- ANIMAL PROJECT, THE
- BURT’S BUZZ
- C IS FOR CANADA
- CAS & DYLAN
- DÉMANTÈLEMENT, LE
- DEVIL’S KNOT
- DIEGO STAR
- DIRTIES, THE
- EMPIRE OF DIRT
- GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, THE
- HUSBAND, THE
- HYPNOTIST - Altered States
- OXBOW CURE, THE
- PIN, THE
- RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS
- SHORTS PROGRAM
- THREE NIGHT STAND
- VIC ET FLO ONT VU UN OURS
- WHEN I WALK
ANIMAL PROJECT, THEDirector: Ingrid VeningerPrincipal Cast: Aaron Poole, Joey Klein, Jacob Switzer, Jessica Greco, Hannah Cheesman, Johnathan Sousa, Sarena Parmar, Emmanuel KabongoLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 90 minsRating: 14ALocal Short: Jimmy the Sailor – Director: Shayna MarkowitzOfficial Sponsor: CKWS
Date Venue Guest(s) Fri February 28, 7:00 pm Screening Room 1 INGRID VENINGER , JACOB SWITZER , KAREN WALTON Sat March 1, 11:45 am Screening Room 2 INGRID VENINGER , JACOB SWITZER , KAREN WALTONMight dressing up as a giant bunny be a key to better mental and emotional well-being? That's just one of the intriguing questions prompted by the newest in a series of distinctive features by Toronto's Ingrid Veninger, the intrepid filmmaker behind MODRA (KCFF 2011) and I AM A GOOD PERSON/I AM A BAD PERSON (KCFF 2012). Aaron Poole stars as an acting teacher who's increasingly frustrated by his inability to inspire his group of students, as well as by his failure to connect with his teenage son (played by Veninger's own progeny Jacob Switzer). His attempt to shake things up with the help of furry mascot costumes may seem inherently ludicrous yet it has a powerfully liberating effect on the lives of the characters here. With its wealth of insights and adventurous spirit, Veninger's ensemble piece may inspire viewers to dress up, too.
BURT’S BUZZDirector: Jody ShapiroPrincipal Cast: Burt Shavitz, Trevor FolsomMusic: Howie BeckLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 88 minsRating: GLocal Short: Acting Dead - Director: Michael HayesOfficial Sponsor: Downtown Kingston
You may know his bushy beard but do you really know the man behind it? Any consumer of the natural health and beauty products that bear the distinctive folksy packaging of Burt’s Bees will be surprised and captivated by the revelations contained in BURT’S BUZZ, director Jody Shapiro’s marvelously engaging portrait of Burt Shavitz, the company’s co-founder and now somewhat reluctant brand promoter. Whether making the promotional rounds in Taiwan or puttering around his cluttered, rustic property in Maine, Shavitz makes for a fascinating subject whose quest for the simple life is rife with contradictions. A keen-eyed filmmaker as well as the producer of movies such as Guy Maddin’s KEYHOLE (KCFF 2012), Shapiro makes the most of his access to the odd world of an ornery and unlikely icon to create one of the year’s most memorable documentaries.
C IS FOR CANADADirector: Various FilmmakersLanguage: EnglishRating: GOfficial Sponsor: TD Bank GroupThe KCFF is proud to showcase selections from the Toronto International Film Festival’s “C is for Canada” kids program! These homegrown shorts are a stellar lineup of animated and live-action films spotlighting the talents of some amazing Canadian directors. In addition, animator Kathy Schultz will present her latest film and clips from the student films created during the KCFF Animation Workshops.
Big Mouth - dir. Andrew Dorfman
Love Sam - dir. Chris AgostonPoppety in the Fall - dir. Pierre-Luc Granjon, Antoine LanciauxThe Race - dir. Jacques KhouriA Sea Turtle Story - dir. Kathy SchultzEarl's Flying Lesson - dir. Jeffrey Mueller
CAS & DYLANDirector: Jason PriestleyPrincipal Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Tatiana MaslanyLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 90 minsRating: PGLocal Short: Muster Up! – Director: Shane BeehlerOfficial Sponsors: 98.9 The Drive, 98.3 Fly FM
Date Venue Fri February 28, 7:00 pm Memorial Hall (City Hall) Sat March 1, 2:00 pm Baby Grand (Grand Theatre)If you’re looking for two actors to head out together for a road-movie comedy, it’s hard to beat the combination that actor turned director Jason Priestley (yes, that Jason Priestley) landed for his winning feature debut. The great Richard Dreyfuss stars as Dr. Cas Pepper, a curmudgeonly MD who’s no cheerier after receiving some bad news from his latest lab tests. After impulsively deciding to head west on the highway with his recently deceased dog (don’t ask), he finds himself stuck with Dylan, an unwanted twenty-something traveling companion. This free spirit is played by Tatiana Maslany, the fast-rising Regina-born star who made a big impression in two KCFF 2013 selections (BLOOD PRESSURE and PICTURE DAY) and has since won awards and accolades for her extraordinary work on the breakout TV sci-fi hit ORPHAN BLACK. Her chemistry with Dreyfuss adds greatly to the charm of Priestley’s big-hearted crowdpleaser about an unexpected friendship.
DÉMANTÈLEMENT, LEDirector: Sébastien PilotePrincipal Cast: Gilles Renaud, Gabriel Arcand, Lucie LaurierLanguage: French (English Subtitles)Runtime: 111 minsRating: 14ALocal Short: The Bench – Director: Michele KlaponskiFilm Sponsors: ACFOMI, The Screening RoomOne of Quebec’s finest actors gives an unforgettable performance in this stately second feature by Sébastian Pilote. Gabriel Arcand plays Gaby Gagnon, a man who may not be much for words but who cannot conceal the maelstrom of emotion that consumes him when financial pressures force him to consider giving up the family farm. Echoes of King Lear are palpable in Gaby’s complex relationships with his two grown daughters, each of whom has her own feelings about the process that Gaby has undertaken. It’s easy to see why the film earned numerous nominations at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards, including one for Arcand for best actor and two more for the young writer and director who first impressed viewers internationally with LE VENDEUR (2011). A prizewinner at Cannes, LE DÉMANTÈLEMENTis equally affecting as an elegy for disappearing communities in rural Quebec and as a character study of a man who must find a way to live after all he’s known has gone.
DEVIL’S KNOTDirector: Atom EgoyanPrincipal Cast: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaanMusic: Mychael DannaLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 114 minsRating: 14ALocal Short: The Wireless Tablet – Director: Philip Brulé and Fahaam TashfeenOfficial Sponsor: Empire Life
Date Venue Sat March 1, 7:00 pm Memorial Hall (City Hall) Sun March 2, 2:30 pm Baby Grand (Grand Theatre)Atom Egoyan’s latest sees one of our most acclaimed auteurs tackle one of America’s most infamous courtroom dramas: the conviction of three teenagers for the murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993 on the basis of evidence that many believed to be spurious. Yet despite the difference of setting, DEVIL’S KNOT has a close kinship with the many movies the Toronto director has made closer to home. That’s especially true in regards to Egoyan’s fascination with the challenges of constructing any definition of “truth” when the people involved may have wildly divergent memories and motivations. Indeed, that proves to be the core dilemma for the two lead characters here: Ron Lax (Colin Firth), an investigator working for the defense, and Pam Hobbs (Reese Witherspoon), the devastated mother of one of the victims. Eliciting superb work from his cast members and regular collaborators like cinematographer Paul Sarossy and composer Mychael Danna (who showed off his Oscar for Life of Pi at KCFF 2013), Egoyan crafts a slow-burning mystery story that bears all the hallmarks and qualities we expect from one of Canada’s preeminent filmmakers.
DIEGO STARDirector: Frédérick PelletierPrincipal Cast: Issaka Sawadogo, Chloé Bourgeois, Yassine Fadel, Abdelghafour ElaazizLanguage: French, English, Arabic and Russian (English Subtitles)Runtime: 90 minsRating: PGLocal Short: Wendy at the Movies – Director: David McCallumOfficial Sponsor: Kamik, KingstonistThe powerful lead performance by Isaka Sawadogo is one of the many virtues of this spare but haunting debut feature by Montreal's Frederick Pelletier. The African actor plays Traore, a ship mechanic from the Ivory Coast who gets on the wrong side of his unscrupulous employers after an accident leaves his cargo vessel stuck in a frigid town in Quebec. Providing his only respite from his worsening troubles is Fanny (Chloe Bourgeois), a lonely waitress and single mother who may need this stoic but gentle-hearted figure as much as he needs her. As small as this story of injustice may initially seem, Pelletier has crafted a film with a more universal kind of resonance, one that conveys the sorrows of so many people who find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control in places far, far from home.
DIRTIES, THEDirector: Matthew JohnsonPrincipal Cast: Matthew Johnson, Owen WilliamsLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 82 minsRating: 14ALocal Short: Dance Speak – Director: J. Adam BrownOfficial Sponsors: Queen’s Journal, Publishing & Copy Centre, CFRC 101.9A smart and audacious debut feature by Toronto's Matthew Johnson, THE DIRTIES has been cleaning up with critics and audiences ever since it won a major prize at the Slamdance festival and found a big fan in Kevin Smith (the CLERKS director even picked up the U.S. distribution rights). Part of the reason is its unorthodox take on bullied teens, a subject that usually elicits a far more earnest kind of treatment on movie screens. Johnson and Owen Williams play two high school outcasts who use a student film project as a means to indulge in elaborate revenge fantasies in which they turn the tables on their tormenters. Unfortunately, the line between fiction and reality begins to blur for at least one of the twosome with increasingly disturbing consequences. Attacking the well-worn tropes of the mock-documentary with admirable ferocity and ingenuity, Johnson takes no prisoners with his ruthless (and funny) black comedy about high school hell.
DISCOPATHEDirector: Renaud GauthierPrincipal Cast: Jeremie Earp, Catherine Antaki, François Aubin, Sandrine BissonLanguage: French and English (English subtitles)Runtime: 81 minsRating: not ratedLocal Short: Peter and Jane know some of the same people – Director: Chris RemerowskiOfficial Sponsors: Atomica, Le Chien Noir, Harper’s Burger Bar, Dianne’s FishbarThe title of Renaud Gauthier's unabashedly old-school horror movie is so perfect, it's amazing no one got to it sooner. For one thing, it serves as a handy plot summary for the story of Duane Lewis (Jeremie Earp), a disturbed young man who is overcome by homicidal urges whenever he hears the throbbing sound of disco music. Given that DISCOPATH is set in New York and Montreal of the late 1970s, the music is pretty hard to avoid, which gives Duane no shortage of potential victims. Gauthier also gets plenty of opportunities to create grisly setpieces that pay homage to the slasher pics and Italian giallo thrillers that inspired him. But whereas its title and premise may raise expectations for a cheeky exercise in camp, DISCOPATH belongs alongside such recent Canuck cult faves as BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW and HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN as another sincere yet deeply strange tribute to the exploitation movies of an earlier, sleazier era. The soundtrack of hits by Cerrone, KISS and others is pretty awesome, too.
EMPIRE OF DIRTDirector: Peter StebbingsPrincipal Cast: Jennifer Podemski, Luke Kirby, Cara Gee, Shay Eyre, Jordan Prentice, Lawrence Bayne, Michael Cram, Shannon KookLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 99 minsRating: 14ALocal Short: Short Story – Director: Joel GeorgeOfficial Sponsors: Courtyard by Marriott, WTC CommunicationsAnother in a new wave of compelling First Nations stories to hit Canadian screens, this moving second feature by Toronto’s Peter Stebbings (DEFENDOR, KCFF 2010) explores the connections and conflicts between three generations of aboriginal women. A Canadian Screen Awards nominee for best actress, the extraordinary Cara Gee plays Lena, a former addict struggling to keep her life together in Toronto. When her 13-year-old daughter Peeka becomes too much to handle, Lena makes the tough decision to return to the hometown she left years before, largely because of her troubles with her own mother Minnie (Jennifer Podemski). Making great use of a terrific script by Cree-Canadian screenwriter Shannon Masters, Stebbings and his exceptional cast of actors generate a wealth of feeling and insight as these three characters confront the troubles of their past and even thornier questions about identity.
GABRIELLEDirector: Louise ArchambaultPrincipal Cast: Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, Mélissa Désormeaux-PoulinLanguage: French (Eng Subtitles)Runtime: 104 minsRating: 14ALocal Short: Auditioning – Director: Ian VanDuzerOfficial Sponsor: COGECO
Upon the conclusion of Gabrielle, celebrate opening night at Tango Nuevo (331 King St. East) at 9:00pm! Beverages and catering provided by our reception sponsors: Steam Whistle Brewing, Casa-Dea Estates Winery, Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, and Tango Nuevo.
Admission: VIP, sponsor, guest, three-film pass, or rush/single ticket for Gabrielle.
Canada’s official submission for consideration in the Academy Awards’ foreign-language category this year, GABRIELLE has become an audience favourite worldwide and it’s easy to see why. This emotionally affecting second feature by Quebec’s Louise Archambault is distinguished first and foremost by Gabrielle Marion-Rivard’s lead performance as a young woman who longs for the right to choose how to live and who to love. The fact that Gabrielle has the neuro-developmental disorder known as Williams syndrome is just one of the many complications she faces as she strives for greater autonomy as well as a bona-fide romance with Martin (Alexandre Landry), another member of her choir group for developmentally disabled adults. Though Archambault’s efforts could’ve yielded an excess of sentimentality, GABRIELLE retains a fine balance of sensitivity, frankness and sweetness. The participation of musical icon Robert Charlebois adds yet more vitality to another triumph from the same production team that gave us INCENDIES (KCFF, 2011) and MONSIEUR LAZHAR (KCFF, 2012), both of which won our People’s Choice Awards. The KCFF is proud to present GABRIELLE as this year’s opening-night selection.
GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, THEDirector: Liz MarshallPrincipal Human Cast: Jo-Anne McArthur, Jonathan Balcombe, Gieri BolligerPrincipal Non-Human Cast: Jackson Avery, The Chicken Ladies, Bob Harper, Maggie and AbbeyLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 93 minsRating: 14ALocal Short: Teenage Dance – Adam BentleyOfficial Sponsor: Tracie Tattrie: Royal LePageThe Ghosts in Our Machine is being co-presented by Kingston Animal Rescue, a registered charity and no-kill rescue - $2 from every ticket will be donated to this charity.
A visually striking and deeply engrossing documentary, THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE charts one person’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid. This is the suffering of the animals that our species variously uses for meat, clothing, product testing and scientific research. Directed by Liz Marshall (WATER ON THE TABLE, KCFF 2010) and shot by a superb team of cinematographers that includes WATERMARK’s Nick de Pencier, the film follows photographer Jo-Anne McArthur as she works to document abuses in farms and facilities in Canada and abroad in images that inevitably generate strong reactions. Along with the thoughtful direction by Marshall and an eerie score by Bob Wiseman, the film’s own visual impact helps transform what could’ve been a straightforward polemic into something more haunting and affecting.
HUSBAND, THEDirector: Bruce McDonaldPrincipal Cast: Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, August Diehl, Sarah AllenLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 80 minsRating: 14ALocal Short: Gunner – Patrick WeiersOfficial Sponsor: Ambassador Hotel & Conference CentreThese are not happy times for Henry, the man at the centre of the latest directorial effort by Kingston's own Bruce McDonald. A Toronto ad man who feels humiliated by his wife's affair with an underage student (a scandal that resulted in a prison sentence) and stressed out by his infant son, the Toronto ad man is already well on his way to a crack-up before a chance encounter with the adolescent he blames for his woes. The actor who co-wrote the film's often brilliantly caustic script, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos is unafraid to test the viewer's sympathy for THE HUSBAND's cuckolded hero. Even so, THE HUSBAND's star and director continually find ways to leaven Henry's load with surprising moments of humour and humanity.
HYPNOTIST - Altered StatesFilmmaker and Hypnotist: Albert NerenbergAges: this event is recommended for persons aged 14+
Local Short: History - dir. James Greatrex
Official Sponsor: TD Bank GroupAdmission: VIP pass, 3-Film pass, or single/rush ticketIn a shocking one time performance, Hypnotist and Filmmaker Albert Nerenberg (Stupidity, Laughology, Boredom) demonstrates many altered states can be achieved through cinema and hypnosis. Altered States by Cinematic and Hypnotic Means offers mass hallucination, hysterical laughter, and even drugs that don't exist, all without dangerous side effects. Taking the whole audience through a series of bizarre and entertaining mass states, Altered States will challenge everything you know about drugs, alcohol and reality.
OXBOW CURE, THEDirector: Yonah Lewis, Calvin ThomasPrincipal Cast: Claudia Dey, Grace GlowickiLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 79 minsRating: PGLocal Short: On the Small Screen – Charlotte OrzelOfficial Sponsor: Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, Wellington Foreign Exchange
Date Venue Guest(s) Fri February 28, 7:15 pm Screening Room 2 CALVIN THOMAS, LEV LEWIS, YONAH LEWIS Sat March 1, 4:30 pm Screening Room 2 CALVIN THOMAS, LEV LEWIS, YONAH LEWISMake no mistake: there are some strange things afoot in this enigmatic and mesmerizing second feature by the Toronto-based duo of Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas (AMY GEORGE, KCFF 2012). Largely free of dialogue, the team’s latest is a rigorously spare yet sensuously rendered portrait of a woman – played by writer Claudia Dey, the playwright and novelist who also starred in the pair’s debut – struggling with the pain caused by her father’s death and by an unspecified disease. But while holed up in a cottage on a wintry lake, she realizes she may be sharing this forbidding landscape with another, potentially supernatural presence. Thus does the Ingmar Bergman-esque chilliness of the early scenes give way to something that may defy description but retains great power all the same. Viewers who are unafraid to venture into Canadian cinema’s darkest hinterlands will be impressed by what they discover here.
PIN, THEDirector: Naomi JayePrincipal Cast: Milda Gecaite, Grisha Pasternak, Paskal VaklevLanguage: Yiddish (with English Subtitles)Runtime: 85 minsRating: RLocal Short: The Path – Director: Jonny KlynkramerOfficial Sponsors: ExecuTrans, SNAP Kingston
Date Venue Guest(s) Sat March 1, 7:15 pm Baby Grand (Grand Theatre) NAOMI JAYE Sun March 2, 12:30 pm Screening Room 2 NAOMI JAYEAs the first Yiddish-language to be ever shot in Canada (and only the second in North America in 70 years), THE PIN automatically qualifies as a unique achievement. Yet this debut feature by Toronto's Naomi Jaye is remarkable for many other reasons, too. Set in an unspecified Eastern European country during World War II, THE PIN stars Milda Gelcaite and Grisha Paternak as Jewish youngsters who meet when they both take refuge in the same barn. Despite their fear and desperation, they also begin to feel the stirrings of other emotions. Avoiding the traps of sentimentality, Jaye instead conveys this burgeoning romance with a rare combination of grace, sensitivity and lyricism. Equally impressive are the efforts of her actors, both of whom studied Yiddish for months in order to convincingly speak a language that was nearly destroyed in the Holocaust but possesses great vitality here.
RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULSDirector: Jeff BarnanbyPrincipal Cast: Kawennahere Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould, Brandon Oakes, Mark Anthony KrupaLanguage: English, Mi’gMaqRuntime: 88 minsRating: 14ALocal Short: Digging up Plato – Director: Leigh Ann BellamyOfficial Sponsor: St. Lawrence CollegeA young Mi’gmaq filmmaker from Listuguj, Quebec, Jeff Barnaby has already eared wide acclaim for his adventurous short films but little could prepare viewers for the boldness of this debut feature. Teeming with striking images and powerful emotions, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS takes a startlingly unconventional approach to the residential schools tragedy by using it as the backdrop for a story that blends hard truths about First Nations communities with elements that are more avidly surreal. The film’s heroine is Alia (Kawennahere Devery Jacobs), a 15-year-old whose promising career as her reservation’s preeminent drug dealer is derailed by her father’s return from prison as well as many stranger developments. As if Alia didn’t have enough trouble from her embittered dad (Glen Gould) or the sadistic local Indian Agent (Mark Antony Krupa of THE WILD HUNT, KCFF 2010), she has zombies and ghosts to worry about, too. Brave, angry and unafraid to get weird, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS is a movie that’s not easily forgotten.
SHORTS PROGRAMCurator: Chris Kelley – KCFF Programmer, ShortsRuntime: 93 minsRating: not ratedOfficial Sponsor: TV Cogeco
Date Venue Guest(s) Sat March 1, 7:00 pm Screening Room 1 CHRISTIAN KELLEY, MARNI VAN DYK, MOLLY MCGLYNNBaseball (dir. Adam Humphreys - 5 min.): A man must recall from memory the opening passage of The Great Gatsby to placate a suspicious girlfriend.Beasts in the Real World (dir. Sol Friedman – 8 min.): A sushi restaurant is the setting for what starts off as a documentary — before colliding with science fiction and animation — about a rare animal that has flashbacks of its natural habitat.Grand Canal (dir. Johnny Ma – 19 min.): A shipping boat captain on Gaoyou's canals makes sacrifices to save his fleet and protect his family. His sole escape from drudgery is melodramatic 1990’s Chinese pop music.Seasick (dir. Eva Cvijanovic – 3 min.): Soaking in the sand, a forlorn figure seeks the refuge of the sea.Time is a Terrible Thing to Waste (dir. Leslie Supnet – 3 min.): Norman, a squirrel, awakes at what may or may not be 4am, filled with thoughts about what the day holds but consumed with anxiety about what time it really is.Liebe (dir. Cameron Mcgowan – 3 min.): A love triangle between a man, a maiden and a monster.Jimbo (dir. Ryan Flowers – 25 min.): Jimmy Leung's motto is simple: dream, scheme, and self-esteem. His goal is to make movies like his hero James Cameron and meet Arnold Schwarzenegger. This insightful documentary is about friendship, ambition, and Jimmy's daily battles with mental illness.Paradise Falls (dir. Fantavious Fritz – 17 min.): Adolescent friends Sonny and Dirk occupy a mansion abandoned by a suburban developer; their new home is increasingly removed from reality and transforms the boys' lives.I Am Not a Weird Person (dir. Molly McGlynn – 5 min.): After a traumatizing encounter with a stranger, Emmy tries to find the courage to leave the safety of her apartment and enter back into the world again (because she's in desperate need of toothpaste).Foxed! (dir. James Stewart - 5 min.): Emily is kidnapped by evil foxes and forced to work in a secret mine. Her family does not realize she is missing since a fox is impersonating her.
SIDDHARTHDirector: Richie MehtaPrincipal Cast: Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anurag AroraLanguage: Hindi (with English Subtitles)Runtime: 96 minsRating: PGLocal Short: The Gaze – Director: Even Yawen Wu and Yiyang LiuOfficial Sponsors: Tourism Kingston and Curry Original
Date Venue Guest(s) Fri February 28, 7:15 pm Baby Grand (Grand Theatre) ANDREW LOCKINGTON, RICHIE MEHTA Sat March 1, 11:30 am Baby Grand (Grand Theatre) ANDREW LOCKINGTON, RICHIE MEHTA
Come join us for a conversation with Andrew Lockington (composer) and Richie Mehta (director) of the film Siddharth! The discussion will focus on the making of Siddharth, film composition, music in film and the industry in general. This event will start at 6pm in the Davies Lounge (room adjecent to the Baby Grand), immediately preceding the screening of Siddharth. Admission is free! To guarantee entry, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ups welcome, pending capacity.A heartwrenching drama about a father's desperate search for his missing son in India, SIDDHARTH sees Toronto-based filmmaker Richie Mehta return to the same streets where he made his much-admired breakthrough film AMAL. Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of Mahendra (Rajesh Tailang), a poor man who ekes out a living in New Delhi as a "chain-wallah" (a street repairman who fixes zippers and other small metal pieces). He has sent his adolescent son to work in a factory in a town hundreds of kilometres away but when the boy does not return on the date he promised, Mahendra and his wife grow concerned. Since he does not even have a picture of the boy to give to authorities, Mahendra's efforts are clearly crippled from the onset and his increasingly desperate quest threatens to send his family deeper into the clutches of poverty. Again making the most of a very modest budget and eliciting strong performances from his cast of largely first-time actors, Mehta has created a gripping family story that is imbued with a rich sense of place and delivered with considerable force.
THREE NIGHT STANDDirector: Pat KielyPrincipal Cast: Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, Emmanuelle ChriquiLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 86 minsRating: PGLocal Short: Bloom – Director: Spencer BrownOfficial Sponsors: Holiday Inn Kingston WaterfrontA romantic comedy with an edge, THREE NIGHT STAND will have a ring of truth for anyone who sometimes yearn for the one that got away (or the one you never got over). These viewers may also count themselves lucky not to be facing the same predicament as Carl (Sam Huntington), a Montrealer who's planning to finally give a proper ring to his wife Sue (Meaghan Rath) on a wintry weekend getaway. Alas, their host at the mountain resort just happens to be Carl's ex Robyn (Emmanuelle Chriqui of TV's ENTOURAGE). Written and directed by Pat Kiely, THREE NIGHT STAND has plenty of the edgy, sometimes anarchic humour that went down so well in WHO IS K.K. DOWNEY? (KCFF 2009), the movie that Kiely co-created with his pals in the Montreal comedy collective known as Kidnapper Films. Yet it's also grounded in genuine emotions and anxieties -- thus does a movie that could've been a sex farce become something richer and truer about the complexities of love and lust. Not that this is good news for Carl, of course.
VIC ET FLO ONT VU UN OURSDirector: Denis CôtéPrincipal Cast: Pierrette Robitaille, Marc-Andre Grondin, Romane BohringerLanguage: French (English Subtitles)Runtime: 95 minsRating: 14ALocal Short: Please Donate – Director: Ciaran Meyer and Matt HorvatOfficial Sponsor: Kingston Language InstituteOver the course of the seven extraordinary films he’s made in the last nine years, Denis Côté (CURLING, KCFF 2011) has established himself as one of the world’s most daring young auteurs. The New Brunswick-born and Montreal-based maverick continues to startle and challenge viewers with this audacious hybrid of mystery thriller, romantic drama, gothic tragedy and pitch-black comedy. Pierrette Robitaille and Romane Bohringer play the title characters, two lovers who’ve both been recently released from prison and who struggle to create a new existence for themselves in rural Quebec. One of Canada’s most remarkable actors, Marc-Andre Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y., GOON) is almost unrecognizable as Vic’s probation officer, one in a highly memorable gallery of characters who rarely do what you might expect. The winner of a major prize at the Berlin film festival and one of several films at this year’s KCFF to have been selected for Canada’s Top Ten, VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR furthers Côté’s reputation as one of this country’s most adventurous film talents.
WATERMARKDirectors: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward BurtynskyLanguage: English, Spanish, Hindi, Bengali, MandarinRuntime: 90 minsRating: PGLocal Short: Badal – Director: Hamza BangashOfficial Sponsor: Queen's University
Date Venue Sun March 2, 5:00 pm Baby Grand (Grand Theatre) Sun March 2, 7:30 pm Baby Grand (Grand Theatre)Each season the KCFF presents a free screening to conclude the festival. Watermark will be free to the general public - enjoy! Arrive early to ensure entry.
Having teamed before on the 2006 doc hit MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES, filmmaker Jennifer Baichwald and photographer Edward Burtynsky had a high standard to match with this globe-trotting project about humankind’s many uses and abuses of water. Thankfully, WATERMARK – which recently won Best Canadian Feature honours from the Toronto Film Critics Association -- is as visually dazzling and deeply worrying as the team’s earlier triumph. Touching on a wide range of issues that stem from our basic refusal to regard our water supply as precious and finite, the film takes viewers to such sites as a massive dam project in the mountains of China, a city in India where millions take part in a religious ritual in the Ganges, and a pristine watershed in northern B.C. An unusually thoughtful kind of travelogue, WATERMARK succeeds both as a rumination on our varied relationship with H2O and as a warning about the perils we’ll face when we’re down to the last few drops.
WHEN I WALKDirector: Jason DaSilvaPrincipal Cast: Jason DaSilva, Alice CookLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 85 minsRating: PG
Local Short: Laika, Come Home - Ian VanDuzerOfficial Sponsors: Limestone Financial, Desjardins Financial Security, Fidelity InvestmentsWINNER – Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award – Hot Docs 2013One of the most emotionally affecting Canadian documentaries of the last year, WHEN I WALK is an acutely personal film about how it feels and what it means to live in a body at war with itself. A Vancouver-bred filmmaker living in New York, Jason DaSilva was 25 when he was diagnosed with a severe form of multiple sclerosis. Turning the camera on himself to document his physical decline, DaSilva comes to rely on his filmmaking talents as a means to cope with the huge changes in his life. And while the urge to give into despair is strong, he finds other reasons to keep going, like his undimmed hopes of finding love. DaSilva's hunger for new experiences and his fight to maintain his independence make this affecting real-life medical drama all the more remarkable.
WHITEWASHDirector: Emanuel Hoss-DesmaraisPrincipal Cast: Thomas Haden Church, Marc Labrèche, Vincent Hoss-Desmarais, Geneviève LarocheLanguage: EnglishRuntime: 90 minsRating: not ratedLocal Short: Cinq Cents – Director: Even Yawen Wu and Yiyang LiuOfficial Sponsor: RBC Royal Bank, Point of View MagazineLest you think you’ve been having a rough winter, you might consider the plight of the despondent snowplow driver in this frigid but exceptionally fine debut feature by Quebec’s Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, which just won the Claude Jutra Award for best first feature at the Canadian Screen Awards. Played by Paul Giamatti’s SIDEWAYS wingman Thomas Haden Church, Bruce becomes increasingly imperiled by the cold temperatures and his own bad conscience after a late-night accident compels him to hide out in the wilderness near his home in rural Quebec. The result combines a wintry survival story with a pitch-black comedy about guilt, grief and failure. Equally impressive for its economy, rich performances and acerbic disposition, WHITEWASH is what might’ve happened if Samuel Beckett had ever set a play in the Canadian hinterlands.