WIFF’s Weekend Watch List — 06/24

EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!

(If you want a nostalgic campus comedy)

Vincent Georgie: Filmmaker Richard Linklater followed up his massive hit BOYHOOD with another sensitive, human and endearing story of relationships via coming of age on a University campus. The cast is incredibly appealing, the soundtrack is great and the film is always entertaining while being driven by characters you actually care about.

Synopsis: In 1980 Texas, a college freshman meets his new baseball teammates, an unruly group of disco-dancing, skirt-chasing partyers, and they navigate their way through the freedom and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

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BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE

(If you have gun control on your mind)

Vincent Georgie: Unfortunately, Michael Moore‘s Oscar-winning film continues to be relevant and topical. It’s 20 years old, but sadly could have been made last week. Revisit it for its power, and its attempt to understand a gun culture that continues to seem incomprehensible.

Synopsis: Political documentary filmmaker Michael Moore explores the circumstances that lead to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and, more broadly, the proliferation of guns and the high homicide rate in America. In his trademark provocative fashion, Moore accosts Kmart corporate employees and pleads with them to stop selling bullets, investigates why Canada doesn’t have the same excessive rate of gun violence and questions actor Charlton Heston on his support of the National Rifle Association.

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MUSTANG

(If you want an inspiring drama)

Vincent Georgie: This Turkish breakout hit from 2015 was widely received with praise and popularity at festivals around the world. A tale of sisterhood, friendship and community. Discover a gem.

Synopsis: It’s the beginning of summer. In a small village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are on their way home from school, innocently playing with local boys. However, prying village eyes view their games with suspicion and the girls’ behaviour, and refusal to repent, quickly causes a scandal among the family.

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DOUBLE FEATURE

IF YOU ENJOY SOME RAZZLE DAZZLE

Enjoy a night of wall-to-wall music, energy, and passion with two angles musicals. First, Alan Parker‘s impressive and emotional film adaptation of EVITA with a terrific performance (yes, terrific) by Madonna. Secondly, an endearing behind-the-scenes look at a troupe of dancers and creators just “trying to put on a good show” as they mount a stage revival of “A Chorus Line”.

EVITA

Eva Duarte Peron rises from poverty to become an Argentinian actress and the wife of powerful President Juan Peron. Through a series of flashbacks, Eva transforms from an impoverished teenager into a woman of influence and power. After the death of her father, Eva travels to Buenos Aires and begins a string of relationships with powerful men before she meets Juan. Eva’s ultimate power and influence earn her both admiration and hatred.

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EVERY LITTLE STEP

Filmmakers James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo explore the genesis and legacy of the Broadway musical “A Chorus Line.” Dancers struggle through auditions for a revival of the show, as Stern and Del Deo present interviews past and present with cast and crew, comparing the original production with the show’s original incarnation.

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