THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE
2018, 111 min, Canada, Dir: Don McKellar

This adaptation of Joseph Boyden's 2008 novel of the same name follows a Cree family's traumatic upheaval after the disappearance of a relative in Toronto. Told in a series of flashbacks through the eyes of both her twin sister, Annie (Tanaya Beatty), and her uncle Bill (Brandon Oakes), who is mysteriously in a coma as the story begins, the film recounts the family's year-long reckoning with Suzanne's sudden absence from the tight-knit community in Moosonee, Ontario. Equal parts a slow-burn mystery and a surreal family drama, THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE is a thoughtful exploration of indigenous culture in Northern Ontario.


BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD
2002, Magnolia Pictures, 105 min, Canada, Dir: Deepa Mehta

Writer-director Deepa Mehta deviates from her usual subject matter of pressing issues in Indian society to turn the camera toward more lighthearted fare: Bollywood cinema. Both a love letter to and a parody of the bombastic Bollywood tradition, this music-filled romantic romp gleefully embraces the clich├ęs of the genre as it plays off of classic Shakespearean comedies of mistaken identity. In English, and Hindi and Spanish with English subtitles.


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