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2018/19 Fall/Winter Schedule

Sun Jan 13 Beautiful Boy
Sun Jan 27 The Guilty
Wed Feb 20 You Are Here
Wed Feb 27 A Private War
Sun Mar 10 If Beale Street Could Talk
Sun Mar 24 The Silent Revolution
Wed Apr 17 Woman At War
Wed Apr 24 Shoplifters
Sun May 05 Wild Rose
Sun May 19 TBA
Wed Jun 05 Cold War
Wed Jun 19 The Grizzlies
TBA Always much more coming!

Welcome!

Film Brockville moved to the Brockville Arts Centre as of January 2019.

Based on recent experience, we are contiuing with two screenings of each film, a matinee (2:00 p.m.) and and evening slot (7:00 p.m.)

Doors open a half hour before screenings. Screening dates will alternate from one month to the next between Sundays and Wednesdays.

Tickets are $10.00. They are available at the BAC box office (cash, debit/credit cards). Tickets may be purchased online at the BAC beforehand.

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Beautiful Boy

Sun. Jan. 13 , 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (trailer)

Beautiful Boy Based on the bestselling pair of memoirs by father and son David and Nic Sheff, Felix van Groeningen's film chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

Fresh from his breakout role in Call Me By Your Name, Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet turns in another dazzling performance in Beautiful Boy.

Playing a young man raging and suffering through drug addiction, he confirms his status as one of the very best actors of his generation. He is matched every step of the way in this moving drama by Steve Carell, who continues to build on his comic achievements with powerhouse dramatic turns in FoxcatcherThe Big Short, and most definitely here. David Sheff (Carell) is a kind, loving, middle-class dad. He and his wife, Vicki (Amy Ryan), seem to have done everything right for their family. So when son Nic (Chalamet) gets addicted to methamphetamine, David can't believe it, can't stop it, and can't help but risk everything to try to get his son back. As he grapples with Nic's lies, betrayals, and constant flirtations with death, the film reminds us of who Nic used to be - a sweet, thoughtful, beautiful boy.

Adapting the bestselling books that David Sheff and Nic Sheff wrote about their experiences, Belgian director Felix van Groeningen brings both realism and poetry to a tragically timely story. As the Sheffs confront the intractable, unpredictable beast of addiction, they must at the same time confront the fact that Nic's pain might also be his choice. Beautiful Boy doesn't shy away from the harsh reality of this family's struggle, but frames it with a surprising amount of life, love, and hope. (R, 111 minutes)

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The Guilty

Sun. Jan.27 , 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (trailer)

The Guilty Emergency dispatcher and former police officer Asger Holm answers a call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman, but he soon realizes that he is dealing with a much more complex crime than he first thought. (85 minutes, 14A, sub-titles, Tomatometer 99%)

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You Are Here

Wed. Feb. 20, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (trailer)

You Are Here You Are Here is an intimate documentary that goes deep into the community of Gander, Newfoundland where 38 airliners carrying over 6,500 passengers were forced to land after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The film pulls back the emotional layers surrounding the five days during which the community housed, fed and cared for the dislocated passengers (or the “come from aways” in Newfoundland parlance).  While their stories were the inspiration for the extraordinary Broadway hit musical Come From Away, the documentary reveals first-hand accounts of the great kindnesses and energetic resourcefulness the community showed their unexpected guests. Their emotional and sometimes humorous story of compassion and generosity, born of a long history of rescuing and welcoming shipwrecked sailors, resonates with a legacy of healing and reconciliation for the world—especially for the survivors of those murdered on 9/11, and for the first responders who lost their own lives saving others on that fateful day. (83 minutes, PG)

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A Private War

Wed. Feb. 27, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (trailer)

A Private WarA Private War Based on the extraordinary life and career of legendary journalist Marie Colvin, A Private War marks the narrative feature debut of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman (City of Ghosts).

Even in a profession populated by daring personalities, Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is a particularly courageous and devoted reporter. By the turn of the 21st century, a time when journalism itself is increasingly under attack, she is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of her generation, driven to the front lines of conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia in order to bear witness and give a voice to the voiceless — while testing her own notions of bravery and bravado, and the differences therein.

Blinded in one eye in Sri Lanka — after being deliberately targeted in a 2001 grenade attack — she adopts a distinctive eye patch, a kind of trademark that signals her battle scars, her panache, and her rebellious streak. A New Yorker transplanted to London, she remains as comfortable moving amongst her adoptive city's high society as she is traversing war zones and confronting dictators. Yet she also sacrifices loving relationships, and, over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she's witnessed on the job takes its toll.

By 2012, with the Syrian Civil War raging, Colvin's mission to expose the true cost of war leads her to embark — along with renowned British war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) — on the most dangerous assignment of her life, in the besieged city of Homs. (106 minutes, R, Tomatometer 89%)

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Sun. Mar. 10 , 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (trailer)

If Beale Street Could Talk Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.

Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple's unbreakable bond and the African-American family's empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author's prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure. (119 minutes, R, Tomatometer 94%)

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The Silent Revolution

Sun. Mar. 24, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (trailer)

The Silent Revolution

In 1956 East Germany, a group of senior high schoolers demonstrate solidarity with recent victims of the Hungarian Revolution. Their brief, silent protest ignites underlying tensions and leads to grave consequences. Lars Kraume (The People vs. Fritz Bauer) examines a fascinating moment in German history — just a few years before the construction of the Berlin Wall begins — with this film based on the true story of a high-school classroom that becomes the site of a political battle of wills. When Kurt (Tom Gramenz) and Theo (Leonard Scheicher) sneak into a West German cinema and catch the pre-feature newsreel, they see a very different depiction of the uprising in Budapest than what they’ve heard at home, in the East German town of Stalinstadt. The young men return home inspired at the thought of an idealistic revolution. After debating with their classmates about the virtues of the Hungarian uprising, Kurt and Theo persuade a majority of their peers to join them in a two-minute observation of silence during class, in solidarity with those killed in the struggle. Their teacher is shocked and confused, and reports the incident to the principal, Direktor Schwarz (Florian Lukas, The Grand Budapest HotelGoodbye Lenin!). Despite trying to contain the situation, Schwarz can’t keep his bosses from hearing of the political protest. As the story spreads through the upper levels of the administration, the students slowly realize the growing gravity of their situation. Deftly weaving together threads of political tension, adolescent rebellion, and institutional menace, Kraume asks us to consider the connection between a nation’s identity and its influence on the identities of its young people, who are just beginning to question their place in society.

(111 minutes, Tomatometer 89%, sub-titles)

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Woman At War

Wed. Apr. 17, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (trailer)

Woman At War Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in a bravura performance) is a choirmaster who loves her job. And she's just learned she's been approved to adopt a child from a war-torn area in Ukraine, a long-time dream of hers.

The only hitch is that Halla is also a terrorist — an eco-terrorist to be exact. The proliferation of heavy industry, urged on by unscrupulous politicians, has been ruining Iceland's rugged landscape and she's taken action. Dubbed the Mountain Woman, Halla soon becomes the scourge of the aluminum industry. Halla is determined to see things through… but she can't help wondering, would it be more fulfilling to save hypothetical future lives or one actual life: the daughter she has yet to meet and may never if she's apprehended.

Benedikt Erlingsson's second feature drills deep into the inevitable dilemmas plaguing almost everyone committed to the greater good. And the political satire here is precise and rich. It's evident in the sleazy Fox News–style way the government demonizes Halla. At the same time, there's a puckish, postmodernist sense of humour percolating though Woman at War that suggests vintage Makavejev and Godard, or even Alain Tanner's classic Jonah Who Will Be 25 In The Year 2000.

A tiny jazz band follows Halla everywhere she goes — on rooftops, in remote fields, in the middle of a flood — sometimes joined by a cadre of singers in traditional Ukrainian dress. It's a reminder that the revolution should be hopeful, not just gloom and doom. And it should come with cool music. (100 minutes, sub-titles, PG, Tomatometer 85%)

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Shoplifters

Wed. Apr. 24 , 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (trailer)

Shoplifters The latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows) begins with the mischief and intrigue of a heist movie, but Shoplifters is much more. Osamu (Lily Franky), a middle-aged man, and Shota (Kairi Jyo), a young boy, walk into a grocery store. They play it cool, not speaking but, rather, signalling to each other with their hands and eyes. One provides cover while the other snatches goods. They stroll out the door with a hidden bounty before anyone notices. Osamu and Shota then find four-year-old Juri (Miyu Sasaki) freezing on a balcony and take her back to their poor but happy home. And though Osamu's wife doesn't want another mouth to feed, any plans to return Juri to her parents are given the kibosh after signs of abuse are discovered on the little girl's body. If they're not demanding a ransom, how could this be a kidnapping? (121 minutes, 14A, subtitles, tomatometer 99%, Palm d’Or prize Cannes 2018, sub-titles)

Review in the Toronto Star.

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Wild Rose

Sun. May 5, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (trailer)

Wild Rose Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) has dreamt of becoming a country music star for as long as anyone can remember. But Glasgow isn't exactly Nashville, and, as a convicted criminal and single mother of two young children, Rose-Lynn is more country song than country starlet.

Just released from prison, forced to wear an ankle monitor and keep curfew, she can't return to her job as the house-band singer at Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry. Sporting her white cowboy hat and white leather cowboy boots, Rose-Lynn lands a new job as a housekeeper for the lovely, and very posh, Susannah (Sophie Okonedo). After catching her singing on the job, Susannah's kids quickly become Rose-Lynn's biggest fans and Susannah her enthusiastic patron, determined to help her get to Nashville. But Rose-Lynn's dreams come at a cost. Her mother (Julie Walters), who knows all about abandoning dreams, has always done what she can to help her daughter realize hers, but she also wants her to take responsibility and act like the grownup that her kids need her to be.

Buckley delivers a vivacious and unforgettable performance as Rose-Lynn, her voice a star of its own. With a confident hand, director Tom Harper brings Nicole Taylor's beautiful, textured script, full of authentic characters and unexpected turns, to life in Glasgow, a city that, like his protagonist, might appear gritty on the surface, but is bursting with spirit and personality.

Rose-Lynn's story reminds us that taking responsibility doesn't have to mean giving up hope. And sometimes when we're chasing our dreams, we realize we were living them all along. (101 minutes, Tomatometer 92%)

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Cold War

Wed. June 05, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (trailer)

Cold War Based loosely on the story of the director's own parents, Cold War covers the entirety of a couple's love affair, from their enchanted first meeting in 1949 to the aching denouement of their relationship in the 1960s. Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is a jazz-loving pianist and musical director tasked with auditioning traditional folk musicians as part of a state-sponsored project to champion culture from rural Poland. Young Zula (Joanna Kulig), who turns out to be more torch singer than folk singer, captivates Wiktor at first sight with her beauty and insouciance. Their fates joined, Zula and Wiktor are soon struggling both with personal demons and historical forces that persist in tearing them apart. (R, 89 minutes, Tomatometre 92%). G&M Review.

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The Grizzlies

Wed. June 19, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (trailer)

The Grizzlies Based on a true story, The Grizzlies is about the determination and resilience of a group of Inuit youth in a small Arctic community.

In 1998, first-time teacher Russ Sheppard (Ben Schnetzer) moves north for a job at a local school in Kugluktuk, a town struggling with one of the highest suicide rates in North America. With no previous experience or knowledge of life in the north, Russ is shocked and overwhelmed by the numerous social issues facing the youth, all as a result of the massive legacy of colonization on their families and communities. Russ introduces a lacrosse program in the school. Although the program is at first met with skepticism and resistance, Russ's commitment begins to win the trust of the students and together they form the Grizzlies lacrosse team. Through the sport, the youth find a vital outlet for their emotions and the team creates a sense of pride and purpose in themselves and their community.

Originally from Kugluktuk, one of the film's producers, Stacey Aglok MacDonald, has first-hand experience of the impact of this program on her community and has been committed to bringing this story to the screen in close creative collaboration with producer Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and director Miranda de Pencier. With absolutely stunning breakout performances by young Nunavut-based actors Paul Nutarariaq and Emerald MacDonald, The Grizzlies is a testament to the spirit, tenacity, and leadership of Inuit youth, persisting in spite of immense pressure and hardship. (PG, 102 minutes). Feature story: G&M review.

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