FILM

The Kamloops Film Society at the Paramount Theatre showcases diverse, high-quality films of the best in independent, Canadian and foreign cinemas.

Kamloops Film Society

 

Weekly Movies

Films are shown weekly on Fridays and Saturdays from September - November, and January - May. At the beginning of March, there is a break to host the annual Kamloops Film Festival.


Regular Tickets
  • $11 for Adults
  • $10 for Senior
  • $5 for Student/Child
Membership
  • $1 membership included in all Adult and Senior tickets.
  • Series Passes will be available at Paramount Theatre

Thursday Film Series

The Kamloops Film Society features weekly screenings of Canadian, Independent and International films on Thursday nights at 7pm. There are three Film Series throughout the year: Spring (March to April), Fall (September to December), and Winter (January to February).


Series Tickets
  • 4 Films: $36
  • 8 Films: $64
  • Full Series (15 Films): $105


Kamloops Film Festival

March 5 - 14, 2020

Kamloops Film Society

The Kamloops Film Festival takes place downtown Kamloops at the Paramount Theatre in March. The festival features Oscar contenders, BC adventures, family sing-alongs, and a Dark Fest feature.


Flavours + Flicks

Flavours & Flicks is a partnership between the Kamloops Wine Trail and Kamloops Film Festival offering a 10-day feature menu paired with local wine. Enjoy the unique flavours at the Noble Pig Brewhouse, Cordo Resto + Bar, and Forno on 5th.


2020 Featured Films

 

 

Thursday, March 5, 7pm

HAIDA MODERN

Charles Wilkinson (Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World) brings his trademark inquisitiveness and craftsmanship to this revealing portrait of an unassuming living legend. Weaving together engaging interviews with the artist’s offspring and a host of admirers from all walks of life, Haida Modern leaves you inclined to believe Davidson when he surmises that art may just possess the power to save us from ourselves.

Canada, Directed by Charles Wilkinson, In English, Documentary, 85 minutes, Not Yet Rated

 

Friday, March 6, 7pm

SIX DAYS IN DECEMBER

A non-narrative documentary (City-Poem) that presents a striking portrait of the city of Kamloops, for six days in December of 2019.

Kamloops is a city in south-central British Columbia that exists on the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River.

For six days in December of 2019, a small group of filmmakers explored this vibrant and multi-faceted city and present their findings in this documentary film.

Canada, In English, Directed by Demian LeClair, Documentary, 55 minutes, Not Yet Rated

 

 

Friday, March 6, 6pm

Call me Crazy

A ski-obsessed Austrian, with a vision no one else believed in, translates a lifetime of innovation into a legendary reputation as one of the most influential figures in snowsports.

Call Me Crazy tells the story of how a young Austrian with little more than a dream and a love for skiing, became one of the most influential ski pioneers in Canada and the founder of North American’s preeminent heli-skiing operation. Mike’s commitment to his vision has enabled ski enthusiasts and die-hard powder-hounds to access some of the most sought-after snow in the world. His contributions don’t end there; Wiegele has set the standard for avalanche safety in the mechanized ski industry, influenced ground-breaking changes in ski technology, and continues to inspire future generations of skiers, snowboarders, and guides.

Canada, Directed by Andrea Wing, In English, Documentary, 20 minutes, Not Yet Rated

 

 

Friday, March 6 at 9pm

IN FABRIC

In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences.

A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown—which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path.

UK Directed by Peter Strickland, In English and in French (with English subtitles), Comedy, Horror, 118 minutes, Rated 14A: sexual content; violence

Dark Fest Drunk in a graveyard

 

Saturday, March 7 at 11am

Frozen II (Sing-A-long)

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.

Having harnessed her ever-growing power after lifting the dreadful curse of the eternal winter, the beautiful conjurer of snow and ice, Queen Elsa, now rules the peaceful kingdom of Arendelle, enjoying a happy life with her sister, Princess Anna. However, a melodious voice that only Elsa can hear keeps her awake, inviting her to the mystical enchanted forest that the sisters' father told them of a long time ago. Now, unable to block the thrilling call of the secret siren, Elsa--along with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven--summons up the courage to follow the voice into the unknown, intent on finding answers in the perpetually misty realm in the woods.

USA, Directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, In English, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, 103 minutes, Rated G

 

Saturday, March 7 at 1pm

ONLY IN NELSON

When a murder on main street bursts the bubble of Nelson’s utopian image, citizens of this mountain oasis head into a raucous city election struggling with their emerging exposure to the right-wing wave of populism spreading across North America.

Only in Nelson nods to the character study of Errol Morris's Vernon, Florida, the tone of a Christopher Guest mockumentary and the scope and spontaneity of Robert Altman's ensemble cast of Nashville.

Nelson's bohemian bubble bursts when one man kills another on the main street over a panhandling spot. This tragedy prompts Bubbles the Clown, who has twisted balloon animals downtown for 20 years, to run for Mayor as she stumps for the marginalized citizens of Nelson.

On the other side of Nelson's political spectrum, the death downtown ignites a call from the frustrated business community to oust the current Mayor and the six sitting Councilors. This populist flavoured uprising forms 'CORE - Coalition of Responsible Electors', the city's first-ever political party with a platform to clean up the streets and make Nelson great again.

Stakes are high as the town heads into the municipal election, otherwise known by locals as 'Silly Season.' We follow a colourful group of candidates and a handful of concerned citizens along the campaign trail, including the pot shop owner, mountain bike champion, trans gendered activist, small-town reporter, punk rock musician, street elder, and a used car salesman.

Canada, In English, Directed by Amy Bohigian, Documentary, 78 minutes, Not Yet Rated

 

Saturday, March 7 at 4pm FREE

LET IT BE

The filmed account of The Beatles' attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.

The dissolution of the Fab Four is captured on camera in Michael Lindsay-Hogg's documentary, a filmed record of the sessions for what would become the Beatles' final release, Let It Be. (Abbey Road, cut shortly after these sessions, was in fact the group's final recording, but it was released a year before these often-delayed songs.) Included is footage shot at the famous rooftop concert that was the Fabs' final live appearance. The Beatles are shown rehearsing, performing, arguing, and recording, and they allow the cameras to record their every word and note in the recording studio.

UK, Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, In English, Documentary, Music, 81 minutes, Not Yet Rated

 

Saturday, March 7 at 5:30pm

NÎPAWISTÂMASOWIN:
WE WILL STAND UP

The story of the killing of Colten Boushie and his family's pursuit of justice.

On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley's rural property with his friends. The jury's subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada's legal system and propelling Colten's family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker's own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a transformative vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.

Canada, Directed by Tasha Hubbard, English, Cree (with English subtitles), Documentary, 98 minutes, Not Yet Rated

 

Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm

HONEY BOY

Explores a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.

From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har'el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA Twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har'el's feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope.

USA, Directed by Alma Har’el, In English, Drama, 94 minutes, Rated 14A: frequent coarse language

 

Saturday, March 7 at 9:30pm

RABID

The quiet Rose works in women's fashion clothing, hoping to be a designer. A traffic accident damages her face. She gets experimental stem cell treatment, leaving her stronger and prettier than ever - but there's a side effect.

What happens when you realize that to achieve your dreams you have to live a nightmare? Rose is a quiet, demure, unassuming woman in her looks and actions. Her dream is to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves Rose scarred beyond recognition. She seeks out a radical untested stem cell treatment. The treatment is nothing short of a miracle and wallflower Rose turns into the belle of the ball. It all seems too good to be true. She is now everything she wanted to be. But everything in life comes at a price and this newfound perfect life is no exception.

Canada, Directed by Jen & Slyvia Soska, In English, Horror, Sci Fi, 107 minutes, Rated 18A: explicit violence

 

Sunday, March 8 at 3pm

GREENER GRASS

Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.

In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults wear braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and children magically turn into golden retrievers, soccer moms and best friends Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) and Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) are locked in a passive-aggressive battle-of-the-wills that takes a turn into the sinister when Lisa begins systematically taking over every aspect of Jill’s life—starting with her newborn daughter. Meanwhile, a psycho yoga teacher killer is on the loose, Jill’s husband (Beck Bennett) has developed a curious taste for pool water, and Lisa is pregnant with a soccer ball. That’s just the tip of the gloriously weird iceberg that is the feature debut from writers-directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, a hilariously demented, Stepford Wives-on-acid satire destined to be an instant cult classic.

USA, Directed by Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe, In English, Comedy, 95 minutes, Rated PG: coarse & sexual language; violence

 

Sunday, March 8 at 6pm

PORTRAIT OF A LADY

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and a testament to their love.

France, Directed by Céline Sciamma, In French & Italian (with English subtitles), Drama, Romance, 121 minutes, Rated PG: nudity

 

Sunday, March 8 at 9pm

THE BODY REMEMBERS
WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN

After a chance encounter on the street, a woman tries to encourage a pregnant domestic abuse victim to seek help.

When Áila encounters a young Indigenous woman, barefoot and crying in the rain on the side of a busy street, she soon discovers that this young woman, Rosie, has just escaped a violent assault at the hands of her boyfriend. Áila decides to bring Rosie home with her and over the course of the evening, the two navigate the aftermath of this traumatic event.

Canada | Norway, Directed by Kathleen Hepburn & Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, In English, Drama, 105 minutes, Rated PG: coarse & sexual language

NEW this year! KFF will be serving beer and wine after 5pm at all ten evenings of the festival. Drink tickets can be purchased at the concession and alcohol will be served in the lobby.


 

 

Monday, March 9 at 6pm

OLD BOYS

In this school-set re-working of Cyrano de Bergerac, an awkward but imaginative pupil helps the handsome but spectacularly dim school-hero pursue the fiery daughter of a visiting French teacher.

At an English all-boys boarding school, the life of nerdy Amberson is turned upside down when the daughter of the new French teacher arrives. As he ends up playing matchmaker to the school's popular sporting hero in dire need of romantic assistance, he realizes he's falling for the girl himself. A fresh and vibrant comedy, OLD BOYS is a modern twist on the timeless story of Cyrano de Bergerac.

UK | Sweden, Directed by Toby MacDonald, In English, and in French (with English subtitles), Comedy, 96 minutes, Not Yet Rated

 

Monday, March 9 at 9pm

Hidden Life

The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Bl. Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife, Fani, and children that keep his spirit alive.

Germany | USA, Directed by Terrence Malick, 14, In English, and in German & Italian (with English subtitles), Biography, Drama, Romance, War, 174 minutes, Rated PG: violence

 

Tuesday, March 10 at 6pm

Red Snow

After a Gwich'in-Canadian soldier is captured by the Taliban, he finds himself reflecting on the death of his cousin.

Red Snow is a dramatic adventure that begins when Dylan, a Gwich'in soldier from the Canadian Arctic, is caught in an ambush in Panjwayi, Afghanistan. His capture and interrogation by a Taliban Commander releases a cache of memories connected to the love and death of his Inuit cousin, Asana, and binds him closer to a Pashtun family as they escape across treacherous landscapes and through a blizzard that becomes their key to survival.

Canada, Directed by Marie Clements, In English, and in Pushto (with English subtitles), Drama, 100 minutes, Rated PG: coarse language; violence

 

Thursday, March 10 at 9pm

ARAB BLUES

After years abroad in Paris, Selma returns to Tunis with the dream of opening up her own psychotherapy practice.

After 10 years of living in Paris, Selma (Golshifteh Farahani) has returned to Tunis. Back home, her younger cousin can't figure out why she'd leave the French capital, her aunt is overbearing, and her uncle is only giving her a matter of weeks to crash in the apartment above their house. Selma, nonetheless, is steadfast in her resolve: she wants to open up a psychotherapy practice. So begins an incisive comedy about coming home, breaking taboos, and building community. As Selma tries to settle in, she's faced with increasing complications that she couldn't have predicted. There isn't just the matter of finding interested psychotherapy patients in a locale that's not keen on the talking cure, but she also needs to navigate a confusing bureaucratic circus in order to get the right papers to run her practice. On top of all that, a strapping cop, Naim (Majd Mastoura), is keeping a close eye on her every move.

France | Tunisia, Directed by Manele Labidi Labbé, In French and Arabic (with English subtitles), Comedy, 88 minutes, Rated PG: coarse & sexual language; violence

 

Wednesday, March 11 at 6pm

SORRY WE MISSED YOU

Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family, end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation.

Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It's hard work, and his wife's job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to a breaking point.

UK | France | Belgium, Directed by Ken Loach, English, Drama, 101 minutes, Rated 14A: coarse language

 

 

Wednesday, March 11 at 9pm

QUEEN & SLIM

A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.

Slim and Queen's first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer's gun and shoots him in self-defence. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people all across the country.

Canada | USA Directed by Melina Matsoukas, Drama, 132 minutes, Rated 14A: coarse language; sexually suggestive scene

 

Thursday, March 12 at 6pm

AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN

Three elderly hermits live in the woods. While wildfires threaten the region, their quiet life is about to be shaken by the arrival of two women.

As acclaimed director Louise Archambault's elegiac and charming And the Birds Rained Down opens, we meet three hermits living in cabins in the Quebec countryside, miles from civilization. Tom (Rémy Girard), Charlie (Gilbert Sicotte), and Ted (Kenneth Welsh) fled society years ago, and have eked out a back-to-the-land existence, selling pot to the closest locals with help from local hotelier Stephen (Éric Robidoux). While wildfires threaten the region, their quiet life is about to be shaken by the arrival of two women.

Canada, In French (with English subtitles), Directed by Louise Archambault, Drama, 127 minutes, Rated PG: sexual content; violence; coarse language

 

Thursday, March 12 at 9pm​

LES MISÉRABLES

A cop from the provinces moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm.

Inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris, LES MISÉRABLES – directed by Ladj Ly – follows Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), a recent transplant to the impoverished suburb of Montfermeil, as he joins the local anti-crime squad. Working alongside his unscrupulous colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), Stéphane struggles to maintain order amidst the mounting tensions between local gangs. When an arrest turns unexpectedly violent, the three officers must reckon with the aftermath and keep the neighbourhood from spiralling out of control.

France Directed by Ladj Ly, In French and Bambara (with English subtitles), Crime, Drama, Thriller, 104 minutes, Rated 14A: coarse language

 

Friday, March 13 at 6pm

WHITE LIE

A popular undergrad faking cancer struggles to maintain her secret.

Directed with an assurance that suffuses every frame, the latest feature from Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis (Amy George, The Oxbow Cure, Spice It Up) centres on Katie (Kacey Rohl), a young woman who has become a literal poster child on her university campus: recently diagnosed with cancer, she's the focal point of an online funding campaign for both herself and other cancer-related causes. The only problem is, it's all built on a lie: Katie isn't sick, and never has been. And as her story slowly begins to unravel, she disastrously decides to double down, unable to give up the real-life fantasy world she's constructed for herself.

Canada, Directed by Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas, In English, Drama, 96 minutes, Not Yet Rated

 

Friday, March 13 at 10pm

AMAZON HOT BOX

An innocent college student is tossed into a jungle hellhole where she must fight for her life against an evil wardress, psycho inmates, voodoo experiments and the incredible torture machine.

An American college student named Penny is erroneously apprehended during a dissident round-up in the banana republic of Rattica. She is incarcerated into the island penal system overseen by Wardress Von Krupp who is constructing the world's greatest information extractor. Crocodiles, religious zealots, psycho inmates and voodoo-based experiments block her every escape. Life is cheap and the jungle explodes in Amazon Hot Box.

Canada, Directed by Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas, In English, Drama, 96 minutes, Not Yet Rated

 

Saturday, March 14 at 1pm

BEYOND THE WOODS

A psychological thriller that follows Detective Reeves' investigation after Laura Bennett's death and the disappearance of her brother Jack. The suspect at hand is the mysterious Andrew Bennett.

Beyond the Woods is a psychological thriller that follows Detective Reeves' investigation after Laura Bennett's death and the disappearance of her brother Jack. The suspect at hand is Laura's husband Andrew, who seems to be the only one to know where Jack really is. Detective Reeves must solve this never-ending puzzle, as Jack's odds of survival are against him.

Canada Directed by Brayden DeMorest-Purdy, In English, Thriller, 102 minutes, Not Yet Rated

 

Saturday, March 14 at 4pm

THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE

A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives at the scene of a major crime, picks up two bags of cash, and hides them.

Pierre-Paul Daoust, 36, an intellectual with a PhD in philosophy is forced to work as a deliveryman to afford a decent living. One day, while delivering a parcel, he gets caught in a hold up gone terribly wrong: two dead and millions in money bags laying on the ground. Pierre-Paul is confronted with a dilemma: leave empty-handed or take the money and run?

Canada, Directed by Denys Arcand, In English, and in French & Latin (with English subtitles), Comedy, Crime, 127 minutes, Rated 14A: violence

 

Saturday, March 14 at 6pm

THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR

Ajatashatru Lavash Patel has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighbourhood tricking people with street magic and fakir stunts. He sets out on a journey to find his estranged father but instead gets dragged on a never-ending adventure.

Ajatashatru "Aja" Lavash Patel (Dhanush), who has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighbourhood, is a street magician and prankster who tricks people into believing that he possesses magical powers. After his mother's untimely death, he sets off on a journey to find his estranged father in Paris. There, he meets a woman named Marie (Erin Moriarty) in a furniture store and is soon smitten. Aja then experiences a series of adventures around the world, all while being pursued by Parisian taxi-driver Gustave, whom he swindled out of a cab fare.

France | India | Belgium | Singapore | USA, Directed by Ken Scott, English, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, 92 minutes, Rated PG: coarse language; violence

NEW this year! KFF will be serving beer and wine after 5pm at all ten evenings of the festival. Drink tickets can be purchased at the concession and alcohol will be served in the lobby.