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2017 Winter Film Festival

January 20, 21 and 22, 2017

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Annual Winter Weekend Festival

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The 2016 program was:

  • Friday January 22, 2016 - TRUMBO - 6:30pm
  • Saturday January 23, 2016 - SLEEPING GIANT - 2:00pm
  • Saturday January 23, 2016 - ROOM - 5:00pm
  • Sunday January 24, 2016 - MACBETH - 1:00pm
  • Sunday January 24, 2016 - A ROYAL NIGHT OUT - 4:00pm

Trumbo Sponsored by Patrick Houlihan - RBC Wealth Management, Dominion Securities
Sleeping Giant Sponsored by Lynn Hardy - RBC Wealth Management, Dominion Securities

More detail on film is given below.

Each film had good audiences and the reception was a big success.  You can see photos and a video of the reception here.

Next year's festival will be on January 20 to 22, 2017.

Friday January 22 6:30pm
Rainbow Theatre, Nortumberland Mall, Cobourg

trumbo2 350In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

The film recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

Based on the book Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook.

Leads: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C. K., Michael Stuhlbarg, David James Elliott
Director: Jay Roach
Genre:  Biography, Drama    Language: English
Run Time: 124 min  Rating: R

Sponsored by Patrick Houlihan - RBC Wealth Management, Dominion Securities

Saturday January 23, 2016 2:00pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

sleeping giant2 350Sleeping Giant is set in an isolated Ontario cottage community during a bleak midsummer, where the volatile dynamics between three teenage friends-by-chance are gradually pushed towards a potentially dangerous imbalance. Teenagers Nate (Nick Serino), Riley (Reece Moffett), and Adam (Jackson Martin) deal with their boredom and idleness by getting wasted, playing video games, and engaging in dim-witted, invariably destructive shenanigans that they seem to have learned from Jackass.

The boys are a study in contrasts: Adam is wan and overprotected; Riley is more outgoing and socially adept, while Riley's cousin Nate is the most overtly troubled of the trio, a kind of pubescent Iago who talks an endless stream of smack and enjoys messing with people simply out of spite.

Enter Taylor (Katelyn McKerracher), a pretty girl who has known Adam for years (though they're only good friends), and who seems very drawn to Riley.

Leads: Jackson Martin, Nick Serino, Reece Moffett, David Disher, Erika Brodzky, Katelyn McKerracher, Lorraine Philp
Director: Andrew Cividino
Genre: Drama  Language: English
Run Time: 90 min  Rating: 14A

Sponsored by Lynn Hardy - RBC Wealth Management, Dominion Securities

Saturday January 23, 2016, 5:00pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

room3 350A unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child.

After 5-year- old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all-his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma.

Leads: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers
Directed By: Lenny Abrahamson
Genre: Drama  Language: English
Run time:  118 min  Rating:  R (for language)

Sunday January 24, 2016 1:00pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

macbethThis visually-stunning film is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play about Macbeth (played by Michael Fassbender), a Scottish lord and inspiring leader who takes control of the throne with the assistance of his power-hungry wife (Marion Cotillard) but is brought low by ambition and desire. 

A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn 11th Century Scotland.

Leads: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Harris, David Thewlis, Jack Reynor
Directed By: Justin Kurzel
Genre: Shakespeare  Language: English
Runtime:  1 hr. 53 min.  Rating:  R

Sunday January 24, 2016 4:00pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

A Royal Night OutA Royal Night Out follows the story of two young Princesses as they venture out of Buckingham Palace to enjoy the 1945 VE Day celebrations.  It's a film about one perfect, glorious evening in the lives of two real-life princesses. They are Elizabeth and Margaret Windsor and the night is May 8, 1945, VE Night.

The whole of London is on the streets to celebrate the official end of World War II in Europe. Buoyed by the revelry happening right outside the palace gates, Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Margaret (Bel Powley) get permission from their parents (Rupert Everett and Emily Watson) to slip away and join the communal euphoria.  Directed by acclaimed British director Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane, Brideshead Revisited), A Royal Night Out is inspired by true events.

Leads: Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, Jack Reynor, Roger Allam
Directed By: Julian Jarrold
Genre: Drama, comedy  Language: English
Runtime: 1 hr. 37 min.  Rating:  PG-13