2017 Winter-Spring Films and Animated Shorts

Sheridan Student Animated Shorts
These short videos can be watched after they have been shown in the theatre by clicking on the link.

January 16   Sphynx  by Liying Sui  
January 30   Chameleons by Pooya Amaghan
February 13 The Cleaner by Jiaju Xu
February 27 UPIR by Charlit Floriano
March 20     Underdog by Chandra Shekar Rallabandi
March 27      Catstronaut by Ruoxi Xu
April 3           Flight of Fancy by Tushar Chhabra
April 19  TBA
April 24   TBA

Directed by Louis Bélanger
Written by Louis Bélanger, Alexis Martin
Starring Alexis Martin, Gilles Renaud, Emmanuelle Lussier-Martinez, Luc Picard

Jacques Thériault, an actor with big gambling debts, takes refuge in the country where he is found by Simon, a sly, uncouth farmer. Simon forces a “reasonable association” between the two. The men end up becoming friends and begin to grow cannabis. They meet Francesca, a young Hydro-Québec employee who embraces their project. During the winter harvest, they learn to live together with a degree of happiness. Yet a threat from the outside comes to disturb this delicate balance.
January 30 OLD STONE

Director: Johnny Ma
Cast:: Gang Chen, Nai An, Hongwei Wang 
Year: 2016
Runtime: 80 Minutes 
Country: China/Canada
Language: Mandarin 

Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature, Johnny Ma’s (director of Film Circuit favourite shorts A Grand Canal and The Genius from Quintino) thrilling feature debut — about a taxi driver plunged into a bureaucratic nightmare when he takes an injured man to the hospital — takes us on an unnerving trip through China’s social strata and their corresponding levels of "justice.”
February 13 THE IDOL

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Cast:: Tawfeek Barhom, Ahmed Al Rokh, Hiba Attalah 
Year: 2016
Runtime: 100min 
Country: Netherlands, UK, Qatar, Argentina, Palestine 
Language: Spanish, Arabic

A young boy in Gaza, Mohammad Assaf, dreams of one day singing in the Cairo Opera House with his sister and best friend, Nour. One day, Nour collapses and is rushed to the hospital where it is discovered that she needs a kidney transplant. Nour leaves Mohammad with a dying wish that someday, he will sing in Cairo. Escaping from Gaza to Egypt against unbelievable odds, Assaf makes the journey of a lifetime.

Director: Matt Johnson
Cast:: Owen Williams, Sharon Belle, Krista Madison 
Year: 2016
Runtime: 94 minutes 
Country: USA
Language: English

1967: the height of the Cold War. The CIA suspects there is a Russian mole inside of NASA, sabotaging the Apollo program. They send two young agents on a mission to go undercover, posing as documentary filmmakers to capture NASA’s race to the moon. The real mission – use their access and technology to hunt down the leak. But what they discover is far more shocking than soviet spies… Their government may be hiding a secret about Apollo that could define the decade, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence anyone who learns it.

Director: Maren Ade
Cast:: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn 
Year: 2016
Runtime: 162 minute 
Country: Germany, Austria
Language: German, Romanian, English

Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she's busy as a corporate strategist. The geographical change doesn't help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. 
     Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried's flashy alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' work circle, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni, Winfried doesn't hold back, and Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life

Director: Ken Loach
Cast:: Hayley Squires, Dave Johns  
Year: 2016
Runtime: 100 minute 
Country: UK, France, Belgium
Language: English

British master Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at Cannes for this timely drama about an aged, ailing handyman’s battle to survive after being denied his government health allowance.


Director: Otto Bell
With:: Daisy Ridley, Aisholpan 
Year: 2016
Runtime: 87 minutes 
Country: UK, Mongolia, USA
Language: Kazakh (with EST)

The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

Wednesday April 19  The Sweet Hereafter

This film is presented as part of the Canada on Screen project of TIFF. TIFF is excited to partner with REEL CANADA’s National Canadian Film Day 150 on April 19th to present over 150 free screenings across Canada at Film Circuit locations. Film titles have been chosen from the Canada on Screen list, TIFF’s free year-long programme celebrating Canada 150.

Directed By Atom Egoyan

The Sweet Hereafter is a 1997 Canadian drama film written and directed by Atom Egoyan, starring Ian Holm, Sarah Polley and Bruce Greenwood and adapted from the novel of the same name by Russell Banks. The film tells the story of a school bus accident in a small town that results in the deaths of numerous children. A class-action lawsuit ensues, proving divisive in the community and becoming tied in with personal and family issues. The story is inspired by actual events in Alton, Texas in 1989.

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April 24  PAULA

Director:  Christian Schwochow
Cast::  Carla Juri, Albrecht Schuch, Roxane Duran  
Year: 2016
Runtime: 123 Minute 
Country: Germany
Language: German/French

This movie, set in the 19th and 20th Century, follows the life of the German artist Paula Modersohn-Becker. It especially focuses on her most productive years in Worpswede (Germany) and Paris (France). 

One central topic is the discrimination of women in the world of art, while the story also follows Moderson-Beckers relationships with other artists and poets of her time, friends and family.

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