The Odd Couple, featuring one of the most beloved duos ever portrayed on film, screens Sunday July 21st at Christie Pits Film Festival as part of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s summer-long Dynamic Duos series at parks across the city. The film follows the friendship between neat freak Felix Unger and his roommate, the slob Oscar Madison. Paired with The Odd Couple is Brunch Queen, Steve Adams and Sean Harlor’s documentary short about Brian and Patrick, the quirky odd couple who owned the famous Elbow Room Café in Vancouver.
Paper Moon screens Thursday, July 18th at Corktown Common as part of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s summer-long Dynamic Duos programme at parks across the city. It follows the unlikely partnership between Moses Pray, a con-man, and Addie, a nine-year-old orphan girl who may or may not be his child. Québecoise filmmaker Katerine Martineau’s Waiting for Lou is paired with Paper Moon, a short film about Jess and her grandmother Lou, who dream about where they will travel together when Lou gets out of prison.
In keeping with Christie Pits Film Festival tradition, on Sunday, July 14th, look forward to one evening’s programme featuring the best in veteran and emerging Canadian filmmaking. As part of our summer-long Dynamic Duos programme, the all-Canuck night is headlined by Bruce McDonald’s Weirdos, which follows 1970s teens Kit and Alice as they hitchhike their way to Sydney, Nova Scotia. Paired with Weirdos are the shorts Your Mother and I, directed by Anna Maguire, and My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, directed by Charlie Tyrell (which won a Canadian Screen Award this year). Your Mother and I represents one evening of a girl (Julia Sarah Stone, also the lead in Weirdos) and her dad (Don McKellar) preparing supper as he tells her outlandish stories of how he and her mother supposedly solved the world’s problems. My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes is about filmmaker Charlie Tyrell’s recollections of his relationship with his father told through phone calls and found objects.
Howard Hawks’ 1940 screwball comedy classic His Girl Friday, screening July 7th at Christie Pits Park, stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as journalists and ex-spouses as they endeavour to uncover the truth about a wrongfully-convicted murderer. Paired with this feature is the short film Dinette, co-directed by Gwynne Phillips and Christopher Lazar. Set in the 1940s, it centres on the meeting of two femme fatales, Georgia and Marlene, at a diner, where stories are guarded and secrets are revealed.
Toronto Outdoor Picture Show continues its summer-long Dynamic Duos programme Thursday, July 4th, for the first Corktown Common Park screening of the year. Steven Spielberg’s classic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial follows the friendship between a young boy and an alien who has recently fallen to earth. Paired with E.T. is the short film Wakening, directed by Danis Goulet, which portrays two characters from Cree stories in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Toronto.
Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s summer-long Dynamic Duos programme continues with the launch of our signature series, Christie Pits Film Festival, which opens on Sunday, June 30th with the Kenyan feature Rafiki, directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Rafiki tells the story of Kena and Ziki, the daughters of political rivals who fall in love and must face the prejudices of their community. Paired with Rafiki are Diane Obomsawin’s animated short I Like Girls, a touching and humorous exploration of various girls’ first loves, and Julianna Notten’s live action short, Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls, about tween girl Erin and her best friend Liz as they concoct a scheme to invite Erin’s first crush to the school dance.
Toronto Outdoor Picture Show kicks off the summer-long Dynamic Duos programme on June 15th at Fort York with a screening of Thelma & Louise, the 1991 buddy classic featuring one of cinema’s most iconic duos who set out for a weekend vacation, but circumstances lead them to run from the law. Paired with Thelma & Louise is Québecois filmmaker Maxime Robin’s Ballet Jazz, , a short film about two dancers and best friends named Karine and Karine who set out on a road trip to New York City to audition for the musical CATS... but things don’t go exactly as planned.
The Lunchbox will screen with two local short films. Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath is a portrait of 90-year old Torontonian Razie, who discovers her own cure for social alienation - the internet - and begins to consider one of life’s great temptations, bacon. Milk, directed by Winnifred Jong, captures a comedic miscommunication between granddaughter and grandmother over the family’s grocery list.
In Alfred Hitchcock’s classic caper To Catch a Thief, a cat-and-mouse game unfolds from casino hall to beach side to hotel rooftop in Cannes, France, a quintessential cinematic city of glitz, glamour, and jewels. Paired with the Hitchcock classic is the short film Lucky Moose, directed by Perry Walker.
Christie Pits Film Festival’s summer 2018 tour of Cinematic Cities around the world will come to a close with Alfred Hitchcock's indelible San Francisco thriller, Vertigo! Vertigo is paired with rising star local filmmaker Kazik Radwanski's film Scaffold, a short documentary about recent immigrants to Toronto
Unarmed Verses will be paired with two short films that also capture the rapidly changing face of urban life in Toronto, Castles on the Ground directed by Ananya Ohri and Cleo, directed by Sanja Zivkovic. Read on to find out what inspires these filmmakers in Toronto, and their personal relationships to urban housing and redevelopments.
In the heart of Montmartre, Paris’ most famous waitress, Amélie Poulin, is on a mission to transform the lives of her neighbours in Amélie, screening August 5th at Christie Pits Film Festival. The film is paired with two Toronto-set short films that, like Amélie, portray women armed with wit and determination.
Toronto Outdoor Picture Show takes a trip to 1930s Berlin with our screening of Bob Fosse’s Cabaret on July 19th at Corktown Common. Filmmaker Zachary Russell’s short film She Stoops to Conquer is a tailor-made pairing, telling the story of a Toronto drag performer who stumbles across a doppelgänger of her on-stage persona.
This evening’s programme is all about leaving banality behind and giving into the thrill of the chase! Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven screens alongside two-time festival veteran Dylan Reibling’s short film Model, which is also about outsmarting a rival and mastering the urban environment.
As part of the Cinematic Cities programme at Christie Pits Film Festival, Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love looks to the unassuming corners of Hong Kong.. An ode to uncompromising visual artists, our screening of In the Mood For Love is accompanied by a montage of local experimental shorts that each depict Toronto through a unique lens.
In homage to outlaws, femmes fatales, and unforgiving towns of the 1940s, Christie Pits Film Festival is celebrating the Cinematic Cities of Classical Hollywood Cinema. Paired with Casablanca, local filmmaker Nadia Litz’s The Good Escape fictionalizes the capture of John Dillinger in Toronto’s historic Winter Garden Theatre.