Monday Night Film Series

MONDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES: SEPTEMBER 3 - DECEMBER 10, 2018

The Monday Night Film Series takes place at Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus
Tel: 455-1632 or email info@nbfilmcoop.com

The NB Film Co-op presents the Fredericton Monday Night Film Series. The series partners are the Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival and the UNB Faculty of Arts. The series presents limited release, independent foreign and Canadian films for one-night screenings, with the goal of diversifying local access to cinema. These films are new or recent releases, which would not otherwise be available to Fredericton audiences on the big screen.

Tickets and Membership

The film series is open to everyone.
Regular admission is $8.00
Member's admission: $5.00

Full-Year Memberships
Regular: $30.00
Students/Seniors (65 years and up)/NBFC Members: $18.00

Half-Year Memberships
Regular: $20.00
Students/Seniors (65 years and up)/NBFC Members: $12.00

Tickets and Memberships are Available at

Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB on Monday Nights. Memberships are also available at the NB Film Co-op: 732 Charlotte Street (Charlotte Street Arts Centre) in early September annually

Lead sponsor: Bell. Major sponsors: RBC Rpyal Bank, L'Oreal Paris, VISA.

SERIES SCHEDULE

SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER, 2018

NOTE: All films screen at 7:30pm

September 3, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

FINDING YOUR FEET

Richard Loncraine
UK, 2018
English
111 minutes
Principal Cast: Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley

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.

Featuring an all-star cast of Film Circuit favourites, Finding Your Feet proves it’s never too late to start again and reconnect with the people you love.

"When given the chance (which is always), the cast unlocks moments that are so intimate and naturally detailed, you would swear that the actors had no idea the cameras were rolling." – Scott Marks, San Diego Reader

September 10, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

FIRST REFORMED

Paul Schrader
USA, 2018
English
113 minutes
Principal cast: Ethan Hawke , Amanda Seyfried, Cedric Kyles

Tortured by the loss of a son he encouraged to enlist in the armed forces, a church minister and ex-military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) struggles with his faith when a pregnant woman (Amanda Seyfried) and her radical environmentalist husband come to him for counselling, in the latest from Paul Schrader.

"A stunning, enrapturing film, a crowning work by one of the American cinema's most essential artists." - Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

First Reformed is a stunner, a spiritually probing work of art with the soul of a thriller, realized with a level of formal control and fierce moral anger that we seldom see in American movies. -Justin Chang, NPR
 

September 17, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

LEAVE NO TRACE

Debra Granik
USA, 2018
English
109 minutes
Principal Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Dale Dickey

Following her breakout hit Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace is an intimate and complex coming-of-age story following a father and daughter struggling to maintain their unconventional lifestyle, set against the rugged terrain of the Pacific Northwest.

Will (Ben Foster, Hell or High Water; Kill Your Darlings) is a PTSD-inflicted veteran and widower living off the grid with his daughter, Tom (Thomasin McKenzie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), in a public park near Portland. When Tom makes a mistake that alerts the authorities to their existence, the family is removed from the park and placed in a home by state officials. Immersed in a world she has never experienced, Tom is drawn to the friendships, community, and comforts of her new surroundings. Meanwhile, Will is confronted with the triggers of the modern world.

Leave No Trace is a surprisingly endearing portrait of a father and daughter forced to contemplate whether family survival means sticking together or letting go. The lush Oregon landscape expertly contrasts the tension-filled narrative, with Foster delivering one of his most memorable performances to date — though it’s McKenzie who truly makes her mark. From the director who launched Jennifer Lawrence’s career, Leave No Trace is sure to make McKenzie a newcomer to watch.

"Once again, Granik introduces us to a kind of family that cinema rarely captures believably, and she does so with a style that’s both lyrical and realistic at the same time, anchored by a pair of unforgettable performances." – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

September 24, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

PUZZLE

Marc Turtletaub
USA, 2018
English
103 minutes
Principal Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, Austin Abrams

Producer Marc Turtletaub (Loving; Little Miss Sunshine) makes his directorial debut with Puzzle, a gently humanist story of an unassuming housewife who comes to recognize her unspoken hopes and dreams through the unlikely avenue of competitive jigsaw-puzzling.

Agnes (Kelly Macdonald, Goodbye Christopher Robin; Anna Karenina) lives a quiet, monotonous life waiting hand-and-foot on her husband, Louie (David Denman, Logan Lucky; Men, Women and Children), and her two adult sons. After an evening of birthday celebrations — she cleans, cooks, and prepares the house for what turns out to be her own party — she notices a gift that strikes her interest: a jigsaw puzzle of a world map. Finishing the puzzle in record time, Agnes soon finds herself answering a “partner wanted” advertisement from puzzle champion Robert (Lunchbox star Irrfan Khan). As Agnes learns more about her gift at assembling the increasingly difficult puzzles Robert challenges her with, she also begins to give voice to her long-dormant desires.

An adaptation of the 2009 Berlin Film Festival breakout hit of the same name from Argentina, Puzzle provides a sweet-natured glimpse into the complex interiority of what appears to be an entirely unremarkable life. Macdonald delivers a striking performance as Agnes, hinting at a deep longing for expression hidden beneath a lifetime of restraint. Puzzle asks us to consider what we might discover about ourselves if we allow that first spark of curiosity to ignite passion, courage, and a little stubborn determination.

"From its first elegantly shot frame, you know Puzzle is going to be something special." – Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

October 1, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

LEAN ON PETE

Andrew Haigh
UK, 2018
English
121 mins 

Principal Cast: Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny 

Charley (Charlie Plummer) is a 15-year-old lost soul, pent up in a fleabag Portland apartment with his abrasive father. He goes looking for a summer job and ends up meeting Del (Steve Buscemi), a grizzled horseman kicking around the smalltime circuit training and racing quarter horses with his partner, Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny), a jockey.

In no time they become an inseparable trio, and Charley discovers a genuine love for the animals. He grows particularly attached to a failing racehorse named Lean On Pete. But when he discovers that his beloved horse has reached the end of his racing days and is due to be disposed of by the unsentimental and practical Del, Charley ends up on a cross-country adventure through the beautiful mountains and plains of the interior.
 

"This is not a movie about a boy and his horse. It is something far more grueling and merciless, and as the film reveals itself in an increasingly jaw-dropping series of vignettes, it's likely to leave you in tatters." - Jeffrey Bloomer, Slate

October 8, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

DON'T WORRY, HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT

Gus Van Sant
USA, 2018
English
113 minutes
Principal Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill

Joaquin Phoenix adds another larger-than-life character to his filmography with the starring role in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, from American auteur Gus Van Sant (Milk; Good Will Hunting). The film tells the engaging, true story of John Callahan, a carefree man who is caught in an unfortunate accident and recovers through the power of an unlikely gift. This captivating film premiered at Sundance and was nominated for the best film award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Callahan (Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here; Her) is a man ready to take on the world, even though he is plagued by a hefty drinking problem and has a knack for telling controversial jokes. After a night of intoxication, he gets in a horrifying car accident and is paralyzed from the waist down. He is stubbornly resistant to the idea of treatment and refuses to give up drinking, but despite his protestations, he receives encouragement and support from his devoted girlfriend (Rooney Mara, A Ghost Story; Carol), his charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill, Hail, Caesar!; Moneyball), and a new-found talent for drawing. His unconventional newspaper cartoons gain a national following and give Callahan the final push he needs to thrive in a new life.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot showcases a distinctive and talented cast who bring their warmth and humanity to a true story full of drama, insight, and, most importantly, laughter.

"Van Sant has rebounded with one of his best, a life-affirming sweet-and-sour concoction that recalls such crowd-pleasers as Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester, and which will very likely launch Phoenix (back at work with his To Die For director) and co-star Jonah Hill (as audiences have never seen him before, playing the unlikeliest of life coaches) into the awards conversation." – Peter Debruge, Variety

October 15, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

HEARTS BEAT LOUD

Brett Haley
USA, 2018
English
97 minutes
Principal Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Toni Collette, Blythe Danner, Sasha Lane

Frank (Nick Offerman, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl; Danny Collins) owns a record shop in Brooklyn, where his passion for music is still felt through the torn posters on the wall and makeshift record crates. A widower, Frank has raised his daughter, Sam (Kiersey Clemons, The Only Living Boy in New York), alone for the last 11 years, and he’s having trouble coming to terms with her imminent departure for university.

While Sam is taking summer school in preparation, Frank convinces her to take a study break for a jam session, where they create their first original song, “Hearts Beat Loud.” Realizing the song’s potential, Frank uploads it to the internet. When he hears their song playing in a coffee shop, he wants to pursue the band and Sam’s talents as a musician and songwriter. While Sam discourages him, she struggles with leaving in her own ways: her discovery of her passion for music and her relationship with her girlfriend Rose (Sasha Lane, American Honey; The Miseducation of Cameron Post) create emotional turmoil that serve as fodder for her songwriting talents.

Director Brett Haley (I’ll See You in My Dreams; The Hero) moves the audience through emotionally charged moments with beautiful original music written by his longtime collaborator Keegan DeWitt. At the heart of the film is a story about family, saying goodbye, and making way for new beginnings.

"Music is the tie that binds a Brooklyn father and daughter in a film that refuses to go sappy on us thanks to the tough core of intelligence and wit that Nick Offerman brings to the party." – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

October 22, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

THE WIFE

Björn Runge
UK/SWEDEN/USA, 2017
English
100 minutes
Principal Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons

Jonathan Pryce, Glenn Close, and Christian Slater star in Björn Runge’s adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s bestselling novel about Joan Castleman (Close, TV’s Damages; Albert Nobbs), who begins to re-evaluate her marriage to her author husband, Joe (Pryce, The Man Who Invented Christmas; The Woman in Gold), on the eve of his Nobel Prize presentation, and starts to grapple with her own long-dormant literary aspirations.

An incisive study of celebrity, marriage, and the creative process — as well as a showcase for the talents of acclaimed actors Close and Pryce - The Wife explodes the old notion that behind every great man stands a great woman.

Joe Castleman is being given the Nobel Prize for Literature, and he and wife Joan couldn’t be happier. But from the moment the couple arrives in Stockholm, tensions rise. A nosy, insistent would-be biographer (Slater, TV’s Mr. Robot; The Summit) is loitering in the hotel lobby, an attractive young photographer opens old wounds regarding past indiscretions, and Joe and Joan’s son David (Max Irons, Bitter Harvest; Woman in Gold), eternally irked at living in his father’s shadow, sulks through the celebrations. What’s more, with all the attention being paid to Joe’s long career, the normally shy Joan is pushed uncomfortably into the spotlight, where long-kept secrets are in danger of being illuminated.

The Wife is a procession of perfectly pitched scenes from a seemingly perfect marriage. Runge calibrates each for maximum impact, focusing on unspoken agreements and long-simmering resentments. His greatest allies in the endeavour are, of course, his stars. Pryce exudes pathos as a literary icon still suffering from insecurities, while Close smoulders in an intricately textured, quietly devastating performance.

"This is an unmissable movie for Glenn Close fans. Actually, you can’t watch it without becoming a fan — if you weren’t one already." – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

October 29, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

EIGHTH GRADE

Bo Burnham
USA, 2018
English
93 minutes,
Principal Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton

Welcome to “Eighth Grade,” kids! Whether it’s been two days, two decades or longer since you suffered through it yourself, your heart goes out to Kayla (Elsie Fisher), the young woman we meet tightrope-walking over those shark-infested waters in writer-director Bo Burnham’s remarkable feature debut. If Burnham’s name doesn’t ring a bell, then you most likely belong to the demographic who will see this movie as a cross between last year’s “Lady Bird” (also produced by Scott Rudin) and Larry Clark’s ultra-cautionary “Kids,” identifying with Kayla’s dad (Josh Hamilton, rivaling Michael Stuhlbarg in “Call Me by Your Name” for World’s Greatest Dad) as his daughter narrowly avoids (or not) the landmines upon which you’d gladly throw yourself in her place.

"Writer-director Bo Burnham, in his feature debut, skillfully intertwines the timeless aspects of adolescent humiliation and the very particular ways in which today's tech has changed them." Sara Stewart, New York Post

November 5, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

THE CHILDREN ACT

Richard Eyre
UK, 2017
English
105 minutes
Principal Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead

Adapted by Booker Prize–winning author Ian McEwan from his own novel, this riveting drama stars two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (The Legend of Barney Thomson; Alone in Berlin) as a British High Court judge tasked with making a decision that will speak to our most fraught questions regarding religious tolerance — and could mean life or death for an innocent young man.

Judge Fiona Maye (Thompson) is married to her work, which has become a problem for her husband, Jack (Stanley Tucci, Spotlight; Margin Call), who announces that he wants to have an affair. Treating the matter more as an annoyance than a life-altering crisis, Fiona kicks Jack out and focuses on her current case. The question: should a couple who are Jehovah’s Witnesses be permitted to deny a life-saving blood transfusion to their leukemia-stricken 17-year-old son (Fionn Whitehead, Dunkirk)? Fiona finds herself taking unusual measures to determine her verdict — measures that will have far-reaching consequences.

Directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal), The Children Act brims with intelligence, sophistication, and intrigue. The elevated tension places unusual focus on its protagonist’s every word and gesture — a challenge Thompson meets with virtuosity. Her Fiona is a cauldron of conflicted feelings bubbling beneath a veneer of composure. As she finds herself sliding deeper into a mire of professional compromise and personal desperation, we come to empathize with her singular burden… and wait for the outcome with keen anticipation.

"The Children Act is that rarest of things: an adult drama, written and interpreted with a sensitivity to mature human concerns." – Peter Debruge, Variety

November 12, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

THE BOOKSHOP

Isabel Coixet
UK/SPAIN/GERMANY, 2017
English
113 minutes
Principal Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s eponymous, Booker Prize–nominated novel from 1978, The Bookshop acts as a love letter to literature and the importance of dreams. Director and screenwriter Isabel Coixet (Elegy; Learning to Drive) helms an adaptation that is brimming with colour, wit, and charm.

Florence Green - played with effortless grace by Emily Mortimer (The Sense of an Ending; The Party) - is a young widow who shocks the residents of her rural English town by turning an old, weathered house into a bookshop. She faces vehement opposition from the town, especially from queen busybody Violet Gamart (Patricia Clarkson in her third collaboration with Coixet, after Elegy and Learning to Drive), but finds an unlikely supporter in Edmund Brundish (Bill Nighy, Their Finest; Pride), a bookish local recluse who takes up her cause. When the battle lines are drawn, the fight moves beyond the shop to touch on the sociopolitical values and class barriers facing the residents of the town in 1950s England.

As independent bookstores face competition from corporate giants and the arts continue to prove themselves a force of change, The Bookshop is as timely today as ever. You won’t want to miss this wistful ode to the power of a good book.

The Bookshop’s subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting. – Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

November 19, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

WHAT THEY HAD

Elizabeth Chomko
USA, 2018
English
101 minutes
Principal Cast: Michael Shannon, Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner. Robert Forster

From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, What They Had centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father's (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.

Though its causes remain shrouded in mystery, Alzheimer’s Disease is unmistakably on the rise, and will become an ever-growing public issue as senior populations and longevity itself each continue to expand. We’re still at an early stage in terms of its dramatization, however — apart from Away From Her and Still Alice, there haven’t been that many notable screen depictions of Alzheimer’s, or of progressive dementia in general.

Actor-playwright Elizabeth Chomko’s debut feature What They Had is a particularly welcome addition to that so-far slim canon, since it finds ways to bring considerable humor to a grim subject, without trivializing it. This satisfying drama provides excellent roles for a fine cast, particularly Michael Shannon, Hilary Swank and Robert Forster.

What They Had nicely weaves in an assortment of domestic conflicts around its central issue. Parent-child dynamics, sibling relations and fear of commitment are deftly considered alongside the primary question of what to do with mom.

"There's raw power in Chomko's writing, but so much scrupulousness and craft that you feel safe when the time comes to weep." David Edelstein, New York magazine/Vulture

November 26, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

MARY SHELLEY

Haifaa Al-Mansour
UK/LUXEMBOURG/USA, 2017
English
120 minutes
Principal Cast: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Tom Sturridge

Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda) and starring Elle Fanning (The Beguiled; 20th Century Women), Mary Shelley depicts the author as a fiercely modern 19th-century woman, and her Frankenstein as the product of unbridled imagination and profound grief.

Daughter of political philosophers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, who died giving birth to her, Mary (Fanning) is a bookish adolescent of humble means when she meets Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth, The Riot Club; Romeo & Juliet). Though only 21, he is already a celebrated young poet — and a shameless womanizer with one collapsing marriage already under his belt. Defying her beloved but disapproving father, Mary absconds with Shelley — her stepsister, Claire (Bel Powley, A Royal Night Out), in tow. Mary seeks “unconventional approaches to living,” and finds it in spades with her debt-ridden bon vivant scribe, who desires neither monogamy nor the constraints of fatherly responsibility. Yet Percy believes in Mary, and two years into their union he whisks her away to a Swiss chateau for a summer of carefree living presided over by Lord Byron (Tom Sturridge, On the Road; Far from the Madding Crowd), where Mary will confront personal demons and compose the most influential horror novel of all time.

As Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker, Al-Mansour is as much a pioneer as her heroine. She renders Mary Shelley as a sumptuous and intoxicating proto-feminist tale of fearless self-actualization and fiery creativity.

"Mary Shelley is a luscious-looking spectacle, drenched in the colors and visceral sensations of nature, the sensuality of young lovers, the passionate disappointment of loss and betrayal. But above all it is a film about ideas that breaks out of the well-worn mold of period drama (partly, anyway) by reaching deeply into the mind of the extraordinary woman who wrote the Gothic evergreen Frankenstein." – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

December 3, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

COLETTE

Wash Westmoreland
USA/UK/HUNGARY, 2018
English
111 minutes
Principal Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw

Based on the life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game; Anna Karenina), the film follows Colette through her marriage to Henry Gauthier-Villars
(Dominic West, The Square; Genius), who quickly whisks Colette away from her quiet and humble life in the countryside to live in the bustling and lively Paris.

Henry, better known as “Willy,” is a successful Parisian writer who, while relying on an army of ghostwriters to produce his work, uses his time to engage in other self-indulgent activities — including numerous affairs with other women. He soon enlists his wife as one of his ghostwriters. He initially dismisses her contributions, but soon decides to re-work and publish Colette’s writing under his own name in order to save their family from financial ruin.

Throughout their tumultuous marriage, Colette remains honest, consulting with Willy about her confusion over her newly discovered attraction to other women. While she seeks permission for her explorations, Willy does not offer the same courtesy, consistently betraying Colette’s trust and continuing to exploit her talents in order to publish her wildly successful work as his own. As their marriage begins to deteriorate, Colette finds a place for herself within her writing and begins to explore her creativity through a variety of artistic avenues. Knightley quietly simmers as Colette, a trailblazing figure committed to breaking through stereotypes and conventions.

Rather than shying away from displaying Colette’s desires, director Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice) highlights how her passion for life, art, and human connection paved the way for other women to experience life to the fullest, unafraid of who they really are.

"Colette ranks as one of the great roles for which Keira Knightley will be remembered.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

December 10, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

THE HAPPY PRINCE

Rupert Everett
UK/Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018
English, Italian, French with English subtitles
105 minutes
Principal Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson

The last days of Oscar Wilde - and the ghosts that haunted them - are vividly evoked in Rupert Everett's directorial debut The Happy Prince. Everett gives a career defining performance as Wilde, physically and emotionally embodying the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe. In a downward spiral following his conviction for “gross indecency”, his body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning, he survives by falling back on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him. As the film travels through Wilde's final act and journeys through England, France and Italy, desire and loyalty face off, the transience of lust is laid bare, and the true riches of love are revealed. The Happy Prince also explores Oscar’s doomed relationships with Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (Colin Morgan) and Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas), as well as his ex-wife Constance Lloyd (Emily Watson).

"This is a moving and surprising biopic that squeezes out every last drop of pathos from its subject matter." Geoffrey Macnab, Independent (UK)