Winter Film Festival

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The 2020 Festival program has now been confirmed:

Friday January 24, 2020 Pain & Glory
Saturday January 25, 2020 Clemency
The Biggest Little Farm
Sunday January 26, 2020 And the Birds Rained Down
The Grizzlies


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Friday, January 24, 6:30 pm (Time TBC)
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

Pain and gloryPain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one's own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.

Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar Written By: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandian, Penelope Cruz, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Julieta Serrano, Nora Navas
Rating: R (for drug use, some graphic nudity and language)
Genre: Drama – semi-autobiography
Runtime: 112 minutes  Language: Spanish

Saturday, January 25, 2:00 pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

ClemencyYears of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

Director: Chinonye Chukwu  Writer: Chinonye Chukwu
Cast: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff, Wendell Pierce
Genre: Drama
Running time: 113 mins
Language: English
Rating: R (for some disturbing material, and language)

Saturday, January 25 4:30 pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

biggest little farmDocumentarian John Chester and wife Molly, true romantics, buy 200 acres of dry land one hour north of LA. They document the next eight years with love and glorious photography. They revive the soil and nurture it with a virtual Noah's Ark of eating and defecating cuties, from a loveable sow to a living rooster and lambs and bulls and critters they didn't even have to import.

Directed by John Chester
Cast John Chester, Molly Chester
Cinematography by John Chester
Rating: PG
Run time: 91 min
Genre: Documentary

Sponsor: Lynn Hardy RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities

Sunday, January 26 1:00 pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

And the Birds Rained DownAnd the Birds Rained Down (Il Pleuvait des Oiseaux)
Three elderly hermits live deep in the woods, cut off from the rest of the world. While wildfires threaten the region, their quiet life is about to be shaken by the arrival of two women... A luminous octogenarian, unjustly institutionalized her whole life, and a young photographer charged with interviewing survivors of the region's deadliest forest fire.​ And The Birds Rained Down is the story of intertwined destinies, where love can happen at any age and new life emerges in unexpected places.

Directed By: Louise Archambault   Written By: Louise Archambault
Cast:  Andrée Lachapelle, Gilbert Sicotte, Rémy Girard, Eve Landry, Éric Robidoux, Kenneth Welsh, Louise Portal
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Runtime: 124 minutes  Rating:  PG

Sponsor: Patrick Houlihan RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities 

Sunday, January 26, 4:00 pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

GrizzliesThe Grizzlies is an inspiring true story based on a group of Inuit students in the small Arctic town of Kugluktuk. Suffering from widespread drug use, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world, this northern community is periled by the legacy of colonialism.

Director:  Miranda de Pencier
Writers:  Moira Walley-Beckett, Graham Yost
Stars:  Jack Anawak, Fred Bailey, Seth Burkebr /> Runtime: 102 min
Genre: Drama Rating: 14A
Language: English, Inuktitut