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Jun
23
Sat
THE GARDENER
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm
King’s Theatre Special presentation in partnership with the
King’s Film Society and the Annapolis Historic Gardens
in celebration of National Garden Week
  • Doors open at 6pm, special treats, Velma’s bar and back deck.
  • The Historic Gardens will provide ‘Garden Baby’ door prizes!
  • The Champlain Garden Club will introduce the film
  • Check out the garden-themed art in the lobby
Sébastien Chabot | Canada | 2016 | 87 min 
The Gardener is a documentary reflecting on the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives.


Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and horticulturalist Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his 20 acres English-style garden and summer estate.
Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Charlevoix County in Quebec, Les Quatre Vents has become one of the world’s foremost private gardens. Created over three generations, it is an enchanted place of beauty and surprise, a horticultural masterpiece of the 21st century.

Through the words of Cabot and his family, and with the participation of gardening experts and writers, the film looks back at this remarkable man’s personal story and the artistic philosophy that gave birth to one of the greatest gardens in the world. This poetic doc shows the harmonious relationship between people and nature and offers a compelling call for preservation.
Directed and produced by Sébastien Chabot    

 

General Admission at the Door.

$12 ($1 off with Film Buff card).

Doors open at 6pm, film starts at 7pm.

Jul
10
Tue
MEDITATION PARK
Jul 10 @ 7:30 pm

In Meditation Park, Mina Shum returns to the themes that propelled her early work. The film opens with Maria (Cheng Pei Pei) hosting a birthday celebration for her workaholic accountant husband, Bing, (Tzi Ma). Maria reveres Bing and remains in awe of the sacrifices he has made for the family, so much so that she even respects his insistence that she not speak to their son. But when she finds evidence that Bing may not be the perfect person she believes him to be, she’s forced to consider her world in a radically different light. Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery by engaging with the world around her, something Bing has always discouraged.

She befriends a group of local eccentrics and a rather shady neighbour, Gabriel (Don McKellar). Maria soon realizes that people’s lives are much more complicated than Bing has led her to believe.

Shum exhibits genuine compassion with her insight into the experiences of first-generation immigrant women. This is a charming and generous film, boasting fine performances by its leads and the phenomenal Sandra Oh, as Maria’s daughter.

Starring Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Tzi Mah (Arrival)

  • CANADA
  • English, Cantonese, Mandarin w/ English subtitles
  • Drama
  • 94 minutes
  • Rating N/A

“Meditation Park is a complex film that hews with tenderness to Asian stereotypes in order to reflect back their often-obscured depths.” – The Globe and Mail

“Writer/Director Mina Shum mines her favourite theme – immigrant experience in Canada – in what seems at first to be a gentle slice of life but eventually develops a powerful emotional force.” – 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.

 

Jul
24
Tue
THE DEATH OF STALIN
Jul 24 @ 7:30 pm

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.

  • USA
  • 105 min
  • Comedy
  • Rated: R

“The Death Of Stalin is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list lineup. There are no weak links. Each has a plum role; each squeezes every gorgeous horrible drop.” ––– The Guardian

Read a review from The New York Time:s

 

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

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

 

Aug
7
Tue
ON CHESIL BEACH
Aug 7 @ 7:30 pm

A KING’S FILM SOCIETY PRESENTATION

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West.

From Bleecker Street Films: Ian McEwan’s Novels to Film

After writing his novel On Chesil Beach in 2007, Ian McEwan did something he rarely does—he wrote the screenplay. Even before the novel hit bookstores, film companies were interested in turning this story into a movie. Traditionally McEwan has left the job of adaptation to others, joking, “In the time it takes me to write two screenplays that do not get made, I could have written two new novels.” But the elegant way the book tells how an eventful wedding night in 1962 utterly changed the destinies of a newly married couple seem to translate perfectly into a screenplay. Director Dominic Cooke was so impressed with McEwan’s adaptation that there was very little to do before filming. “He is so specific about character and place,” Cooke explained. Saoirse Ronan, who stars alongside Billy Howle, was thrilled to reunite with McEwan after having helped bring his novel Atonement to the screen a decade before. “Ian is someone who writes women incredibly skillfully,” notes Ronan. In the last forty years, Ian McEwan has written some of Britain’s most acclaimed novels. Both he and his work have won nearly every literary award, including the Man Booker Prize.

UK
1 h 50 min
Drama/Romance
Rated 14A

Read Vanity Fair review

 

 

 

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

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

Aug
21
Tue
THE LEISURE SEEKER
Aug 21 @ 7:30 pm


The film stars Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

“This first English-language film from the Italian director Paolo Virza is an impeccably acted, teary-funny comedy about an ageing couple coming to terms with the fact that their days of living independently are numbered.”

USA
112 min.
R

comedy/adventure/drama

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

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

Sep
4
Tue
PUZZLE – Film Society Season Launch
Sep 4 @ 7:30 pm

Producer Marc Turtletaub (Loving; Little Miss Sunshine) makes his directorial debut with Puzzle, a gently humanist story of an unassuming housewife who comes to recognize her unspoken hopes and dreams through the unlikely avenue of competitive jigsaw-puzzling. Agnes (Kelly Macdonald, Goodbye Christopher Robin) lives a quiet, monotonous life waiting hand-and-foot on her husband, Louie (David Denman, Logan, Lucky), and her two adult sons. After an evening of birthday celebrations — she cleans, cooks, and prepares the house for what turns out to be her own party — she notices a gift that strikes her interest: a jigsaw puzzle of a world map. Finishing the puzzle in record time, Agnes soon finds herself answering a “partner wanted” advertisement from puzzle champion Robert (Lunchbox star Irrfan Khan). As Agnes learns more about her gift at assembling the increasingly difficult puzzles Robert challenges her with, she also begins to give voice to her long-dormant desires. An adaptation of the 2009 Berlin Film Festival breakout hit of the same name from Argentina, Puzzle provides a sweet-natured glimpse into the complex interiority of what appears to be an entirely unremarkable life. Macdonald delivers a striking performance as Agnes, hinting at a deep longing for expression hidden beneath a lifetime of restraint. Puzzle asks us to consider what we might discover about ourselves if we allow that first spark of curiosity to ignite passion, courage, and a little stubborn determination.

  • USA, 2018
  • English
  • 103 minutes
  • Director: Marc Turtletaub
  • With: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, Austin Abrams

 

“From its first elegantly shot frame, you know Puzzle is going to be something special.”

The Playlist

 

 

*PLEASE NOTE NEW PRICES FOR ADULT TICKETS. THANK YOU.*

Tickets: $11 Adult, $10 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

Sep
18
Tue
LEAVE NO TRACE
Sep 18 @ 7:30 pm

Leave No Trace is an intimate and complex coming-of-age story following a father and daughter struggling to maintain their unconventional lifestyle, set against the rugged terrain of the Pacific Northwest. Will (Ben Foster, Hell or High Water; Kill Your Darlings) is a PTSD-inflicted veteran and widower living off the grid with his daughter, Tom (Thomasin McKenzie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), in a public park near Portland. When Tom makes a mistake that alerts the authorities to their existence, the family is removed from the park and placed in a home by state officials. Immersed in a world she has never experienced, Tom is drawn to the friendships, community, and comforts of her new surroundings. Meanwhile, Will is confronted with the triggers of the modern world.

Leave No Trace is a surprisingly endearing portrait of a father and daughter forced to contemplate whether family survival means sticking together or letting go. The lush Oregon landscape expertly contrasts the tension-filled narrative, with Foster delivering one of his most memorable performances to date — though it’s McKenzie who truly makes her mark.

USA, 2018
English
109 minutes

Principal Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Dale Dickey

Directed by Debra Granik

“Once again, Granik introduces us to a kind of family that cinema rarely captures believably, and she does so with a style that’s both lyrical and realistic at the same time, anchored by a pair of unforgettable performances.” – RogerEbert.com

“Leave No Trace is one of the best films of 2018 and promises to make a star of Thomasin McKenzie.” — The Atlantic

 

 

*PLEASE NOTE NEW PRICES FOR ADULT TICKETS. THANK YOU.*

Tickets: $11 Adult, $10 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

Oct
2
Tue
THE CHILDREN ACT
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm

Adapted by Booker Prize–winning author Ian McEwan from his own novel, this riveting drama stars two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (The Legend of Barney Thomson; Alone in Berlin) as a British High Court judge tasked with making a decision that will speak to our most fraught questions regarding religious tolerance — and could mean life or death for an innocent young man. Judge Fiona Maye (Thompson) is married to her work, which has become a problem for her husband, Jack (Stanley Tucci, Spotlight), who announces that he wants to have an affair. Treating the matter more as an annoyance than a life-altering crisis, Fiona kicks Jack out and focuses on her current case. The question: should a couple who are Jehovah’s Witnesses be permitted to deny a life-saving blood transfusion to their leukemia-stricken 17-year-old son (Fionn Whitehead, Dunkirk)? Fiona finds herself taking unusual measures to determine her verdict — measures that will have far-reaching consequences.

Directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal), The Children Act brims with intelligence, sophistication, and intrigue. The elevated tension places unusual focus on its protagonist’s every word and gesture — a challenge Thompson meets with virtuosity. Her Fiona is a cauldron of conflicted feelings bubbling beneath a veneer of composure. As she finds herself sliding deeper into a mire of professional compromise and personal desperation, we come to empathize with her singular burden… and wait for the outcome with keen anticipation.

UK, 2017
English
105 minutes

Principal Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead

Directed by Richard Eyre

“The Children Act is that rarest of things: an adult drama, written and interpreted with a sensitivity to mature human concerns.”
– Variety
“The Children Act” is a soulful and sophisticated adult drama that peers into the void between the beauty of ideals and the cost of living by them.”
– IndieWire

 

 

*PLEASE NOTE NEW PRICES FOR ADULT TICKETS. THANK YOU.*

Tickets: $11 Adult, $10 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

Oct
5
Fri
MOVIE NIGHT AT THE O: THE MUPPET MOVIE
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm

Location: Oqwa’titek Amphitheatre

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to meet the Muppets!

It’s hard to believe that sixty years ago this fall, Jim and Jane Henson founded The Muppets, Inc., an enterprise that would eventually change the worlds of puppetry, special effects and media technology channeled through a band of irresistible characters with timeless messages.

To celebrate, King’s Film Society is presenting a re-mastered version of the classic The Muppet Movie , the first full-length film about how Kermit the Frog and friends got their start. Released in 1979, the film features Paul William’s indelible songs and score –The Rainbow Connection, Movin’ Right Along and many more – which won Best Children’s Album at the Grammys in 1980.

As for the plot . . .

While living the quiet life in a swamp, Kermit the Frog is approached by a Hollywood agent and asked to audition for the chance of a lifetime. So Kermit, hoping for his big break, makes the journey to Hollywood. Along the way, he comes across several quirky new friends including the comedic Fozzie Bear, the beautiful and feisty Miss Piggy and the Great Gonzo. But Kermit must also watch out for the ruthless Doc Hopper, who plans to use him as his spokesman for his Frog Legs food chain.

Director: James Frawley

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Charles Durning, Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, James Coburn, Dom Deluise, Bob Hope, Madeline Kahn, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Orson Wells, Telly Savales

 

 

***FREE ADMISSION****

Dress for a fall evening, bring your favourite blanket and something comfy to sit on.

Sing alongs welcome!

King’s Film Society would like to thank our generous partners in helping us cover the costs for this special outdoor presentation: Annapolis Board of Trade, Annapolis Home Hardware Building Centre, Town of Annapolis Royal, King’s Theatre and Lois and Ross Baker.

Oct
16
Tue
NOTHING LIKE A DAME
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm

From time to time four old friends, all extraordinary actresses, meet up in the English countryside to gossip, to remember and to laugh. For once they let the cameras in…

NOTHING LIKE A DAME is a unique celebration of the lives and careers of four of our most iconic actresses; Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith. All four have gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950s to acting royalty. They’ve watched each other’s careers grow and bloom and have celebrated life’s ups and downs together. NOTHING LIKE A DAME invites you to spend time with these acting legends as they talk about their lives and their professional experiences across Theatre, Television and Film. Directed by Roger Michell (My Cousin Rachel, Notting Hill), the film also includes a range of astonishing archive material. Candid, funny, caustic, irreverent, poignant and utterly engrossing, this unmissable release is proof that there is truly nothing like a Dame…

  • UK, 2018
  • 84 minutes
  • Director: Robert Michell
  • With: Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith

 

“The laughter and pure hysteria are infectious in this wildly enjoyable film. I can’t for the life of me think of any other recent documentary in which I have laughed pretty much all the way through.” 

– The Guardian

 

 

*PLEASE NOTE NEW PRICES FOR ADULT TICKETS. THANK YOU.*

Tickets: $11 Adult, $10 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.