November/December 2009 Events
Sunday November 1
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 2pm: Airmail (1932, 83 min. Directed by John Ford, with Pat O’Brien and Ralph Bellamy). Daring young pilots will risk all to get the mail through. When a new recruit falls for a married woman, it’s anything but blue skies. A superb example of Ford’s early sound work. Followed by Souls at Sea (1937, 92 min. Directed by Henry Hathaway, with Gary Cooper and George Raft). A naval officer must make some tough decisions during a shipwreck and is court-martialed. Great lively adventure yarn on the high seas with a top-flight cast. Visit here for more information.
The Diaspora Film Festival takes place. Visit here for more information.
Friday November 6
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of Grizzly Man. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Monday November 9
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7pm: British Intelligence (a.k.a. Enemy Agent) (1940, 62 min. Directed by Terry Moore, with Boris Karloff and Margaret Lindsay). This prophetic WWI spy drama will keep you guessing until the very end. British and German spies and double agents engage in an escalating cat and mouse game in a bid to win the war. Followed by O.S.S. (1946, 107 min. Directed by Irving Pichel, with Alan Ladd and Geraldine Fitzgerald). Cloak and dagger at its peak as the narrative unfolds on two American agents who fall in love while blowing up Nazi rail lines. Who is willing to sacrifice the other in order to fulfill their mission? Visit here for more information.
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival takes place, showcasing contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Visit here for tickets and more information.
Monday November 16
The Cinema Studies Institute presents Moses Znaimer, president of MZMedia and co-founder of CityTV, speaking about the transformation of the Canadian television industry. Free event, open to all UofT students, staff, and faculty, beginning at 4pm. Contact gradcinema [DOT] studies [AT] utoronto [DOT] ca for more information.
Friday November 20
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Ukrainian Cinema Since Independence" is a screening and lecture series focusing on Ukrainian cinema as it tries to shake off the crippling legacy of the Soviet past and adapt to today's fast-moving reality. Thursday's screening of The Fourth Wave at 7pm will be followed by a panel discussion on the post-Soviet emigration to the West with Natalka Patsyurko (Concordia University) and Yuri Shevchuk (Director, Ukrainian Film Club). Friday's Canadian premiere at 5pm of Holodomor: Technology of Genocide will be followed by a Q&A and discussion, mediated by Shevchuk. The events are free and open to the public. Each film will be shown in its Ukrainian or Russian language version with English subtitles. Visit here for more information.
Friday November 27
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film double bill screening of Kiss Me Deadly, preceded by a lecture from Prof. Charlie Keil, followed by M. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Saturday November 28
The Rotaract Club of Toronto presents a Ugandan Cultural Festival, featuring a screening of the award-winning movie War Dance. The festival is free, begins at 11am, and features Ugandan delicacies, a raffle, guest speakers, and more. The movie begins at 1pm and admission is $5. Visit here for more information.
Monday November 30
The Innis College Alumni Network invites you to an evening with alumnus Jeff Rubin. Starting at 6:30pm, the economist, energy expert, bestselling author, and former CIBC Chief Economist and Strategist will give a talk followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Free for U of T students and alumni. Visit here for more information.
Tuesday December 1
The Goethe-Institut Toronto, with the support of JIGES, presents a discussion with leading German journalist Stefan Aust at 7pm. After years of research, Aust published his seminal book The Baader Meinhof Complex about the German terrorist group RAF in 1985. In 2008, the book served as the basis for the film of the same name. Visit here for more information.
Wednesday December 2
The Jackman Humanities Institute presents Lawrence Weschler speaking on the topic of "All that is Solid: Considerations on the Books vs. Digital Divide." Free admission; 7pm start time. Visit here for more information.
Thursday December 3
The Images Festival presents a special double feature at 7 and 9pm. Deliver by Jennifer Montgomery takes John Boorman's classic 1972 film Deliverance and remakes it with an all-female cast. This is Deliver's Canadian premiere; Deliverance screens in a 35mm archival print. Advance tickets $10; $15 for both. Day of tickets $12; $20 for both. Visit here for more information.
Friday December 4
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of In the Loop. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Saturday December 5
Time + Space presents the first in a series of lectures delivered by music video director Little X. Today's talk, on the topic of making music videos from concept to shooting and editing, begins at 3pm, followed by a reception at 5pm. Visit here for tickets and more information.
December 6, 10-12
The Romanian Film Festival at Toronto presents Eurofest, a series of Romanian and Canadian films, with several filmmakers and actors in attendance. General admission tickets are $10, cash only at the door; VIP admission is available to 5 screenings for $39.99, and VIP Gold full admission for $59.99. All films will screen with English subtitles. Visit here for more information.
Sunday December 6
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 2pm: Fancy Pants (1950, 92 min. Directed by George Marshall, with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball). A clash of cultures ensues when a ham actor, stranded in the far west, is forced to pose as a proper British butler for a less-than-proper family. This updated Ruggles of Red Gap features one of the great mid-century comedy teams in a laugh-a-minute performance. Followed by The Court Jester (1956, 101 min. Directed by Norman Panama and Melvyn Frank, with Danny Kaye and Glynis Johns). Can the meekest man in the kingdom oppose tyranny of the first order? Well, if the rich array of running jokes and elaborate puns in this multi-faceted medieval romp have anything to do with it, the answer is yes! Great tunes and lively action support the stellar cast. Visit here for more information.
Saturday December 12
Nouveau iDEA presents
12:12 Gala that celebrates a tapestry of cultures in the arts and promises
to be a fashionable evening with community leaders, media professionals, entertainers and artists at Innis Town Hall, Toronto. The evening starts with a screening of, an appropriately themed film on cultural identity, the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning Ocean of Pearls followed by a Q&A with its director Dr. Sarab Singh Neelam. Following the screening, instrumental band Light of East Ensemble will perform
music from the near and middle east and pop-singer Prita Chhabra and Bollywood-sensation Shweta Subramanian will also perform. Doors open at 6:30pm, party till 11pm. Dress Code: Stylish with a dash of red! Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets, title sponsorship and media, please contact: nouveauidea [AT] yahoo [DOT] com or 416 716 8582.
Sunday December 13
Nouveau iDEA presents screenings of Ocean of Pearls at 3, 5, and 7pm. Visit here for more information.
Monday December 14
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7pm: One Wild Oat (1950, 79 min. Directed by Charles Saunders, with Stanley Holloway and Audrey Hepburn). A barrister’s attempt to halt his daughter’s infatuation with a roué backfires when his own naughty past is threatened with exposure. A wonderful farce full of Brit wit and clever twists. Hepburn’s screen debut. Followed by Belles of St. Trinian’s (1954, 90 min. Directed by Frank Launder, with Alastair Sim and Joyce Grenfell). A bankrupt girl’s school accepts as students a gaggle of sweet young things that play the horses, terrorize the neighbourhood, and fully engage their spice over their sugar. And what could be more fun than Alastair Sim in dual roles, one of them in drag? Visit here for more information.