Brantford Film Group

The Brantford Public Library is pleased to promote art and culture in the City of Brantford and feature movie listings for the Brantford Film Group. The films screened by the Brantford Film Group are selected through the TIFF Film Circuit.
Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule      
Brantford Cineplex / 7pm screenings
Tickets sold one half hour before screenings.
Members $9 /Non members $11 / 2017-18 membership $10

Churchill
Thursday, January 18

How will history judge British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s contribution to the Allied invasion of Normandy? Will he be a lion, the consummate war strategist, responsible for retaking Nazi-occupied Europe or an “architect of carnage”, his unfortunate role in the disastrous Allied Gallipoli invasion of 1915? Churchill (Brian Cox) is consumed with both self-doubt and frustration at his increasingly marginalized leadership role in the days before the WW11 Allied invasion of Normandy.  Director Jonathan Teplitzsky provides powerful yet intimate insights into Churchill’s passionate interactions with Allied Supreme Command -- particularly Dwight Eisenhower (John Slattery) at this critical time.
1 hour 45minutes     British biography, drama, history           PG

Lost in Paris
Thursday, January 25

 A delightful comedic confection combining clever visual gags with intricately choreographed slapstick, Lost in Paris tells a tale of gentle romance between awkward loners, between a neurotic “fish out of water” small town Canadian librarian (Fiona Gordon) and an impetuous annoying hobo (Dominique Abel) whose attentions eventually pay off
After responding to her 88-year-old Aunt Martha’s plea for help to be spared life in an old folks’ home, Fiona arrives in Paris, only to discover that her aunt (Emmanuelle Riva) is missing. What was predictable is now unpredictable. After a wacky series of whimsical mishaps and misadventures, Fiona realizes that she too is lost in Paris. Only through the persistent efforts of an affable tramp can the lost be found.                  
1 hour 23 minutes       English/French comedy  

C’est La Vie
Thursday, February 8

Bubbly, with dry undertones and more than a hint of complexity, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s  C’est La Vie is surely the champagne of French cinematic farces. Cantankerous caterer Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) is charged with coordinating the food, music, photography, crowd management and service for a society wedding reception to be held in an 18th century chateau.  Forced to find good help on short notice, many of whom would be willing to work “off the books” to save taxes, perfectionist Max must deal with demanding clients and inevitably inept employees. As the wedding festivities proceed, happy accidents save exploding best laid plans. Max struggles to ensure that the only hitch is that of the bride, Helena (Judith Chemla) and her groom, Pierre (Benjamin Lavernhe). You will want to raise a glass to all of this film’s comic talent!  1 hour 55 minutes   comedy / French subtitles

The Leisure Seeker
Thursday, February 22

With retired professor John at the wheel, golden “oldies” Ella (Helen Mirren) and John Spencer (Donald Sutherland) leave their New England home in a vintage Winnebago to head out to Hemingway House in Key West.  Ella is determined that this will be a trip they will never forget, although John is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and is already well along the road from lucidity to forgetfulness.  Ella and John have many miles to go: sometimes their road is scenic and smooth as they recapture their passion for life, and their love for one another; sometimes it is rough and filled with potholes as old quarrels flare up and secret revelations are unearthed.  Inevitably irritated and exasperated as they struggle with old age afflictions, they are nonetheless superbly memorable characters: John for maintaining a gentle dignity despite his ravaged memory and perky irrepressible Ella for her fortitude under duress in her battle with cancer. Italian director Paolo Virzi’s cinematic road trip may be bumpy but it is beautiful!
1 hour 52minutes    American drama, comedy            R

The Gardener
Thursday, March 1

By choosing American financier and self-taught horticulturalist, Frank Cabot’s magnificent private garden, Les Quatre Vents, as his subject, director Sebastian Chabot focuses on the “transformative power of nature and the ingenuity of human design.” Cabot’s world-renowned “masterpiece of modern horticulture” is located on 20 acres of land on the top of Mount Murray, near Charlevoix, Quebec.
“The film is a tribute to Cabot who died in 2011 and the horticultural tapestries he cultivated with ingenuity and enthusiasm.” In 1964, Frank Cabot inherited from his mother the land, from which he would create Les Quatre Vents. He became an eminent horticulturalist, founding a nature conservancy to protect important North American gardens, and was recognized for his efforts by becoming an honorary member of the Order of Canada, and a Chevalier of the National Order of Quebec.
Director Chabot believes that Frank Cabot’s garden functions as much “more than a postcard. It heals the soul.” So too does Chabot’s own film with its exquisite cinematography, enhanced by evocative classical music including the works of such composers as Saint Saens, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn. Don’t miss Chabot’s beautiful cinematic meditation.
1 hour 28 minutes           Canadian documentary                          G