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Oct
10
Tue
THE TRIP TO SPAIN
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm

King’s Film Society Presentation


Following their culinary outings to England’s Lake District in The Trip and down the Italian coast in The Trip to Italy, Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Rob Brydon (Tristram Shandy) team up once more to indulge in Iberian epicurean delights, trade barbs, and compete to perfect the ultimate Michael Caine impression, in Michael Winterbottom’s much-anticipated The Trip to Spain.

 

After the success of Coogan’s travelogue and reviews of English and Italian restau­rants, The New York Times commissions a new piece; this time, he is sent to Spain with the ever-reliable Brydon in tow. Soaking in the culinary riches of the Basque region, which boasts several of the best reviewed restaurants in the world, and moving through the coun­try to the Mediterranean coast, Coogan and Brydon devour envy-inspiring meals, while reviving their iconic and devastatingly funny impressions of Michael Caine, Al Pacino, and Roger Moore (with a new and accomplished Mick Jagger joining the roster).

 

Between the meals, jokes, and meandering drives throughout the Spanish countryside, cracks begin to show in Coogan and Brydon’s optimistic veneer. Despite their insistence that they are at “the sweet spot” of their lives, the pair spends substantial amounts of time reminiscing about their younger selves and earlier films (Philomena is mentioned repeat­edly), while negotiating the difficult task of coming to terms with their older selves, and more settled family lives. Still crackling with the improvisational energy and vibrancy of the first two installments, The Trip to Spain provides a reliable mix of breathtaking vistas, indulgent meals, and Coogan and Brydon’s hilarious odd-couple comedy.

 

Directed by Michael Winterbottom

Featuring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rebecca Johnson, Claire Keelan

UK

Rated 14A

1h 47m

 

“Director Michael Winterbottom hasn’t just delivered the funniest movie of the year, but also a comedy that casts its characters in a harsh new light.” – Indiewire

 

“For fans of the series, The Trip to Spain gives one a wholehearted meal of all they could possibly desire.”

The Film Stage

 

“… brilliant, hilarious, the funniest thing since The Trip to Italy.”

The Guardian)

 

 

Tickets: $10 Adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

Oct
24
Tue
OBIT
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm

King’s Film Society Presentation

 

A fascinating and lively look at the inner-workings of the team responsible for The New York Times’ obituary section, Obit chronicles the ways in which life, death, and the written word intersect to create personal and public legacies that resonate long after our time is up.

Director Vanessa Gould presents the obit department as an entertaining and eccentric crew of writers and editors are charged with the daunting daily task of chronicling the life and legacy of complete strangers. With a primary focus on the details of life rather than death, the writers also wryly acknowledge that their profession doesn’t exactly make them popular at cocktail parties. However, as new assignments fall onto their desks, each writer carefully delves into the histories of politicians, celebrities, inventors, authors, and adventurers, gently detangling the complex minutiae of a lifetime of familial myths, newsworthy accomplishments, and amusing anecdotes.

 

Obit quietly meditates on a seemingly morbid subject that, more often than not, provides surprisingly life-affirming moments of humour, nostalgia, and humanity. Whether compiling the obituaries for public figures like Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, or telling the life story of the man responsible for Kennedy’s masterful televised debate against Nixon, the writers approach each assignment with equal parts gravitas and curiosity.

 

A look into the archives of “advance obits,”or obituaries that are prepared and continually edited for still-alive famous figures, may seem like a gloomy fact of the business, but it is also a testament to the department’s dedication to presenting accurate and timely historical records of personal legacies. Engaging, lively, and warmly funny, Obit proves to be an unexpectedly vibrant celebration of life.

 

Directed by Vanessa Gould
With: Bruce Weber, William McDonald, Margalit Fox

Documentary USA  1h 30m

 

 

 

“At The New York Times, the obituary beat is no career dead-end. Editor William McDonald gets to weigh the desires of writers like Bruce Weber and Paul Vitello, who seem often to fall in love with these people they’ll never meet. Those writers make for fun company here, however much they claim people avoid them at cocktail parties.”

The Hollywood Reporter

 

Tickets: $10 Adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

 

Nov
7
Tue
THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI
Nov 7 @ 7:30 pm

King’s Film Society Presentation


Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival

Directed by Juho Kuosmanen

Finland/Germany/Sweden 2016

1h 31m

 

This lovely film from Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen is a gentle, shrewd, somehow mysterious love story, based on real life, beautifully photographed in luminous black-and-white and drawing inspiration from Scorsese and Truffaut. It is inspired by the Finnish boxer Olli Mäki, who electrified Finland’s boxing fans in 1962 by getting a shot at the world featherweight title, fighting on home turf against visiting American star Davey Moore.

 

Jarkko Lahti plays the intense, wiry Olli, who finds that as the big fight approaches, he has fallen in love with a beautiful schoolteacher, Raija (Oona Airola) – to the horror of his tightly wound trainer and manager, Elis, played by Eero Milonoff. Elis’s own marriage appears to be crumbling, and he is aghast, for complex reasons, at the distractions of love, which might mess with Olli’s focus. Inside of the ring, it’s Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention.

 

“A lyrical sense of bittersweet acceptance permeates freshman director Juho Kuosmanen’s marvelous sports biopic from its very first, perfectly composed frame.” –  Variety 

 

“Kuosmanen’s impeccable, buoyant first feature upends all the conventions of the fight film genre.” –  NOW Toronto

 

 

Tickets: $10 Adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

 

Nov
21
Tue
BREATHE
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm

King’s Film Society Presentation


After years of critical success as an actor, Andy Serkis makes his directorial debut with Breathe, the inspiring biopic portrait of Robin Cavendish. After being diagnosed with polio at age 28, Cavendish served as a global advocate for people living with disabilities and assisted in the development of medical technologies that transformed the lives of paralyzed individuals everywhere.

 

Andrew Garfield stars as Cavendish alongside Claire Foy (The Lady in the VanRosewater) as devoted wife Diana Blacker in this heartwarm­ing chronicle of a couple determined to break barriers for families facing physical chal­lenges. Completely paralyzed from the neck down, Cavendish was put on a medical respi­rator but refused to be confined by his hospital bed. Against his doctors’ advice, he and Diana bravely set off on a worldwide quest with their son, Jonathan (Dean-Charles Chapman), to share their story. Not only was Cavendish a miracle of science for being one of the longest living polio survivors, but he was also a pioneer in the medical community for his innovating efforts to enhance mobility for the physically impaired. With the help of his friend, professor, and inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville, TV’s Downton Abbey), Cavendish used himself as a guinea pig to test the first wheelchair with a built-in respirator. While he and Diana faced unique pressures in their relationship, their unwavering strength and spirit lies at the heart of this story.

 

Directed by Andy Serkis

Starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, and Dean-Charles Chapman

UK

Rated NR · 1h 57m

 

 

 

Tickets: $10 Adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

Dec
5
Tue
LOVING VINCENT
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm

King’s Film Society Presentation


The world’s first fully oil painted feature, this film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story.

 

On 27th July 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little-known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot.

 

Every one of the 65,000 frames is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil- painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.

 

Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman
Starring Helen McCrory,  Jerome Flynn,  Saoirse Ronan

UK-Poland

Rated NR

Animation/Drama

 

 

BBC feature about the making of the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CQKHWvK8Ro
“An animated masterpiece! An absolutely stunning film that not only does justice to the art of Van Gogh but also to the art of movies. I have never seen anything on screen like it before. You will be amazed and lifted by this extraordinary film.” – Deadline

 

“This one-of-a-kind Vincent van Gogh biopic appropriates the artist’s vibrant impasto style, using animated oil paintings to examine the mystery of his last days.” –Variety

 

Tickets: $10 Adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.