2016 Winter-Spring Films and Animated Shorts


These short films will be shown immediately before the feature films. You can watch the first three films again by clicking on the link.

January 11 Phobia by Tymur Markunin
January 25  Muralist by Regina Wang

February 8  Let it Spring by Chiara Licandro

Feb. 22 – Dead Friends by Changsik Lee

Mar. 7 – The Painter’s Moon by Ti Yan

Mar. 21 – Ideal Companion by Nanjun Bian

April 4 – We Block Criminals by Sharad Pradhan

April 18- NIPS AND PORKINGTON by Melody Wang

Many thanks to the computer animation program at Sheridan for allowing us to use these films.


January 11, 2016  My Internship in Canada

Director: Philippe Falardeau
Cast:: Patrick Huard, Suzanne Clément, Irdens Exantus
Year: 2015
Runtime: 108
Country: Canada
Language: French, Creole, English

Guibord is an independent Member of Parliament who represents Prescott-Makadewà-Rapides-aux Outardes, a vast county in Northern Quebec. 

As the entire country watches, Guibord unwillingly finds himself in the awkward position of holding the decisive vote to determine whether Canada will go to war. 

Accompanied by his wife, his daughter and an idealistic intern from Haiti named Souverain (Sovereign) Pascal, Guibord travels across his district in order to consult his constituents. While groups of lobbyists get involved in a debate that spins out of control, the MP will have to face his own conscience. 

My Internship in Canada (Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre) is a biting political satire in which politicians, citizens and lobbyists go head-to-head tearing democracy to shreds.

Watch the trailer.
January 25 The Second Mother

Director: Anna Muylaert
Cast:: Regina Casé, Helena Albergaria, Michel Joelsas 
Year: 2015
Runtime: 112
Country: Brazil
Language: Portuguese 

After leaving her daughter in a small town in Pernambuco to be raised by relatives, Val spends the next 13 years working as a nanny to Fabinho in São Paulo. She has financial stability but has to live with the guilt of having not raised Jessica herself. 

As Fabinho’s college entrance exams roll around though, her daughter calls and gives her what seems to be a second chance.

Jessica wants to come to São Paulo to take her college entrance exams as well. Filled with joy as well as apprehension, Val gets ready, with the wholehearted support of her employers, for the long-dreamed moment of being near her daughter again. 

But when Jessica arrives, cohabitation is not easy. She doesn’t behave in conformity to what is expected of her and starts to create tension inside the household. Everyone will be affected by the girl’s personality and candor. 

And Val finds herself right in the middle, split between the living room and the kitchen, where she will have to find a new way of facing life.

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February 8 Sleeping Giant

Director: Andrew Cividino
Cast:: Jackson Martin, Erika Brodzky, Nick Serino
Year: 2015
Runtime: 89
Country: Canada
Language: English

Teenager Adam is spending his summer vacation with his parents on rugged Lake Superior. His dull routine is shattered when he befriends Riley and Nate, smart aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with debauchery and reckless cliff jumping. 

The revelation of a hurtful secret triggers Adam to set in motion a series of irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and change the boys forever.

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February 22 Theeb

Director: Naji Abu Nowar
Cast:: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh
Year: 2014
Runtime: 100
Country: United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, UK
Language: Arabic with English subtitles

1916. While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb (“Wolf”) in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. 

The brothers' quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey. 

The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. 

Naji Abu Nowar's powerful and assured directorial debut, set in the land of Lawrence of Arabia, is a wondrous “Bedouin Western” about a boy who, in order to survive, must become a man and live up to the name his father gave him.
March 7 Rams

Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Cast:: Grímar Jónsson, Ditte Milsted, Jakob Jarek
Year: 2015
Runtime: 93
Country: Iceland
Language: Icelandic

Despite the fact that they live on neighbouring farms, Gummi (Sigurdur Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson) have not spoken to one another in forty years, their intermittent and grudging communications carried out via letters carried by Kiddi's dog. 

Their rivalry reaches its height in the valley's annual competition for best ram, which Kiddi has won several times. After once again losing the prize to the boastful, hard-living Kiddi, the stern and solitary Gummi spots a dead sheep in Kiddi's field, and soon begins to notice symptoms of the lethal and highly contagious disease scrapie in his neighbour's flock. 

Veterinary authorities quickly arrive in the valley and decree drastic measures that may mean disaster for the entire region, and that the two men determine to resist, each in his distinctive way.

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March 21 Mustang

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Cast:: Nihal Koldas, Ayberk Pekcan, Ilayda Akdogan, Elit Iscan, Tugba Sunguroglu, Dogba Doguslu, Gunes Sensoy
Year: 2015
Runtime: 94 minutes
Country: Turkey, France, Qatar, Germany
Language: Turkish (with EST)
Rating: PG13

Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. 
     Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. 
     As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.

View the Trailer.


April 4: 

The Lady in the Van

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Cast:: Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, Dominic Cooper, James Corden
Year: 2015
Runtime: 104
Country: UK
Language: English

Based on the true story of Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who "temporarily" parked her van in writer Alan Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. 

What begins as a begrudged favour becomes a relationship that will change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with iconic writer Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George, The History Boys) to bring this rare and touching portrait to the screen.


April 18 Taxi

Director: Jafar Panahi
With:: Jafar Panahi
Year: 2015
Runtime: 82
Country: Iran
Language: Persian

Internationally acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (This is Not a Film) drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of Tehran, picking up a diverse (and yet representative) group of passengers in a single day. 
     Each man, woman, and child candidly expresses his or her own view of the world, while being interviewed by the curious and gracious driver/director. 
     His camera, placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio, captures a spirited slice of Iranian society while also brilliantly redefining the borders of comedy, drama and cinema.

Watch the Preview.
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