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

When: Monthly showings, Wednesdays, at 4pm and 7pm.
Where: Cineplex Odeon Oshawa, 1351 Grandview Street North
Tickets: $10, cash only at the door; all profits to fund special projects of the Oshawa Public Libraries.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 at 4PM and 7:00 PM
Director: Tom Harper
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Sophie Okonedo, Julie Walters
Year: 2018
Runtime: 101 minutes
Language: English

In this inspiring comedy-drama, a would-be country singer dreams of leaving her dreary, workaday Glasgow life for the bright lights of Nashville. As a convicted criminal and single mother of two young children, Rose-Lynn is more country song than country star. Just released from prison, forced to wear an ankle monitor and keep curfew, she can’t return to her job as the house-band singer at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry. Rose-Lynn lands a job as a housekeeper for the lovely, and very posh, Susannah. After catching her singing on the job, Susannah’s kids quickly become Rose-Lynn’s biggest fans and Susannah her enthusiastic patron, determined to help her get to Nashville. However, Rose-Lynn's mother wants her to take responsibility and act like the grown-up that her kids need her to be. Jessie Buckley delivers a vivacious and unforgettable performance as Rose-Lynn, her voice a star of its own. With a confident hand, director Tom Harper brings Nicole Taylor’s beautiful, textured script, full of authentic characters and unexpected turns, to life in Glasgow, a city that, like his protagonist, might appear gritty on the surface but is bursting with spirit and personality.

“A sweet, stirring and yet refreshingly unsentimental tale of a singer with ambition (and pipes to match)" - Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019 at 4PM and 7:00 PM
Director: Nadine Labaki
Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw
Year: 2018
Runtime:120 minutes
Language: Lebanese with English subtitles

The latest film from Nadine Labaki, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy Awards, is her finest yet. At once gritty and perceptive, the film dives into Beirut's lower depths as viewed through the eyes of an imperilled child. Zain is only 12, but he’s seen enough of this life to resent his very existence. With numerous children to care for, his parents resort to some inventive scams, such as saturating garments with tramadol and passing them along to Zain’s incarcerated brother, who reconstitutes the drug and sells it to fellow prisoners. More alarmingly, Zain’s parents have sold his 11-year-old sister’s hand in marriage, which prompts Zain to run away. He befriends an Ethiopian cleaning woman, whose baby he eventually becomes guardian to. But life on the streets offers Zain fewer and fewer places to hide. Encouraged by a current affairs program seeking to draw attention to child poverty, Zain files a lawsuit against his parents for giving birth to him. The trial provides the frame through which Zain’s story unfolds. Named for a town on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus was said to have healed the sick, Capernaum reveals a world in which desperation is constant and the innocent appear forsaken. Our best hope lies in kids like Zain, whose spite is easily matched by his resourcefulness, and whose story Labaki relays with toughness, empathy and bold cinematic vision.

“Capernaum is a searing, unforgettable work." - Soren Andersen, Seattle Times

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 at 4PM and 7:00 PM
Director: Alex Holmes
Year: 2018
Runtime: 93 minutes
Language: English

This exhilarating, suspenseful and emotionally charged documentary chronicles Tracy Edwards’ 1989-90 precedent-setting sea voyage around the world with an all-female crew. The Whitbread Round the World Race (rechristened the Volvo Ocean Race in 2001) was considered an exclusively masculine endeavour when Edwards came along and, in the face of much sexist condescension, proved that skill, perseverance and courage at sea know no gender. Maiden traces Edwards’ formative experiences: the idyllic childhood that came to a devastating halt with her father’s death and the adolescent rebelliousness that resulted in her expulsion from school. At 16, she ran away to Greece, where she had her first taste of the seafaring life, rapidly graduating from cook to deckhand to first mate. She was still in her mid-twenties when she became determined to participate in the Whitbread with a crew of talented women from around the world. With its fundraising challenges and heated rivalries, the journey to prepare the Maiden was already complicated. But it was just the beginning of an epic adventure. Holmes crafts a captivating braid of archival materials and new interviews in which Edwards and her crew members, all of them rousing storytellers, collectively narrate their experience. It is a classic tale of people contending with the elements; though, in this case, some of those elements are other people.

“This dazzling doc from director Alex Holmes proves these female pioneers are still a cause for celebration." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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