Hope Gap

March 7th, 2020

Wednesday April 1 CANCELLED DUE TO CINEMA CLOSURE

A couple’s visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother.

Director:

William Nicholson

Writer:

William Nicholson

Stars:

Josh O’ConnorBill NighyAnnette Bening

TIFF Review:

Sometimes, divorce is a good thing. Sure, it’s not much fun for anyone involved, but Hope Gap‘s bleak portrait of matrimony is a good reminder that some couples are better apart.

Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy) have been together for three decades, and their marriage has developed into a robotic routine. Grace is working on an anthology of poetry, Edward is a teacher who edits Wikipedia entries in his free time, and their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) has moved out and rarely visits. Grace is combative and overly critical, and her volatile outbursts increasingly drive away her emotionally withdrawn husband.

Finally, Edward pulls the plug and leaves his wife for a new partner, Angela (Sally Rogers). This throws Grace into a tailspin: despite her complaints about their marriage, she desperately tries to hang on, and she lashes out with an ill-advised but relatable mix of anger and neediness. Fearing for his mom’s safety, Jamie starts spending weekends back home, acting as a mediator between his parents.

The film draws numerous parallels between divorce and war: leaving a spouse is repeatedly likened to leaving a fellow soldier to die after a battle, and Grace says that her marriage has been murdered. The marital melodrama is both gloomy and darkly comic — especially when Grace gives her new puppy the same name as her ex. Bening brings her all to the role, giving the film its emotional urgency in contrast to the reticence of her Edward and Jamie.

NCFD Film: Murmur

March 7th, 2020

Wednesday April 22 CANCELLED DUE TO CINEMA CLOSURE

For National Canada Film Day we have a free showing of Murmur. Donna, a woman in her sixties, feels isolated. She lives alone, estranged from her daughter. Sentenced to community service at a local animal shelter after an impaired-driving conviction, she ends up taking home an elderly dog who is scheduled to be euthanized. The new-found companionship eases her loneliness, and to fill the void in her life further, Donna keeps adopting pets. It isn’t long before she realizes she has taken on more than she can handle.

Director and Writer: Heather Young

Stars: Andria EdwardsShan MacDonald

Review (TIFF)

With two past Canada’s Top Ten selections — Fish (2016) and Milk (2017) — to her name, Heather Young further establishes herself as one of her country’s most promising filmmakers with her latest film, Murmur. Brilliantly fusing documentary and fiction techniques, Young crafts a bold, distinct visual aesthetic. Utilizing a hybrid approach to casting and performance through her use of non-professional actors, Young blurs the lines of conventional narrative storytelling to explore alienation, addiction, and the powerful desire within all of us for connection.

Donna, a woman in her sixties, feels isolated. She lives alone, estranged from her daughter. Sentenced to community service at a local animal shelter after an impaired-driving conviction, she ends up taking home an elderly dog who is scheduled to be euthanized. The new-found companionship eases her loneliness, and to fill the void in her life further, Donna keeps adopting pets. It isn’t long before she realizes she has taken on more than she can handle.

Young’s attention to detail, deliberate sense of framing, and unique approach to narrative suggest the emergence of a bold new voice. As Donna, newcomer Shan MacDonald delivers a powerful and astonishingly raw performance as a woman struggling to cope with the paralyzing fear of existing in a world with no one to care for, and with no one to care for you.

2019-2020 Season

August 10th, 2017

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September 4 – The Biggest Little Farm

October 2 – The Farewell

November 6 – Sometime Always Never

November 20 – Tomorrow Man

January 22 – Parasite

February 5 – And the Birds Rained Down

February 19 – Lighthouse

March 4 – Photograph

April 1 – Hope Gap

April 22 – NCFD free showing: Murmur 4:00 only

May 6 – TBD

There is a blackout period in December and during March break.

A full season pass is only $48 for 8 films. You can order your pass by downloading the form Order form 2019

See here for more information: 2019-2020 Film Series

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