The arts council is launching its fourth season of films, the Golden Ears Movie Series (GEMS), made available through the Toronto International Film Festival.
The first GEMS movie this season is Rust and Bone (2012 France/Belgium) and will be shown Monday at The ACT.
The movie tells the story of a single father who helps a whale trainer recover her will to live following a terrible accident.
Ali is in his mid 20s, an unemployed father to a young son, Sam. He arrives in Antibes, southern France, to look for work. Having no money, he crashes with his sister, Anna.
Ali gets a job as a bouncer in a nightclub and on a usual evening in the night club, he meets Stephanie and escorts her safely to her home after she is injured in a brawl at the club.
Stephanie works at a local marine tourist park where she suffers a tragic accident during a show and wakes up in the hospital to realize that her legs have been amputated.
Ali visits her and over time there are tragic situations and tumultuous relationships that expose a tender melodrama.
Six films will be shown in the movie series, starting with this French-Belgium co-production. Rust and Bone is followed on Oct. 8 with Anna Karenina, based on Leo Tolstoy's novel, and on Nov. 25, the British film, Quartet, will be shown.
The Chilean film No kicks off the new year on Jan. 27, followed by The Sapphires (Australia) on Feb. 24, and the comedy-drama Unfinished Song (U.K.) on March 31.
Single tickets are $11, a three-film package is $27 and to buy tickets for all six films costs $50. The films are shown in the main theatre of The ACT, 11944 Haney Pl., at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.theactmapleridge.org.
The ACT, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30: Rust and Bone (rated R) Oct. 28: Anna Karenina (rated PG) Nov. 25: Quartet (rated PG-13) Jan. 27: No (rated R) Feb. 24: The Sapphires (rated PG-13) March 31: Unfinished Song (rated PG-13) Tickets: single $11, three-film package $27, six-film package $50
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