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Cinefest DURHAM

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

When: January 25, February 22, March 29, April 19, April 26 and May 31 at 7pm
Where: Cineplex Odeon Oshawa, 1351 Grandview Street North
Tickets: $10, cash only at the door

Previous Films

Would you like to revisit our films of seasons past? You can find them here.

Upcoming Films

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Director: Otto Bell
Cast: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley, Nurgaiv Rys
Year: 2016 Runtime: 87 minutes
Language: Kazakh with English subtitles, English

A visually stunning documentary, The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl who becomes the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a longstanding male-only tradition. Narrated by executive producer Daisy Ridley, this riveting documentary is a rare look at one of the world’s last true wildernesses. It’s a larger-than-life story, but one that’s anchored by intimate moments. Our young heroine’s passion takes her on an incredible journey with an enriching and empowering lesson that will set hearts soaring.

“Girl power soars on the wings of eagles in this stunning documentary set in mountainous western Mongolia.” Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Director: Anne Fontaine
Cast: Lou de Laage, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza
Year: 2016 Runtime: 115 minutes
Language: French, Polish, Russian with English subtitles

In December 1945, the Second World War is finally over and Doctor Mathilde is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps in Warsaw. Summoned to a nearby convent one night, what she finds is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters' fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother. Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the new anti-Catholic Communist government, and facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their belief and traditions clash with harsh realities. The Innocents isn't always easy to watch, but its nuanced exploration of complex themes and its refreshing perspective are well worth the effort.

“The Innocents is a powerful, brave film that will stay with you for days.” Ellen Brait, Globe and Mail

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires
Year: 2016 Runtime: 100 minutes
Language: English

Winner of the Cannes Palme D'Or in 2016, Ken Loach’s latest feature is one of his finest explorations of social realism. Daniel is an affable 59-year-old carpenter in Newcastle, England, fighting to collect his employment and support allowance after falling ill. Waiting to sign on at the local job centre, he befriends Katie, a young single mother of two who is dealing with her own problems with the system. Loach and his frequent collaborator, screenwriter Paul Laverty, spin a tale that will leave no one unmoved. Working with some of most powerful set pieces he has ever filmed, the director effortlessly builds empathy for two downtrodden, honest, would-be workers navigating a cruel tangle of red tape while trying to steal a happy moment or two.

“Witty, tender and oh so relevant, it's a lot more fun than it sounds.” Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's Magazine and director of Al Purdy Was Here

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*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM
To celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday, TIFF Film Circuit's project CANADA ON SCREEN will be presenting Canadian films across the country for FREE. Tickets will be distributed at our March 29th screening and any left will be given out on a first come, first served basis starting at 6:15 pm on April 19.

Director: Sandy Wilson
Cast: Margaret Langrick, John Wildman
Year: 1985 Runtime: 90 minutes
Language: English

Loosely autobiographical, Sandy Wilson’s charming feature debut and winner of six Genie Awards follows bored preteen Sandy, who lives with her close-knit family on a farm in the beautiful but sleepy Okanagan Valley. “Nothing ever happens,” she complains to her diary in the film’s celebrated opening line. Then, something finally does: her cousin, Butch, a James Dean lookalike with a know-it-all attitude, arrives from California in a flashy red convertible. Everything about Butch is slicker, louder, sexier, and better than anything Sandy has ever encountered at home. He also isn’t quite all that he seems. More than an affectionate, bittersweet coming-of-age tale, My American Cousin is a meditation on the differences between us and our neighbours to the south, and it ended up a key film in industrial terms, proving that an English-Canadian film could reach a popular audience and gain commercial success.

Cousins's greatest success is its universality. It rings true.” Rita Kempley, The Washington Post

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti
Year: 2016 Runtime: 125 minutes
Language: Persian with English subtitles

A sudden eruption of violence creates an atmosphere of simmering tension between a husband and wife in this work of slow-burning suspense from Academy Award-winning Iranian master Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Past). Feeling vengeful and confused, Emad plays detective, while rattled Rana gives him mysteriously mixed signals. Meanwhile, the two are performing as Willy and Linda Loman in an amateur production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and their onstage roles begin to resonate with their fractured lives in beguiling ways. Much of the director's singular talent can be found in the structuring of his scripts, which draw us in, turn the screws, and leave us breathless.

“ Another finely cut gem of neorealist suspense”, Owen Gleiberman , Variety

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Director: Aisling Walsh
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke
Year: 2016 Runtime: 115 minutes
Language: English

Constrained by the effects of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, the Nova Scotian Maud Dowling is determined to prove her independence to herself and her overprotective family. She answers an ad for a live-in housekeeper for the reclusive Everett Lewis, but her artistic skills quickly eclipse her domestic duties. Director Aisling Walsh brilliantly captures Maud’s growth into one of Canada’s most celebrated folk artists. Touching, funny and wonderfully acted by its two remarkable leads, Maudie is an inspirational, based-on-fact tale of a young artist whose talent and determination allowed her to surmount the obstacles in her way, and an unlikely love story of two lonely souls who find their place in the world together.

“Sally Hawkins delivers an unforgettable performance as Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis in this gently flowing biopic set in the 1930s.” Craig Tekeuchi, Georgia Straight, Vancouver

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