Winter cinema for the soul
The Kamloops Film Society’s Winter Series begins on Thursday, Jan. 17, and continues through next month.
In addition to two films from the past 40 years that garnered the most votes in the society’s 40th Anniversary People’s Choice Poll, two additional films will be shown, in partnership with Kamloops organizations.
All films will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Kamloops, at Victoria Street and Fifth Avenue.
Tickets for each film cost $8 (except for admission by donation on Jan. 24) and can be purchased at Moviemart (444 St. Paul) or at the door the evening of the screening. An annual $2 membership in the Kamloops Film Society (also available at Moviemart or at the door) is required for admission.
• The winter series kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 17, with Marc Forster’s adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s acclaimed novel The Kite Runner.
Through an in-theatre and on-line poll conducted last fall, society members chose The Kite Runner as the film they’d most like to see once again.
The film portrays the childhood relationship between two Afghani best friends — Amir and Hassan —a relationship shattered by an act of betrayal and a resulting catastrophe.
Twenty years later, Amir returns to his homeland from the U.S. and finds Afghanistan under the brutal regime of the Taliban.
He seeks redemption for what has happened in the past he has struggled so hard to bury and is given one last chance to make peace.
• On Thursday, Jan. 24, Play Again hits the screen, presented by Literacy in Kamloops (LinK) as part of Family Literacy Week.
The film asks the provocative question, “What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature?”
At a time when children spend more time in the virtual world than the natural world, Play Again unplugs a group of media-savvy teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure, documenting the wonder that comes from time spent in nature and inspiring action for a sustainable future.
Admission to this film is by donation to Loonies for Literacy.
• On Thursday, Feb. 7, in conjunction with the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival and the Kamloops Art Gallery (KAG), the society will screen a film to accompany the KAG’s first exhibit of 2013, Western, which brings together key works by artists who have addressed the idea of the “West” and the “western” in diverse and complex ways.
More details about this film will be available closer to the screening date.
• To conclude the Kamloops Film Society’s Winter Series, the second 40th Anniversary People’s Choice film — Amélie — will be screened on Thursday, Feb. 21.
The story of a shy waitress who breaks free from her social isolation and interacts with a diverse group of eccentric personalities has captivated audiences since its release in 2001 and was greeted with universal critical acclaim.
Nominated for five Academy Awards and the recipient of numerous European awards, Amélie showcases Audrey Tautou in the title role in a spellbinding performance.
The Kamloops Film Society can be found online at kamloopsfilmsociety.ca and also has a Facebook page.