Unfortunately this weekend isn’t a long weekend, so your Sunday is extra important. If you want to enhance the weekend goodness with some film, this is what’s happening on the Scene for Sunday, July 8, 2012.
Two ongoing film series continue today at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The first being Gentleman Prefer Blondes with a 1:00 pm screening of Picnic, a Kim Novak and William Holden love fest. If attractive people falling in love is your kind of movie, this is the screening for you. Later in the day, the James Ivory: Elegant Pairings series continues with a 5:00 pm screening of Shakespeare Wallah and an 8:00 pm screening of Charulata.
Today marks the closing of the two festivals happening in the city this weekend: the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) and the North Korean Human Rights Film Festival. At TAAFI today, the focus is on retrospectives and master classes, but there are a few screenings as well. If you’re interested, you can attend a Q&A with Kaj Pindal, followed by the closing ceremonies ““ all of this beginning at 3:45 pm. Check their website for details.
As for the North Korean Human Rights Festival, all three screenings today are accompanied by a guest speaker. The first being Tiger Spirit at 1:00 pm followed by a Q&A with director Lee Min-sook. At 4:00 pm, Goodbye Pyongyang is screening, and at 6:30 pm, the spotlight turns to Crossing. You can purchase an all day pass for only $12, which makes it an affordable and informative way to spend today. Check their website for details.
Now, for what I’m most excited about. At 3:45 pm at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, the 1987 classic The Princess Bride can be seen in all its big screen glory. If it’s been awhile since your last viewing or if you’ve guiltily never seen it, I’d take this opportunity to check it out. And last but certainly not least, Ghostbusters kicks off Riverdale Park East’s Movies in the Park series. The screening starts at 9:00 pm, and is outdoors so remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair. What could be better than Bill Murray under the stars?
With the weekend sadly coming to an end, take a few hours to enjoy some celluloid. You don’t even have to get dressed up, no one judges you in a dark theatre.
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