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The 2021 Festival will not be happening due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Film information below is from the 2020 Festival.

Friday January 30, 2015 6:30pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

prideAbout:  PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families.

Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

Leads:  Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, Joseph Gilgun, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, George MacKay
Director:  Matthew Warchus
Genre: Drama  Language: English
Run Time: 117 min  Rating: 14A for language and brief sexual content

Saturday January 31, 2015 1:30pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

monsoonAbout Monsoon A visually stunning meditation on the annual rains that descend upon India, and their alternately disastrous and beneficial impact on Indian society, economy, agriculture, and individual lives. For Veteran filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson, the monsoon functions as a godlike entity, capable of bringing and sustaining life and destroying it - a duality that sparks profound reflections on the nature of order, chaos, creation, and faith in a perpetually mysterious universe.

Chasing the weather system from when it hits land in the south (where a family anxiously awaits its arrival) to its passage through large cities like Calcutta and Mumbai and on into the northern sections of the country, Gunnarsson speaks to Indians from all walks of life about the monsoon's manifold effects: the head of the Indian Meteorological Society, who zealously (and hilariously) polices his statements in the knowledge that an inopportune phrasing could cause markets to plummet, so significant is the monsoon to agriculture; a movie star, who discusses the storm's function as a herald of romance in countless Bollywood movies; a bookie who takes bets on when and whether the skies will open up; park rangers endeavouring to protect endangered animals exposed to poachers by the floods; and many more.

Director:  Sturla Gunnarsson (Director of Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie)
Genre:  Documentary   Language: English
Runtime: 108 minutes  Rating:  PG
Screenplay:  Sturla Gunnarsson
Cinematographer: Van Royko

Saturday January 31, 2015, 6:00pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

force majeureA critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year's Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family - handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children - on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With panicked diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls out for her husband as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, however, makes a decision that will shake the family's world to its core. Although the anticipated disaster fails to occur, his marriage now hangs in the balance as he struggles to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

Leads: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren
Directed By: Ruben Östlund
Genre: Comedy Drama   Language: Swedish with sub titles
Runtime: 118 m  Rating:  14A (for some language and brief nudity)

Sunday February 1, 2015 1:00pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

WhiplashAbout Whiplash: A talented young jazz drummer experiences a trial by fire when he's recruited by a ferocious instructor whose unyielding search for perfection may lead to his undoing. For as far back as Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) can remember, he's been watching his father fail. Determined to make a name for himself no matter what it takes, Andrew enrolls in a prestigious east coast music conservatory where his talent quickly catches the attention of Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) an esteemed music teacher who's notorious for his caustic approach in the classroom. The leader of the school's top jazz ensemble, Fletcher promptly transfers Neyman into his band, giving the ambitious young drummer a shot at true greatness. He may achieve it, too, if Neyman's methods don't drive him to madness first.

Stars: Miles Teller, J. K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Jayson Blair
Director: Damien Chazelle
Genre: Drama | Music  Language: English
Run Time: 107 min   Rating: 14A
Music: Justin Hurwitz

Sunday February 1, 2015 4pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg.

Mr TurnerAbout Mr. Turner. Much like the storied works of its titular character, Mr. Turner is a chaotic and beautiful look inside the life of landscape artist, J.M.W. Turner. Set in the twilight years of the painter's life, Mr. Turner opens with an already-successful artist seeking to rejuvenate his passion for the craft, and continue to expand upon his portfolio. A solitary man, Turner (Timothy Spall) is looked after by his live-in housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson), and father, William (Paul Jesson). Accepted by his peers, and held in high esteem by the aristocracy, Turner is free to travel across Great Britain painting landscapes, and selling his art. With only his sketchbook as his constant companion, Turner crosses the countryside searching for inspiration for his works.

Leads: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson
Mike Leigh
Genre:  Biography  Language:  English
Run Time: 150 min   Rated R for some sexual content