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Monday Night at the Movies presents winter/spring line-up

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The lineup for the 2017 winter/spring season of Monday Night at the Movies includes a Best Canadian First Feature award-winner; one of Cannes’ most talked-about films of 2016; a free screening of an iconic Canadian-produced film to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary; and many other award-winning, critically acclaimed films you’ve probably never heard of.

“Our mission is to provide movie lovers with an opportunity to see great international films you might not otherwise get to see at your local theatre. As we look forward to being a part of the Canada 150 celebrations, we are thrilled to be opening our 2017 season with a couple of really sensational Canadian titles. Come spend your dark, cold Mondays with us,” said Programming Director, Fiona Toms. “What else are you going to do Monday nights?”

Monday Night at the Movies, Oakville’s only international film series — now in its 12th year — kicks off its winter programming this Monday, January 16 at the Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill.

The schedule includes:
January 16: BAD SEEDS (LES MAUVAISES HERBES) (Canada)
This surprising Quebecois farce about a rural farmer with an extra crop in the barn is slowly becoming a film festival fan favourite for its subtle yet brilliant balance of drama and comedy. “Purely entertaining…a skillful mixture of humour, sentiment, and suspense” – Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

January 30: OLD STONE (China, Canada)
Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature. Johnny Ma’s Old Stone follows a cab driver in a bustling Chinese metropolis who is plunged into a bureaucratic nightmare when he tries to save a hit-and-run victim. Maggie Lee of Variety calls it “a suspense thriller with Dostoevskyan undertones”

February 13: THE IDOL (Netherlands, UK, Qatar, Argentina, Palestine)
Acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker, Hany Abu-Assad directs this biopic about Mohammad Assaf, the Gazan wedding singer who became a worldwide sensation after winning the Arab Idol competition in 2013. “Will bring audiences laughter, tears, and a special sense of hope in the world.” – Maryan Sheik Ali, TIFF

February 27: OPERATION AVALANCHE (USA)
Writer-director Matt Johnson follows his hit debut The Dirties with this mock-doc comedy thriller about two CIA agents who find themselves enlisted in a massive hoax when they infiltrate NASA on the eve of the Apollo 11 moon launch.

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March 20: TONI ERDMANN (Germany, Austria)
One of the most talked-about films at this year’s Cannes Festival, this new film from Maren Ade (The Forest for the Trees, Everyone Else) is an alternately hilarious and mortifying comedy about the fraught relationship between a repressed corporate consultant and her incessantly prank-playing dad.

March 27: I, DANIEL BLAKE (UK, France, Belgium)
British master, Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at Cannes for this timely drama about an aged, ailing handyman’s battle to survive after being denied his government health allowance. “I, Daniel Blake is one of Loach’s finest films, a drama of tender devastation…” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

April screenings are still to be announced.

Monday Night at the Movies is an independent, not-for-profit film series that works in partnership with Film Circuit, a division of TIFF. Films are screened on select Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill. Tickets can be purchased beginning at 6:45 p.m. the night of the screening in the lobby of the theatre for $10.00 each, cash only.

On Wednesday, April 19, better known as National Canadian Film Day 150, Monday Night at the Movies joins TIFF and Film Circuit in celebrating 150 years of Canadian cinema, with a free screening of one of 150 essential works in Canadian cinema history. Check the website for the announcement of this special feature film screening.

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