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Free Event: CAN/LA Program #1 — Taylor Kitsch in Conversation with TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

7:30 pm

 

Includes an evening of clips and conversation with Taylor Kitsch and Toronto International Film Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey

Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch was born in Kelowna, British Columbia and was raised in Vancouver. His big break came when he landed a regular role as troubled football star Tim Riggins on the Emmy-winning weekly drama Friday Night Lights. During hiatus from the show, he shot the major motion picture X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and the true-life drama The Bang Bang Club (2010). After starring in the highly-anticipated action film John Carter (2012), Kitsch powered on, landing roles in other big films like Battleship (2012) based on the popular board game of the same name, Oliver Stone’s Savages (2012) and Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor (2013). Kitsch went on to star in the acclaimed The Normal Heart (2014) and is currently lighting up the small screen in the acclaimed series True Detective.

Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Since 2008 he has been responsible for the overall vision and execution of the Festival’s selection. Bailey began programming for the organization in 1990, and worked both as a film programmer and film critic for 20 years before taking on his current role. As a programmer and curator, he has organized film series for local and international festivals and galleries including the National Gallery of Canada and Australia’s Sydney International Film Festival.

The evening will feature clips from Kitsch’s career.

In the first-ever collaboration between Film Independent at LACMA and TIFF, three films were chosen from carefully curated groups of the top films produced in Canada (the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival as well as Canada’s All-Time Top Ten.) The exciting new presentation spotlights films that highlight the diverse, creative talent of Canadian filmmakers, offering directorial perspectives that are both idiosyncratic and universal.

 

 

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Free Screening: CAN/LA Program #3 — Felix and Meira

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

1:00 pm

 

Includes a conversation with writer/director Maxime Giroux and Toronto International Film Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey

In the first-ever collaboration between Film Independent at LACMA and TIFF, three films were chosen from carefully curated groups of the top films produced in Canada (the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival as well as Canada’s All-Time Top Ten.) The exciting new presentation spotlights films that highlight the diverse, creative talent of Canadian filmmakers, offering directorial perspectives that are both idiosyncratic and universal.

Writer/Director Maxime Giroux’s drama is set in the Hasidic community of Montreal, where the thoughtful Meira (Hadas Yeron) is stifled by the traditions she’s submitted to—her unimaginative husband bores her. As a result, she can only take her worldly pleasures, such as enjoying forbidden pop music with her young daughter, away from the judging eyes of her fellow observers. When she runs into the untethered Felix (Martin Dubreuil) several times—he’s returned home for his father’s funeral at is at loose ends spiritually—her interest in his need for answers forces her to question her own relationship to her faith. The film offers a unique approach to develop forbidden romance; Giroux defines both characters by their search for something bigger than themselves, a mutuality of want that begins to spark other desire for the pair, both suffering in their own separate ways.

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club Members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 18. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission screening tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 25. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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Free Screening: CAN/LA Program #4 — ATANARJUAT (The Fast Runner)

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

7:30 pm

 

A selection of Canada’s Top Ten films

In the first-ever collaboration between Film Independent at LACMA and TIFF, three films were chosen from carefully curated groups of the top films produced in Canada (the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival as well as Canada’s All-Time Top Ten.) The exciting new presentation spotlights films that highlight the diverse, creative talent of Canadian filmmakers, offering directorial perspectives that are both idiosyncratic and universal.

Director Zacharias Kunuk’s acclaimed 2001 film—the first feature ever to have been acted entirely in the Inuit language—was voted the best Canadian film ever made. The three-hour long film is steeped in oral storytelling tradition and broken into segments that play as passages from one level of maturity to another, following the emotional development of its titular character (the resourceful and talented Natar Ungalaaq) as he moves from one stage of life to the next. The primal world—emotionally and physically violent as anything from an old world fable, which it feels like (the story comes from centuries old Inuit narratives)—that Kunuk stages for the film is as gripping as it is unrelenting; we feel the demands made on the actors in the punishing landscape.

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club Members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 18. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission screening tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 25. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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Free Screening: CAN/LA Program #2 — In Her Place

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

7:30 pm

 

Includes a conversation with writer/director Albert Shin and Toronto International Film Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey

In the first-ever collaboration between Film Independent at LACMA and TIFF, three films were chosen from carefully curated groups of the top films produced in Canada (the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival as well as Canada’s All-Time Top Ten.) The exciting new presentation spotlights films that highlight the diverse, creative talent of Canadian filmmakers, offering directorial perspectives that are both idiosyncratic and universal.

Writer/Director Albert Shin’s award-winning 2014 drama redefines the parameters of family, while investigating the hunger for one. A well-to-do woman (Yoon Da-Kyung) can finally make her dream come true. Unable to have her own child, she gets the opportunity to adopt one. An angry teenager (Ahn Ji Hye) is about to give birth to an unwanted child, and her widowed mom (Hae-Yeon Kil) views the moment as a chance to relieve the shame that has been visited upon her household. The adopting woman comes to the farm where mother and daughter live to await the child’s birth—it’s to be a secret adoption, since adoption is also considered to be shameful in Korean families. Shin renders the growing intensity of the isolation—enforced for two of the women, and unwelcome for different reasons for the visitor—in deft, solemn tones. The guilt and envy simmers ever so slowly, as Shin allows viewers to take sides by subtly layering the story in ambiguity.

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club Members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 18. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission screening tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 25. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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