By James Rose
Special to the Pioneer
Film buffs and movie goers can rejoice come October 13th as CV Arts Cinefest film series is back for another season of curated film screenings. Chris Jones, Cinefest Coordinator and former Saskatchewan based independent cinema operator, is also pleased to announce that starting this year, films will be shown twice per month. We are the only game in town now that the Toby Theatre is closed, and so every second Tuesday, the first film will be shown and two weeks thereafter, the second film will be screened, said Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones is also pleased to announce that new for this season, freshly popped popcorn will be available for film attendees looking for some savoury satisfaction.
The first film to be shown on October 13th is director Gabe Polskys Red Army feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history the Red Army hockey team. With a 96 per cent Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this film will certainly entertain. You dont need to be a hockey fan to appreciate this fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of the feared Soviet national hockey program, said one critic.
Mr. Jones, who moved to the valley four years ago from Saskatoon, is no stranger to the film industry. A onetime regular at the Toronto International Film Festival, Mr. Jones knows good from bad and recalls with a chuckle the time when Kevin Spacey premiered his first major directorial debut at TIFF (1996s Albino Alligator) it was awful and I dont think it was picked up for distribution, but we had some polite conversation anyway! Along with CV Arts board member Lisa Adams, Mr. Jones selects films that are available through TIFFs Film Circuit program catalogue.
The second film for October, from Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (yes they are brothers), is Two Days, One Night. Critics raved about this film with one noting [the] Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom.
Tickets ($12) are available at the door and a loyalty card program is also new this year. For every five films seen, the sixth is free! Said Jones. Loyalty cards can be found at both Tiffanys Thredz and Pynelogs. For more information, visit www.columbiavalleyarts.com/CVARTS/event-type/cinefest.