2018, Screen Media, 105 min, Canada, Dir: Akash Sherman

Astronomy professor Isaac Bruno (Patrick J. Adams) is obsessed with searching the cosmos for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Faced with skepticism within his university department and denied further funding, Isaac is determined to continue his research and advertises for an unpaid research assistant. In walks young Clara (Troian Bellisario), an artist who shares Isaac’s deep fascination with space. Their unlikely scientific collaboration soon brings them to the brink of a monumental discovery. It also brings them closer together and, although Isaac thinks that “outer space is a safer bet than love,” Clara’s arrival just might change his mind.

2017, 84 min, Canada, Dir: Molly McGlynn

In writer-director Molly McGlynn’s feature debut, substance abuse counsellor Mary (Aya Cash) is suspended from her job after a DUI arrest, so she returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls. There she finds her long-estranged father (John Ralston) dying of cancer - and hopeful that Mary will finally get to know her half-sister (Sara Waisglass). “MARY GOES ROUND handles its story beats with a canny mixture of rueful humor, warmth and realism. The script by McGlynn (whose own immediate-family history is roughly akin to Mary’s) is understated and astute, with characters that never feel like ‘types’ despite our having seen their ilk onscreen before.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety.

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