Oscar previews at Sudbury Indie Cinema

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Movie buffs can get a head start on awards season at the local independent cinema.

Sudbury Indie Cinema has been programming the best in independent film since 2014 and earlier this year, they opened the doors at their permanent location on Mackenzie Street.

The single-screen art house cinema began with 60 screenings per year at various locations throughout downtown. You could often catch filmgoers enjoying a movie at the former location of the Open Studio on Cedar Street. Now, Sudbury Indie Cinema is hosting as many as 60 screenings per month.

Throughout the next few months, the co-op – which boasts more than 1,000 members – is hosting several Oscar contenders.

“There are currently 92 submissions for the best international feature award at the 2020 Oscars,” Sudbury Indie Cinema said in a release. “This is the first year the award will be given under the new name of best international feature film, after a change in April from foreign-language film. Last year saw 87 submissions, with nominations for Lebanon’s Capernaum; Poland’s Cold War; Germany’s Never Look Away; and Japan’s Shoplifters. All four of those films were screened at Indie Cinema.”

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s newest film, Pain and Glory, screens from Nov. 8-26. This is the seventh time he is being nominated in the international feature category and it sets a new record for nominations from Spain. This film features regular Almodóvar collaborators Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz for an autobiographical story of a director looking back at his life and career.

Monos, Columbia’s submission for the 2020 Oscars, opened at Indie Cinema Nov. 9 and runs through to Nov. 24. In it, eight armed children take hostage a middle-aged woman and a conscripted milk cow on a remote mountaintop somewhere in Latin America. This film won the world cinema dramatic special jury award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Canada has its own submission with acclaimed Quebec director Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone, which begins screening at Sudbury Indie Cinema in December. Nahéma Ricci stars in the retelling of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy. She is a brilliant student with a promising future who moves with her siblings and grandmother into a small Montreal apartment after their parents are murdered. It received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, where it won best Canadian feature.

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao will open in Sudbury on Dec. 20. This submission from Brazil is about two women in the suppressed society of 1940s Rio de Janeiro.

Two films will premiere at the Sudbury Indie Cinema early next year. Iceland’s official submission, White White Day, will have its Northern Ontario premiere in January. It is a drama set in a remote Icelandic town, where an off-duty police officer begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his recently deceased wife. It launched during Cannes 2019 and lead actor Ingvar Sigurdsson won the Rising Star Award.

Poland’s official entry to the Oscars is Corpus Christi. It is the story of 20-year-old Daniel, who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a youth detention centre. He wants to become a priest but this is impossible because of his criminal record.

A huge hit coming out of Hot Docs International Film Festival and Sundance 2019, Honeyland (North Macedonia) tells the story of the last female bee hunter in Europe, who must protect her livelihood and the bees from invading beekeepers. Honeyland will screen during the Junction North International Documentary Film Festival, which runs Feb. 27 to March 1.

The 92nd Academy Awards take place on Feb. 9 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. You will find out then who won the international feature film category.

For listings of upcoming films at Sudbury Indie Cinema, please go to SudburyIndieCinema.com or drop into 162 Mackenzie St. (laneway entrance) anytime after the first screening of the day to pick up a paper schedule.



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