2017 Fall Films and Animated Shorts

Sheridan Student Animated Shorts
One of these films will be screened immediately before the main feature.  They range in length from 1:14 to 5:05.

Pelicans We by Joan Chung
High Spined Noon by D.J. Crumrine
Nana by Ali Kellner
Dilemma by Marco Rivero
Wes of 63 Temple Street by Tianqing Chen


September 11:  Maudie

Director: Aisling Walsh
Cast:: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kate Ross, Zachary Bennett 
Year: 2016
Runtime: 115 mins 
Country: Canada
Language: English

Determined to prove her independence to herself and her overprotective family, the Nova Scotian Maud Dowley (Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go-Lucky) answers an ad for a live-in housekeeper for the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke, Born to Be Blue, Boyhood), but her artistic skills quickly eclipse her domestic duties. 

Director Aisling Walsh brilliantly captures Maud’s growth into one of Canada’s most celebrated folk artists. Maud has spent her whole life constrained by the effects of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, causing her parents and brother to have little faith in her ability to live independently. After the loss of her parents leads her brother to sell her childhood home, Maud sets out to make her own way in the world and pursue her passion for art.

Watch the preview.
September 25: The Commune

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Cast:: Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares 
Year: 2016
Runtime: 111 min 
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands
Language: Danish

The new film by lauded Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration, The Hunt) examines the fallout from the social upheavals of the 1970s through the microcosm of a Copenhagen commune. 

Anna (Trine Dyrholm, who won Best Actress at the 2016 Berlinale for her performance) is a television newswoman; her husband, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen), teaches architecture at a university. When Erik's father passes away, the couple must decide what to do with the huge house that Erik grew up in, as it's too expensive for them to occupy on their own. Erik prefers selling, but Anna - who has become frustrated with Erik's dour outlook and longs for something new - suggests that they use this opportunity to experiment with communal living (which was all the rage in Scandinavia at the time). 

Energized by the era's relaxed taboos, Anna and Erik assemble a diverse, rather motley crew of cohabitants and embark on their adventure, but soon take very different paths. While Anna is anxious to stay home and experience life with her new extended family, Erik finds a more traditional way of reinvigorating himself: an affair with one of his students. When Anna tries to reconcile these two situations, the commune - and the marriage at its core - begins to unravel.
October 2: Their Finest

Director: Lone Scherfig
Cast:: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy  
Year: 2016
Runtime: 117 
Country: UK
Language: English

With London emptied of men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole lands herself a job writing copy for propaganda films that need "a woman's touch". Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. With the country's morale at stake, Catrin, Buckley and a colourful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. 

As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin discovers there is as much drama, comedy and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.

October 16: Frantz

Director: François Ozon
Cast::  Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner 
Year: 2017
Runtime: 113 minute 
Country: France, Germany
Language: French, German

A haunting tale of love and reconciliation begins in a small town in Germany in the immediate aftermath of World War I when a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé encounters a mysterious Frenchman laying flowers on her beloved’s grave.
October 30: 78/52

Alexandre O. Philippe 
USA, 2017 English 91 minutes 
With: Peter Bogdanovich, Jamie Lee Curtis, Guillermo del Toro, Danny Elfman, Elijah Wood, Walter Murch, Marli Renfro

Who can forget that scene in Psycho? The infamous shower sequence in Hitchcock’s masterpiece has been seared in the heads of moviegoers for generations. Alexandre O. Philippe’s 78/52 seeks to understand just what made that scene so legendary, deconstructing it to explore what each stab of the knife meant for cinema and culture. Philippe keeps things lively with the help of horror luminaries Eli Roth, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Guillermo del Toro, who cheerfully set about dissecting everything from editing to the composition of the fake blood. Psycho’s original nude stand-in for the shower scene, Marli Renfro, offers a particularly compelling account of what it was like to be on that hotel set nearly sixty years ago.

Whether or not they knew it, Hitchcock and his collaborators created a pivotal point in the cultural and cinematic landscapes of North America. Philippe’s documentary argues that Janet Leigh’s violent onscreen death marks the transition point between “Old” and “New” Hollywood, and is representative of the dramatic cultural shifts of the 1960s. In a style that recalls Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, swift editing, intriguing anecdotes, and a celebratory atmosphere keep things from getting too ‘inside baseball.’ Philippe leaves no stone unturned in his analysis, and even devoted Hitchcock followers might learn a new thing or two about one of the landmark scenes in the director’s legendary career. 

A special treat for cinephiles, gorehounds, and film scholars, 78/52 is sure to delight anyone who still gets a little nervous when they hear a strange sound in the shower. Thanks to Mr. Hitchock, that is essentially everyone in the known universe.

November 13: Lost in Paris

Director: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
Cast:: Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva 
Year: 2016
Runtime: 82 min 
Country: France, Belgium
Language: French, English


Fiona, a small town Canadian librarian, receives a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha living in Paris. Fiona hops on the first plane only to discover that Martha has disappeared.

In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she meets Dom, a seductive egotistical homeless guy who won’t leave her alone. The fun and hectic tale of three peculiar people lost in Paris.

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