If you want your weekly movie night to include something besides typical hollywood fare, then the weekly Cape Breton Island Film Series might be just the ticket for your independent film cravings.
The fall season of the CB Film series starts up September 9, and runs for 13 weeks featuring a different independent film each Thursday at Empire Theatres Studio 10 in Sydney. The film list is international in character, including works from the UK, US, China, Germany, Argentina, Poland, Italy, France, Ireland, Israel, and Canada.
The first film of the 2010 fall series is The Secret In Their Eyes, an Argentinean film that won the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Directed by Juan José Campanella, the film is based on the novel La Pregunta de Sus Ojos by Eduardo Sacheri. It is a crime thriller, set in Argentina in both 1999 and 1974 against the political backdrop of the country’s Dirty War. The film is presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
The film series began in 2003 with two sold-out screenings of Bowling For Columbine. Since then, the series has screened over 200 films. Each fall, the CB Film Series holds a benefit event for L’Arche Cape Breton, which includes the regular weekly film, followed by a dinner party and live music. This year’s benefit will be held November 4, with the French film Babies and Canadian film How To Be Alone, a short piece by Nova Scotia filmmaker Andrea Dorfman featuring poet/singer/songwriter Tanya Davis.
Each Thursday screening starts at 7:00pm, with $9 regular admission and $6 student admission. Season passes are available, giving pass-holders access to 13 films for $80. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Persons in wheelchairs pay the applicable ticket price, but an accompanying attendant is admitted free of charge.
For more information on the CB Film Series and the full schedule of films, visit cbfilms.ca.