The North Shore International Film Series is presented by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council in cooperation with the Toronto International Film Festival. Throughout the year a series of TIFF selections are screened at Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas for special one-night-only viewings. Established in 2003, the North Shore International Film Series acts as a platform for unique cinematic experience, spotlighting quality Canadian, independent and foreign films.
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is pleased to present feature films from Canada and around the world:
Mina Shum directs an all-star cast — including Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, and Don McKellar — in her latest feature, about a devoted wife and mother who is forced to reassess her reverence for her husband after she finds another woman’s undergarment in his laundry.
The Leisure Seeker was the nickname of the old RV used by Ella and John Spencer to go on vacation with their children in the 1970s. On a summer morning, to escape a destiny of medical care that would keep them apart forever, the couple leave their adult and intrusive children astonished as they board that dated vehicle for a new adventure down Old Route 1, towards Key West. John is ditzy and absent-minded but strong, Ella is exhausted and fragile but still very lucid, together they seem to hardly compose a single person. Their trip through an America they no longer recognize – between hilarious moments and others of real terror – is the occasion to live again a love story nourished by passion and devotion, but also by secret obsessions that emerge brutally, revealing surprises up to the last instant.
The Final Portrait is the story of the touching and offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord and Alberto Giacometti, as seen through Lord’s eyes and revealing unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and sometimes the chaos of the artistic process. Set in 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, Lord is asked by his friend, Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, promises Giacometti, will take only a few days and so Lord agrees — ultimately wondering “how much longer can it go on like this?”
As the newly minted “Lady” Abbot, Sandra (Imelda Staunton, Pride; Another Year) is on top of the world and looking forward to enjoying the rest of her life with her husband, Mike (John Sessions; Denial, Florence Foster Jenkins). However, when Sandra discovers Mike embracing her best friend and uncovers their years-long affair, her plans for their idyllic retirement dissolve before her eyes. With her picture-perfect, but stuffy aristocratic life crumbling around her, Sandra moves in with her eccentric sister, Bif (Celia Imrie; Bridget Jones’s Baby, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and embarks on a journey to find herself and reconnect with her decidedly less posh roots. As Bif’s patience for her sister’s self-pity wears thin, and in hopes of snapping her out of her funk, Bif invites Sandra to join her dance class and meet her friends Charlie (Timothy Spall; Mr. Turner, Denial), Jackie (Joanna Lumley; Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, The Wolf of Wall Street), and Ted (David Hayman; Macbeth, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas). Surrounded by new friends and reviving her longstanding love for dance, Sandra comes to enjoy her new life with her sister, but she can’t avoid her past for long. Finding Your Feet proves it’s never too late to start again and reconnect with the people you love.
Spring Film Series Pass – $40 (4 feature films)
General Admission – $12 (1 feature film)
Series passes purchased online will be available for pick up from the will call table the evening of the first screening, April 11th.
The North Shore International Film Series, established in 2003, is a fundraiser benefiting the North Vancouver Community Arts Council’s programming and events throughout the North Shore.
Films subject to change based upon TIFF Film Circuit changes*