below; 7:30 p.m., Galaxy Cinema, 1000 Islands Mall, Brockville, Ontario.

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This year's Film Circuit People's Choice Voting Page is now officially live!  Please CAST A VOTE for your favourite Canadian and international film screened via Film Circuit in 2017. Voting takes place between now and March 1, 2018 on our website. A draw will be held at the end of the voting period and one lucky voter will win a cash prize of $250! The winning films will be announced in late March 2018.

The Films

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Loving Vincent

Wed. Jan. 10 (95 minutes, 14A, Tomatometer 80%)

Loving VincentLoving Vincent The world's first fully oil-painted animated feature film, Loving Vincent brings the art of Vincent van Gogh to life to recount the life story of this most mysterious, mythical, and tragic of great painters. Shot first as a live-action film, acted by a sterling cast — including Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), and stage actor Robert Gulaczyk as van Gogh — and then painted over frame by frame with oils, Loving Vincent is simply an extraordinary cinematic achievement.

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The Square

Wed. Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. (151 minutes, 14A, Tomatometer 80%, sub-titled)

The Square Swedish provocateur Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure) took home the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this no-holds-barred satire of the postmodern art world. On the verge of opening a prestigious exhibition, imperious and self-centred curator Christian (Claes Bang) is beset by a host of troubles — including a less-than-successful online marketing campaign, a performance piece gone horribly awry, and a mugging which leaves him both shaken and determined to hunt down the perpetrator — which sets both him and his museum on a crash course with crisis.

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Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle

Wed. Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. (subtitles, 90 minutes, 14A)

Tulipani A wonderfully woolly tale of rediscovering one's roots — and rectifying a decades-old wrongdoing, to boot — Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle has more fantastic twists than its title has nouns.

It is 1980, and young Montrealer Anna (Ksenia Solo) is embarking on what will prove to be a life-altering adventure. It was her mother's dying wish to have her ashes returned to her hometown in Italy. Anna finds the people of Puglia waiting with open arms and flapping gums. Her mother's old friend Immacolata (Lidia Vitale) is a particularly gifted storyteller with a penchant for exaggeration who might fudge the details but somehow gets us closer to the heart of things. She tells of how Anna's father Gauke (Gijs Naber) biked from the Netherlands to Italy, introduced Dutch irrigation practices to Puglia, forged a successful enterprise growing and selling tulips, and bravely faced off armed extortionists with blistering kung fu moves. (Alright, that last part might be pushing it a little.) Immacolata also makes other, more sombre claims, ones that will shake up Anna's entire sense of identity and prompt her to settle some old scores on her parents' behalf.

Bursting with colour and romance and teeming with charming performances — including one from Oscar nominee Giancarlo Giannini as an exceedingly patient detective — Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle is a story about travelling far to know who you are, and about the joys and consolations of storytelling itself.

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Meditation Park

Wed. Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. (95 minutes, PG)
-fundraiser for the Refugees for Brockville committee (Film Brockville donated $500 to the refugee committee and the audience a further $366)

Meditation Park In Meditation Park, Mina Shum returns to the themes that propelled her early work. The film opens with Maria (Cheng Pei Pei) hosting a birthday celebration for her workaholic accountant husband, Bing, (Tzi Ma). Maria reveres Bing and remains in awe of the sacrifices he has made for the family, so much so that she even respects his insistence that she not speak to their son.

But when she finds evidence that Bing may not be the perfect person she believes him to be, she's forced to consider her world in a radically different light. Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery by engaging with the world around her, something Bing has always discouraged. She befriends a group of local eccentrics and a rather shady neighbour, Gabriel (Don McKellar). Maria soon realizes that people's lives are much more complicated than Bing has led her to believe.

Shum exhibits genuine compassion with her insight into the experiences of first-generation immigrant women (including showing how men control their wives by discouraging them from social interaction and learning other languages).

Meditation Park is a charming and generous film, boasting fine performances by its leads and great support by McKellar, Liane Balaban (in an affecting and lovely cameo), and the star of Shum's debut, Double Happiness, the phenomenal Sandra Oh, as Maria's daughter.

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C'est La Vie

Wed. Mar. 7 , 7:30 p.m. (115 minutes, PG, sub-titled - trailer)

C'est La Vie This effervescent comedy from celebrated French directing duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (The Intouchables) invites us to an opulent château to attend a très extravagant wedding, where the groom is an obnoxious tyrant, the band is at war with the organizers, and the chief planner is looking for the exit.

Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) is a battle-weary veteran of the wedding-planning racket. His latest — and last — gig is a hell of a fête, involving stuffy period costumes for the caterers, a vain, hyper- sensitive singer who thinks he's a Gallic James Brown, and a morose, micromanaging groom determined to make Max's night as miserable as possible. But what makes the affair too bitter to endure is that Max's colleague and ostensible girlfriend, Joisette (Xavier Dolan regular Suzanne Clément), seems to have written him off, coolly going about her professional duties while openly flirting with a much younger server. It's going to be a very long night… especially once the groom's aerial serenade gets underway.

An Altmanesque ensemble work brimming with offbeat, lovable characters, and hilarious set pieces, C'est La Vie is a fiendishly smart, sprawling comedy as only the French do it. You will be laughing all the way down the aisle.

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Wed. Mar. 21, 7:30 p.m. (105 minutes, 14A, Tomatometer 95% - trailer)

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool The sultry Gloria Grahame won a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance in 1952's The Bad and the Beautiful. She appeared in films alongside Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, and a bevy of other icons. Her star blazed brightly then faded quickly, but she did not disappear. How Grahame spent her later years is the subject of this beautiful — and rare — ode to life after fame.

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool features as fine a performance as you will see this year: Annette Bening's portrayal of Grahame. She is paired brilliantly with Jamie Bell, who breathes pure empathy into his role as Gloria's lover Peter Turner, a working-class English actor. Drawing on Turner's memoir of the same name, director Paul McGuigan fashions a moving narrative that embraces the high and lows of the erstwhile Hollywood star's time spent living in Liverpool in the 1970s. Gloria is in her fifties, but her vitality and eccentricity leave Peter, who is decades younger, enraptured by this outrageous new force in his life.

As the two embark on their romance, we follow them from England to Los Angeles, from stage to hospital, and from laughter to tears. Unorthodox and sincere, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is the kind of showbiz love story seldom depicted onscreen.

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A Fantastic Woman

Wed. Apr. 4, 7:30 p.m. (103 minutes 14A Spanish Tomatometre 93% - trailer)

A Fantastic Woman When her significantly older boyfriend dies under what is made out to be suspicious circumstances, transgender woman Marina (Daniela Vega) comes into conflict with both the man's family and the authorities, forcing her to fight not only to clear her name, but for the one thing she demands above all: respect. Making nods to Almodóvar and Fassbinder, the new film from Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) is both an incisive character study and an alluring exercise in style.

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The Divine Order

Wed. Apr. 18, 7:30 p.m. (96 minutes Tomatometre 85% English, German, Italian, Schwyzerdütsch - trailer)

The Divine Order 1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village with her husband and their two sons. The Swiss countryside is untouched by the major social upheavals the movement of 1968 has brought about. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot on February 7, 1971.

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The Party

Wed. May 2, 7:30 p.m. (75 minutes Tomatometre 83% R - trailer)
Note: replaces previous listing

Sally Potter's The Party is a wicked chamber piece, delightfully retro and highly contemporary.

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) invites her friends over to celebrate her new job: Apparently, she has been appointed Minister of Health in a Labour government, but her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) is sitting in the living room in a monosyllabic funk and a mysterious lover keeps calling her cell.

The blunt-spoken April (Patricia Clarkson) is always squelching her partner, a touchy-feely German therapist (Bruno Ganz), and says their relationship is over. That is nothing compared to what the mournful Bill has to announce or the lesbian Jinny (Emily Mortimer), who has a big surprise for her older lover (Cherry Jones). Meanwhile the financier Tom (Cillian Murphy) shows up without his wife, looking sweaty and spooked.

With its claustrophobic unity of time and place, the disintegrating party feels highly theatrical and, of various classic screen adaptations from the stage, this wonderfully performed black-and-white film recalls in particular Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Yet also, Potter's comic dissection of the London intelligentsia's personal and political angst is completely of the moment.

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Finding Your Feet

Wed. May 16, 7:30 p.m. (111 minutes PG-13 Tomatometre 73% - trailer)

Finding Your Feet On the eve of retirement, a middle class snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her older, estranged, bohemian sister who lives in an impoverished London council flat. The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets her sister drag her along to a community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet and romance as she meets her sister's friends.

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