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.
Winter 2019 Season
From JANUARY through APRIL, every other wednesday
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
January 9, 7:30 PM
Identical siblings bring up big-picture questions: nature, nurture, and identity construction. In some cases, they also bring with them the full force of celebrity. In a story that starts in the '60s, three brothers find each other by chance on a college campus. What they discover about each other goes far beyond the usual reaches of a family tree.
"The best way to experience Three Identical Strangers is to do so without knowing a single thing about it. So before proceeding any further, let’s just get this out of the way: It’s an excellent movie, and you should see it." — Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
January 23, 7:30 PM
The family at the heart of Shoplifters, led by Hatsue (Kiki Kirin, in her final role), Osamu (Lily Franky), and Noboyu (Andô Sakura) is not related by blood. The traditions and trades they follow are technically outside the law. But they persist, and they love, and perhaps, Kore-eda's film shows, their way of life is one worth preserving.
"As an observer of the various dimensions and dynamics of families, Kore-eda is a modern master." — Mallory Andrews, Cinema Scope
"Ambitious ... feels like one of the most consequential films Kore-eda’s made in a very long time." — Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine
In Japanese with English subtitles.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
February 6, 7:30 PM
Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her guardian, aunt Ruth (Kerry Butler), are at an impasse. Ruth, after hearing a prom-night story, wants to "save" her niece by sending her to a gay conversion therapy camp. The tale, familiar to some, of attempted ex-gay treatment is here expanded into a wider tapestry of adult-child tensions, where shame and desire struggle underneath the surface of every interaction.
"Lively and funny and deeply sympathetic ... Avoids the problems of patronizing to Christian audiences or, worse, satirizing them without understanding their point of view. But it also doesn’t collapse into thinking that what happens to Cameron and her friends isn’t completely horrifying." — Todd VanDerWerff, Vox
February 20, 7:30 PM
A folk singer (Joanna Kulig) meets a musical director (Tomasz Kot) in Kraków. They've lived through WWII, and the political unease of their country hasn't left. Because this is a musical, everything pours out in the art, the performances, and the lighting, in a story that spans two decades.
"The cast is unimprovable, but other collaborations are equally remarkable: the production design is consistently spot-on, right down to a framed photo of Shostakovich, and Marcin Masecki’s score is skilled and varied enough to work as a non-visual ‘film’ in its own right." — Tony Rayns, Sight & Sound
In Polish and French with English subtitles.
March 13, 7:30 PM
After a tragic accident, Adiits'ii (Tyler York) finds himself transformed by guilt, repelled from the centre of his community into isolation. Drawing on the Haida legend of the Gaagiixiid, or “Wildman," this film — the first ever made in the Haida language — works with two branching purposes. With language, and with people, it asks how to save what seems lost.
"As much a work of activism and education as art" — Jesse Cumming, Cinema Scope
In Haida with English subtitles.
ROADS IN FEBRUARY
March 27, 7:30 PM
Sara (Arlen Aguayo-Stewart) is visiting Uruguay for the first time since early childhood. Her parents emigrated to Canada; her paternal grandmother, Magda (Gloria Demassi) stayed behind. But this trip, Sara quickly learns, is not to be one of easy answers and warm reunion — instead of a vacation, she is faced with the quiet unease and tricky intimacy of truly getting to know another person.
"Jerkovic is a gifted, intuitive storyteller who doesn’t need to oversell her story’s emotional undercurrents; she trusts her audience" — Norm Wilner, NOW Magazine
"Demassi, a 75-year-old veteran of the Uruguayan stage, is superb" — Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
In Spanish with English subtitles.
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
April 10, 7:30 PM
Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) and Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt (Stephan James) have known each other since childhood. Surrounded by supportive families, their romantic love becomes a fight for survival after Fonny is incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. Based on the James Baldwin novel.
"Jenkins achieves something rare: he pulls the background into the foreground, combines a drama with an essay-film. What’s more, he does so without at all weakening or diminishing the drama" — Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Watching If Beale Street Could Talk, we’re constantly reminded of what so many movies about oppression fail to acknowledge: that even under threat, love can still feel like love—which is to say, like a state of rapture" — Andrew Chan, 4Columns
WOMAN AT WAR
April 24, 7:30 PM
Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is doing what no one else dares to — piece by piece, she's striking back against corporate industry-led projects encroaching upon the Icelandic landscape. But her vigilantism is doing her few favours — her actions, like any oppositional activism, endanger her job (as a choirmaster), as well as her application to adopt a Ukranian refugee child. Faced with this tilted dilemma, Halla weighs the price of keeping to one's own convictions.
"The rare intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice" — Jay Weissberg, Variety
"A skillfully crafted, surreally told tale with emotional depth and sharp political undertones" — Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
In Icelandic, Spanish, and English with English subtitles.