Jan. 27: 3 pm Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; 9:10 pm Pale Rider

This week we are presenting two films and both will be shown in the same one day!

Sunday afternoon, at three o’clock, we resume our Harry Potter series with the fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It’s the only film in the series directed by Mike Newell, the director of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

A young wizard finds himself competing in a dangerous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.

Starting with a frightening gallery of skulls out of which emerges a menacing snake, the first shots of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire“, directed by Mike Newell, are already tainting the atmosphere with an unusually disturbing darkness. Yes even by Hogwarts’ standards, there’s something quite unsettling in the opening flashback.” Sed. Dine

At 9:10, we will present Clint Eastwood’s third western as a director and his first film to be shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Pale Rider is a tribute from Clint Eastwood to one of his favourite movies, George Stevens’ Shane.

A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

”Clint Eastwood has by now become an actor whose moods and silences are so well known that the slightest suggestion will do to convey an emotion. No actor is more aware of his own instruments, and Eastwood demonstrates that in “Pale Rider,” Clint Eastwood is the director, and having directed himself in nine previous films, he understands so well how he works on the screen that the movie has a resonance that probably was not even there in the screenplay. ”Roger Ebert

” “Pale Rider” is a Western with such an aura, such an attitude and such a stance over the Western myth that it’s almost a miracle it could flirt with self-consciousness while never sinning by it. Clint Eastwood might be the only director still capable of such miracles. ” Sed. Dine

Tickets at the door, cash only, $7, or visit Eventbrite.ca for advance tickets.
(children’s tickets are $ 5 at the door only)

Charlottetown Film Society fundraising campaign

The Charlottetown Film Society was established in 2012 with a primary objective to purchase City Cinema in downtown Charlottetown and to continue to operate it as a non-profit. The Society hopes to complete the purchase and assume the operation of the Cinema by early 2019. A fundraising campaign has been launched to support the final step of that journey.

In 2018 the Society was approved as an official registered charity by Canada Revenue Agency, so can now provide receipts for your income tax filing. All donations will receive an official receipt for income tax purposes. A donation of $1000 will be acknowledged on a wall plaque in the cinema foyer.

To all who are not yet members of the Charlottetown Film Society, it is never too late to become one.

For more information about the Charlottetown Film Society, its mandate, and the fundraising campaign, visitthecharlottetownfilmsociety.wordpress.com.

To donate visit www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-charlottetown-film-society-inc/.

The Buzz, Jan. 2019

The Buzz, Jan. 2019: Charlottetown Film Festival goes forward

The annual Charlottetown Film Festival (ChFF) operates under the auspices of The Charlottetown Film Society. The event showcases and celebrates remarkable works by filmmakers from PEI and Atlantic Canada. The Festival is typically held in October and most recently showcased 65 regional films over three days.

Since its inception four years ago, Executive Director Cheryl Wagner has brought her extensive experience to organizing this event. She began her career as a performer in both theatre and on screen and her resume includes roles as a puppeteer on both Mr. Dressup and Fraggle Rock, as creator and show runner of The Big Comfy Couch, as well as writer for Gemini Award and Emmy Award-winning television programs.

Wagner noted that “opening night this year featured three Island documentaries which included the popular The Song and the Sorrow. These three wonderful documentaries were all directed by Island women and, in fact, it was an unexpected surprise to realize that there was gender parity among all participating directors in this year’s Festival.”

The Free Family Matinee on Sunday at noon was another favourite aspect of this year’s Festival. Presented by The City of Charlottetown, the matinee featured three Eckhart episodes produced by Charlottetown’s Cellar Door Productions. “Children can follow Eckhart the mouse artwalk around Charlottetown. He is full of curiosity and wonder and who isn’t! I would like to see the Eckhart episodes as a standard so that children on PEI can see their world on the big screen,” said Wagner.

Categories of the films shown included: PEI’s Emerging Filmmakers, Atlantic Shorts, Atlantic Shorts for Grownups, and Doc Here. Winner of the people’s choice award was Prince’s Tale by Nfld director Jamie Miller.

Wagner is currently preparing for the upcoming fifth Festival and says that sponsorship opportunities will be available for each category. She added that “there is now a program available through Film PEI called Film 4Ward and four short films will be made. I am looking forward to our celebrating them at the 5th annual Charlottetown Film Festival!” She is also looking forward to those lively receptions for film fans and filmmakers at The Merchantman’s Next Door, now a tradition.

For information about the Festival as well as sponsorship opportunities, visit charlottetownfilmfest.com. Cheryl Wagner can be contacted directly through the website.

Jan.29: King Vidor’s War & Peace

Saturday night, we will show one of the last great examples of Hollywood megalomania of its golden age. Co-produced and shot in Italy, King Vidor’s adaptation of War and Peace, based on Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel, is huge in every way: it staged two of the greatest starts of its time, Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn (Audrey Hepburn’s salary of three hundred fifty thousand dollars for this movie was the highest salary an actress had ever received to that date.), it is more than 3 hours (3:28 to be exact, hence the fact that we start the film earlier than our usual schedule) and between 5,000 and 6,000 Italian soldiers played extras (including sixty-five physicians, dressed as soldiers and scattered throughout the location to take care of any extras or stuntmen who might get injured during the filming of the battle scenes).

King Vidor received the last of his five Oscar nominations for the Oscar of Best Director and Jack Cardiff, its cinematographer, won Best Cinematography from the British Society of Cinematographers

Napoleon’s tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

”The film is done on an epic scale, with great sets, wonderful costumes (it received Oscar nominations for both and they were well-earned) and large battles on a grandiose scale.” Nighthawk

”The wonder of the production is that it has maintained cohesiveness and fluidity of story and also has given fullest accent to the size and sweep of Bonaparte’s armies at Austerlitz and Borodino. Life among the Russian aristocracy with its passion for good living and innate respect for the church in time of stress is brought into sharp focus.”  Variety.

Only two movies in our Classic Film Series this week,
Tickets at the door, cash only, $7, or visit Eventbrite.ca for advance tickets.


Jan. 27: Howl’s Moving Castle

Only two movies in our Classic Film Series this week,
Tickets at the door, cash only, $7, or visit Eventbrite.ca for advance tickets.

Friday night and Sunday afternoon, will have two screenings of Howl’s Moving Castle, an animated film directed by Hayao Miyazak (for that, we will pause our sunday Harry Potter series, We will resume it the following Sunday, January 27, with the screening of Harry Potter And the Goblet of Fire.)

Friday it will be shown in Japanese with english subtitles and the Sunday screening will be in english.

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a indulgent yet insecure young wizard. Along for the ride are his companions in his legged, walking castle.

“Admirers of [Hayao Miyazaki’s] work, which is wildly imaginative, emotionally intense and surpassingly gentle, will find much to appreciate in this film because it demonstrates, once again, his visual ingenuity and his sensitivity as a storyteller. For newcomers to his world, “Howl’s Moving Castle” is a fitting introduction to one of modern cinema’s great enchanters.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times wrote.

Jan. 13: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Jan 13, @ 3 pm
Alfonso Cuarón, 2004, 142 min.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

City Cinema: Admission $7

The film, which is the third installment in the Harry Potter film series, was directed by mexican director Alfonso Cuaron.

The story follows Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts as he is informed that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban intending to kill him.

Jan. 12: The Decline of the American Empire

The Decline of the American Empire
(Le déclin de l’empire américain)
Jan 12 @ 9:10 pm
Denys Arcand, 1986
Remy Girard, Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman
in french with english subtitles

City Cinema; Admission: $7

Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend in the countryside.

The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, nine Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture, and it was the first Canadian film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


We have changed the price for the film in the ‘classic film series’ to $7 for a regular ticket or $5 for children under 14.
(Tickets are available at the door or on Eventbrite.ca)

Jan. 11: Strangers on a Train


Strangers on a Train
Jan 11@ 9:10 pm
Alfred Hitchcock, 1951
Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker

City Cinema; Admission: $7
Strangers on a Train will be the 100th film of our current ”classic film series” and showing Hitchcock’s best film seemed to be the perfect way to mark the occasion! (or let’s say one of his best if we do not want to create controversy)
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder

‘On an overall scale, Strangers on a Train succeeds effortlessly & ingeniously in sustaining its suspenseful atmosphere until the very end and also exhibits the artistic side of its legendary director. It’ll find a high spot whether you put it into the genre of crime, thriller or even film-noir, and with its strong visual themes & motifs, it’ll always remain a fascinating study in the art of filmmaking around the world.” CC

We changed the price for the film in the ‘classic film series’ to $7 for a regular ticket or $5 for children under 14.
(Tickets are available at the door or on Eventbrite.ca)

Jan. 9: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Jan 9 @ 9:05 pm
Steven Spielberg, 1984
Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan

City Cinema; Admission $7

It is the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, featuring Harrison Ford reprising his role as the title character.

In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India and is asked to find a mystical stone.

We changed the price for the film in the ‘classic film series’ to $7 for a regular ticket or $5 for children under 14.
(Tickets are available at the door or on Eventbrite.ca)