The 19th annual Cinema CNC Film Festival runs March 6 to 8 at the Prince George Playhouse. Eight films will be featured.
Relative Happiness – Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m.
Plus-sized Lexie Ivy is a feisty Bed and Breakfast owner who needs a date to her sister’s wedding. In small town Nova Scotia, that’s no easy task. When Adrian, a handsome and charming guest, arrives and seems to take an interest in Lexie, she thinks all her problems are solved. After a series of hilarious mishaps and a reality check or two, Lexie opens her heart and eyes to see that love may be a lot closer than she thought.
October Gale – Friday, March 6 at 9:30 p.m.
Toronto doctor Helen Matthews, mourning the death of her husband, retreats to the isolated cabin where they’d spent some of their most loving moments together. Her reminiscences are cut short when a mysterious man, Will, washes ashore, bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. She tends to his injuries, he refuses to explain what happened. What happens next requires the two to trust each other.
Trick or Treaty? – Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m.
Against the backdrop of key recent events, such as Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike and the rise of Idle No More, Obomsawin interviews a string of legal, historical and cultural experts as well as people whose ancestors were present when the treaty was signed more than a century ago, about the corrupt genesis of Treaty 9. The deeper she digs, the more disturbing the revelations. It becomes clear that the printed copy of the treaty is not the only valid version.
Monsoon – Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
Monsoon is a visually stunning meditation on the annual rains that descend upon India and their alternately disastrous and beneficial impact on Indian society, economy, agriculture and individual lives. For Gunnarsson, the monsoon functions as a godlike entity, capable of bringing and sustaining life and destroying it – a duality that sparks profound reflections on the nature of order, chaos, creation and faith in a perpetually mysterious universe.
Big News from Grand Rock – Saturday, March 7 at 9:30 p.m.
Leonard Crane is desperate to save his small-town newspaper. Readership and advertising is at an all-time low as more and more locals, with the notable exception of Leonard’s scatterbrained staff, move into the digital age. With unemployment on the horizon and the paper about to be sold for scrap to a media conglomerate, Leonard looks to some old movies for escape – and instead finds a wealth of potential news stories that could pull readers back to print.
Felix and Meira – Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m.
An unusual romance blossoms between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighbourhood but vastly different worlds. Meira, a young Hasidic Jewish mother in Montreal’s Mile End District, secretly rebels against her faith by listening to soul music and taking birth control pills; Felix is grieving over the loss of his father. Intrigued by Meria, Felix hopes her religious devotion will provide insight into his loss. She rebuffs him at first, then a mutual affection soon arises between the two.
Mommy – Sunday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
Steve is a troubled teenager. When his mother, Diane, picks him up from a government institution to care for him at home, it is an act of deep maternal commitment and a huge risk. Although he can be sweet as an angel, Steve is volatile. As Diane tries to manage her son’s mood swings at home, it’s clear that she’s not exactly serene either. A working-class Quebec woman with a messy personal life, she’s barely keeping it together.
Heartbeat – Sunday, March 8 at 9:30 p.m.
To say that Justine is struck in a rut would be an understatement. She hates her mind-numbing job, she can’t stop sleeping with her ex-boyfriend Ben, and not only does she live in her grandma’s old house, but she also wears her granny’s old bras. When things begin to change, she’s forced to deal with her attachment issues and find a way to define her life. Justine recognizes that she has drifted away from her true passion, music, in part because of an embarrassing stage-fright incident.
Passes are $56 for eight films, Friday is $14 for two films, Saturday is $21 for three films, and Sunday is $21 for three films. Tickets can be purchased at Books and Company and the bookstores at CNC and UNBC.