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Letter from Masanjia

When a woman in Oregon opens a box of Halloween decorations and finds an SOS letter penned by a political prisoner from inside a Chinese labour camp, her discovery makes waves across major news outlets worldwide. Meanwhile, the author of letter, Sun Yi, breaks through Internet firewalls to learn about the media attention and joins forces with an underground network of journalists and Chinese dissidents to reveal his entire story.

The National: Mistaken For Strangers

It’s 2010, and indie rockers The National have reached new heights of success. As the band sets out on their biggest tour to date, frontman Matt Berninger hires his younger brother Tom, a slacker and aspiring horror filmmaker, as a roadie. When Tom unexpectedly shows up camera in hand, he ignores his work, starts filming and creates “the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap." In anticipation of The National's August 4th concert at Fort York, join us for this endearingly original musical story about family, ambition, and creating something of your own.

The Shining

From the great master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick comes one of the most infamous horror movies of all time. Adapted loosely from the novel by Stephen King, Jack Nicholson stars as Jack Torrance, who takes a job taking care of the isolated Overlook Hotel while it suspends operations over the winter. A perfect chance for him to focus on writing his next book and spend quality time with his wife  (played by a brilliant Shelley Duvall) and son... Except that all work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Enigmatic and chilling, The Shining is a masterpiece that never loses its power.

Filmworker

Stanley Kubrick, the most meticulous genius in film history, crafted ambitious masterpieces that pushed the boundaries of the medium—but he also pushed those around him in order to achieve his vision. Meet Leon Vitali, who played Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon and then stepped out of the limelight to become Kubrick’s right-hand man. An unsung hero, Vitali worked tirelessly from the shadows to help make and maintain Kubrick's extraordinary legacy of work.

Toronto Jewish Film Society: Melting Away

Israel, 2012, Doron Eran, director, 86 minutes
When his parents find that he has been secretly wearing women’s clothes, Assaf (Hen Yanni) is locked out of their home. Years later, a private detective learns that Assaf is now Anna, an enchanting woman who sings at a nightclub. Don’t miss this mesmerizing drama about love, loss and acceptance. In Hebrew with English subtitles. For Pride at the J, June 2018.

Toronto Jewish Film Society: Melting Away

Israel, 2012, Doron Eran, director, 86 minutes
When his parents find that he has been secretly wearing women’s clothes, Assaf (Hen Yanni) is locked out of their home. Years later, a private detective learns that Assaf is now Anna, an enchanting woman who sings at a nightclub. Don’t miss this mesmerizing drama about love, loss and acceptance. In Hebrew with English subtitles. For Pride at the J, June 2018.

Hitler's Hollywood

Director Rüdiger Suchsland takes a startling look at Hitler’s Germany through the lens of its greatest propaganda device, the cinema. Between 1933-1945, under the watchful eye of chief propagandist Joseph Goebells, the Third Reich produced over 1000 features—musicals, melodramas, costume dramas—that grew even more lavish as the horrors behind the camera escalated.

The Oslo Diaries

In 1992, just as Israeli-Palestinian relations were at an all-time low, the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Israeli government took an unprecedented step: They set up secret peace talks in Oslo, Norway. Using extensive archival footage and interviews, this Sundance and Hot Docs favourite takes a rare behind-the-scenes look at the process that resulted in the Oslo Accords, offering a much-needed narrative about the possibility for hope and fair negotiations in the face of present-day tensions in the Middle East.

The King

Hit the road in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce and join award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (The House I Live In, Why We Fight) on a musical road trip across America. Much more than a simple tribute to the King, this ambitious documentary looks at his rise and fall as a metaphor for the changing country he left behind, and the transformation of the American Dream all the way up to the age of Trump.

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