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2018 Winter Film Festival

January 19, 20 and 21, 2018

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Annual Winter Weekend Festival

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The 2018 Festival dates and Films will be:

  • Friday, January 19, 2018 - C'est La Vie
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 - The Divine Order and Loving Vincent
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 - Reception in Victoria Hall
  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 - The Other Side of Hope and Lost in Paris

Details on the films are below.

Friday, January 19,  6:30pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

cest la vie350 This effervescent comedy from celebrated French directing duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (The Intouchables) invites us to an opulent château to attend a très extravagant wedding, where the groom is an obnoxious tyrant, the band is at war with the organizers, and the chief planner is looking for the exit.

An Altmanesque ensemble work brimming with offbeat, lovable characters, and hilarious set pieces, C'est la vie! is a fiendishly smart, sprawling comedy as only the French do it. You will be laughing all the way down the aisle.

rbc logoSponsor: Patrick HoulihanLeads: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lellouche
Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Genre:  Comedy
Runtime: 115 minutes
Language: French – Sub-titles

Saturday, January 20,  2:30pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

The Divine OrderPolitical and religious leaders in Switzerland cited the Divine Order as the reason why women still did not have to right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a seemingly unremarkable housewife from a quaint village who must learn to become an unflinching suffragette leader. After organizing the village’s first meeting to support women getting the right to vote, her family is mocked, bullied, and shunned. Despite the obstacles and backlash, Nora perseveres and convinces the village women to go on strike, abandoning their homes and families. A strong ensemble cast brings the story to its inspirational conclusion when Swiss women finally secure the right to vote in 1971. The Divine Order is a heartfelt and captivating film about regular people demanding their right to an equal voice.

Leads:  Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky
Director: Petra Volpe
Genre: Drama  Language: Swiss-German – Sub-Titles
Run Time: 96 minutes

Saturday, January 20, 5:00pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

loving vincentA 2017 biographical animated drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film.  It is written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. The development was funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign.

Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 115 painters

Leads: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory, Chris O'Dowd, Saoirse Ronan
Directed By:  Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Genre: Animation, Drama  Language: English
Run Time: 1 hr 35m
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking)

Sunday, January 21, 1:30pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

Other Side of HopeFinland’s master of deadpan comedy, Aki Kaurismäki returns with the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Winner of the Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, it’s a beautiful, timely film from one of the world's leading auteurs. With hilarious sight gags, poker-faced one liners and a toe-tapping rockabilly soundtrack, Kaurismäki’s latest balances his unparalleled wit with a pressing critique of the unforgiving bureaucracy that greets vulnerable asylum seekers in modern-day Europe. Humane and sincere, it's proof of cinema's power to tell stories that matter, with beauty and heart.

Leads: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula, Nuppu Koivu, Simon Al-Bazoon
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Genre: Black Comedy  Languages: Finnish, English, Arabic
Run Time: 100 minutes  Rating: PG

Sunday, January 21, 4:00pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

lost in parisFilmed in Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon's signature whimsical style, LOST IN PARIS stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona's (Gordon) orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by Academy Award (R)-nominee Emmanuelle Riva) who is living in Paris, Fiona hops on the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she encounters Dom (Abel), the affable, but annoying tramp who just won't leave her alone. Replete with the amazing antics and intricately choreographed slapstick that has come to define Abel and Gordon's work, LOST IN PARIS is a wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights.

rbc logoSponsor: Lynn HardyLeads: Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, Fiona Gordon, Pierre Richard, Emmy Boissard Paumelle, Céline Laurentie
Directed By:   Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
Genre: Comedy  Runtime: 83 minutes
Language: French with some English (sub-titles for French)

Victoria Hall Reception Party

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Howard BaerHoward BaerOn Saturday January 20, following Loving Vincent at approx. 6:45pm, there will be a Reception. 

This will be held in the Concert Hall at Victoria Hall and includes Hors d’oeuvres with entertainment by Howard Baer & Michael Monis. There will be a bar for drinks in the Citizen’s Forum.

The cost is included in the weekend package.

This is usually a highlight of the NFS year with patrons mingling with other film lovers.  The VIA Rail prize winners will also be announced.

Entertainment this year will be by the Jazz Duo, Howard Baer & Michael Monis.

Tickets for just the reception will be available for $15.