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Mar 22
- Apr 17
Radical Empathy: The Films Of Agnes Varda @ Lightbox
Feminist film journal Cleo digs deep into the oeuvre of the French New Wave legend. This week:
La Pointe Courte (1955, France, D: Agnes Varda) w/ Mallory Andrews -- Mar 22, 6:30pm
Cleo de 5 a 7 (1961, France, D: Agnes Varda) w/ Amil Niazi -- Mar 23, 6:30pm
Le Bonheur (1965, France, D: Agnes Varda) w/ Sofia Bohdanowicz -- Mar 24, 6:15pm
Lions Love (... and Lies) (1969, France/USA, D: Agnes Varda) w/ Mallory Andrews -- Mar 25, 3:45pm
Daguerreotypes (1976, Germany/France, D: Agnes Varda) -- Mar 27, 6:30pm
Murs Murs (1981, France/USA, D: Agnes Varda)
    + Uncle Yanco (1967, France/USA, D: Agnes Varda) -- Mar 29, 6:15pm
Mar 23 - 25
Banff Mountain Film Festival @ Hot Docs
Once a year, this collection of outdoorsy films makes the trek down the mountain to the big smoke.
Mar 24 - 25
What The Film Festival @ The Royal
Eccentric cinema, courtesy Laserblast Their credo: "we will always leave our audiences slack-jawed."
Mar 24
Canadian Film Fest @ Scotiabank
Homegrown independent cinema.
One-Offs And Short Runs
Mar 22 Water Docs - World Water Day Celebration
The upcoming Water Docs Film Festival marks World Water Day with the Toronto premiere of two new short docs: Water Warriors and A Fractured State.
@ Hot Docs 6:00pm
Mar 22 0.5mm (2014, Japan, D: Momoko Ando)    Free!
A former helper for the aged attempts to insert herself into the lives of old men who she feels need her help. Registration required.
@ Japan Foundation 6:30pm
Mar 22 Fried Green Tomatoes (1991, USA, D: Jon Avnet)   Food In Film
A down-in-the-dumps housewife finds inspiration in the stories told by a nursing home resident. A food pairing will be provided by Barque Smokehouse.
@ The Revue 6:45pm
Mar 22 How Heavy This Hammer (2015, Canada, D: Kazik Radwanski)    Free!
A middle-aged Dad withdraws from his family in favour of online gaming. Director Radwanski will be in attendance for a discussion with Steve Gravestock. Free w/ registration!
@ Innis Town Hall 7:00pm
Mar 22 Born In Flames (1983, USA, D: Lizzie Borden)   Black Gold
Female-run pirate radio takes a Socialist government to task for not living up to its ideals. New 35mm preservation print! Skype Q&A with director Lizzie Borden following the film.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Mar 22 Metric: Dream So Real (2017, Canada, D: T. Edward Martin & Jeff Rogers)
Metric end their 2016 world tour in Vancouver.
@ Lightbox 8:30pm
Mar 22 Daisies (1966, Czechoslovakia, D: Vera Chytilova)
Two girls prank, consume and play games with the exemplars of Czech patriarchy.
@ Lightbox 9:15pm
Mar 22 Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982/2007, USA, D: Ridley Scott)
Harrison Ford is dispatched to find rogue androids in Ridley Scott's sci-fi landmark.
@ The Kingsway 10:45pm
Mar 23 Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars (1973, UK, D: D.A. Pennebaker)   FFF    Free!
Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona reaches its zenith.
@ Innis Town Hall 7:00pm
Mar 23 7 Minutes (2016, Italy/France, D: Michele Placido)   L'Altra Italia
The sale of a factory hinges on the female workers' acceptance of an unusual clause.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Mar 23 Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982/2007, USA, D: Ridley Scott)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017, USA, D: Denis Villeneuve)
Harrison Ford is dispatched to find rogue androids in Ridley Scott's sci-fi landmark; Ryan Gosling does likewise in the sequel.
@ The Kingsway 9:05pm
Mar 23 Repo Man (1984, USA, D: Alex Cox)
Punk rocker Emilio Estevez learns the ropes of the reposession trade. Come early for a live performance from Ordinary Fucking People, feauturing Chris Cummings (aka Marker Starling) and members of Biblical, The Two Koreas and The Bon.
@ Lightbox 9:15pm
Mar 24 Space Jam (1996, USA, D: Joe Pytka)   Family Favourites
Michael Jordan helps the Looney Toons gang out with a basketball contest.
@ Cineplex 11:00am
Mar 24 Modern Times (1936, USA, D: Charles Chaplin)
The Little Tramp's troubles with workplace mechanization lead to unemployment, incarceration ... and love.
@ Lightbox 1:00pm
Mar 24 Something Left Behind (2018, UK, D: Andrew Jezard)
Beloved UK cult band The Wedding Present look back on their landmark LP George Best. Bandleader David Gedge will be present.
@ Carlton 2:00pm
Mar 24 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974, USA, D: Martin Scorsese)
Young widow Ellen Burstyn takes her son on the road to launch a new life.
@ Lightbox 3:15pm
Mar 24 The Wrong Light (2016, Thailand/USA, D: Josie Swantek Heitz & Dave Adams)
Filmmakers profiling an NGO helping Thai girls escape prostitution find discrepancies in the stories of the girls, their families and their saviour.
@ Innis Town Hall 7:00pm
Mar 24 The Big Combo (1955, USA, D: Joseph H. Lewis)   Toronto Film Noir Syndicate
Cop Cornel Wilde's obsession with taking down untouchable crime boss Richard Conte takes a turn towards Conte's mistress.
@ Imperial Pub 8:00pm
Mar 24 Legend Of The Mountain (1979, Taiwan, D: King Hu)
A traveling scholar loses his way on a haunting (and perhaps haunted) mountain. 4K restoration!
@ Lightbox 8:45pm
Mar 25 Singin' In The Rain (1952, USA, D: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
"I am a shimmering, glowing star in the cinema firmament. It says so - right here!." Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds sing and dance their way through Hollywood's transition to sound.
@ Lightbox 1:00pm
Mar 25 The Ring (1927, UK, D: Alfred Hitchcock)   Silent Revue
A carny boxer takes on the new fighter on the scene over the title and a woman.
@ The Revue 4:15pm
Mar 25 La Belle Noiseuse (1991, France, D: Jacques Rivette)
Artistically blocked painter Michel Piccoli finds fresh inspiration, and the fuel for jealousy, in Emmanuelle Beart. New restoration!
@ Lightbox 6:30pm
Mar 26 Maurice (1987, UK, D: James Ivory)   Books On Film Club
A young man's desire for his college classmate leads to stasis and heartbreak. Director James Ivory will be present to discuss.
@ Lightbox 7:00pm
Mar 26 Dead & Buried (1981, USA, D: Gary Sherman)   Cinemacabre
The corpses of tourists murdered in a small New England town begin to reanimate. Director Gary Sherman will be in attendance.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Mar 26 Vic + Flo Saw A Bear (2013, Canada, D: Denis Côté)   FrancoQueer
Violence follows an ex-con and her lover to their rural retreat.
@ The Revue 9:30pm
Mar 27 The Orchestra Of Piazza Vittorio (2006, Italy, D: Agostino Ferrente)   Music On Film
A conductor's plan to save his theatre hinges on pulling together an orchestra employing only immigrants.
@ Hot Docs 6:30pm
Mar 27 Call Me By Your Name (2017, Italy/France, D: Luca Guadagnino)
Screenwriter (and now Oscar winner) James Ivory intros this year's much-loved gay coming-of-age story.
@ Lightbox 7:00pm
Mar 27 Lady Snowblood (1973, Japan, D: Toshiya Fujita)   Ladies Of Burlesque
The daughter of an imprisoned woman is raised to track down and kill her mother's enemies. Plus: a kata sword demo from the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre's Mu Mon Kai laido Club.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Mar 27 Bottle Rocket (1996, USA, D: Wes Anderson)
A trio of would-be-criminals fall in love with the idea of being on the lam.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Mar 28 Joan Mitchell: Portrait Of An Abstract Painter (1993, USA, D: Marion Cajori)
Mitchell, a contemporary of De Kooning, Guston and Matisse, speaks as her abstract canvasses dominate the frame.
@ AGO 6:00pm, 8:00pm
Mar 28 Yallah! Underground (2015, Czech Republic/Germany/UK, D: Farid Eslam)   Music On Film    Free!
Underground Arab artists deal with hope, disillusionment and the struggle to express themselves freely during the tumult of recent years.
@ Aga Khan 6:30pm
Mar 28 Dear Doctor (2009, Japan, D: Miwa Nishikawa)    Free!
A small village's only doctor goes missing. Registration required.
@ Japan Foundation 6:30pm
Mar 28 Jane (2017, USA, D: Brett Morgen)    Free!
Noted anthropologist Jane Goodall lives with African chimpanzees, as captured by National Geographic on never-before-seen footage. Archival producer Jessica Berman-Bogdan will be on hand to discuss the collaboration responsible for bringing the film into existence.
@ Lightbox 7:00pm
Mar 28 Reflections Of Evil: Gary Sherman On Poltergeist 3   The Black Museum
Poltergeist 3 director Gary Sherman discusses the creation of the imagery that drives his underrated sequel.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Mar 28 Littler Terrors #60 - Transmutations   Little Terrors
The monthly program of short, sharp shocks returns with monsters, mutants, paranoids and a mysterious cardboard box. Presented by Rue Morgue and Unstable Ground.
@ Carlton 9:00pm
Mar 29 Before We Vanish (2017, Japan, D: Kiyoshi Kurosawa)   J-Cinema
Aliens seek to understand human concepts to pave the way for invasion.
@ JCCC 7:00pm
Mar 29 Corner Gas Animated: Live Read and Sneak Peak
The voices behind the new Corner Gas animated series conduct a live table read, answer questions and preview the series.
@ Hot Docs 7:00pm
Mar 29 Rockin' Doc Shorts   Shorts That Are Not Pants
Shorts Not Pants partners with Hot Docs for some hot docs.
@ Carlton 7:00pm
Mar 29 Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970, USA, D: Russ Meyer)   Retropath
"This is my happening and it freaks me out!" Russ Meyer hits the big time.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Mar 29 Trouble Every Day (2001, France, D: Claire Denis)
A virus transforms Beatrice Dalle into a sexually voracious cannibal.
@ Lightbox 9:20pm
Mar 30 Yayoi Kusama: I Adore Myself (2008, Japan, D: Takako Matsumoto)
Artist Kusama's daily life gives insight into her creative process.
@ AGO 2:00pm
Mar 30 Dazed And Confused (1993, USA, D: Richard Linklater)   FFF    Free!
Stoners, slackers and jocks celebrate the last day of high school.
@ Innis Town Hall 7:00pm
Mar 30 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, UK, D: Jim Sharman)
The venerable cult film and its live shadow cast Time Warp monthly.
@ Hot Docs 11:30pm
Mar 31 Hop (2011, USA, D: Tim Hill)   Family Favourites
The Easter Bunny's son tries to make it in rock and roll.
@ Cineplex 11:00am
Mar 31
Best F(r)iends (2017, USA, D: Justin MacGregor)
The Room (2003, USA, D: Tommy Wiseau)
Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero try to rekindle the magic with a story of unlikely friendship and deepening paranois. Then, the infamy returns. Bring spoons!
@ Carlton

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