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2016 winter film series announced

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January 09, 2016 - 12:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops Film Society would like to announce the 2016 Winter Series starting Jan. 14 and continuing each Thursday until Feb. 18. Films are screened at The Paramount Theatre, 531 Victoria St. at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door, MovieMart or online. 


AL PURDY WAS HERE is the portrait of an artist driven to become a great Canadian poet at a time when the category barely existed. Al Purdy is a charismatic tower of contradictions: a “sensitive man” who whips out a poem in a bar fight; a factory worker who finds grace in an Arctic flower; a mentor to young writers who remained a stranger to sons. Purdy has been called the last, best and most Canadian poet. “Voice of the Land” is engraved on his tombstone. But before finding fame as the country’s unofficial poet laureate, he endured years of poverty and failure.

MY INTERNSHIP IN CANADA - Director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) returns with a laugh-out-loud political comedy that could not be more timely. Steve Guibord (Patrick Huard, Starbuck, Mommy), independent Member for Prescott-Makadew à Rapides-aux-Outardes, ends up, despite himself, holding the balance of power in Parliament and must decide if Canada will go to war in the Middle-East.

JAFAR PANAHI’s TAXI. - After being sentenced to six years of house arrest and a twenty-year ban on making films in 2010, the great Iranian director Jafar Panahi got around these strictures by shooting his subsequent features This Is Not a Film entirely within his apartment and Closed Curtain at his summer house. For his new film, Panahi retreats to an even more confined location: a taxi that circles the streets of Tehran, with Panahi himself in the driver’s seat. Without ever leaving the cab, Panahi quietly orchestrates a multi-layered mosaic of life in today’s Iran as he coaxes the fares he picks up to speak to him about their concerns, fears, hopes, and expectations. Welcomed with a standing ovation at the Berlinale and awarded the festival’s top prize of the Golden Bear, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi is one of the year’s essential films.

45 YEARS - A retired English couple (played by screen legends Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) reflect on their lives after nearly a half-century together, in this wonderfully nuanced character study from writer-director Andrew Haigh (Weekend).
Starring British acting legends Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, 45 Years is writer-director Andrew Haigh’s much-anticipated follow-up to his acclaimed indie hit Weekend. It is an immensely moving and nuanced portrait of long-term love and marriage.

RAMS - Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at this year’s Cannes festival, Grímur Hákonarson’s stunningly shot drama focuses on two Icelandic sheep farmers whose decades-long feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks. A warm, compassionate drama laced with moments of beautifully deadpan comedy — tells the tale of two rival sheep farmers whose decades-long feud is interrupted by an unforeseen event that threatens to destroy centuries of tradition.
For more info, trailers and tickets go to www.kamloopsfilmsociety.ca.

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