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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: September 28, October 26 and November 16 at 7 PM
Where: Cineplex Odeon Oshawa, 1351 Grandview Street North
Tickets: $10, cash only at the door *

Please note that due to rising costs, the ticket price will be increased to $10, starting in September. All profits go to fund special projects for the Oshawa Public Library.

Previous Films

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

Upcoming Films


Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda ( Like Father, Like Son)
Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose
Year: 2015 Runtime: 128 minutes
Language: Japanese with English subtitles

The three Koda sisters have been on their own since their parents’ divorce and now in their twenties, still live together in the family home. The eldest sister, Sachi, is a nurse; the middle child, Yoshino, works at a bank; while the youngest, Chika, is a fun-loving free spirit. When they receive news of their father’s death, the sisters are surprised to discover that they have a half-sibling,13-year-old Suzu, who gratefully accepts their offer to come live with them. The presence of the shy, young Suzu, stirs long-dormant memories among the three sisters, who had thought of their father as a phantom. And the painful past becomes fully present once more when the women's mother suddenly reappears after a long absence. Carrying on a great tradition of Japanese filmmaking, Kore-eda once again transforms everyday life into a deceptively simple yet truly majestic masterpiece.

“The film is quiet, understated and gentle, allowing the audience to take pleasure in teasing out its narrative subtleties and presented with wonderful freshness and clarity... It is impossible not to be touched and beguiled by it.”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Click here, to view the trailer for Our Little Sister.


Director: Simon Stone
Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, Anna Torv, Odessa Young, Sam Neill
Year: 2015 Runtime: 96 minutes
Language: English

A young man returns to his dying hometown and discovers a dark family secret that could tear apart the lives of those he left behind, in this contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play, The Wild Duck. After a 15 year absence, Christian returns to rural New South Wales for the marriage of his father, Henry, the wealthy owner of the local mill that has been the economic bedrock of the community for generations. Christian gets reacquainted with his old friend, Oliver and finds himself drawn to Oliver’s family. When Henry announces the imminent closure of the mill, it sends a quake through the community and the subsequent fissures release bitter secrets. Stone allows his fine cast every opportunity to make Ibsen’s classic tale their own with atmospheric support from the cinematographer and a lush, brooding score. While dysfunction and deception lie at the core of The Daughter, there is hope as well, with each of the characters imagining something better: a future unencumbered by the sins and betrayals of the past.

“Theater director Simon Stone delivers a powerful, low-key yet achingly intense reimagining of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck.”
Eddie Cockrell, Variety

Click here, to view the trailer for The Daughter.


Director: Charles Wilkinson

Featuring: Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Guujaaw
Year: 2015 Runtime: 74 minutes
Language: English

Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs in 2015, this film depicts a group of inhabitants living in Haida Gwaii, a remote archipelago off the Northwest coast of Canada. Recently named one of the "Must See Places in the World" by National Geographic, Haida Gwaii is widely regarded as one of the last and most pristine natural places on Earth. It is also one of the only places in North America where natives actually outnumber (and out-vote) non-natives. For over 10,000 years, the Haida people have survived wildly fluctuating sea levels, climate change and natural disasters. The film profiles a unique community of individuals from both groups who are all striving in different ways to restore balance to the islands, turn their economy around and build a sustainable culture for the next generation.

“It expertly mixes gorgeous footage – whales, seals, the sky and the sea – with cogent tales of practical living and activism.”
Chris Knight, National Post

Click here, to view the trailer for Haida Gwaii.


Do you like classic movies? If you fill out a free ballot at Cinefest Durham's first fall screening on September 28, you could win two passes to the 24th annual Marie Dressler Foundation Vintage Film Festival. It will take place in Port Hope on the weekend of October 14-16. Twelve classic films will be shown, including four films starring Bette Davis and two silent movies with live piano accompaniment. For more information about the festival, go to Look for the information table at the Oshawa Cineplex Odeon on September 28 from 6-7pm to enter to win the 2 festival passes.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Film Circuit, presented by TIFF, and its sponsors and supporters. For more information about Film Circuit and to view a full list of their sponsors and supporters, please visit

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