FILM

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

 


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

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.

 

March 2019 Feature Films

 

The Mountain life

Thursday, March 7, 7pm

This Mountain Life

Martina Halik and her 60 year-old mother, Tania, embark on a six-month ski trek through the treacherous Coast Mountains of British Columbia. This journey has only been completed once before, and never by a female duo. Woven through their arduous and uplifting story are vignettes of others who have chosen a mountain life: a group of nuns inhabiting a mountain retreat to be closer to God; a photographer buried in an avalanche; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; and a couple who has been living off grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years. What is it that leads these adventurous people to sacrifice everything - comfort, family, personal safety - for a life in the mountains?

  • Canada, USA
  • Directed by Grant Baldwin
  • Documentary, Adventure
  • 76 minutes
  • In English, Rated PG: coarse language

ANTHROPOCENE – THE HUMAN EPOCH

Friday, March 8, 6pm

Anthropocene - the human epoch

In their third collaboration, Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier team up to explore industrialization and contemplate humanity’s impact on the planet. Narrated by Alicia Vikander, this Canadian documentary spans six continents and 20 countries, capturing alarming evidence of mankind’s never-ending quest for dominance over the natural world in this current geological age.

  • Canada
  • Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier
  • In English, and in Russian, Italian, German,
    Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles.
  • Documentary
  • 87 minutes
  • Rated PG: coarse language

 

The House Jack Built

Friday, March 8, 9pm

The House Jack Built

The newest film from Lars von Trier follows the exploits of Jack (Matt Dillon), a highly intelligent killer, over the course of twelve years, introducing the audience to the murders that define his development as a serial killer. Throughout the various incidents of the film, Jack postulates that murder is a form of art in itself. As the police investigation draws nearer, Jack takes larger and larger risks in his attempt to create the ultimate piece of art. The House That Jack Built is both a dark and sinister story, presented in a philosophical and occasionally darkly humorous way.

  • Denmark | France | Germany | Sweden
  • Directed by Lars von Trier
  • In English, and in German and Italian with English subtitles
  • Horror, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • 152 minutes
  • Rated 18A: explicit violence

 

Frozen Sing Along

Saturday, March 9 at 12pm

Frozen - Sing a Long

When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter's cold grip. Based on the classic 1844 Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, The Snow Queen, the film features eight original songs from Christophe Beck, with lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

  • USA
  • Directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
  • In English and Norwegian
  • Animation, Adventure, Comedy
  • 102 minutes
  • Rated G

Capernaum

Saturday, March 9 at 2pm

Capernaum

The film follows Zain, a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. His story moves him from being a gutsy, streetwise child, to hardened 12-year-old "adult" fleeing his negligent parents. Surviving on his wits, he meets Ethiopian migrant worker, Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, as Zein takes care of her baby son, Yonas, in return. Later imprisoned for committing a violent crime, Zain finally seeks justice and redemption in a courtroom.

  • Lebanon | USA | France
  • Directed by Nadine Labaki
  • Arabic & Amharic with English subtitles
  • Drama
  • 126 minutes
  • Rated 14A: theme of violence to children

Edge of the knife

Saturday, March 9 at 5pm

Edge of the Knife (Sgaawaay K'uuna)

After causing the accidental death of a friend’s son at an annual fishing retreat off Haida Gwaii, Adiits’ii (Tyer York) falls into a tailspin and retreats to the wilderness, plagued by guilt.  In the throes of insanity, Adiits’ii transforms into the supernatural being Gaagiixid, returning to the following year’s fishing retreat.

  • Canada
  • Directed by Gwaai Edenshaw & Helen Haig-Brown
  • In Haida with English subtitles
  • Drama/History
  • 100 minutes
  • Not Yet Rated

Finding Big Country

Saturday, March 9 at 7pm

Finding Big Country

17 years after controversial Vancouver Grizzlies NBA star Bryant ‘Big Country’ Reeves leaves town, super-fan Kat Jayme goes on a mission to find her childhood hero and tell the story of this forgotten legend.

  • Canada/ USA, To Be Rated
  • Directed by Kathleen Jayme
  • In English
  • Documentary, Sport
  • 40 minutes

Sir

Sunday, March 10 at 2pm

Sir

Ratna works as domestic live-in help with Ashwin, a man from a wealthy family. Although Ashwin seems to have it all, Ratna can sense that he has given up on his dreams and is somewhat lost. On the other hand, penniless Ratna is full of hope and works determinedly towards her goal of becoming a tailor. As these two worlds collide and the two individuals connect, the barriers between them seem only more insurmountable.

  • India | France
  • Directed by Rohena Gera
  • Hindi | English | Marathi
  • Drama | Romance
  • 99 minutes
  • Rated PG: coarse language

THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA

Sunday, March 10 at 5pm

The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova

The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova is a double fish-out-of-water story filled with deadpan humour and touching family drama. A pair of estranged siblings, Sarah (Fogler) and Aaron Cotler (Nyback), must travel to the rural Polish town of Dombrova to fulfil their dying grandmother’s wish: bringing home the bones of her favourite childhood dog, so she can be buried with it. Finding the dog’s remains proves easier said than done as they not only face the wintery countryside of Dombrova, but also its many eccentric characters.

  • Canada
  • Directed by Zack Bernbaum
  • In English and in Polish with English subtitles
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 102 minutes
  • Not Yet Rated

Never look away

Sunday, March 10 at 8pm

Never Look Away (Werk Ohne Autor)

Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, Never Look Away tells the story of a young art student, Kurt Barnert, who has fled to West-Germany, but continues to be tormented by his childhood and youth in the Nazi years and during the GDR-regime. When he meets fellow student Ellie, he is convinced that he has met the love of his life and begins to create paintings that mirror not only his own fate, but also the traumas of an entire generation.

  • Germany, Italy
  • Directed by Florian Henckel von Dommersmarck
  • In German and Russian with English subtitles
  • Drama, History, Thriller
  • 188 minutes
  • Rated 14A: sexually suggestive scenes; nudity; violence

Suspiria

Sunday, March 10 at 10pm

Suspiria

Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) is a brilliant young American ballerina who travels to Berlin to study dancing at the Markos Tanz Company, one of the world's most renowned schools, under Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton)'s management. On her very first day, a student who was recently expelled from the school is murdered. The murder does not seem to be an isolated occurrence and Susie soon begins to suspect that the school might have been involved. This reimagining of Argento’s 1977 film features a stunning score by Radiohead's Thom Yorke to accompany the breathtaking nightmare unfolding onscreen.

  • Italy/USA
  • Directed by Luca Guadagnino
  • In English, and in German and French with English subtitles
  • Horror, Fantasy, Mystery
  • 152 minutes
  • Rated 18A: explicit violence

At Eternity's Gate

Monday, March 11 at 6pm

At Eternity's Gate

This stunning biographical drama chronicles the final years of famed painter Vincent Van Gogh (Willem Dafoe).  Directed by Julian Schnabel, the film delves into the tormented mind of the now-iconic artist as he puts paint to canvas in search of meaning beyond the here and now.

  • Switzerland | UK | France | USA | Ireland
  • Directed by Julian Schnabel
  • In English and in French with English subtitles
  • Biography/Drama
  • 111 minutes
  • PG: violence; sexual language

the Grizzlies

Monday, March 11 at 9pm

The Grizzlies

In 1998, first-time teacher Russ Sheppard (Ben Schnetzer) moves north for a job at a local school in Kugluktuk, a town struggling with one of the highest suicide rates in North America. With no previous experience or knowledge of life in the north, Russ is shocked and overwhelmed by the numerous social issues facing the youth, all as a result of the massive legacy of colonization on their families and communities. Russ introduces a lacrosse program in the school. Although the program is at first met with scepticism and resistance, Russ's commitment begins to win the trust of the students and together they form the Grizzlies lacrosse team. Through the sport, the youth find a vital outlet for their emotions and the team creates a sense of pride and purpose in themselves and their community.

  • Canada, Rated PG: violence; coarse language
  • Directed by Miranda de Pencier
  • In English, and in Inuktitut with English subtitles
  • Biography, Drama
  • 102 minutes

Sink or Swim

Tuesday, March 12 at 6pm

Sink or Swim (Le Grand Bain)

Sink or Swim is pure feel-good entertainment. A group of depressed middle-aged men address their collective midlife crisis when they learn of the existence of a team of male synchronized swimmers at their local pool. Amateurs are welcome, which is just as well given that the rum bunch of current members are neither very synchronized nor especially professional.

  • France, Belgium
  • Directed by Giles Lellouche
  • In French and Sinhalese with English subtitles
  • Comedy, Drama, Sport
  • 122 minutes
  • Not Yet Rated

Vox Lux

Tuesday, March 12 at 9pm

Vox Lux

After a meteoric rise to pop star fame in her youth, adult Celeste (Natalie Portman) mounts a comeback following an infamous incident that derailed her career. Touring in support of her sixth album, a compendium of sci-fi anthems entitled Vox Lux; the brave, foul-mouthed pop saviour must overcome her personal and familial struggles to navigate motherhood, madness and monolithic fame in the Age of Terror. Featuring original songs by Sia and a transcendent performance by Natalie Portman, personifying and pummelling the zeitgeist, Vox Lux is an origin story about the forces that shape us, as individuals, nations, and gods.

  • USA
  • Directed by Brady Corbet
  • In English
  • Drama, Music
  • 114 minutes
  • Rated 14A: violence

Wildlife

Wednesday, March 13 at 6pm

Wildlife

Elegantly adapted from Richard Ford's novel of the same name, Wildlife centres on Fourteen-year-old Joe who is the only child of Jeanette (Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal)--a housewife and a golf pro--in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job--and his sense of purpose--he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. With precise details and textures of its specific time and place, Wildlife commits to the viewpoint of a teenage boy observing the gradual dissolution of his parents' marriage.

  • USA
  • Directed by Paul Dano
  • In English
  • Drama
  • 105 minutes
  • Not Yet Rated

shoplifters

Wednesday, March 13 at 9pm

Shoplifters

Out-of-work Osamu and Shota, a young boy, spend much of their day shoplifting to subsidize their ragtag group’s low-income existence in Tokyo. Their routine is derailed when they discover a neighbourhood girl, Yuri, locked out, in need, and displaying symptoms of abuse. As local authorities begin the hunt for the missing girl, Osamu and Shota share their thieving ways with her and welcome her into their “family.” However, the group is soon plunged into even more difficulty when an incident forces hidden secrets out into the open.

  • Japan
  • Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Japanese with English subtitles
  • Crime/Drama
  • 121 minutes
  • Rated R

The Bromley Boys

Thursday, March 14 at 6pm

The Bromley Boys

The film is a funny and touching coming-of-age story that uses football as the backdrop. And while the story will resonate with any true football fan, it is at its heart a love story - first love to be precise - and all the beautiful awkwardness that comes with it. Adapted from the hilarious novel from Dave Roberts, and with a great British cast assembled, The Bromley Boys is a laugh-out-loud feel-good comedy played out to the sights and sounds of Britain in the 1970s. The film is something of a nostalgic trip that fully embraces the era from the fashion and cars, to the music and moustaches. This is the story about a boy, a girl, and the worst football team in the WORLD!

  • UK
  • Directed by Steve Kelly
  • In English
  • Comedy
  • 106 minutes
  • Not Yet Rated

Roma

Thursday, March 14 at 6pm

Roma

A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City in the early 1970s. Cleo, the maid, works in the household of Sofia and her husband Antonio, which includes their four young children, Sofia's mother, and another maid, Adela. Among scenes of Cleo's life with the family - her cleaning, cooking, taking the kids to and from school, serving them meals, putting the kids to bed and waking them up – the lives of the characters become more illuminated for the audience.

  • Mexico, USA
  • Directed and written by Alfonso Cuaron
  • In English and in Spanish, Norwegian and Japanese with English subtitles
  • Drama
  • 135 minutes
  • Rated PG: nudity, coarse language; violence

Circle of Steel

Friday, March 15 at 6pm

Circle of Steel

Wendy Fong is a new engineer working in Canada’s oil and gas industry in Alberta.  As she and her newfound coworkers reckon with rumours of impending – and ruthless – layoffs, Wendy is forced to weigh her own ethical and moral compass with the industry’s corporate interests and discover what place, if any, she has in the mix.  Albertan in every way, the film is Calgary-based Gillian McKercher’s first feature-length work and closely mirrors her own lived experience within the oil and gas industry.

  • Canada
  • Directed by Gillian McKercher
  • English
  • Comedy/ Drama
  • 85 minutes
  • Not Yet Rated

Cold War

Friday, March 15 at 9pm

Cold War

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the context of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in desperate times.

The turbulent relationship between the main characters was inspired by the director's real-life parents, who were the real-life creators of the world-renowned Polish folk dance group Zespól Piesni i Tanca Mazowsze, Tadeusz Sygietynski and Mira Ziminska. They were married and toured the countryside after the war in search of talented young folk singers and dancers.

  • Poland | UK | France, Rated 14A: sexually suggestive scenes
  • Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Polish, French, German, Russian, Italian and Croatian with English subtitles
  • 88 minutes

Ben is Back

Saturday, March 16 at 3pm​

Ben is Back

When charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve, his wary mother Holly (Julia Roberts) soon discovers that he is still very much in harm's way. During the 24 hours that follow, Holly must do everything in her power to prevent the family's downfall.

  • USA
  • Directed by Peter Hedges
  • English
  • Drama
  • 103 minutes
  • Rated 14A: coarse language

Kayak to Klemtu

Saturday, March 16 at 6pm

Kayak to Klemtu

14-year-old Ella is determined to kayak the length of the Inside Passage, along the shores of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, in order to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic through her beloved homeland waters. She's prepared for any challenge except her dysfunctional family, who she has to bring on the trip. Her neurotic aunt, her cranky uncle, her wayward cousin, and the memory of her late uncle all come along for the ride, making it a fun and amazing adventure. From Tla'Amin to Klemtu, BC, this family navigates their blend of cultures, while their spirits honour the coast as a place for each of us to protect and call home.

  • Canada
  • Directed by Zoe Leigh Hopkins
  • In English
  • Adventure, Family
  • 92 minutes
  • Rated PG: violence; coarse language

 

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