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This Winter Catch Up on Some Hot Indie Films at the Theatre

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This Winter Catch Up on Some Hot Indie Films at the Theatre
The Florida Project plays April 16 at Vernon Towne Cinema.
The Florida Project plays April 16 at Vernon Towne Cinema.

We all miss the Paramount downtown, especially the great job they did bringing in smaller indie films. While it's long gone, there are still two great non-profit organizations that have been continually nourishing the Okanagan with a great selection of smaller budgeted movies that the megaplexes won't show (hello, Lady Bird!). Both the Okanagan Screen Arts and Kelowna Film Society have their winter schedules out, and we've listed what they're showing here.

Okanagan Screen Arts

OSA is a not for profit, member-funded society dedicated to bringing independent films to the downtown Vernon Towne Cinema. Regular Membership is $10 annually, and for seniors and full-time students it's $5. Each film ticket price is $6 after that, and if you don't care to be a member, than it's $8 per screening – just show up.

To join, you can either sign up at one of their screenings taking place usually every Monday, and/or print out this form, fill it out and bring it with you to their next screening.

Kelowna Film Society

In 2000, KFS began presenting films in Kelowna as an affiliate of the Shuswap Film Society, and in 2008, they became independent and formed the non-profit organization Kelowna Film Society.

All of their films are shown on Wednesdays at the Orchard Plaza Cinema. Bonus – recliners! Show times are 4pm and 7pm. Ticket sales will commence at 3:30pm for 4pm showings and at 6pm for 7pm showings.

Admission is $7 - cash or cheque only. You must present your Kelowna Film Society Membership Card in order to purchase a ticket. Memberships may be purchased at the door for $1 and are good for the calendar year. Multiple show passes are available at the door. You can also purchase a five-film pass for $35.

Winter Schedule

The Divine Order | Jan 17 | Orchard Plaza Cinema

Political and religious leaders in Switzerland cited the Divine Order as the reason why women still did not have to right to vote as late as 1970.

Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a seemingly unremarkable housewife from a quaint village who must learn to become an unflinching suffragette leader.

Wonderstruck | Jan 22 | Vernon Towne Cinema

Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel, Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different.

Directed by gifted auteur Todd Haynes.

Back to Burgundy | Jan 24 | Orchard Plaza Cinema

French film director Cedric Klapisch throws the spotlight on family politics and ever-rising land prices in the world of Burgundy wine, wrapped in well-shot scenes of the highs and lows of winemaking.

The Other Side of Hope | Jan 31 | Orchard Plaza Cinema

If you've never seen an Aki Kaurismäki film before (Leningrad Cowboys, Ariel, I Hired a Contract Killer), you're in for a treat. Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the new film from the Finnish master intertwines the stories of two protagonists.

Stars Sherwan Haji, as a young Syrian refugee named Khaled who drifts into the Helsinki harbour as a stowaway; and Sakari Kuosmanen as a travelling salesman turned restaurateur, who finds Khaled sleeping outside his diner and hires him as a cleaner and dishwasher.

Call Me By Your Name | Feb 5 | Vernon Towne Cinema

The new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman.

Stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, and most likely will be nominated for an Oscar.

The Breadwinner | Feb 7 | Orchard Plaza Cinema

Director Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner, based on Deborah Ellis’ award-winning novel, breathes life into the extraordinary story of 11-year-old Afghan girl Parvana, born into an ever-changing world of conflict and oppression, who finds strength in the love of her family and the power of storytelling.

The Midwife | Feb 14 | Orchard Plaza Cinema

Martin Provost’s character drama “The Midwife” stars esteemed French actresses Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot in their first on-screen appearance together. The film is about a midwife in her late 40s (Catherine Frot) whose life has settled into routine and self-denial. She meets up with Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), who has never seen the point of denying herself pleasure.

Human Flow | Feb 19 | Vernon Towne Cinema

Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei captures the global refugee crisis – the greatest human displacement since World War II – in this breathtakingly epic film.

Ai Weiwei gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration, and documents both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

The Florida Project | Feb 21 | Orchard Plaza Cinema

The Florida Project tells the story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times. This film is another potential Oscar winner.

Bombshell | Feb 28 | Orchard Plaza Cinema

Alexandra Dean’s new “Bombshell” pleads the case for Hedy Lamarr – an Austrian import who arrived in Hollywood already notorious for an early instance of cinematic nudity – that she was a brilliant woman trapped by a stunning appearance no one could see past.

MGM promoted her as the most beautiful woman on the screen, if not the entire world, and many at the time agreed. However, few thought much of her acting, then or since.

Happy End | Mar 5 | Vernon Towne Cinema

Master auteur Michael Haneke returns with a biting satire on bourgeois family values set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis.

Haneke has the tendency to scare the shit out of audiences with his films. A must see!

Lady Bird | Mar 5 | Orchard Plaza Cinema

Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird took home a top film trophy at this past Sunday's Golden Globes. The film explores the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter.

Novitiate | Mar 14 | Orchard Plaza Cinema

Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality. Stars actor Margaret Qualley of The Leftovers.

Loveless | Mar 19 | Vernon Towne Cinema

An estranged Russian couple going through a brutal divorce both have new partners and want to start over until their 12-year-old son disappears after witnessing one of their fights.

Loveless will be nominated in this year's Oscar's Best Foreign Film category.

Not a bad lineup, huh? So get off the couch, head to the cinema, grab some popcorn, give your Netflix a rest and and take in some great stories.
January 19 - March 19

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