What’s Playing at The Civic (May 5 – 11)

Celebrating youth, both current and lost, this BC Youth Week at The Civic.

I could still call myself a youth when the cult hit Trainspotting hit the screen, so I can really feel the ravages of time on my own visage when I see it reflected back to me through the now weathered countenance of Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). T2 Trainspotting (14A) finds the gang together again in Scotland 20-years later.

For the current wee youths, something other than youth is lost in the most recent Smurfs endeavor. In The Lost Village (G), a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

And for a look at what the top international youth filmmakers are up to, look no further than The Civic this coming Saturday.  The Reel Youth Film Festival (PG) pulls together an insightful, diverse, compelling and humorous collection of short films from across the globe – all made by youth. Chosen by a youth jury from over 1,300 submissions and 20 countries around the world, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of an incredibly gifted emerging group of filmmakers. Whether it’s a zombie musical, an ode to ageing from Taiwan, a Russian animation on how-to-fit-in, or an over-zealous house painter drama from Denmark, laughing and learning are guaranteed at the Reel Youth Film Festival. *This screening is FREE for youth 19 or under.

And rounding out the rest of the week we have a couple of documentaries that touch on a couple issues that our youth will have to contend with into their adult years.

Food security is the topic of local filmmaker, Lisa Safarik’s film Feeding Ourselves playing Monday. Feeding Ourselves weaves intimate stories from the hopes and convictions of West Kootenay farmers and producers as they navigate undercurrents of uncertainty with our food system. Driven to embrace a livelihood supporting regional sustainability and resilience, these people help us understand the need to develop an ability to feed ourselves.

For our Doc Weds film, The Settlers offers a comprehensive view of the Jewish settlers in the occupied territories of the West Bank. An historical overview, a geopolitical study and an intimate look at those people at the core of the most daunting challenges facing Israel and the international community today as the Palestinians and Israelis resume talks again.

And finally our Thursday film, Francois Ozon, wraps up the week with his beautifully shot Frantz (PG). In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers.

Always young in spirit,

Jason.

Coming next: The Circle, Their Finest, Alien (Member Monday) TBC

Smurfs: The Lost Village (90 min, G)
Friday 5, May @ 6:45 PM, Saturday 6, May @ 4:00 PM, Sunday 7, May @ 2:00 PM and Wednesday 10, May @ 3:00 PM
T2 Trainspotting (118 min, 14A)
Friday 5, May@ 8:40 PM, Saturday 6, May @ 8:40 PM, Sunday 7, May @ 6:45 PM, Tuesday 9, May @ 7:30 PM
Reel Youth Film Festival (PG)
Saturday 6, May @ 6:45 PM
Feeding Ourselves
Monday 8, May @ 7:00 PM
The Settlers
Wednesday 10, May @ 7:30 PM
Frantz (114 min, PG)

Thursday 11, May @ 7:30 PM