Aurora Borealis - Saturday, September 8th - 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Ever since the premature death of his father, 25-year-old Minneapolis slacker Duncan Shorter (Joshua Jackson) is content with shuffling aimlessly through life, hanging out with his lifelong friends, and ditching one dead-end job after another. Duncan takes a job as a handyman in a high-rise that allows him to be near his gravely ill grandfather Ronald (Donald Sutherland), who’s more than a handful for his grandmother Ruth (Louise Fletcher). That newfound sense of purpose leads to a budding romance with Kate (Juliette Lewis) that gives Duncan the motivation to take charge of his life.
This funny and touching family drama from director James Burke, with a soundtrack featuring music by Minnesota natives Bob Dylan and Paul Westerberg, has something to say to audiences of all ages.
Away From Her - Saturday, September 8th - 3:30 pm–5:30 pm
Away From Her is the lyrical screenplay adaptation of celebrated author Alice Munro's short story, “The Bear Came Over The Mountain,” a beautiful yet unconventional story of a couple coming to grips with the onset of memory loss. Beloved by critics and audiences alike when it premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, the film marks the arrival of an exciting new filmmaker and Canadian actress Sarah Polley, who makes her feature screenwriting and directorial debut.
Married for almost 50 years, Grant’s (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona’s (Julie Christie) commitment to each other appears unwavering. Their daily life is filled with tenderness and humor; yet this serenity is broken by Fiona’s increasingly evident memory loss – and her restrained references to a past betrayal. For a while, the couple is able to casually dismiss these unwelcome changes. But when neither Fiona nor her husband can deny any longer that she is being consumed by Alzheimer’s disease, the couple is forced to wrenchingly redefine the limits of their love and loyalty – and face the complex, inevitable transition from lovers to strangers.
Away From Her also stars Olympia Dukakis, Kristen Thomson, with Michael Murphy and Alberta Watson. The Film Farm and Foundry Films production in association with Capri Releasing, HanWay Films and Echo Lake Productions. Executive producer, Atom Egoyan, Doug Mankoff. Co-Producer, Victoria Hirst. Produced by Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss.
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