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Empire of Light

Drama Romance

Olivia Colman shines as an unhappy woman rediscovering romance with a young Black man in the English seaside cinema where they both work in this classy, transformative valentine to the movies from 1917 director Sam Mendes.

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6:00 pm
Fri Sep 30
Centre for Performing Arts
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The Melt Goes On Forever: The Art and Times of David Hammons

Art, Music & Photography Documentary

The Melt Goes On Forever chronicles the elusive and provocative African-American artist David Hammons' body of work, which is firmly rooted in the questioning of dominant culture and exposing racial injustice.

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6:15 pm
Fri Sep 30
International Village 10
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4:00 pm
Sun Oct 02
International Village 9
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Aftersun

Award Winners Drama Women Directors

On holiday in Turkey, a young father and his adolescent daughter are often mistaken for siblings as they carouse like impish kids. However, his personal demons are about to come calling. An affecting and frequently astonishing debut from Charlotte Wells.

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6:30 pm
Fri Sep 30
International Village 9
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9:15 pm
Sun Oct 02
International Village 9
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Nanny

Award Winners Drama Women Directors

Already enduring microaggressions and inept attempts at wokeness from her Manhattan employers, a Senegalese immigrant must also contend with supernatural figures manifesting in both her dreams and waking world. A haunting tale of immigration's realities.

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6:30 pm
Fri Sep 30
The Rio Theatre
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9:00 pm
Sat Oct 08
SFU Woodwards
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Something in the Dirt

After witnessing an inexplicable event, neighbours and conspiracy theorists Levi and John become intent on monetizing the paranormal activity by shooting a Netflix-style docuseries. A captivating lo-fi sci-fi spectacle.

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9:15 pm
Fri Sep 30
The Rio Theatre
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12:45 pm
Sun Oct 02
The Rio Theatre
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What We Do Next

Award Winners Drama

A New York City councilwoman, a corporate lawyer, and a newly released convict are pitted against each other in a web of blackmail as they walk the razor’s edge between their morals and the standard judicial process.

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9:30 pm
Fri Sep 30
International Village 10
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3:45 pm
Sun Oct 02
The Rio Theatre
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Riotsville, U.S.A.

Drama Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

Compiled from government and TV news footage from the 1960s (with commentary and brief on-screen contextual notes), this transfixing, resonant essay film looks at the widespread civil unrest of the period, and how the establishment chose to respond.

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4:00 pm
Sat Oct 01
The Rio Theatre
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3:30 pm
Wed Oct 05
International Village 9
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9:00 pm
Sun Oct 09
The Cinematheque
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Framing Agnes

Award Winners Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice LGBTQIA2S+

Exhuming transcripts from a 1950s study on transgender individuals, Chase Joynt and his collaborators employ re-enactments, reinvention, and personal reflections to examine the trans stories that are told and how—and by whom—they are authored.

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6:15 pm
Sat Oct 01
SFU Woodwards
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9:30 pm
Mon Oct 03
The Rio Theatre
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The Banshees of Inisherin

Award Winners Drama

When Colm (Brendan Gleeson) decides he's had enough of his best pal (Colin Farrell) because he's just too boring, the entire village is consumed in the drama in this contemplative and uproarious comedy from Martin McDonagh (In Bruges; Three Billboards).

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9:15 pm
Sat Oct 01
Centre for Performing Arts
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All That Breathes

Award Winners Documentary

Two brothers are determined to nurse back to health New Delhi's ailing black kites—the megacity's ubiquitous birds of prey. Striving to keep their wildlife rescue clinic afloat, political tensions loom over their neighbourhood as ominously as the smog.

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12:30 pm
Sun Oct 02
International Village 8
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9:00 pm
Wed Oct 05
SFU Woodwards
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Good Night Oppy

Documentary

Sent on a mission to Mars with a life expectancy of 90 days, the exploration rover Opportunity instead lived for 15 years. With incredible interviews and awe-inspiring re-creations, this documentary doubles as an open-hearted, intergalactic underdog tale.

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3:45 pm
Sun Oct 02
SFU Woodwards
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1:00 pm
Sat Oct 08
SFU Woodwards
U18 May Attend
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The Whale

Art, Music & Photography Drama LGBTQIA2S+

Charlie (Brendan Fraser) may finally realize his wish of eating himself to death. First, he reaches out to the teenage daughter he hasn't seen in 10 years. This compassionate chamber piece is a change of pace from Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky.

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5:45 pm
Sun Oct 02
Centre for Performing Arts
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