The Brantford Film Group
The Brantford FilmGroup is a member of the Toronto Film Festival’s (TIFF’s) Film Circuit. It is a non-profit organization, operating since the year 2000 with two aims: to provide high quality cinema that might otherwise be inaccessible to audiences in the Brantford area, and to raise funds for local community arts and cultural projects, including film study (most recently by supporting the work of the Brantford Arts Block.)
BRANTFORD FILM GROUP / WINTER SCHEDULE 2013
A Royal Affair
2 hours 13 minutes
French Canadian Chloe (Evelyn Brochu) experiences firsthand, the harsh and unpredictable ironies of the bizarrely bisected world of Palestine’s West Bank that is divided physically by a wall and psychologically by violently opposed loyalties. Inch’allah (“God willing” in Arabic), as a Doctor Without Borders, she submits every day to rigorous border control while commuting from Jerusalem to work in a refugee camp in Ramallah. There as an obstetrician, she brings life to those who are daily life-threatened.
Consistent with his view that much of 19th century life was lived as a well-rehearsed performance by Russia’s high society, director Joe Wright sets most of the action in this daring adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel, in and around an 1870’s theatrical stage. This location amplifies the operatic and fantastic aspects of Tolstoy’s famous love triangle, contrasting the destructive romantic passion of Anna (Kiera Knightley) and Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) with the cold possessive detachment of Anna’s husband, Karenin (Jude Law), while also exposing for public scrutiny, the double standard implicit in the social norms of Tsarist Russia’s beau monde.
Hyde Park on Hudson
Make Hyde Park on Hudson (where you will find Springwood, the Roosevelts’ country home) your cinematic destination. Join the Roosevelts’ guest list in June 1939 to be on hand during the first-ever visit of a British monarch to America. Who better than the English king to pitch a new deal to America’s New Deal president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray)? Threatened by impending European war, King George VI (Samuel West) is desperate for a pledge of US military support, despite America’s avowed isolationist policy. To placate America’s former mother country, FDR must draw on all the legendary charm and wiliness that he has used to survive the conflicting demands and loyalties of his own mother, and the other women (his wife and mistresses) who coexist under Springwood’s roof. For Daisy (Laura Linney), FDR’s distant cousin, most recent paramour and the film’s narrator, Hyde Park on Hudson represents far more than a royal weekend getaway or a presidential rural retreat. Owing to FDR’s talented diplomacy, it is the birthplace of America’s resolve to march into WWII toward allied victory.