Friday, November 02, 2007

Film Fan Fridays for Friday November 2, 2007!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday November 2, 2007! We have a fantastic selection this week of films from award winners to big names to home grown talent.

Our limited releases this week include 3 Canadian films, which is so exciting to see! They are: Surviving My Mother, Hot Docs award winning documentary The Bodybuilder and I, and the highly acclaimed Bruce McDonald film The Tracey Fragments. Rounding out the limited releases is the award winners galore with Romania's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Israel's The Bubble.

Wide releases this week include Martian Child and Lars and the Real Girl in which one of the major characters is a lifesize doll, not a girl. Lars and the Real Girl has received a lot of interested, and themes of social disconnect and loneliness are no stranger to films in recent years, but I have to admit it pains me to see a major female character in a film is literally as a object. Also hitting the theatres this week is American Gangster which is a total talent fest starring both Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe directed by Ridley Scott, now that is a promising line up.

Have a great week!

Shannon

Festival Watch

Abilities Arts Festival
Showcasing artistic excellence by artists with disabilities
Continues to November 4, 2007 at Innis Town Hall, Toronto, Ontario
http://www.abilitiesartsfestival.org

Regent Park Film Festival
Featuring films relevent to the communities in Regent Park
November 7-11, 2007 at the Nelson Mandela Public School, Toronto, Ontario
http://www.regentparkfilmfestival.com

Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival
Presenting features and shorts on the facts & mythology surrounding mental health and addiction
November at Workman Theatre, Toronto, Ontario
http://www.rendezvouswithmadness.com

Friday November 2, 2007 Releases

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days / 4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile
Writer/Dir: Cristian Mungiu (Lost and Found, Occident)
Cast: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov
Romania
Limited Release

American Gangster
Dir: Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator, G.I. Jane, Alien)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor
USA

The Bodybuilder and I
Writer/Dir: Bryan Friedman - directorial debut
Documentary
Limited Release
Canada

The Bubble
Dir: Eytan Fox (Walk on Water)
Cast: Yousef Sweid, Alon Friedman, Lior Ashkenazi
Israel
Limited Release

Lars and the Real Girl
Dir: Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock)
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Kelli Garner, Paul Schneider
USA

Martian Child
Dir: Menno Meyjes (Max)
Cast: John Cusack, Bobby Coleman, Amanda Peet, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt
USA

Surviving My Mother
Dir: Émile Gaudreault (Mambo Italiano, Wedding Night / Nuit de noces)
Cast: Caroline Dhavernas, Ellen David, Adam J. Harrington, Véronique Le Flaguais, Colin Mochrie
Canada
Limited Release

The Tracey Fragments
Dir: Bruce McDonald (Highway 61, Hard Core Logo, Dance Me Outside)
Cast: Ellen Page, Ari Cohen, Max McCabe-Lokos, Max Turnball
Canada
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada November 2, 2007**

1 comment:

Sacred Suzie said...

You know, I think making a touching movie about a man who needs a female doll because he's so lonely is a cop out. I have sympathy for him but the fact that she brings so much to his life simply by being an object for him is truly upsetting to me. You couldn't drag me to it.