Thursday July 19: American Dreams and Nightmares

This month we’re proud to present a curated programme of notable American short films from the past decade or so. These films have played festivals around the world and we’re happy to bring them to you here in Toronto. Please join us and bring a friend or two!

Thursday July 19th at 7:00pm
(but meet us at 6:00pm in the lobby for pre-screening drinks – $5 tall cans courtesy of Woodhouse Brewing Co.)
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from CRYSTAL LAKE

CRYSTAL LAKE

Dir: Jennifer Reeder
USA – 2016

Crystal Lake is about a group of girls who take over a skate park, forming an all-female force field on the half pipe. There on the ramp, with no boys around, they are thriving and visible. This is an anthem for young feminists which presents female friends as a means to survive adolescence. EVERY GRRRL-SHAPED BREATH IS A BATTLE CRY.

Duration: 16:00


Still from STRYKA

STRYKA

Dir: Emily Carmichael
USA – 2015

Stryka is an awesome reptile woman from another planet who does heists and odd jobs with her (literal) partner in crime, Callen. But she has a secret: she’s been stealing with somebody else. (She just wants a partner who cleans up well enough to pull off a fancy jewel heist once and a while–is that so wrong?) Anxious about her career in thievery and torn by her loyalty to competing thieves, Stryka has to figure out where she belongs. Luckily, she has a highly advanced robot therapist to talk it over with.

Duration: 8:00


Still from THE PROCEDURE

THE PROCEDURE

Dir: Calvin Lee Reeder
USA – 2016

A man is tranquilized on the street and wakes to find himself tied up in empty room. But what is that thing coming down?

Duration: 4:00


Still from AFTERMATH ON MEADOWLARK LANE

AFTERMATH ON MEADOWLARK LANE

Dirs: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
USA – 2007

While on their way to a mariachi recital, a devastating car crash forces a mother and her two sons to confront the truth about their past.

Duration: 10:00


Still from FRY DAY

FRY DAY

Dir: Laura Moss
USA – 2017

An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of serial killer Ted Bundy’s execution in 1989.

Duration: 16:00


Still from DARLING DARLING

DARLING DARLING

Dir: Matthew Lessner
USA – 2005

Meeting your date’s parents is never a comfortable experience, but the event is taken to unexpected levels of surreality in Matthew Lessner’s directorial debut starring Michael Cera as an awkward and flustered everyteen forced to make small talk with his prom date’s bizarre father.

Duration: 12:00


Still from MEN DON'T WHISPER

MEN DON’T WHISPER

Dir: Jordan Firstman
USA – 2017

After being emasculated at a sales conference, gay couple Reese and Peyton decide the only way to regain their confidence and prove their masculinity is to sleep with some women. When they meet fellow conference attendees and pleasure seekers Beth and Dominique, it seems like a perfect match. Unfortunately sealing the deal is easier said than done.

Duration: 21:00


Tickets available online or at the Carlton box office ($10 adults, $7 seniors). Facebook RSVP here!

Toronto Korean Film Festival 2018 Shorts Competition

We’re very pleased to be co-presenting this year’s shorts competition at the Toronto Korean Film Festival, which runs July 11-15 at Innis Town Hall. The shorts screening takes place on Saturday July 14 at 2:30pm. The following seven short films were chosen from more than 400 submissions, and represent the future of Korean filmmaking. More information and a link to buy tickets here.

Toronto Korean Film Festival Shorts Competition 2018

Mad Rush (Dir: Hee-Jun LEE)

Suffering from a contamination obsession and panic disorder, Byunghoon is battling through the little things, day by day.

Duration: 16 minutes

Juliana (Dir: Do-Joon KIM)

Sky Apartments was the oldest apartment complex in Seoul. In 2008, the complex was deemed unsafe. After all other the inhabitants are gone, one elderly woman remains.

Duration: 30 minutes

Long-Running (Dir: Seung-o JEONG)

While on leave from his military service, Mingyu takes out his mother’s car and goes camping with Dongwan.

Duration: 9 minutes

Potato (Dir: Rudolf HAN)

Labour works, and she eats potato.

Duration: 9 minutes

I Only Had to Say (Dir: Han-na CHO)

Daughter can not forget her past, but her mother wants to forget it. They have a conversation about the past and present.

Duration: 12 minutes

May 14th (Dir: Eun-Joo BOO)

May 14th is Minjeong’s birthday. And it also happens to be her sister’s wedding day. Minjeong comes to spend the very day all alone.

Duration: 24 minutes

Thirsty (Dir: Su-min YOU)

Hee-joon is a Chinese food delivery man, just trying to get by. An opportunity to make a quick buck presents itself. But things are never as simple as they seem…

Duration: 29 minutes

Thursday June 21: Short Waves Festival Travelling Programme

This month we’re proud to present the travelling programme from Poland’s Short Waves Festival. In partnership with Ekran, Toronto’s Polish film festival, we’ll be presenting five award-winning short films from Poland, a country with a storied history of filmmaking, including such luminary directors as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Roman Polanski, and Agnieszka Holland.

Thursday June 21st at 7:00pm
(but meet us at 6:00pm in the lobby for pre-screening drinks – $5 tall cans courtesy of Woodhouse Brewing Co.)
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)

Short Waves Festival
Ekran Polish Film Festival


Still from VOLTA

VOLTA

Dirs: Monika Kotecka, Karolina Poryzała
Poland – 2017

Zuzia (12) has been training vaulting for two years and has an extraordinary role topping the acrobatic pyramid. She is a “flyer” lifted by the stronger and more experienced vaulters. Another intensive season begins. During the training sessions it becomes apparent that the girl has lost some of her grace and lightness. At first the coach blames the lifters but they admit that Zuzia is now too big to lift. It becomes clear that she is “just growing” and her role is given to a younger girl.

Duration: 14:00


Still from HEIMAT (HOME)

HEIMAT (HOME)

Dir: Eli Buchwald
Poland – 2017

Five members of a rather peculiar family meet at the police station. Three grown-up children have to testify against the man who beat up their father.

Duration: 24:00


Still from DREGS

DREGS

Dir: Kordian Kądziela
Poland – 2017

Beata is a telephone fortune teller and she’s advising thousands in her work. Her life changes drastically when one of her readings almost leads to a tragedy.

Duration: 28:00


Still from NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

Dir: Damian Kocur
Poland – 2017

Michal lives in the country and works at a cattle farm. At the end of the day, he comes back home, has dinner and rests. Every day in his life is the same. One day, a girl he met on the Internet visits him.

Duration: 25:00


Still from THE WIZARD OF THE U.S.

THE WIZARD OF THE U.S.

Dir: Balbina Bruszewska
Poland – 2017

Social satire based on the story by L. Frank Baum. A mysterious tornado grabs Dorothy and takes her to an unusual place. She follows the yellow brick road to the wizard who will surely make her dreams come true.

Duration: 23:00


Tickets available online or at the Carlton box office ($10 adults, $7 seniors). Facebook RSVP here!

Thursday May 24: Not Short on Talent (Canadian Shorts)

Our curated monthly screening for May is a selection of the top Canadian shorts of 2017 as selected by Telefilm Canada. The Not Short on Talent lineup travels to Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, and other prestigious festivals each year, so these are worthy of your attention. Not to mention that Woodhouse Brewing Co., our Official Beverage Sponsor, is back with $5 tall cans. Join us at 6pm for a frosty cold beer in the lobby and we’ll share our plans for upcoming screenings and our festival in November!

Thursday May 24th at 7:00pm
(but meet us at 6:00pm in the lobby for pre-screening drinks – $5 tall cans courtesy of Woodhouse Brewing Co.)
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from FOUR EYES

FOUR EYES

Dir: Michael Clowater
Canada – 2017

Brian is an awkward, bespectacled and, ever-so-slightly autistic 12 year-old boy caught between getting literally beat up by a neighbourhood thug and figuratively beat up at home by his stressed out mother.

Duration: 15:00


Still from THE BLUE JET

THE BLUE JET

Dir: Lawrence Le Lam
Canada – 2015

Baptized in blue denim, Blue Jet is a rebellious radio DJ who broadcasts forbidden rock n’ roll in 1970s Taiwan. The country has been under martial law for the past two decades, and the KMT Secret Youth Police seek out the long-haired instigators of “hippie” culture. Hear the untold story of a legend, remembered by an old fan who recalls his first time walking on the wild side.

Duration: 15:00


Still from INUK HUNTER

INUK HUNTER

Dir: George Annanack
Canada – 2017

A poetic and contemplative film about an Inuk man hunting for northern lights with his camera.

Duration: 4:00


Still from LE FILS DU CAPITAINE

LE FILS DU CAPITAINE (linked film is in French with no subtitles)

Dirs: Emmanuelle Landry, Albénie Delacôte, John Jerome
Canada – 2017

The captain’s son died after devoting his life to photography. He left his strange little universe behind and his daughter is now exploring this mysterious legacy. She can finally start getting to know her father.

Duration: 14:00


Still from MIDWIFE

MIDWIFE

Dir: Blake Salzman
Canada – 2017

In a bleak future where women are dying rapidly, a female survivor must counsel, interrogate and mother those responsible to find answers.

Duration: 23:00


Still from HOW TOMMY LEMENCHICK BECAME A GRADE 7 LEGEND

HOW TOMMY LEMENCHICK BECAME A GRADE 7 LEGEND

Dir: Bastien Alexandre
Canada – 2017

Ophelia is a whip-smart 12 year-old girl who must solve a vexing problem: she’s never been kissed. There are several candidates in her class, but none have Tommy Lemenchick’s smile. Baiting him with the hottest new videogame, Ophelia manages to get Tommy on the old family couch and claims her coveted prize. But, Tommy has more than a nice smile; he also has a big mouth.

Duration: 11:00


Tickets available online or at the Carlton box office ($10 adults, $7 seniors). Facebook RSVP here!