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Gala Screenings Sun. Sept. 10 – Tues. Sept. 12 ROY THOMSON HALL

Sunday, September 10


Director: Karan Johar

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan

Description: Dev (Shah Rukh Khan) is a New York-based soccer player married to hotshot magazine editor Rhea (Preity Zinta). They appear to be the picture of success and happiness. So do Rishi (Abhishek Bachchan) and Maya (Rani Mukherji), although Maya’s inability to bear children does put some strain on the marriage. However, a chance meeting between Maya and Dev sets these two couples on a collision course.


Director: Christopher Guest

Starring: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara

Description: Marilyn Hack (Catherine O’Hara) has been struggling for recognition for thirty years. After some short-lived notoriety in the late eighties for her freakish role as an over-painted strumpet in the seamy Song for Reuben, her star has long since faded. Her latest gig is playing Esther Pisker, the ailing mamele of a Jewish family in the Deep South awaiting the return of her estranged daughter Rachel – played by belligerent stand-up comic Kelly Webb (Parker Posey) – in the melodrama Home for Purim. One day, Marilyn gets wind of an Internet rumour that her performance could land her an Academy Award® nomination. Soon Oscar fever spreads and co-stars Victor Allen Miller (Harry Shearer) – best known as the Foot-Long Wiener – and Kelly get bit too.


Director: Steven Zaillian

Starring: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Sir Anthony Hopkins

Description: The film charts the dramatic story of larger-than-life politician Willie Stark, who transcended the poverty of the Great Depression to become the populist – some would say demagogic – governor of Louisiana.

Monday, September 11


Director: Sarah Polley

Starring: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson

Description: Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie) have been married for decades. They have been through rough patches, but their lives are inextricably connected and their relationship seems idyllic: they share a private language and obvious affection for one another. Now retired, they live comfortably in a house in the country, but their contentment is permanently disrupted when Fiona’s memory starts to deteriorate. Determined not to saddle Grant with her declining health, she insists upon going to a rest home – which only tears Grant apart. He feels guilty about decades-old behaviour, and his state is worsened by the rules of Fiona’s new residence, which demand that he not communicate or visit with her for a lengthy period of time.


Director: Christopher N Rowley

Starring: Jessica Lange, Joan Allen, Kathy Bates

Description: Arvilla (Lange) has recently lost her husband, Joe, who died while on a trip to Borneo. His ashes have been sent to her home in Pocatella, Idaho. While she deals with this terrible shock, Arvilla is hounded by Francine (Christine Baranski), Joe’s tony – and ornery – daughter from a previous marriage. As Arvilla cannot produce Joe’s will, which outlines where he wants his ashes scattered, not to mention what Arvilla is to receive upon his death, Francine insists that her father be laid to rest in Santa Barbara, alongside her virtuous mother. She answers the new widow’s protests by threatening to sell the house Joe and Arvilla lived in since they were married.

Tuesday, September 12


Director: Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck

Starring: Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, Emily Robison, Simon Renshaw

Description: Behind the scenes during a dramatic period of their career; the result is one of the most intimate portraits of artists ever put on screen. The group made headlines all over the world in March 2003 when, as bombs were falling on Iraq, lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience, "We’re embarrassed that the President is from Texas."


Director: Patrice Leconte

Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Julie Gayet

Description: Mon meilleur ami is a uniquely entertaining buddy film. The twist? The buddy is missing! François (French mega-star Daniel Auteuil) is a middle-aged antique dealer. He’s got a stylish apartment and a fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him. He’s arrogant, self-centred and harsh, and they don’t believe he even has a friend.