YOUR GUIDE TO TODAY’S LINEUP OF MOVIES AT THE BARRIE FILM FESTIVAL
Poisoning Paradise – 1:00pm
Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, where communities are surrounded by experimental test sites and pesticides are being sprayed upwind of their neighbourhoods. Poisoning Paradise details the ongoing struggle to advance bold new legislation governing the fate of their island home. In an attempt to diversify an economy that was overly reliant on tourism, policymakers in both Hawaii and Washington, D.C. encouraged the world’s largest biotech companies to utilize Kauai’s favourable climate and fertile soil to test genetically engineered seeds and crops.
Mademoiselle De Joncquieres – 1:30pm
1750, Louis XV reigns over the kingdom of France. The Marquis des Arcis (Edouard Baer), an assumed libertine, falls madly in love with Madame de La Pommeraye (Cécile de France), an attractive widow withdrawn from the world. She resists him for years, and finally gives in to her secret desire.
Maiden – 3:00pm
Maiden tells the story of how a 24-year-old cook working on charter boats became the skipper of the first-ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy Edwards’ inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing that all aboard would not survive and generate bad publicity.
Pain and Glory – 4:30pm
Pain and Glory presents a series of re-encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films.
David Crosby: Remember My Name – 5:15pm
A triumph at Sundance, this inspired collaboration between director A.J. Eaton and producer Cameron Crowe coaxes singer-songwriter Crosby – a member of three major groups in music history: The Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – into unflinching candour as he confronts his mortality and assesses the damage of earlier days. At the same time, his redemptive journey back to performing is universally inspiring and uplifting, bearing an emotional impact that transcends the rock documentary genre.
In Fabric – 7:00pm
Recently separated from her husband, a lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, blood-red gown… which in time will come to unleash a malevolent curse of unstoppable evil threatening all who cross its path. From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy) comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, In Fabric is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco – 7:15pm
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.
Official Secrets – 7:30pm
She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favour of an invasion of Iraq.