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Blue Island

"...epitomizes the power of cinema in preserving the truth." - Wilson Kwong, VCinema A ByTowne Exclusive! Documenting three real-life characters who engaged in rebellions when they were young. Through reconstructing these events, the film dramatizes their scarred memories and experiences by using four young people who participated in the 2019 Anti-extradition Law Amendment Movement in Hong Kong. These real protagonists are separated by time and history, yet their lives parallel and overlap, because they have similarly defiant backgrounds and find themselves in similarly chaotic predicaments. Images flow between documentary and drama, blending archival materials, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, weaving an expansive tapestry that encompasses these tumultuous eras… How do the young people of this city envision their future today? What do they think about this seemingly unwinnable revolution?
Fri, Aug 12 2:00 PM
Tue, Aug 16 4:00 PM
Thu, Aug 18 6:45 PM
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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them amongst the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope at finding his long-lost family. A beloved character gets his big-screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connection in the smallest corners.
Fri, Aug 12 4:30 PM
Sun, Aug 14 2:30 PM
Mon, Aug 15 9:00 PM
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Babysitter

"..such an endearingly, refreshingly weird satire." - Isaac Feldberg, rogerebert.com Middle-aged sexist Cédric gets suspended from work after drunkenly kissing a female reporter during a prank on live TV. Stuck at home with his long-suffering girlfriend Nadine and their incessantly crying baby, Cédric teams up with his sensitive brother Jean-Michel to co-author a confessional book apologizing for their past misogyny. Enter Amy: a mysterious and provocative young babysitter, who, like a Mary Poppins of the libido, forces the trio to face their sexual anxieties while turning their lives upside down.
Fri, Aug 12 6:45 PM
Sat, Aug 13 9:15 PM
Sun, Aug 14 4:30 PM
Mon, Aug 15 4:30 PM
Tue, Aug 16 6:45 PM
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The Hunger

In this outrageously sleek cult classic directed by Tony Scott, Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie are perfectly cast as Miriam and John, a pair of vampire lovers who have been together since the 18th century, and who now spend their nights stalking New York’s downtown club scene in search of fresh blood. Reeling from the discovery of a terrible betrayal, John seeks the help of a mortal doctor (Susan Sarandon) who soon finds herself drawn into an erotically charged and seductively sinister power struggle with Miriam. With its famously bold visual aesthetic—featuring high-intensity lighting, expressionistic production design, and thrillingly intimate perspectives—and the melodramatic intensity of the three lead performances, the film is an ultra-stylish time capsule, an archetype of the high-gloss, high-concept storytelling mode that prevailed in early 1980s Hollywood.
Fri, Aug 12 9:00 PM
Tue, Aug 16 9:00 PM
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National Theatre: Prima Facie

"West End debuts don’t come much more astonishing than this" - Daily Telegraph Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play. Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge. Prima Facie takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game. Justin Martin directs this solo tour de force, captured live from the intimate Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End.
Sat, Aug 13 1:30 PM
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CatVideoFest 2022

Our fuzzy overlords return to the big screen! Each year, CatVideoFest curates a compilation reel of the latest, best cat videos carefully selected from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses (Keyboard Cat, we’re looking at you). Screening events take place all over the world in a host of venues and raise money for cats in need, often through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to identify how best to serve cats in the area. What better way for humans to come together than by watching cats? A portion of the admission price on each ticket will be donated to Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue!
Sat, Aug 13 4:30 PM
Wed, Aug 17 6:45 PM
Thu, Aug 18 9:00 PM
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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

“A cosmic vaudeville show – an Old Master’s mischief…This is Buñuel’s most frivolously witty movie…” — Pauline Kael, The New Yorker In Luis Buñuel’s deliciously satiric masterpiece, an upper-middle-class sextet sits down to a dinner that is continually delayed, their attempts to eat thwarted by vaudevillian events both actual and imagined, including terrorist attacks, military maneuvers, and ghostly apparitions. Stringing together a discontinuous, digressive series of absurdist set pieces, Buñuel and his screenwriting partner Jean-Claude Carrière send a cast of European-film greats—including Fernando Rey, Stéphane Audran, Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and Bulle Ogier—through a maze of desire deferred, frustrated, and interrupted. The Oscar-winning pinnacle of Buñuel’s late-career ascent as a feted maestro of the international art house, "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" is also one of his most gleefully radical assaults on the values of the ruling class.
Sat, Aug 13 6:45 PM
Wed, Aug 17 9:00 PM
Thu, Aug 18 4:00 PM
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My Old School

In 1993, 16-year-old Brandon Lee enrolled at Bearsden Academy, a secondary school in a well-to-do suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. What followed over the next two years would become the stuff of legend. Brandon had been privately tutored in Canada while he accompanied his mother, an opera diva, on tour before her tragic death. The preternaturally bright student surprised teachers by blazing toward his goal of entering medical school, displaying a wealth of knowledge beyond his years. Brandon found friends despite his initial awkwardness. He took bullied students under his wing, introduced classmates to seminal retro bands, and even starred in the school's production of South Pacific. But then his unbelievable secret was revealed. Filmmaker Jono McLeod uses playful, period-specific animation, a pitch-perfect soundtrack, the memories of students and teachers, and the talents of Alan Cumming to bring this truly unique documentary to life.
Sun, Aug 14 12:00 PM
Mon, Aug 15 6:45 PM
Wed, Aug 17 4:00 PM
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Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes w/Q&A!

“One of my favourite documentaries right now. It’s documentaries like this that bring us closer to the music” — Quincy Jones, via Forbes Featuring a Q&A with Wael Kabbani, director Mark James, and music journalist and producer Reshma B! This remarkable documentary tells the compelling story of the Chins, the Chinese Jamaican family behind Studio 17. Located in downtown Kingston, Studio 17 became a legendary recording studio right at the heart of the music revolution that began after Jamaican independence from Great Britain in 1962. Since then, a treasure trove of original Studio 17 tapes have been salvaged to reveal unique and stunning recordings from the ‘golden age’ of reggae, many of which were unreleased and some never heard before. Shot in Jamaica, New York, Hamburg and London the film includes interviews with Jimmy Cliff, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Dave Stewart, Sly Dunbar, King Jammy, Jimmy London, Clive Chin, Pat Chin, Maxi Priest, Lester Sterling and many, many more.
Sun, Aug 14 7:00 PM
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Where the Crawdads Sing

"...delivers a cinematic experience worthy of being seen." - Stephanie Archer, Film Inquiry This captivating mystery, based on the best-selling novel, tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumours of the "Marsh Girl" haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.
Fri, Aug 19 2:00 PM
Sat, Aug 20 4:00 PM
Mon, Aug 22 6:30 PM
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Girl Picture

"The film feels authentic and captivating with every piece of its identity working at an incredibly high level. Simply put, Girl Picture is stunning." - Carson Timar, Clapper Best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö support each other unconditionally. They want to live adventurous lives, loaded with experiences and passion. Emma on the contrary has given her whole life to figure skating. Nothing gets between her and success. But when the girls meet, life opens whole new paths, and they all rocket in new directions. While Mimmi and Emma experience the earth moving effects of first love, Rönkkö is on a quest to find pleasure. Three Fridays is all it takes to turn their worlds upside down.
Fri, Aug 19 4:45 PM
Sat, Aug 20 6:45 PM
Sun, Aug 21 5:30 PM
Mon, Aug 22 4:00 PM
Tue, Aug 23 9:15 PM
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Carmen

Inspired by true events! Set in a sun-dappled village in Malta in the 1980s, Natascha McElhone gives a career-best performance as a 50-year-old woman finding a new start in life through romance. In Malta, it is tradition for the younger sister to devote her life to the church when an older brother enters the priesthood so Carmen is obliged to live a life of servitude from the age of 16 until 50, when her brother dies. Realizing her own mortality, Carmen realizes it’s finally time to leave the church and make up for lost time. Through a set of odd circumstances, she finds herself hearing confessions in her late brother’s local church, to the delight of many parishioners.
Fri, Aug 19 7:00 PM
Sat, Aug 20 2:00 PM
Sun, Aug 21 1:00 PM
Mon, Aug 22 9:15 PM
Wed, Aug 24 4:30 PM
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

With this trailblazing musical, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask brought their signature creation from stage to screen for a movie as unclassifiable as its protagonist. Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig (Mitchell) undergoes a traumatic personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an “internationally ignored” but divinely talented rock diva, characterized by Mitchell as inhabiting a “beautiful gender of one.” he film tells Hedwig’s story through her music, an eclectic assortment of original punk anthems and power ballads by Trask, matching them with a freewheeling cinematic mosaic of music-video fantasies, animated interludes, and moments of bracing emotional realism. A hard-charging song cycle and a tender character study, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is a tribute to the transcendent power of rock and roll.
Fri, Aug 19 9:00 PM
Wed, Aug 24 6:45 PM
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Spin Me Round

A woman wins an all-expenses trip to a company's gorgeous "institute" outside of Florence, and also the chance to meet the restaurant chain's wealthy and charismatic owner. She finds a different adventure than the one she imagined.
Sat, Aug 20 9:00 PM
Sun, Aug 21 8:00 PM
Thu, Aug 25 9:00 PM
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European Vacation: Roman Holiday

Who doesn't want to spend a couple hours in Rome with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck? Princess Anne (Hepburn) embarks on a highly publicized tour of European capitals. When she and her royal entourage arrive in Rome, she begins to rebel against her restricted, regimented schedule. One night Anne sneaks out of her room, hops into the back of a delivery truck and escapes her luxurious confinement. By happenstance, she meets Joe Bradley (Peck), an American newspaper reporter stationed in Rome who's promised his editor an exclusive interview with the princess. Let the holiday hijinks begin!
Sun, Aug 21 3:00 PM
Tue, Aug 23 6:45 PM
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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

“People have been singing Hallelujah for thousands of years, to confirm our little journey here,” says the legendary singer and poet Leonard Cohen at the beginning of this portrait, which centres on his best-known and most-covered song, “Hallelujah.” The film is made up of previously unseen archival material from concerts, radio and TV interviews with Cohen himself, and conversations with people who played an important role in his life and the (re)creation of the song. The various chapters are devoted to the development of Cohen’s career and the origins of “Hallelujah.” Cohen worked on the song for seven years, eventually putting more than 150 verses on paper. Due to an uncooperative record label boss, the song quietly flopped when it was originally released. But covers by a long line of other artists—like the legendary version by Jeff Buckley and the rendition by Rufus Wainwright for the soundtrack of the animated movie Shrek—rightly revived the song in all its glory.
Tue, Aug 23 4:00 PM
Wed, Aug 24 9:00 PM
Thu, Aug 25 4:00 PM
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Interactive! Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Join us for our Interactive! series, where we transform your favourite movies into new, exciting experiences. This sing-along/gallop-along features bags full of imaginative props, a list of audience-led prompts and shout outs - a surefire way to make a movie unforgettable. The first 200 people will get a pair of coconut halves to clip-clop along with the Knights of Camelot as they travel about a damp, muddy medieval landscape! Everyone's fave Monty Python film is comedic send-up of the grim circumstances of the Middle Ages as told through the story of King Arthur and framed by a modern-day murder investigation. When the mythical king of the Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit, a house of virgins, and a handful of very rude Frenchmen. Come and say a very hearty "Ni" with us!
Thu, Aug 25 6:45 PM
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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

In post-World War II London, Ada Harris (Academy Award® nominee Lesley Manville) earns a living cleaning houses. She’s led a lonely life since her beloved husband Eddie went missing in action, but she’s not the type to brood over any misfortune or to complain about her circumstances. Still, when the ever-pragmatic Ada spies an unimaginably lovely Christian Dior gown hanging in the master bedroom of a wealthy client, she’s surprised to feel an overwhelming pang of desire. Owning something so ethereal, so beautiful, a true work of art—why, that could really change things for a person. Adapting author Paul Gallico’s 1958 novel "Mrs. ’Arris Goes to Paris" for the screen, writer and director Anthony Fabian creates a winning, modern-day fairytale about pursuing your dreams, the power of friendship and the importance of remaining true to who you are.
Fri, Aug 26 1:30 PM6:45 PM
Sat, Aug 27 4:00 PM
Sun, Aug 28 5:30 PM
Mon, Aug 29 4:00 PM
Tue, Aug 30 4:00 PM
Wed, Aug 31 6:30 PM
Thu, Sep 1 4:00 PM
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The Good Boss

Blanco, the charismatic owner of a family-run factory, is under pressure as he covets a local award for business excellence. Everything needs to be perfect! But the veneer of the perfect company cracks as Blanco has to deal with a vengeful fired worker, a depressed supervisor, and an infatuated ambitious intern. To win the competition, the manipulative “good boss” shamelessly meddles in his employees’ private lives and crosses every line imaginable, unknowingly starting an explosive chain reaction with wild consequences. "The Good Boss" is a biting and acerbic character study with Javier Bardem in the titular role and a darkly funny social satire of the workplace. This is the third collaboration between award-winning director Fernando León de Aranoa and Academy Award© winner Javier Bardem, following Loving Pablo (Venice 2017 Official Selection) and Mondays in the Sun.
Fri, Aug 26 4:00 PM
Sat, Aug 27 6:45 PM
Sun, Aug 28 12:00 PM
Mon, Aug 29 9:15 PM
Tue, Aug 30 9:30 PM
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Akira - 4K Restoration!

Iconic and game - changing, Akira is the definitive anime masterpiece! Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school drop outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project's most powerful subject, Akira. Both dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again.
Fri, Aug 26 9:15 PM
Sat, Aug 27 9:15 PM
Thu, Sep 1 9:30 PM
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