Brock University Film Series- Preview

The Brock University Film Series (BUFS) seeks out the best in independent, international, and Canadian cinema. Working in conjunction with the Film Circuit and the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, BUFS presents a wide variety of quality films for your viewing pleasure. Here’s an idea of what’s in store this fall!

The Fall 2013 Season opens Sept. 18 with Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, the third instalment of the trilogy that began back in 1995 with the indie sensation Before Sunrise, followed in 2004 with Before Sunset. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy return once again, this time on holiday in Greece with their two small children. As they wander through picturesque streets, Jesse and Celine talk their way through many of life’s most intimate complications.

On Sept. 25, catch Cate Blanchett’s celebrated performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Jasmine, the wife of a fallen financier, must come to terms with parting from both her husband and her lifestyle. So she goes to stay with her sister, a single mother in San Francisco and tries to make sense of the world. Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, and Peter Sarsgaard round out the cast in Allen’s timely exploration of the ripple effect caused by Wall Street wheeling and dealing.

On Oct. 2, we get to see the end result of what happened when all of Joss Whedon’s favourite actors came over to his house for two weeks to perform Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays and perhaps, the original rom-com. Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, and Alexis Denisoff put a new spin on the bard’s work in this much talked-about adaptation.

Later in the season, we have The Way, Way Back, an offbeat comedy from the writers of The Descendants. It’s the story of Duncan, a teenaged boy forced to go on vacation with his mom’s new boyfriend. Duncan takes refuge hiding out in a water park, where he becomes friends with the park’s oddball manager, Owen. The film reunites Steve Carell and Toni Collette (last seen together in Little Miss Sunshine), and adds Sam Rockwell and Alison Janney to the mix.

Toward the end of the season comes a film we have waited a long time for—the brilliant Danish drama, The Hunt. Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale) stars as a quiet teacher whose life is systematically destroyed by a false accusation. Mikkelsen won the top acting award at Cannes in 2012 for his performance, and we’re thrilled that the film is finally playing on Canadian screens.

The series runs weekly during the term at the Empire Theatre, Pen Centre. All screenings start at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and are open to the public. Tickets are $10 at the door, but students can buy advance passes at at discount—$40 gets you five films, which provides a great value!

For more information on screenings, passes, or the rest of our fall titles that have yet to be announced, check out our web site at or join us on Facebook and Twitter.


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