Co-Sponsored by the Department of New Media at the University of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Public Library
2016-2017
New Media Film Series 2015-2016

What is the New Media Film Series?

  The New Media Film Series is dedicated to showcasing a selection of films that have contributed to our understanding of cinema's achievements, and signal directions for its future. Initiated and sponsored by the Department of New Media, various scholars from the University of Lethbridge will introduce and screen their choices for films that advance the art form. Please join us twice a month as we explore together the parameters of various masterful cinematic accomplishments.

Mission Statement

  The New Media Film Series focuses on new possibilities and creative currents within the cinema, and provides a forum for the public to be exposed to and discuss cinema's historical developments. We aim to provide the Lethbridge community with an opportunity to enhance their appreciation and understanding of cinema as an art form via conversations with informed scholars and aficionados. Therefore, the Series is dedicated to presenting a vibrant glimpse of cinema's future, and agitates for the importance of understanding and appreciating its past.


Anomalisa

ANOMALISA

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Taylor (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

In this haunting work of stop-motion animation, a disengaged customer service expert is prompted to regain his connection to others after striking up an intimate relationship with a sweet but insecure young woman.

(USA / Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman / 2015)

Nominated for a 2016 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film

Filtered through Kaufman's searching mind and soulful brilliance, the result is a masterpiece.

- Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)

>> For more information: www.anomalisamovie.com

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQkHA3fHk_0


Timbuktu

TIMBUKTU

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Beth Gerwin (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

Not far from Timbuktu, a peaceful cattleman and his family are suddenly faced with Islamic fundamentalist law, and their crisis becomes a focal point for a passionate examination of tolerance and intolerance.

(Mauritania / Abderrahmane Sissako / 2014)

Won the 2015 César Award for Best Film

Timbuktu feels at once timely and permanent, immediate and essential.

- A. O. Scott (New York Times)

>> For more information: www.cohenmedia.net/films/timbuktu

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CspcDYQ-SiY


Masaan

MASAAN

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Prof. Ryan Harper-Brown (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

Two interlocking love stories focus on the lives of young Indians resisting sexual and caste restrictions in modern Varanasi.

(India / Neeraj Ghaywan / 2015)

Won the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Part of the new generation of indie films whose clear intent is to set ablaze a hidebound society's constrictions on personal liberty.

- Deborah Young (Hollywood Reporter)

>> For more information: www.imdb.com/title/tt4635372/

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKJfBo3xMW0


Yojimbo

YOJIMBO

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. John Harding (Religious Studies)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

A wily, masterless samurai uses a war between two evil clans to rid a terror-stricken village of corruption.

(Japan / Akira Kurosawa / 1961)

Nominated for a Golden Lion at the 1961 Venice Film Festival

It is fair to say that, without Yojimbo, certain key aspects of Western cinema would not be the same today.

- James Berardinelli (ReelViews)

>> For more information: www.criterion.com/films/597-yojimbo

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_1iT_GmHTE


Living In Oblivion

LIVING IN OBLIVION

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Dana Cooley (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

The ultimate tribute to all independent directors, a film about filmmaking that takes place during one day on the set of a non-budget movie.

(USA / Tom DiCillo / 1995)

Nominated for the 1996 Independent Spirit Award

A hip indie version of Truffaut's Day for Night, Living in Oblivion celebrates the very act of filmmaking as grand folly, a triumph of absurdist heroism.

- Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly)

>> For more information: www.imdb.com/title/tt0113677/

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaTEaKhXfzM


Thunderheart

THUNDERHEART

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Prof. Blake Evernden (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

A young FBI agent, with Sioux background, is assigned to investigate a murder committed on a poverty-stricken reservation, where he has to come to terms with his heritage.

(USA / Michael Apted / 1992)

Nominated for 1992 Political Film Society Awards in the Exposé and Human Rights categories

Apted is a skillful storyteller. He gives Thunderheart a brisk, fact-filled exposition and a dramatic structure that builds to a strong finale.

- Janet Maslin (New York Times)

>> For more information: www.imdb.com/title/tt0105585/

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dfmkymTr4c


The Madness of King George

THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Heather Ladd (English)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

As King George III of England experiences an episode of dementia, his illness causes turbulence within his family and court.

(UK / Nicholas Hytner / 1995)

Won 1996 BAFTA Award for Best British Film

Hawthorne is by turn outrageous and pathetic and imperious and poignant and very funny.

- Rick Groen (Globe and Mail)

>> For more information: www.imdb.com/title/tt0110428/

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHNSAK8d3qc


Fantasia

FANTASIA

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Prof. Bob Cousins (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

Disney’s third animated feature is a visionary landmark film that explores the synchronicity between music and animation.

(USA / Ben Sharpsteen et al. / 1940)

Selected in 1990 for preservation in the National Film Registry

Fantasia is simply terrific – as terrific as anything that has ever happened on a screen.

- Bosley Crowther (New York Times)

>> For more information: www.imdb.com/title/tt0032455/

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiVWMtB3YPg


Grand Piano

GRAND PIANO

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Prof. Blake Evernden (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

A pianist with stage fright endures a performance under the eyes of a sniper, who will shoot if a wrong note is played.

(Spain / Eugenio Mira / 2013)

Nominated for Best Film at the 2014 Feroz Awards

This proudly old-fashioned movie will pull any trick in the book to hold your attention.

- Stephen Holden (New York Times)

>> For more information: www.magnetreleasing.com/grandpiano/

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEoM7bM7KVw


Vic + Flo Saw A Bear

VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
7-9:30PM

Dr. Steven Urquhart (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

An ex-convict couple try to evade their past in the backwoods of Quebec, but their tranquility is disrupted by an obsessive parole officer.

(Canada / Denis Côté / 2013)

Nominated for a 2014 Jutra Award for Best International Motion Picture

This is a story with surprisingly great, big teeth.

- Manohla Dargis (New York Times)

>> For more information: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2385882/

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmX11-CUeR8


The Congress

THE CONGRESS

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Javid Sadr (Psychology)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

Selling a film studio the rights to her digital likeness has unanticipated consequences for a former movie star.

(France & Israel / Ari Folman / 2013)

Won Best Picture at the 2013 Austin Fantastic Fest

If Daffy Duck had taken up political and media theory, his brain might look like this.

- Geoff Pevere (Globe and Mail)

>> For more information: www.drafthousefilms.com/film/the-congress

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rNSTizOsws


Predestination

PREDESTINATION

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Paul Sparrow-Clarke (Academic Initiatives Manager)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

A Temporal Agent tracks an elusive criminal through time, and pushes the predestination paradox to its limits.

(Australia / Michael & Peter Spierig / 2014)

Won 2014 Toronto After Dark Film Festival award for Best SF Film

The film leaps into a dizzy abyss of temporal paradoxes, made all the dizzier by its transgender premise – a modern Tiresias myth plaited into a Möbius strip.

- Jonathan Romney (Observer)

>> For more information: www.imdb.com/title/tt2397535/

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVOpfpYijHA


An Evening With Disney: The Musical Cartoons

AN EVENING WITH DISNEY: THE MUSICAL CARTOONS

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Prof. Bob Cousins (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

From “Silly Symphonies” to “Melody Time,” Disney excelled at combining animation with music to create some truly memorable animated shorts.

Melody Time won an International Award for Animated Film at the 1948 Venice Film Festival

The straight technical expertism is still one of the wonders of the movie world.

- Time Magazine

>> For more information: www.bcdb.com/cartoons/Walt_Disney_Studios/Shorts/Silly_Symphonies/


Phoenix

PHOENIX

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Taylor (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

A concentration camp survivor attempts to construct a new identity for herself, but goes unrecognized by the man she loves.

(Germany / Christian Petzold / 2014)

Won Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film

This is cinema at its most ineffable and its most potent.

- Catherine Wheatley (Sight and Sound)

>> For more information: www.ifcfilms.com/films/phoenix

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjJKLatvKSA


Cafe Society

CAFE SOCIETY

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Dana Cooley (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

Set in the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars.

(USA / Woody Allen / 2016)

Opened the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

There is a gravity to it, and a tug of sadness, that cannot be accounted for by the story.

- Anthony Lane (New Yorker)

>> For more information: www.festival-cannes.com/en/films/cafe-society

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2c1y1HT0yo


Gallipoli

GALLIPOLI

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Paul Sparrow-Clarke (Academic Initiatives Manager)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free Admission

In Australia during WWI, two young men and a nation lose their innocence amidst the brutal reality of war.

(Australia / Peter Weir / 1981)

Won 1981 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film

Weir’s film has an uncommon beauty, warmth, and immediacy, and a touch of the mysterious, too.

- Janet Maslin (New York Times)

>> For more information: www.imdb.com/title/tt0082432/

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT1JHKpSHXA


Previous Screenings 2015-2016

It Follows

IT FOLLOWS

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Taylor (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A shape-changing entity relentlessly pursues a young woman, who can only escape the curse by passing it along to a sexual partner.

( Mark Moskowitz / USA / 2002 )

Nominated for the Critics Week Grand Prize at the 2014 Cannes Festival.

One of the scariest movies I've ever seen…and also one of the most beautiful.

- Michael O’Sullivan (Washington Post)

>> For more information: www.itfollowsfilm.com

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


The Valley Below

AMAZING GRACE

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Heather Ladd (English)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A rousing, romantic portrait of the British abolitionist, William Wilberforce, and his efforts to put an end to the transatlantic slave trade.

(Michael Apted / UK / 2006)

Won 2008 Christopher Award for Best Feature Film.

A detailed, affecting biography of one of the great souls who moved humanity forward.

- Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

>> For more information: www.imdb.com/title/tt0454776/

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH-X5xg2-9I


Housebound

HOUSEBOUND

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Blake Evernden (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

On home detention, a young woman is forced to spend time with her estranged mother…and a none-too-friendly ghost that seems to be haunting the family home.

(Gerard Johnstone / New Zealand / 2014)

Winner of a Special Award for Best Horror Film and Best Comedy at the 2014 Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

A marvelously entertaining combo of haunted-house thriller, murder mystery and domestic comedy.

- Richard Kuipers (Variety)

>> For more information: www.houseboundthemovie.com

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


Mood Indigo

MOOD INDIGO

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Melanie Collado (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

The inventor of a cocktail-making piano attempts to cure his lover of a flower growing inconveniently in her lungs.

(Michel Gondry / France / 2013)

Won Best Production Design at the 2014 César Awards.

The first 10 minutes of Michel Gondry's latest pillowcase of whimsy…has more invention than most of the movies you'll see this year.”

- Moira MacDonald (Seattle Times)

>> For more information: www.drafthousefilms.com/film/mood-indigo

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


Warner Bros

AN EVENING WITH WARNER BROS ANIMATION II

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Melanie Collado (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Back by popular demand: another collection of hilarious, genre defining cartoon shorts featuring Bugs and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang.

( USA / 1937-1962 )

Won Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film in 1947, 1949, 1955, 1957 & 1958.

They brought to animation an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating animated characters with…wildly eccentric personalities.

- The Smithsonian Institution

>> For more information: bcdb.com/cartoons/Warner_Bros_/


The Blues Brothers

THE BLUES BROTHERS

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Professor Ryan Harper-Brown (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Jake and Elwood Blues put the old band back together to save their childhood boarding school in this big-screen extension of the classic SNL sketches.

( John Landis / USA / 1980 )

Formless, chaotic and lazy, and quite brilliant because of it.

- Kevin Maher (The Times)

>> View the trailer and more info: www.imdb.com


Primer

PRIMER

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Blake Evernden

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A group of enterprising engineers accidentally invent time-travel. Mayhem (in multiple versions of reality) ensues.

(Shane Carruthers / USA / 2004)

Won the 2004 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Maddening, fascinating and completely successful.

- Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

>> For more information: erbpfilm.com/film/primer

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


The Act of Killing

THE ACT OF KILLING

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Taylor (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Former death-squad leaders are invited to recreate their murders – in a variety of movie genres – in this astonishing documentary about the Indonesian massacres of 1965-66.

(Joshua Oppenheimer / Denmark / 2012)

Winner of the 2014 BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade…unprecedented in the history of cinema.

– Werner Herzog (Filmmaker)

>> For more information: theactofkilling.com/

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


In The Mood for Love

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Dana Cooley (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

In a crowded Hong Kong apartment complex, a newspaper editor and a secretary from a friendship while suspecting their respective spouses of having an affair.

(Wong Kar Wai / Hong Kong / 2000)

Winner of the Technical Grand Prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, and ranked by over a dozen critics’ polls as Best Film of the 2000s.

Like that first blush of love when you can barely concentrate on anything else and the world seems new and strange.”

- Elvis Mitchell (New York Times)

>> For more information: www.wkw-inthemoodforlove.com/eng/homepg/homepg.asp

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


Mommy

MOMMY

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Steven Urquhart (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

The mysterious, new girl across the street helps a fiery single mother care for her violent and troubled teenaged son.

(Xavier Dolan / Canada / 2014)

Winner of the 2014 César and Jutra Awards, and the Jury Prize at Cannes.

A splashy, transgressive treat, from trailer-trash chat to unexpected sex and surprising emotional depth.

- Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian)

>> For more information: tiff.net/festivals/thefestival/programmes/specialpresentations/mommy

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


'71

'71

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
7-9:30PM

Paul Sparrow-Clarke (Academic Initiatives Manager)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

In Belfast during the Troubles, a British soldier accidentally left behind by his unit struggles to survive the night in hostile territory.

(Yann Demange / UK / 2014)

Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards.

A gritty and garrote-tight suspense story.

- Brad Wheeler (Globe and Mail)

>> For more information: tiff.net/festivals/thefestival/programmes/discovery/71

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


AN EVENING WITH FLEISCHER STUDIOS ANIMATION

AN EVENING WITH FLEISCHER STUDIOS ANIMATION

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Professor Bob Cousins (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Celebrate the acclaimed cartoons of the Golden Age of American Animation from the studio that brought you Betty Boop, Popeye, and the extraordinary Superman animated serial.

(USA / 1930-1941)

Superman was nominated for a 1941 Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

The Fleischer cartoons offered a gritty, rubbery, often risque alternative to the increasingly realistic and wholesome films of Walt Disney.

- Charles Solomon (Los Angeles Times)

>> For more information: www.toonopedia.com/fleischr.htm


7th Heaven

7TH HEAVEN

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Dana Cooley (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

As France is overtaken by the First World War, a sewer worker and a prostitute pretend to marry – only to find themselves gradually falling in love.

(Frank Borzage / USA / 1927)

Winner of the first Academy Awards for Best Directing, Adapted Screenplay, and Actress

The human evidence of Borzage's superhuman idea of existence… is one of the great glories of the cinema.”

- Kent Jones (Film Comment)

>> For more information: silentfilm.org/archive/seventh-heaven-1927


Princess Mononoke

PRINCESS MONONOKE

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. John Harding (Religious Studies)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Wolf gods, demon boars, and warring clans clash in this exquisitely animated ecological fable.

(Hayao Miyaki / Japan / 1997)

Winner of the 1998 Japanese Academy Award for Best Film

You'll see why, in animation circles, Miyazaki himself is considered one of the gods.”

- David Ansen (Newsweek)

>> For more information: imdb.com/title/tt0119698/

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


Tokyo Sonata

TOKYO SONATA

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Abigail McMeekin (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

After being abruptly laid off from his office job, a father tries to hide his lack of employment from his deteriorating family.

(Kiyoshi Kurosawa / Japan / 2008)

Won Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival

One of the most eloquent statements on the world today that we are likely to see in this moviegoing year.”

- Andrew Sarris (New York Observer)

>> For more information: imdb.com/title/tt0938341/

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


The Best Offer

THE BEST OFFER

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Javid Sadr (Psychology)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

The managing director of an auction house is drawn by a reclusive young heiress into games of intrigue and deceit.

(Giuseppe Tornatore / Italy / 2013)

Winner of 5 David di Donatello Awards in 2013, including Best Film.

An intricate, multi-layered tale of mystery, deceit, and delicate anxiety.

- Elias Savada (Film Threat)

>> For more information: imdb.com/title/tt1924396/

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


Previous Screenings 2014-2015

Inside Llewyn Davis

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Taylor (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A down-at-the-heels folk singer tries to make a name for himself in the dog-eat-dog 1961 New York music scene.

(Ethan & Joel Coen/USA/2013)

Won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

This film offers a stringent voyage of overcast skies, melancholy folk, soured relationships and no direction home.

- JM Tyree (Sight and Sound)

>> For more information: www.insidellewyndavis.com

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


Stone Reader

STONE READER

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Blake Evernden (MFA New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A documentary mystery on the disappearance of acclaimed American novelist, Dow Mossman, and his adored work, The Stones of Summer.

(Mark Moskowitz/USA/2002)

Won the Jury Special Award & Audience Award at the 2002 Slamdance Festival

…a wonderful film about readers and reading, writers and writing.

- Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

>> For more information: www.stonereader.net

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com


Common Chord

COMMON CHORD

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by the filmmaker, Professor Deric Olsen (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

In this locally produced drama, a young father struggles to choose between a promising career as a musician and a daughter who needs him desperately.

(Deric Olsen/Canada/2013)

Nominated for seven 2014 AMPIA Awards.

>> For more information: www.commonchordmovie.com

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


An Evening with UPA Animation

AN EVENING WITH UPA ANIMATION

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Professor Bob Cousins (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Enjoy a selection of hilarious and innovative short cartoons by the studio that brought you Mr. Magoo, Gerald McBoing Boing, and pioneered the technique of limited animation.

(USA/1943-1965)

Won Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film in 1951, 1955 & 1956

For almost a decade…UPA challenged convention and influenced both popular culture and art and design for years to come.

- John M. Miller (Turner Classic Movies)

>> For more information: tooninanimation.net


Blade Runner

BLADE RUNNER

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Paul Sparrow-Clarke (Academic Initiatives Manager)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

In this enormously influential science fiction and film noir hybrid, a special police operative in 2019 Los Angeles tracks down and “retires” renegade androids.

(Ridley Scott/USA/1982)

Selected in 1993 for preservation in the National Film Registry

This is perhaps the only science-fiction film that can be called transcendental.

- Owen Glieberman (Entertainment Weekly)

>> For more information: www.bladerunnerthemovue.warnerbros.com

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


Her

HER

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Taylor (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

21st century romantics will be delighted by this rosy and slightly melancholic tale of boy-meets-computer.

(Spike Jonze/USA/2013)

Won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

Jonze's strange SF-lite romance brims with love actual and intelligence artificial.

- Anton Bitel (Film4)

>> For more information: www.herthemovie.com

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


Departures

DEPARTURES

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Abigail McMeekin (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Can an out-of-work cellist adjust to his unexpected new profession as a small-town nokanshi – a professional who prepares bodies for funeral services?

(Yôjirô Takita/Japan/2008)

Won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

A moving celebration of life through showing reverence for death.

- Maggie Lee (Hollywood Reporter)

>> For more information: www.departures-themovie.com

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


My Winnipeg

MY WINNIPEG

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Dana Cooley (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Fact, fantasy, and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of filmmaker Guy Maddin's hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

(Guy Maddin/Canada/2007)

Won the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian Feature

This is a secret history, and it's a wonder.

- Ty Burr (Boston Globe)

>> For more information: www.cbc.ca

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


The Exterminating Angel

THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Kiki Benzon (English)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Aristocratic guests cannot muster the will to leave a deadly dinner party in this renowned, surrealist black comedy.

(Luis Buñuel/Mexico/1962)

Nominated for a Palme d’or at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival

…this unclassifiable creation must count as one of the most twisted stunts ever mounted for the screen.

- Ed Gonzalez (Slant)

>> For more information: www.criterion.com

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com


Spartan

SPARTAN

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Blake Evernden (MFA New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A terse political thriller involving a President’s missing daughter and the very determined Delta Force operative tasked to find her.

(David Mamet/USA/2004)

An entertainingly over-the-top tale of good, evil, sex, and betrayal.

- James Berardinelli (ReelViews)

>> For more information: www.imdb.com

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


Jason and the Argonauts

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Paul Sparrow-Clarke (Academic Initiatives Manager)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Featuring extraordinary stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen, this loopy adaptation of a classic Greek myth features a nautical quest for the fabled Golden Fleece.

(Don Chaffey/USA/1963)

For sheer old-fashioned, childhood rekindling adventure you really can't go past it.

- Ian Nathan (Empire)

>> For more information: www.tcm.com

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com


Snowpiercer

SNOWPIERCER

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Aaron Taylor (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Survivors of an ecological disaster are confined to a globe-spanning train in which some of the passengers are plotting a rebellion against their upper-class captors.

(Joon-ho Bong/South Korea/2013)

Won a 2013 Blue Dragon Award for Best Direction

An enormously ambitious, visually stunning and richly satisfying futuristic epic.

- Scott Foundas (Variety)

>> For more information: www.imdb.com

>> View the trailer: www.imdb.com


An Evening With Warner Bros. Cartoons

AN EVENING WITH WARNER BROS. CARTOONS

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Professor Bob Cousins (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

From the studio that brought you Loony Tunes and Merrie Melodies comes an evening of innovative cartoon shorts made during the Golden Age of American animation.

(USA/1933-1969)

Won Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film in 1947, 1949, 1955, 1957 & 1958

These films were…more than an excuse to escape reality. They WERE reality, transformed into art: brutally true, honorably honest, like Samuel Beckett with the fun up front.

- Richard Corliss (Time)

>> For more information: www.bcdb.com


Therese Raquin

THÉRÈSE RAQUIN

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Melanie Collado (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A modern update of Zola’s 1867 novel, this French crime drama depicts an illicit romance between a bored housewife and her truck driving lover – an affair that leads to blackmail and murder.

(Marcel Carné/France/1953)

Won the Silver Lion at the 1953 Venice Film Festival

A commentary on the social ills and moral decline of its time…and a supremely satisfying example of French film noir.

James Travers (frenchfilms.info)

>> For more information: www.kinolorber.com


Enlightenment Guaranteed

ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. John Harding (Religious Studies)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Two brothers embark on a trip to a Japanese zen monastery in this satire on culture shock and Western views of Eastern spirituality.

(Doris Dörrie/Germany/1999)

Won 2000 Bavarian Film Award for Best Production

A warm, closely observed satire of lived life, and it is a charmer.

- Bob Graham (San Francisco Chronicle)

>> For more information: www.buddhistfilmfoundation.org

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com


Blancanieves

BLANCANIEVES

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Dana Cooley (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A twist on the Snow White fairy tale this contemporary silent film focuses on a female bullfighter – and her evil stepmother – in 1920s Seville.

(Pablo Berger/Spain/2012)

Won the 2012 Goya Award for Best Film

This gorgeous silent film is an unexpected gift from the gods of pure cinema.

- Jordan Hoffman (Film.com)

>> For more information: www.arcadiamotionpictures.com

>> View the trailer: www.youtube.com

Previous Screenings 2013-2014

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HOLY MOTORS

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Taylor (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A joyous, raucous tribute to film acting with Denis Lavant playing a mysterious man who is driven by limo to one strange occurrence after another.

(France: Leos Carax, 2012), 115 min.

Won Award of the Youth at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

For all its disruptive energy, Holy Motors is also a thing of sublime beauty.

- Marjorie Baumgarten (Austin Chronicle)

>> For more information about the film visit www.holymotorsfilm.com


The Gleaners and I

THE GLEANERS AND I

Wednesday, September 30, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Beth Gerwin (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A documentary on poverty, thrift and the curious place of scavenging in French culture, French New Wave pioneer, Agnès Varda, depicts the world of gleaners who collect and make use of what others have discarded.

(France: Agnès Varda, 2000), 82 min.

Winner of the 2002 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Documentary

It not only informs and educates, it enlightens … with a supreme enchantment and poetry.

- Jeffery M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid)

>> For more information about the film visit www.imdb.com


The Women on the 6th Floor

THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR

Monday, October 7, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Mélanie Collado (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.

(France: Philippe Le Guay, 2010), 118 min.

Winner of 2012 César Award for Best Supporting Actress

A frothy French fancy with a warm heart at its core.

- David Michael Brown (Empire)

>> For more information about the film visit www.imdb.com


The Devil's Backbone

THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE

Monday, October 21, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Paul Sparrow-Clarke (Academic Initiatives Manager, University of Lethbridge)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

During the Spanish Civil War, a 12-year-old boy uncovers dark secrets at a haunted orphanage.

(Spain: Guillermo del Toro, 2001), 106 min.

Winner, Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film, Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, 2002.

This is a film rich in texture, characterization and themes. Besides being genuinely creepy, it is also surprisingly moving.

- Steve Biodrowski (Cinefantastique)

>> For more information about the film visit www.sonyclassics.com


To Be Or Not To Be

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Professor Bob Cousins (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

(USA: Ernst Lubitsch, 1942), 99 min.

Selected in 1996 for preservation in the National Film Registry

One of the most profound, emotionally complex comedies ever made, covering a range of tones from satire to slapstick to shocking black humor.

– Dave Kehr (Chicago Reader)

>> For more information about the film visit www.imdb.com


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AMER

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by C. Blake Evernden (MFA Candidate, New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Searing memories and carnal desires rule the mind of a young woman in thrall to her own fantasies in this psychological thriller that blends eroticism with European slasher movie traditions and a haunted house on the Côte d'Azur.

(Belgium: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, 2009), 90 min.

A nightmare vision of desire and fear. Gorgeous, heady and dazzling.

- Mark Olsen (Los Angeles Times)

>> For more information about the film visit www.amer-film.com


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THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Mélanie Collado (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A sensitive seven-year-old girl living a small village in 1940 rural Spain is traumatized after viewing James Whale's Frankenstein and drifts into her own fantasy world.

(Spain: Víctor Erice, 1973), 97 min.

Won 1974 Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Film

Lyrical and majestic…one of the most compelling fables about haunted childhood.

- Emanuel Levy (Variety)

>> For more information about the film visit www.imdb.com


We Need To Talk About Kevin

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Taylor (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A mother contends for fifteen years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child.

(UK: Lynne Ramsay, 2011), 112 min.

Won Best Film at the 2011 London Film Festival

A meaty, full-fat, marrow-rich, extra-pulp vision of the nightmare side of motherhood.

- Catherine Bray (Film4)

>> For more information about the film visit www.kevin.oscilloscope.net


Louis 19, le roi des ondes

LOUIS 19, LE ROI DES ONDES

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Professor Ryan Harper-Brown (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Louis has always had a dream, to be on television. But when he enters a contest and wins, the first prize involves a cameraman following him everywhere for three months.

(Canada: Michel Poulette, 1994), 95 min.

Won Most Popular Canadian Film at the 1994 Vancouver International Film Festival

A very smart satire on television and its craven attempts to grab ratings at any cost.

- Canadian Film Encyclopedia

>> For more information about the film visit www.imdb.com


Grizzly Man

GRIZZLY MAN

Monday, January 29, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Kiki Benzon (English)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

(USA: Werner Herzog, 2005), 104 min.

Won Awards for Best Documentary: Toronto Film Critics Association, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association

For Mr. Herzog, it's clear that the truth of this story isn't located just in the facts . . . but in a performance that is as artful as it is true.

- Manohla Dargis (The New York Times)

>> For more information about the film visit www.wernerherzog.com


Drive

DRIVE

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Paul Sparrow-Clarke (Academic Initiatives Manager, University of Lethbridge)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver gets in too deep when he helps a neighbour.

(USA: Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011), 100 min.

Winner, Best Director, Cannes Film Festival, 2011.

…an elegant exercise in style, and its emotions may be hidden but they run deep.

- Roger Ebert

>> For more information about the film visit www.imdb.com


The Ides of March

THE IDES OF MARCH

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Professor Deric Olsen (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

(USA: George Clooney, 2011), 101 min.

Won Brian Award at the 2011 Venice Film Festival

This is intelligent filmmaking, and a provocative moral fable.

- Charlie McCollum (San Jose Mercury News)

>> For more information about the film visit www.sonypictures.com


Sunset Boulevard

SUNSET BOULEVARD

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Professor Bob Cousins (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission


A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

(USA: Billy Wilder, 1950), 110 min.

Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay.

Sunset Boulevard remains the best drama ever made about the movies because it sees through the illusions, even if Norma doesn't.

– Roger Ebert

>> For more information about the film visit www.imdb.com


Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS

Thursday, March 27, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Dana Cooley (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission


The Vamp. The Wife. What's a poor boy to do? Love, passion, murder, remorse (and more!) all told in sumptuous black and white.

(USA: F.W. Murnau, 1927), 94 min.

Won 1929 Oscar for Unique and Artistic Production

This film is precious, not least because it belongs to a lost time – it's one of the silent era's final hurrahs…a monochrome fairytale.

- Pamela Hutchinson (The Guardian)

>> For more information about the film visit www.imdb.com


Rashomon

RASHOMON

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Abigail McMeekin (Modern Languages)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission


Rashômon tells a non-linear story about a brutal rape and murder in the woods from four different, fallible perspectives. There is no ultimate resolution, and audiences are left questioning the nature of truth and perception.

(Japan: Akira Kurosawa, 1950), 88 min.

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1950 Venice Film Festival

A true classic…on the inability of any one man to know the truth, no matter how clearly he thinks he sees things.

- James Berardinelli (Reel Views)

>> For more information about the film visit www.imdb.com


Solaris

SOLARIS

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Kiki Benzon (English)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission


A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting an alien planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

(Russia: Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972), 167 min.

Won Grand Prix Spécial du Jury and the International Federation of Film Critics prize at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.

This great examination of the limits of rationalism and the perverse power of even the most ill-fated love, needs to be seen as widely as possible.

- Salman Rushdie (Step Across This Line)

>> For more information about the film visit www.imdb.com

Previous Screenings 2012-2013

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MELANCHOLIA

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Taylor (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Two sisters contend with depression, marriage, and other little catastrophes – including the sudden appearance of a mysterious planet on a potential collision course with Earth.

(Denmark: Lars von Trier, 2011), 130 min.

Nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Melancholia will haunt you for days, maybe weeks.

- Rafer Guzman (Newsweek)

>> For more information about the film visit www.melancholiathemovie.com


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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Paul Sparrow-Clarke (Academic Initiatives Manger, University of Lethbridge)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A haunting, melancholy tale of pre-adolescent love, pain, and vampires, set in wintry Stockholm, circa 1982.

(Sweden: Tomas Alfredson, 2008), 115 min.

Won Best Narrative Feature at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival

Best. Vampire. Movie. Ever.

- Washington Examiner

>> For more information about the film visit www.lettherightoneinmovie.com


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ADVENTURELAND

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Prof. Bob Cousins (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

It’s a minimum wage job in a decrepit amusement park. It’s 1987. It’s Pittsburgh. What’s a would-be Columbia undergrad to do?

(USA: Greg Mottola, 2009), 107 min.

Nominated for a 2009 Independent Spirit Award (Best Screenplay)

…a sweet little memory ache, a Proustian cookie co-flavored with semiotics and Whitesnake.

- Kyle Smith (New York Post)

>> For more information about the film visit www.adventurelandthemovie.co.uk


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SOMEWHERE

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Kiki Benzon (English)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

Johnny Marco is contending with the dizziness of international superstardom and part-time fatherhood. Who’s to say which is the more delirious experience?

(USA: Sofia Coppola, 2010), 97 min.

Won the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival

A thoughtful and interesting deconstruction and demythologizing of American celebrity.

- Mike Scott (Times-Picayune)

>> For more information about the film visit focusfeatures.com/somewhere


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MOON

Monday, January 14, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Paul Sparrow Clarke (Academic Initiatives Manger, University of Lethbridge)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

On the dark side of the moon, the last person you’d expect to run into is…another version of you. Lunar astronaut Sam Bell undergoes a mind-bending identity crisis in this impressive work of indie science fiction.

(UK: Duncan Jones, 2009), 97 min.

Won a BAFTA Award (2010) for Outstanding Debut

…an old-fashioned sci-fi movie in the best sense: …dispensing with overweening CGI and loud flashy action sequences while harking back to subtler, more ideas-driven entries in the genre.

- Philip Kemp (Sight & Sound)

>> For more information about the film visit www.sonypictures.com/classics/moon/


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THE ARTIST

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Dana Cooley (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

What could be a more difficult career transition to weather than learning to speak for the first time? A blissful love-letter to the art of silent cinema.

(France: Michel Hazanavicius, 2011), 100 min.

Won the Academy Award (2012) for Best Picture

Goofily gorgeous, heartfelt and endlessly rewatchable, this is the true meaning of escapism.

- Catherine Bray (Film4)

>> For more information about the film visit weinsteinco.com/sites/the-artist/


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KISS KISS BANG BANG

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Prof. Bob Cousins (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

When a petty thief is mistaken for an actor auditioning for a role in a detective film, it isn’t long before he’s ducking the deadliest babes and bullets La-La Land has to offer. A hard boiled romp and hilarious whodunit.

(USA: Shane Black, 2005), 103 min.

Won Empire Award (2006) for Best Thriller

A cheerful mess of a pulp-fiction parody, pumped full of laughs.

- J. R. Jones (Chicago Reader)

>> For more information about the film visit wwws.warnerbros.co.uk/kisskissbangbang/


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COSMOPOLIS

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Taylor (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

How difficult is it to get a decent haircut in Manhattan? 28-year-old billionaire, Eric Packer, is about to discover that it can be a matter of life and death in this brilliant satire of 21st century hyper-capitalism.

(Canada: David Cronenberg, 2012), 108 min.

Nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

An eerily precise match of filmmaker and material, Cosmopolis probes the soullessness of the 1% with the cinematic equivalent of latex gloves.

- Justin Chang (Variety)

>> For more information about the film visit cosmopolisthefilm.com/en


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THE BROTHERS BLOOM

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
7-9:30PM

Hosted by Prof. Deric Olsen (New Media)

Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Free admission

A pair of dirty rotten scoundrels gear up for one last long grift in this whimsical comedy caper. Written and directed by one of the sharpest young American filmmakers, Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper).

(USA: Rian Johnson, 2008), 114 min.

A screwball comedy for the New Depression.

- John Anderson (Washington Post)

>> For more information about the film visit www.brothersbloom.com/