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“It is as delightful and magical as you've heard -- a big, joyful celebration of old-school Hollywood musicals; La La Land will leave you exhilarated by its inventiveness and humour, dazzled by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and thrilled how they made movies magic again.”


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“Both a dazzling piece of entertainment and a window into previously untold history, Hidden Figures is an exuberant, inspiring drama told with humour and heart, featuring tremendous performances by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.”

 

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La la land

Mia, an aspiring actress who works in a coffee shop in between auditions, keeps bumping into the disgruntled Sebastian, a dedicated yet stubborn jazz musician who dreams of opening his own jazz club.  The two finally get together and struggle to make ends meet while chasing their dreams in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.  Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.  It is as delightful and magical as you've heard -- a big, joyful celebration of old-school Hollywood musicals; La La Land will leave you exhilarated by its inventiveness and humour, dazzled by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and thrilled how they made movies magic again. Rated PG (course lang.) 2hrs10

HIDDEN FIGURES

The inspirational true story of the first female African-American mathematician, Katherine Johnson, and her two colleagues, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, whose groundbreaking calculations helped NASA catch up in the "Space Race" with the Soviet Union and allowed John Glenn  to become the first American astronaut to successfully make a complete orbit of the Earth.  In addition to helping launch John into orbit, the brilliant women crossed gender and race lines, defied expectations and battled stereotypes.  Both a dazzling piece of entertainment and a window into previously untold history, Hidden Figures is an exuberant, inspiring drama told with humour and heart, featuring tremendous performances by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. Rated G 2hr10

 

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2017 VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL

 

PLaying at Star Cinema

from Feb 3 – 9. 

 

12 great films will play at Star Cinema as part of the 2017 Victoria Film Festival.

 

Read on to find out more about the films and click on the links below to purchase advanced tickets online.

 

Check out the films for the entire film festival here: www.victoriafilmfestival.com

 

 

 

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Maudie

Friday, Feb 3rd @7pm

Synopsis: Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of Maud Lewis, one of Canada’s premier folk artists.  Cut out of an inheritance by a no-good brother, Maud lives with her spinster aunt Ida in Nova Scotia. The brooding Everett Lewis comes into her life when, seeking independence, she takes a job as his housekeeper. The two quickly come to understand each other. Within weeks, they marry. The marriage allows Maud to pursue painting, and Everett begrudgingly supports her. One day, a summer resident from New York sees something in Maud’s paintings and commissions one. Suddenly Maud’s pastime is recognized as having real value and eventually her work will hang in the White House.

Sally Hawkins is a startling revelation in her fiery portrayal of an intelligent, independent woman who followed her passion. Hawke and Hawkins display incredible chemistry as the mismatched couple.

 

Runtime: 1hr55

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Sicily Jass

Saturday, Feb 4th @3:30pm

Synopsis: It may feel like jazz is timeless, but the truth is that jazz is barely a hundred years old. Its first official record was 1917’s “Livery Stable Blues” by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. It was a record that would influence all the early greats like Louis Armstrong and countless others who would follow. But Nick LaRocca, a Sicilian born in New Orleans and the man behind that famous record, has remained largely unknown until now.

Intermingling documentary and recreated elements with jazz critics and historians, director Michele Cinque takes us down an almost unknown road in music. It examines how his Sicilian roots influenced the direction of that earliest recording. And ultimately, it shows how this dour man became the instrument of his own historical extinction.

 

A thoughtful, upbeat film filled with the joyful sounds of Dixieland.

 

Runtime: 1hr15

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Window Horses

Saturday, Feb 4th @ 7pm

Synopsis: Everyone wants to go to Paris. Everyone thinks they are a poet at heart. Rosie Ming has never been to Paris but she knows she’s a poet because she wrote a book of poems about never going to Paris. Not only that, her poems about never going to Paris have gotten her invited to Iran!   Now, she’s going half a world away in a burqa, connecting with people and places she never imagined before. She has one foot on the history of Persia and the other on the hidden history of her own life, but she’s armed with a guitar in her hand and a lyric in her heart. Good elements to start building a bridge toward healing and understanding.

Canadian animator and filmmaker extraodinaire Anne-Marie Flemming returns to VFF with her most visually entertaining film to date. Sandra Oh voices Rosie Ming with adorable joy and with great backup by Ellen Page and Don McKellar in supporting roles.

 

Window Horses is a film that delightfully warms the eyes, the ears and the heart.

 

Runtime: 1hr30

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Burn your maps

Sunday, Feb 5th @ 3:30pm

Synopsis: Eight-year-old Wes believes he is in fact a Mongolian goat herder.  Wes’ parents have recently experienced a family tragedy and are struggling to recover. Meanwhile Wes, who is working on a school project about Mongolia, comes to believe that he belongs there.  Wes befriends Ismail, an Indian immigrant who is captivated by Wes’ story. The two of them decide that Wes must go to Mongolia where Ismail will make a documentary about the adventure. The story goes viral when they begin crowdfunding for the trip. Soon Wes finds himself running with the goats in the hills of Mongolia.

 

Canada’s Jacob Tremblay is exemplary as Wes and proves that his role in the award-winning Room was no fluke. While the film is accessible for general audiences and a true pleasure visually, it’s not a family film. Burn Your Maps has many twists and turns, and it ventures into some uncharted emotional territories.

 

Runtime: 1hr40

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ever could have happened

Sunday, Feb 5th @ 7pm

 Synopsis: Stephen Sondheim and producer-director partner Harold Prince had seemed unstoppable before their 1981 effort Merrily We Roll Along closed after a mere 16 performances, ending both their reign over Broadway and their decade-long friendship. After individual success, Sondheim (West Side Story) and Prince (Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret) had collaborated on a series of Tony-winning musicals in the 1970s, culminating in 1979s smash hit Sweeney Todd.

 

Best Worst Thing director Lonny Price idolized the pair, and auditioned among thousands for a role in Merrily We Roll Along. The story of a trio of bitter and jaded adults, Merrily moves back in time as its scenes progress, so that by its end the friends are wide-eyed, hopeful youths. With present-day interviews and recovered footage from an unaired TV feature, Best Worst Thing works as its bittersweet complement.  A reflection on the nature of youth, idealism, and disappointment, Best Worst Thing is above all a love letter to the theatre. Buoyed by Sondheim’s now-beloved score and the undiminished, irrepressible passion of Merrily’s cast and creators, Best Worst Thing is an unmissable treat for even a casual theatre goer.

 

Runtime: 1hr35

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called him morgan

monday, Feb 6th @ 7pM

Synopsis: Cited by his peers as the most talented trumpeter of his generation, Lee Morgan was playing with the giants while still in his teens.  Then, in 1972, at the age of 33, his wife, Helen Morgan, walked into the East Village bar Slug’s Saloon, come to see her husband, Lee, whom she had nursed through heroin addiction. They fought, he physically threw her out, she walked back in and shot him, then handed over her gun and waited for the police to arrive.  Despite all that chaos, this documentary is a love letter to two singular personalities. Jazz director Kasper Collin hooks you from the opening scenes and then slides the film towards a conclusion imbued with suspense.

 

I Called Him Morgan is a visual triumph in its effective use of archival footage and great televised musical performances, including one with Morgan and Art Blakey blowing out Dat Dere. There is a vast collection of compelling stills that capture the era, but it is the candid interview with Helen that reveals the most — if not the entire tale.

 

Runtime: 1hr30 

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marie curie:

the courage of knowledge

tuesday, Feb 7th @ 3:30pm

Synopsis: In 1903, the Polish scientist Marie Sklodowska Curie (Karolina Gruszka) became the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. She received it along with her French husband Pierre Curie (Charles Berling) with whom she had a warm progressive familial union.

Marie Curie – the Courage of Knowledge covers the most turbulent years in the life of this genius — between 1903 and 1911 — from being the first woman awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of radioactivity, to Pierre’s death in a tragic accident and finally the awarding of her unprecedented second Nobel Prize. And she did it all while challenging France’s male-dominated academic establishment both as a scientist, and, during a public affair with a married scientist, as a woman.

 

Director Noëlle recreates turn-of-the-century Europe in remarkable detail.  The camera is constantly on the move as a metaphor for the Curie’s restless mind, utilizing split screen and sliding images. Gruszka’s performance reveals a complex and fascinating woman behind the brave demeanor as she takes on the white male establishment to become the only person to win the Nobel Prize twice.

 

Runtime: 1hr40 

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the women’s balcony

Tuesday, Feb 7th @ 7pm

Synopsis: It’s a happy community full of good-heartedness. So when the women’s balcony of the synagogue collapses in the middle of a bar mitzvah, no one assumed that the cause was anything more than rotting wood. That is, until a passing Rabbi announces that it is actually a message from God.  The accident puts Rabbi Menashe in a befuddled state when several of his flock are injured including, most seriously, his wife.  With the congregation feeling adrift, an opening is created for the charismatic Rabbi David to take charge of the community and bring his stringently orthodox views to bear.

 

Emil Ben Shimon makes his debut feature rife with humour, wit and real characters. He explores a warm, poignant community struggling to balance orthodoxy with practical, progressive values.

 

Runtime: 1hr35 

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my scientology movie

wednesday, Feb 8th @ 3:30pm

Synopsis: If you feel like the topic of Scientology has been done to death then there is a surprise in store. Louis Theroux, the engaging and cheeky British broadcaster and doc filmmaker brings an unexpectedly playful approach to the topic.  Theroux, basing himself in LA, puts out a casting call for people to play Scientology followers, including head David Miscavige and Tom Cruise. The intent is to replicate on film, with the help of former church disciplinarian Marty Rathburn, alleged practices never witnessed by outsiders.  Once the bait is set, of course, the super-paranoid Church of Scientology is soon on Theroux’s tail, trailing his car, making implicit threats, and openly filming his crew.

 

Runtime: 1hr40 

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roommates Wanted

wednesday, Feb 8th @ 7pm

Synopsis: Recently widowed Hubert is getting used to his new life in his spacious apartment and needs a housekeeper. In an unexpected twist he finds himself offering a room to Manuela, a young student looking for shared accommodation who is prepared to take on the job. While the set-up might seem standard, the actors, with the guiding hand of director Desagnat, are fresh, lively and particularly earnest.

Then the veritable whirlwind that is Manuela convinces Hubert to look for more roommates. Marion, an uptight nurse, and Paul-Gérard, a soon-to-be divorced lawyer, move in. An unlikely family is formed, and the four roommates experience a year filled with surprises that will give Hubert a chance to regain his enthusiasm and purpose in life.

 

Runtime: 1hr35 

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perfume war

thursday, Feb 9th @ 3:30pm

Synopsis: Where Captain Trevor Greene’s military mission ended, his friend Barb Stegemann’s mission began. His world was the battlefront of hearts and minds in Afghanistan. Hers was the board rooms and the beauty counters of the world. This is the story of two remarkable Canadians who demonstrate the very best of what Canadians can do to bring social change to the world abroad.  Trevor and Barb’s friendship started in university and lasted long after the graduation caps flew high. He left to serve in Canada’s military until the tragic day a Taliban axe cut his service short. He lived but his road to recovery was set to be long and hard. Barb wanted to do something, anything to bring meaning to her friend’s sacrifice.  Her idea was simple: turn Afghanistan’s opium problem on its head by getting farmers to grow essential oils and scents rather than poppies. Quickly, it turned the growing game around, making farming not only profitable but ethical for Afghani farmers once again.

 

But neither Barb nor Trevor’s story ends there. It went from the fields to the Dragon’s Den, across the nation and continues on in new frontiers in Rawanda. This is their incredible story.

 

Runtime: 1hr35 

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ABACUS: Small Enough to jail

thursday, Feb 9th @ 7pm

Synopsis: In 1984, attorney Thomas Sung observed the difficulty Chinese immigrants had getting loans, and, with a dash of inspiration from Jimmy Stewart’s bighearted character in It’s A Wonderful Life, started the Abacus Federal Savings Bank.  Almost 30 years later, the New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. brought charges against this small, family-run bank, accusing it of, among other things, falsifying and fabricating loan and mortgage documents.  Abacus Federal Savings Banks holds the notorious distinction of being the only US bank charged with mortgage fraud following the 2008 financial crisis.

 

Director Steve James creates a suspenseful and moving documentary (take note – do not look up the news story before seeing this film) and the element of shaming for this small family resonates as their humour and warmth is revealed. That James doesn’t overplay those moments and, instead, reveals a regular American family, makes this story all the more chilling and infuriating.   ABACUS is yet another strange, absorbing, tale of the 2008 American banking fiasco.

 

Runtime: 1hr30 

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THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

 

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Dvořák’s

Rusalka

February 25, 2017 @10am

Synopsis: Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the opera that first won her international acclaim,  Dvořák’s fairy-tale opera about the tragic water nymph Rusalka. Sir Mark Elder conducts Mary Zimmerman’s new staging, which also stars Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures Rusalka’s heart; Katarina Dalayman as Rusalka’s rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the duplicitous witch Ježibaba.

Runtime: 4 hrs  5 min

 

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Verdi’s

La Traviata 

March 11, 2017 @10am

Synopsis: Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed interpretation of the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry Met Traviatato Live in HD audiences for the first time, opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo. Thomas Hampson sings one of his most acclaimed Met roles as Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s disapproving father, in a revival of Willy Decker’s staging conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

Runtime: 2 hrs  54 min

 

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Mozart’s

Idomeneo  

March 25, 2017 @10am

Synopsis: James Levine conducts a rare Met revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War.

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s classic production, which has its first Met revival in over a decade this season, stars Matthew Polenzani in the title role. The cast also includes Elza van den Heever as Elettra, Nadine Sierra as Ilia, Alice Coote as Idamante, and Alan Opie as Arbace.

Runtime: 4 hrs  18 min

 

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Tchaikovsky’s

Eugene Onegin

April 22, 2017 @10am

Synopsis: Anna Netrebko reprises one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, the naïve heroine of Tchaikovsky’s opera, adapted from Pushkin’s classic novel. Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana’s love until it’s too late. Robin Ticciati, Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, conducts the revival of Deborah Warner’s staging, which opened the Met’s 2013-14 season. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Onegin’s friend-turned-rival, Lenski, with Elena Maximova as Tatiana’s sister Olga and Štefan Kocán as Prince Gremin.

Runtime: 3 hrs  57 min

 

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R. Strauss’

Der Rosenkavalier

May 13, 2017 @9:30am

Synopsis: The Met’s first new production since 1969 of Strauss’s rich romantic masterpiece is conducted by Music Director James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen, whose most recent Met production was the hit 2013 staging of Falstaff. Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles as the Marschallin, opposite Elna Garana in her first North American performances as Octavian, the impulsive young title character. The cast also includes Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, Erin Morley as Sophie, Marcus Brück in his Met debut as Faninal, and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer. Der Rosenkavalier is a co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Teatro Regio di Torino.

Runtime: 4 hrs  47 min

 

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