TODAY’S LINEUP OF MOVIES AT THE BARRIE FILM FESTIVAL
The Biggest Little Farm – 1:00pm
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.
Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a bio diverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.
Tel Aviv on Fire – 1:30pm
Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as an intern on a popular Palestinian soap opera, “Tel Aviv on Fire,” which is produced in Ramallah. Every day Salam must pass through an arduous Israeli checkpoint to reach the television studios. He meets the commander of the check-point, Assi, whose wife is a huge fan of the show.
In order to impress her, Assi gets involved in the writing of the show. Salam soon realizes that Assi’s ideas could get him a promotion as a screenwriter. Salam’s creative career catches fire, until Assi and the soap’s financial backers disagree on how the soap opera should end. Squeezed between an Army Officer and the Arab backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final master stroke.
David Crosby: Remember My Name – 3:30pm
This inspired collaboration between director A.J. Eaton and producer Cameron Crowe is a triumph. 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 candor as he confronts his mortality and assesses the damage of earlier days.
Sometimes Always Never – 5:15pm
Able to blend charming gruffness and winning affability with just the raise of an eyebrow, Bill Nighy has long proven himself one of Britain’s best character actors. And now he stars alongside Sam Riley and Alice Lowe in this stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama about a tailor searching for a lost son.
Sharp of both suit and vocabulary, Nighy (The Bookshop), is winningly deadpan as Scrabble-obsessed Merseyside tailor Alan. His eldest son Michael stormed out of the house after a particularly heated round of the popular board game, never to return. Years later, Alan and his other son Peter (Sam Riley) continue the search while trying to repair their own strained relationship.
Pain and Glory – 7:30pm
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. 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. The writing as his 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.