Shot in the Dark is Langley’s TIFF Circuit film screening group — we show independent and international films over two seasons each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. We’re a non-profit organization and a member of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit. We have been doing this since 1999, and remain committed to bringing unique and challenging films to this community, many of which otherwise would never screen here.
Fall 2018 Season
From september through november, every other wednesday
September 12, 7:30 PM
Valerie Walker (Sheila McCarthy, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing) is walking back into a house she hasn’t known for three years. The gap? Time served for involuntary vehicular manslaughter while under the influence. She’s attending AA meetings, and wants to move past what happened, but her daughters, and the son of the man whose death she is responsible for, want to hear more of the story.
“A finely wrought feature debut” — Craig Takeuchi, The Georgia Straight
LEAVE NO TRACE
September 26, 7:30 PM
A film that grows beyond the borders of its original premise, Debra Granik’s sensitive but unsparing adaptation of Peter Rock’s memoir opens in a Portland state park: Will (Ben Foster) lives there with his daughter Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie). They are self-sufficient, enveloped by the sounds of nature and tied together by a tight bond. Still, there are moments of unease — Will, a veteran, is suffering from the effects of PTSD, and their presence in the park is illegal, a law that will come to rupture their story.
“I suspect I’ll be haunted by this picture for quite some time... Granik films with subtlety and quiet grace, but Leave No Trace explodes in the mind” — Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
“I think Leave No Trace is perfect” — Miriam Bale, programmer and film critic
October 10, 7:30 PM
Brady (Brady Jandreau), an Oglala Lakota bullrider, isn’t even at the middle of his life, but it feels like the end. His rodeo career has a doctor-recommended cut-off point. Concussed, his best friend in rehab, his father and sister reliant on him for money and support, Brady doesn’t have any way back to his old life — and so looks for the material to fashion a new one.
“A work of heartbreaking beauty” — Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
“Just when you think cinema is entering a phase of stagnation, out of nowhere comes a film like this. It's very encouraging” — Werner Herzog
In English and American Sign Language.
October 24, 7:30 PM
Romantic, artistic, and mythic ambitions mingle in the circle of Romantic poets a young Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) finds herself apart of. In this origin-story biopic treatment, the creation of Godwin’s first novel,Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, and her burgeoning relationship with Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth) are given equal emphasis as convention-flouting creative acts.
“A luscious-looking spectacle drenched in the colors and visceral sensations of nature, the sensuality of young lovers, the passionate disappointment of loss and betrayal” — Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
November 7, 7:30 PM
Set during WWII, but told in the period style of modern Marseille, this adaptation of Anna Seghers’ “multilayered masterpiece” tells the story of Georg, a European concentration camp escapee (Franz Rogowski). In the French refugee community, he becomes enmeshed in the lives of a desperate young mother, her son, and a mysterious woman named Marie (Paula Beer).
“No working filmmaker gives melodrama a cleaner, crisper reputation than German auteur Christian Petzold, whose extraordinary anti-historical experiment registers as his most daring film to date” — Guy Lodge, Variety
In German, French, and French Sign Language.
November 21, 7:30 PM
Maria (Cheng Pei-Pei) has spent decades of devoted marriage dutifully excusing the prejudices and vices of her husband Bing (Tzi Ma). But when she discovers a sign of infidelity, she decides to apply her careful eye and determination to the world outside, leading her to new friends and new sources of independent energy.
“A textured and charismatic portrait of first- and second-generation immigrant life” — Julia Cooper, The Globe and Mail
In Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.