Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japanese with English subtitles / 128 minutes
The Koda sisters have been on their own since their mother
moved away shortly after her husband left her for another woman. Now in their twenties, the three sisters still live together. When they
receive news of their father’s death, they’re surprised to discover that they have a 13-year-old half-sister, who gratefully accepts her sisters’ offer to live with them. The presence of the girl, for whom the loss of her father is still a fresh wound, stirs long-dormant
memories of their father. This tender and restrained film is a subtle but deeply affecting meditation on absence and loss.
Kore-eda makes thrilling the rich inner lives of four young women trying to navigate rocky emotional terrain in the wake of their father’s death.Barbara Van Denburgh, Arizona Republic
If you succumb to Kore-eda’s slow rhythms – the climbs up a hill to find a magnificent view, the walks along the beach, the simple peace of a shared meal – this is the kind of movie that will leave you feeling restored, maybe a little misty-eyed as well.Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
Our Little Sister is a tender and restrained feature that flows by like a gentle stream, lulling you with its melodic cadence and drawing you into its beauty.Bob Bloom, Journal & Courier (Lafayette)
Director: Matt Ross
English / 120 minutes
Rating: R (brief nudity and language)
Ben (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife have raised their six kids deep
in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, away from the modern world. But when tragedy strikes, Ben and his clan are forced to leave their counterculture paradise. Both heartbreak and hilarity ensue as the kids face some of their first social interactions with the wider world. Best known for his heavy-duty dramatic roles, Mortensen
reveals a wonderful gift for comedy and his interactions with the children yield some truly laugh-out-loud moments. A delightfully offbeat and heartwarming tale.
He bears the nickname of a comic book hero, the brains of a scholar, the soul of a rebel. His story is a richly rewarding film experience. Mara Reinstein, US Weekly
It’s a rare movie that asks such big questions – about parenting, about family, about modern-day America – and comes up with answers that
are moving and meaningful, that make you laugh and cry.Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
A fiercely original, pleasantly unpredictable character piece. This is a gang of outsiders with something valuable to say about the world we
live in.Helen O’Hara, Empire Magazine
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.
The newest and best films here in Sault Ste. Marie