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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 25, 6:30pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

bel cantoBased on Ann Patchett's best-selling novel, BEL CANTO is a dramatic love story that follows a famous soprano (Julianne Moore) who travels to a military dictatorship in South America to give a private concert at a party for a wealthy Japanese industrialist (Ken Watanabe). Just as the glittering gathering of diplomats and politicians convenes, the mansion is taken over by a guerrilla rebel group demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. Threats are made, lives are lost, a tense negotiation begins, and a month long standoff ensues. While they are confined to the house, the hostages and their captors, who speak different languages, are forced to find ways to communicate. Music, especially the beautiful arias performed by Moore's character, a songbird in captivity, sparks a shared sense of comradeship and even love, uniting the disparate housemates as they form unexpected bonds, overcome their differences, and discover their shared humanity.

Cast: Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Christopher Lambert
Directed By: Paul Weitz
Rating: 14A
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Runtime: 102 minutes
Language: English

SPONSOR: Patrick Houlihan

Saturday, January 26, 2:00 pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

transitA young man fleeing the camps in Nazi Germany finds himself in possession of papers that will allow him to go to Mexico. All he needs is to impersonate the dead man. His efforts take him to Marseille where he meets the man's wife and a convoluted tale unfolds. Intense and engaging, we are hooked form the beginning. Excellent acting. The director weaves his old war-time story with modern cars and buildings in a subtle expression of how the past overlays the present.

Cast: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese
Directed By: Christian Petzold
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 101 minutes
Language: German, French

Saturday, January 26, 4:30pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

If beale st could talkSet in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple's unbreakable bond and the African-American family's empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author's prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.

Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
Directed By: Barry Jenkins (III)
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Runtime: 117 minutes
Language: English

Sunday, January 27, 1:30 pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

Beautiful BoyBeautiful Boy is a deeply moving portrait of a family's unwavering love and commitment to each other in the face of their son's addiction and his attempts at recovery. Based on two memoirs, one from acclaimed journalist David Sheff and one from his son, Nic Sheff. As Nic repeatedly relapses, the Sheffs are faced with the harsh reality that addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and can hit any family at any time.

Cast: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan
Directed by: Felix Van Groeningen
Run time: 120 minutes
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rated: 14A for drug content, language, and brief sexual material.

Sunday, January 27, 4:00pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

puzzleA woman who has a talent for assembling jigsaw puzzles sneaks away from her suburban town and goes to New York City, where she partners with a man for a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. As she experiences independence for the first time, she begins to view her value and the pieces of her own life in a whole new light.

Cast: Kelly Macdonald, David Denman, Irrfan Khan
Directed By: Marc Turtletaub
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 103 minute
Language: English

SPONSOR: Lynn Hardy