Kicking off a season of great films

It is time for movie lovers in the Golden area to rejoice as Film Kicks is getting prepared for a brand new season

It is time for movie lovers in the Golden area to rejoice as Film Kicks is getting prepared for a brand new season. Going into its fourth year the volunteer group which runs the series is working along with Kicking Horse Culture to bring six films over a six month period to the Golden Cinema.

The selection committee has picked six films it feels cover a wide variety of topics which have been made available through the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Mandy Cantle is the volunteer co-ordinator for the Film Kicks series who is working with the volunteers Marie-Helene Bergeron, Christine Bernier, Sheila Blackburn, Betty Hamilton and Larry Lindequist, to put on the best series the area has seen to date.

“We try to choose movies that you wouldn’t normally see. We also try to choose from a variety of countries so you have a variety of cultures. We also try to pick different topics as well,” Cantle said.

This season will see films from France, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Denmark being shown.

Over the years the group has done their best to bring movies to the cinema that the public knows will be worth seeing.

“We have also tried to develop a reputation for showing really good movies. If you buy a ticket you don’t necessarily need to know what is showing because you know it will be good,” Cantle said.

Having the local Golden Cinema willing to work with the group to put on the shows has been a great help for Film Kicks over the years.

“It is fantastically important. It is so easy for everyone these days to sit and watch a movie on their television. We believe strongly that the cinema environment is what will draw people. To have the co-operation of the cinema is huge, and we appreciate the support,” Cantle said.

All films start this year at 7:30 p.m. and the shows will be held on Thursdays with the opening night film, Of Gods and Men, being held on Oct. 13.

The film looks at the lives of eight French Christian monks who live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps through the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay… come what may. This film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996.

The second movie to be shown on Nov. 3, will be the Terrence Malick directed film The Tree of Life. The film is the story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s. It follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.

Prices for viewing the films are $10 for Kicking Horse Culture members, $12 for non-members, and $5 for students between the ages of six and 18. A season’s pass, which will enable you to see all the films, at a discounted price, is also available for members at a cost of $50 for all six movies. Tickets are available at the Art Gallery of Golden or at the door of the cinema on the opening night.

People are reminded to brings cash to buy their tickets at the door, and to show up a little early so as not to cause a rush just minutes before the movie begins.