Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Turkish with English subtitles / 97 minutes
Rating: PG (mature perspective strongly advised)
In a remote Turkish village on the Black Sea, five free-spirited
teenaged sisters splash on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are innocent, a neighbor reports what she
considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family reacts by removing all “instruments of corruption” such as cell phones and computers. Their home is progressively transformed into a prison and instruction in homemaking replaces school. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones resolve to avoid the same fate. Ergüven’s debut is a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
Mustang is astonishing; staying with you long after viewing. Blake Howard, Graffiti with Punctuation
Part of a welcome international wave of films made by women directors that focus on girls growing up in worlds of men – and on what they look like when no one’s looking.Ty Burr, Boston Globe
The filmmakers approach their characters not as political objects but as rare humans grappling with that unique moment when childhood gives way – painfully but sometimes beautifully – to brutal realities. Noah Gittell, Washington City Paper
Along with our regular draws of two free tickets to any AIF film screened during the season, this week there will be a draw
for a free pass to the Soo Film Festival taking place this weekend (Sept. 16-18) in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Be sure to arrive before the 7:00 draw, and keep your ticket stub
until after all the draws have been won.
In this sharp-tongued and riotously funny adaptation of Jane
Austen’s novella, Lady Susan, the beautiful and cunning Lady
Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), a recent widow, engineers all
manner of wonderfully devious plots to bend the world to her
will and land herself a wealthy new husband. Taking up residence
at her in-laws’ estate, she sets her sights on the dashing Reginald
De Courcy (Xavier Samuel). However, her plans are derailed when her beautiful daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark) turns up. If you’re looking for a smart, fun, and scruple-free romp, Love & Friendship is definitely your cup of tea.
Love & Friendship is quick, clever and delightful, very funny and hugely entertaining. Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
Following many staid and contrived Austen adaptations, this sublime
period romp adds a thrilling splash of bemused, acidic humor. Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Austen did like to have fun with her characters to show the stranger sides we all have. Watching this classy adaptation of one of her lesser-known works will remind you of that, and make you laugh. Stephen Romei, The Australian
The Algoma International Film Association annual general meeting will take place on Thursday, June 23, at 7:00 pm. This meeting is open to all current Subscribers, which includes Season’s Pass
holders. The meeting will be held at the Algoma Conservatory of Music, 75 Huron Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
We were unable to screen TAXIin February and have managed
to extend our season in order to present this film.
Thursday April 28 @ 7:00 pm / GALAXY CINEMAS / Sault Ste. Marie
Director: Jafar Panahi
Persian with English subtitles / 82 minutes
Internationally acclaimed director Jafar Panahi drives a taxi through the vibrant streets of Tehran, filming as he picks up and talks with passengers throughout the day. Panahi quietly coaxes his fares to speak to him about their concerns, fears, hopes, and expectations. And the men, women, and children he picks up respond with
candour to the curious and gracious driver/director. Brilliantly
redefining the borders of comedy, drama, and cinema, Taxi presents a spirited and multi-layered mosaic of Iranian society.
Thursday April 21 @ 7:00 pm / GALAXY CINEMAS / Sault Ste. Marie
Director: Jia Zhang-ke
Mandarin with English subtitles / 125 minutes
In 1999, small-town dance instructor Shen Tao (Zhao Tao) spurns the shy, introverted labourer Liangzi (Liang Jindong) to marry the slick entrepreneur Zhang (Zhang Yi) and when they have a son, Zhang names him Dollar. The effects of this focus on Western-style wealth are seen in 2025, when Dollar (Zijian Dong) is struggling to relearn his mother tongue with the help of a college professor
(Sylvia Chang) who embodies the culture, life, and love he has never truly known. Lyrical, moving, and dazzlingly ambitious, Mountains May Depart is a prescient chronicle of China’s path to the future.
Thursday April 7 @ 7:00 pm / GALAXY CINEMAS / Sault Ste. Marie
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Icelandic with English subtitles / 93 minutes
Neighbouring farmers, Gummi (Sigurdur Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson) have not spoken to one another in forty years. After once again losing the valley’s annual competition for best ram to Kiddi, the stern and solitary Gummi begins to notice symptoms of a lethal and highly contagious disease in his neighbour’s flock. As
authorities arrive and decree drastic measures, the two men resist this incursion, each in his own way. Driven by the stellar
performances of its two leads, Rams masterfully mixes comedy and heartbreak in its portrait of an ancient and endangered way of life.
Thursday Mar. 31 @ 7:00 pm / GALAXY CINEMAS / Sault Ste. Marie
Director: Philippe Falardeau
French, English, and Creole with English subtitles / 108 minutes
A minority government trying to pass a bill to go to war suffers a
setback when one of their MPs falls ill – leaving the key vote in the
hands of independent MP Steve Guibord (Patrick Huard). Subjected
to a tug of war at home between his wife (Suzanne Clément) and daughter (Clémence Dufresne-Deslières), and beset on all sides, Guibord is unable to decide. Salvation arrives in the form of his bright new intern Souverain (Irdens Exantus), a student from Haiti. A satirical look at Canadian politics, My Internship in Canada is a
witty and incisive portrait of wheeling and dealing in Ottawa.
Thursday Mar. 10 @ 7:00 pm / GALAXY CINEMAS / Sault Ste. Marie
Director: Nicholas Hytner
United Kingdom 2015
English / 104 minutes
Despite his private nature, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) takes pity on an elderly homeless woman and agrees to let her park her van on his property for three months. It seems Miss Shepherd (Dame Maggie Smith), an ornery woman who claims to take advice from the Virgin Mary, piques Bennett’s curiosity. While the
questions around her are many, Bennett has plenty of time to
discover the answers, as the original three-month stay stretches into 15 years. A playful, inventive, and relentlessly funny film, this
“mostly true” story reminds us of the value of taking a chance on strangers.
The newest and best films here in Sault Ste. Marie