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Cinefest November Film - The Insult

CINEFEST DURHAM returns for another season of bringing quality Canadian and international films to Durham Region since 1995

When: Monthly showings, Wednesdays, at 4pm and 7pm.
Where: Cineplex Odeon Oshawa, 1351 Grandview Street North
Tickets: $10, cash only at the door; all profits to fund special projects of the Oshawa Public Libraries.

Upcoming Films


Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 4PM and 7PM
Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nick de Pencier
Year: 2018 Runtime: 87 minutes

The third collaboration between award-winning photographer Edward Burtynsky and acclaimed filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier continues their exploration of industrialization and extraction in astonishing scale and perspective. Spanning numerous countries, the film reveals in stunning images how our mania for conquest defines our relationship to the Earth and how we have created a global epidemic. In Kenya, mounds of elephant tusks burn in a devastating display of the impact of poaching. In Russia and Germany, mining operations transform terrains into otherworldly industrial wastelands as hypnotic, colossal, lifelike machines endlessly extract on an unfathomable scale. ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a mesmerizing and disturbing rumination on what drives us as a species and a call to wake up to the destruction caused by our dominance.

“A stunning wake-up call, and thanks to the travel, work and thought of the filmmakers, it is equally stunning to look at.” Anne Brodie, What She Said

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 4PM and 7PM
Director: Gustav Moller
Cast: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi
Year: 2018 Runtime: 85 minutes
Language: Danish with English subtitles

In this pulsating crime thriller set entirely inside a claustrophobic emergency call center, Police Officer Asger is assigned to dispatcher duty following a fatal incident. An initially slow evening takes a sharp turn when he receives a mysterious call for help, and Asger must spring into action, embarking on a hair-raising journey on the phone to bring the caller to safety. Debut feature filmmaker Gustav Moller keeps the tension and the viewer’s imagination alive in this chamber piece that won audience awards at the Rotterdam and Sundance Film Festivals.

“If the setting of The Guilty couldn't be simpler, its immaculate execution by first-time director Gustav Möller couldn't be more gripping and involving.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 4PM and 7PM
Director: Isabel Coixet
Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson
Year: 2017 Runtime: 113 minutes

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s Booker Prize-nominated novel, The Bookshop acts as a love letter to literature and the importance of dreams. This adaptation is brimming with colour, wit, and charm. A young widow shocks the residents of her rural English town by turning an old, weathered house into a bookshop. She faces vehement opposition from the town, especially from the queen busybody, but finds an unlikely supporter in a bookish local recluse who takes up her cause. When the battle lines are drawn, the fight moves beyond the shop to touch on the sociopolitical values and class barriers facing the residents of the town in 1950s England. As independent bookstores face competition from corporate giants and the arts continue to prove themselves a force of change, The Bookshop is as timely today as ever.

“It’s beautifully evocative of the musty, inviting smell of a bookshop on a cool day or of the nostalgic pleasure of old photographs.” Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 4PM and 7PM
Director: Lars Kraume
Cast: Tom Gramenz, Leonard Scheicher, Florian Lukas, Jonas Dassler
Year: 2018 Runtime: 111 minutes
Language: German, Russian with English subtitles

During a visit to the cinema in West Berlin in 1956, two high school students see dramatic pictures of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest on the newsreel. Back at school in Stalinstadt, they spontaneously decide to hold a two minute’s silence in solidarity with the victims of the uprising during a lesson. The gesture causes much bigger ripples than expected as the students become objects of the political machinations of the fledgling East Germany. The People’s Education Minister condemns the action as a clearly counter-revolutionary act and demands that the ringleader be named within a week. But the students stick together, making a decision that will change their lives forever. Based on the personal experiences and book by Dietrich Garstka, one of the 19 students who turned an entire state apparatus against them with a simple humane gesture.

“A fascinating footnote in mid-20th-century German history gets an expectedly worthy treatment by writer-director Lars Kraume.” Jay Weissberg, Variety

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 4PM and 7PM
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Cast: Halldora Geirharosdottir, Johann Siguroarson, Juan Camillo, Roman Estrada
Year: 2018 Runtime: 101 minutes
Language:Icelandic with English subtitles

Woman at War is a timely film that speaks to social awareness with wit and warmth. Halla is a middle-aged choir director, popular among her neighbours and respected in the community. Unbeknownst to her fellow citizens, she is also an environmentalist vigilante who destroys power lines in an effort to preserve the beautiful local countryside. Just as Halla begins to ramp up her anti-industrial campaign efforts, she receives entirely unexpected news: an application she made years ago to adopt a child from Ukraine has finally been approved, and she’s about to become a mother. Woman at War provides a breathtaking showcase for Iceland’s natural beauty; the surrounding landscapes are stunningly shot and provide a quick answer to the question of why one woman would take on an entire industrial complex to preserve them.

“A wry, idiosyncratic comedy that communicates important topical messages while never being less than a joy to watch.” Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

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