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Four Eyes Film Series INDEPENDENT . INTERNATIONAL . ILLUMINATING . IMAGINATIVE
Four Eyes screens notable independent and world films not typically available on the big screen in Lacombe and area. The film series is organized by a group of staff at Mary C. Moore Public Library. We acknowledge and appreciate our partnership with Toronto international Film Festival Film Circuit and Lacombe City Cinemas.
Films show on the third Wednesday evening of each month (except July and August) at 7pm, at Lacombe City Cinemas.

Tickets
Advance tickets: $9 each, available at the library on the first of the month until 8pm on the Tuesday before the film.
Door tickets: $10 each, cash only, subject to availability.
All tickets are final sale. Box office opens at 6:15pm in the lobby of Lacombe City Cinemas.
All ticket proceeds to the library.
Concession available! Wednesday nights are "Bring-Your-Own-Bowl" for popcorn.

Can't make it to the theatre? Don't worry -- there will be a copy of each film in the library collection.

Upcoming Films: (film line-up is subject to change without notice - no refunds)

2019 Winter/Spring Film Line-Up

January 16, 2019 >> Manbiki Kazoku (Shoplifters), directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

The latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda, Shoplifters begins with the mischief and intrigue of a heist movie, but the film is much more. After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them. 
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes
Japan // 120 min // Japanese with English subtitles // Rated: 14A

February 20, 2019 >> Beautiful Boy, directed by Felix van Groeningen

Based on the bestselling pair of memoirs by father and son David and Nic Sheff, Felix van Groeningen's film chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Fresh from his breakout role in Call Me By Your Name, Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet turns in another dazzling performance in Beautiful Boy. Playing a young man raging and suffering through drug addiction, he confirms his status as one of the very best actors of his generation. He is matched every step of the way in this moving drama by Steve Carell, who continues to build on his comic achievements with powerhouse dramatic turns in Foxcatcher, The Big Short, and most definitely here.David Sheff (Carell) is a kind, loving, middle-class dad. He and his wife, Vicki (Amy Ryan), seem to have done everything right for their family. So when son Nic (Chalamet) gets addicted to methamphetamine, David can't believe it, can't stop it, and can't help but risk everything to try to get his son back. As he grapples with Nic's lies, betrayals, and constant flirtations with death, the film reminds us of who Nic used to be - a sweet, thoughtful, beautiful boy. Adapting the bestselling books that David Sheff and Nic Sheff wrote about their experiences, Belgian director Felix van Groeningen brings both realism and poetry to a tragically timely story. As the Sheffs confront the intractable, unpredictable beast of addiction, they must at the same time confront the fact that Nic's pain might also be his choice. Beautiful Boy doesn't shy away from the harsh reality of this family's struggle, but frames it with a surprising amount of life, love, and hope.
USA // 111 min // English // Rated: 14A

March 20, 2019 >> The Grizzlies, directed by Miranda de Pencier

Inuit youth in a small community gain a powerful sense of pride and purpose through the sport of lacrosse, in this true-story account of tenacity, renewal, and inspiring resilience. Based on a true story, The Grizzlies is about the determination and resilience of a group of Inuit youth in a small Arctic community. In 1998, first-time teacher Russ Sheppard (Ben Schnetzer) moves north for a job at a local school in Kugluktuk, a town struggling with one of the highest suicide rates in North America. With no previous experience or knowledge of life in the north, Russ is shocked and overwhelmed by the numerous social issues facing the youth, all as a result of the massive legacy of colonization on their families and communities. Russ introduces a lacrosse program in the school. Although the program is at first met with skepticism and resistance, Russ's commitment begins to win the trust of the students and together they form the Grizzlies lacrosse team. Through the sport, the youth find a vital outlet for their emotions and the team creates a sense of pride and purpose in themselves and their community. Originally from Kugluktuk, one of the film's producers, Stacey Aglok MacDonald, has first-hand experience of the impact of this program on her community and has been committed to bringing this story to the screen in close creative collaboration with producer Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and director Miranda de Pencier. With absolutely stunning breakout performances by young Nunavut-based actors Paul Nutarariaq and Emerald MacDonald, The Grizzlies is a testament to the spirit, tenacity, and leadership of Inuit youth, persisting in spite of immense pressure and hardship.
Canada // 104 min // Inuktitut & English with English subtitles // Rated: PG

April 17, 2019 >> کفرناحوم (Capernaum), directed by Nadine Labaki

Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) is only 12, but he's seen enough of this life to resent his very existence. With numerous children to care for, his parents resort to some inventive scams, such as saturating garments with tramadol, which they then pass along to Zain's incarcerated brother who reconstitutes the drug and sells it to fellow prisoners. More alarmingly, Zain's parents have sold his 11-year-old sister's hand in marriage, which prompts Zain to run away. He befriends an Ethiopian cleaning woman, whose baby he eventually becomes guardian to. But life on the streets offers Zain fewer and fewer places to hide. Encouraged by a current affairs program seeking to draw attention to child poverty, Zain files a lawsuit against his parents for giving birth to him. The trial provides the frame through which Zain's story unfolds. Capernaum was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. 
Lebanon // 120 min // Lebanese with English subtitles // Rated: 14A

May 15, 2019 >> Kona fer í stríð (Woman at War), directed by Benedikt Erlingsson

Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in a bravura performance) is a choirmaster who loves her job. And she's just learned she's been approved to adopt a child from a war-torn area in Ukraine, a long-time dream of hers. The only hitch is that Halla is also a terrorist — an eco-terrorist to be exact. The proliferation of heavy industry, urged on by unscrupulous politicians, has been ruining Iceland's rugged landscape and she's taken action. Dubbed the Mountain Woman, Halla soon becomes the scourge of the aluminum industry. Halla is determined to see things through… but she can't help wondering, would it be more fulfilling to save hypothetical future lives or one actual life: the daughter she has yet to meet and may never if she's apprehended. Benedikt Erlingsson's second feature drills deep into the inevitable dilemmas plaguing almost everyone committed to the greater good. And the political satire here is precise and rich. At the same time, there's a puckish, postmodernist sense of humour percolating though the film. A tiny jazz band follows Halla everywhere she goes — on rooftops, in remote fields, in the middle of a flood — sometimes joined by a cadre of singers in traditional Ukrainian dress. It's a reminder that the revolution should be hopeful, not just gloom and doom. And it should come with cool music.
Iceland, France, Ukraine // 100 min // Icelandic with English subtitles // Rated: PG

June 19, 2019 >> To be announced later in the spring…

Past Films:

December 12, 2018 >> Puzzle, directed by Marc Turtletaub

Puzzle is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it. After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband Louie and sons Ziggy and Gabe, Agnes has found something that she wants to do. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who immediately recognizes her talent and recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day she spends out in the world, puzzling and conversing with Robert, takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself and her strengths. With that understanding come new insights and an assertiveness that finds her speaking out on her own behalf and pushing back against the assumptions and routines that have until now defined her role in her family. Ultimately, Agnes will decide for herself what comes next.
USA // 103 mins // English // Rated: PG
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November 21, 2018 >> Colette, directed by Wash Westmoreland

Keira Knightley stars in this historical drama about the eponymous French novelist, whose provocative debut in 1900 — falsely credited to her husband — becomes the toast of Paris, triggering a battle for identity, equality, and self-determination at the dawn of the feminist age. After marrying a successful Parisian writer in 1893 known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature and cultural norms of the early 20th century.
Britain & Ireland // 112 mins // English // Rated: 14A
>>Buy a ticket and be entered to win a great prize, including a copy of The Complete Claudine by Colette!

October 17, 2018 >> Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier & Edward Burtynsky

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene witnesses in an experiential and non-didactic sense a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.
Canada // 87 mins // English, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian & German (English subtitles) // Rated: not yet rated
https://theanthropocene.org/film/

Sept 19, 2018 >> Leave No Trace, directed by Debra Granik

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. Adapted from Peter Rock's novel My Abandonment by Academy Award nominated screenwriter Anne Rosellini (Winter's Bone), Leave No Trace won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the Independent Film Festival Boston.
USA // 109 mins // English // Rated: PG
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June 20, 2018 >> The Death of Stalin, directed by Armando Iannucci

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci. Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast. Within the burlesque of The Death of Stalin is a timely allegory about venal, unfit leaders and corrupt governance — the kind of comedy that is Iannucci's specialty. It's not hard to imagine similar, if less bloody, events unfolding in a different capital today.
France, U.K., Belgium // 107 mins // English // Rated: 14A
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May 16, 2018 >> The Divine Order (Die Gottliche Ordnung), directed by Petra Volpe

(Die göttliche Ordnung) The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner of a Best Actress award at Tribeca) is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement. Her newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats, and the potential end to her marriage, but, refusing to back down, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike...and makes a few startling discoveries about her own liberation. Uplifting and crowd-pleasing, this charming, captivating film is a time-capsule that could not be more timely. 
Switzerland // 96 mins // German with English subtitles // Rated: PG
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April 18, 2018 >> The Party, directed by Sally Potter

In this darkly comic film, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) hosts an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension. After her acerbic best friend and others arrive, some with dramatic news to share, an announcement by Janet's husband (Timothy Spall) provokes a series of revelations. As the sophisticated soiree starts to unravel, a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay.
UK // 71 mins // English // Rated: not yet rated

March 21, 2018 >> Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
Winner of a Golden Globe for Best Picture & Best Actress. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay
USA // 94 mins // English // Rated: 14A
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February 21, 2018 >> The Leisure Seeker, directed by Paolo Virzi

The Leisure Seeker stars award-winners Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call "The Leisure Seeker," travelling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.
Italy/France // 112 mins // English // Rated: not yet rated
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January 17, 2018 >> Loving Vincent, directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman

Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film. Written & directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman. The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.
UK/Poland // 94 mins // English // Rated: 14A
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December 13 >> The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey

From executive producer Angelina Jolie and Cartoon Saloon, creators of the Academy Award-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes the highly-anticipated new feature based on Deborah Ellis' bestseller. The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a 12-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is arrested, Parvana dresses as a boy in order to work and provide for her family. Together with her best friend Shauzia, she risks discovery to try to find out if her father is still alive.
Rated: PG-13
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November 15 >> Tulip Fever, directed by Justin Chadwick

In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) - an unhappy "arrangement" that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant's ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.
Rated 14A
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October 18 >> The Big Sick, directed by Michael Shawlter

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
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September 20 >> Their Finest, directed by Lone Scherfig

“The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use "a woman's touch," the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin's natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.”
Rated 14A for coarse language
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February 15 >> Things to Come (L'avenir), directed by Mia Hansen-Love

In the critically acclaimed Things to Come (L'avenir), “Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie's husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life.”
Rated PG (coarse language). French and German with English subtitles. Leading actress Isabelle Huppert won this year’s Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama.
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March 15 >> 20th Century Women, directed by Mike Mills

In 1979 Santa Barbara, Calif., Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening) is a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women -- Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields' home and Julie, a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor -- to help with Jamie's upbringing.
Rated 14A. Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Annette Bening), Oscar Nomination for Best Actress (Annette Bening) and Best Original Screenplay
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April 19 >>  Antanarjuat: The Fast Runner, directed by Zacharias Kunuk

Celebrate National Canadian Film Day with us at our FREE screening of one of the essential moving-image works from Canada’s history!
This sweeping epic features a cast of Inuit actors and is based on an ancient legend. Natar Ungalaaq stars as a young Inuit who falls for a woman (Sylvia Ivalu) who has been promised to the unlikable son of the tribal chief. The drama plays out against a stark Arctic background and includes some astonishing outdoor sequences.
Rated 14A
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May 17 >> Moonlight, directed Barry Jenkins

A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man, told across three defining chapters in his life, as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in Miami.
Rated 14A. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Support Actor (Mahershala Ali), and Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Picture.
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June 21 >> I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach

Daniel Blake, age 59, has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie's only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn't know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man's land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of 'striver and skiver' in modern day Britain.
Rated R (coarse language).
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