Today on the Scene: screenings and film fun for Friday, November 23, 2012

Well, we made it. It’s Friday, and the weekend has arrived. Looking to go out and catch a film? There’s no shortage of awesome film fun in Toronto tonight. Here’s what is happening on the scene for Friday, November 23, 2012.

TIFF Bell Lightbox continues multiple screenings today of Samsara , Chasing Ice , Holy Motors , and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel . Also beginning this week is the politically charged film, Inch’Allah , about a Quebec doctor in the West Bank, from director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette. Also on tonight, at 6:30 pm, is Perpetuum Mobile , a film from TIFF’s latest retrospective, Where Are the Films of Nicolás Pereda?. Director Pereda will be on hand to introduce this Mexican slacker comedy. And at 9:00 pm, as part of the whole Bond related theme TIFF has going on, this one part of “Beyond Bond: The Other Secret Agents,” they’ll have a screening of The Ipcress File with the wonderful Michael Caine. TIFF’s exhibit Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style is also on, and will continue into January 2013.

Today at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, it’s another screening of I Am Not A Rock Star at 4:30 pm, a profile of Canadian musical prodigy,  Marika Bournaki. At 6:45 pm, Ping Pong , the UK documentary about the over-80’s table tennis championships is up. And at 8:45 pm, The Fruit Hunters opens, an adaptation of Adam Gollner’s book of the same name, and directed by Canada’s own Yung Chang ( Up The Yangtze ). It’s all about biodiversity and rare and exotic fruit. Yum. And a special treat: producer Mark Slutsky and author Adam Gollner will be in attendance at tonight’s screening for a Q&A.

The  Revue Cinema will have a 7:00 pm showing of Sarah Polley’s new autobiographical documentary, Stories We Tell , and at 9:15 pm, it’s the time-travel action thriller from Rian Johnson, Looper , starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.

The  Fox Theatre is screening Arbitrage with Richard Gere at 7:00 pm, and Seven Psychopaths at 9:15 pm, the new darkly comic film from the man who brought us In Bruges . It stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken.

The Royal continues screenings from the European Union Film Festival, which runs until November 27. Up today are the Lithuanian film, Fireheart: The Legend of Tadas Blinda at 6:00 pm, and at 9:00 pm, it’s Granny’s Funeral , from France. Also up tonight, at 11:30 pm, is the cult classic The Room .

Projection Booth East continues screening Shut Up and Play the Hits today at 4:30 pm, a concert chronicling the last concert of LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Gardens. And today marks the beginning of a week-long run of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstacy , screening at 2:30 and 7:30 pm.

Image from The Ipcress File.

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