Ancaster Film Fest returns with tender portrait of friendship

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

An official selection of the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, Is Anybody There?, is a tender portrait of a friendship between an inquisitive 10-year-old boy and a retired magician.

Fresh from his 2007 Festival success Boy A, Irish director John Crowley returns to the world of a young boy, infusing his new work with the childish naïveté of a precocious and curious lad named Edward (Bill Milner, Son of Rambow), whose less-than-idyllic home happens to double as a hospice for the aged.

As his parents (Anne-Marie Duff and David Morrissey) struggle to keep the family business afloat, Edward pursues his obsession with the paranormal. Surrounded by the elderly, he is intrigued by death, toting his tape recorder around in an attempt to find clues that will help him understand mortality.

With the arrival of the bitter, burned-out Clarence (the indomitable Michael Caine), who unwillingly finds himself an inmate of the hospice, Edward’s interests take on an entirely different dimension.

Commanding performance

Caine gives a commanding and daring performance as the jaded Clarence, and Milner is a perfect foil as the youngster. Full of wit, wisdom and wistfulness, Is Anybody There? confronts death and the hereafter with humour and honesty.

Is Anybody There? screens at the Ancaster Silver City on Monday, Sept. 14 at 4 and 7:15 p. m. The box office opens at 3:15 and 6:15 p. m. respectively. Non-members pay $9 for the afternoon matinee and $10 in the evening. All proceeds from this screening will go to the Hamilton Out of the Cold Program.

Mark your calendars with the remainder of the fall schedule: Monday, Sept. 28, Moon 4 p. m. and Departures (Japanese with English subtitles) 7:15 p. m.; Monday Oct. 5, Cairo Time at 4 and 7:15 p. m.; Monday, Oct. 19, The Damned United at 4 and 7:15 p. m.; Monday Nov. 2, Food Inc. at 4 and 7:15 p. m.

For more information visit www.ancasterfilmfest.ca or call 905-648-2277.

Ancaster Film Fest returns with tender portrait of friendship

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

An official selection of the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, Is Anybody There?, is a tender portrait of a friendship between an inquisitive 10-year-old boy and a retired magician.

Fresh from his 2007 Festival success Boy A, Irish director John Crowley returns to the world of a young boy, infusing his new work with the childish naïveté of a precocious and curious lad named Edward (Bill Milner, Son of Rambow), whose less-than-idyllic home happens to double as a hospice for the aged.

As his parents (Anne-Marie Duff and David Morrissey) struggle to keep the family business afloat, Edward pursues his obsession with the paranormal. Surrounded by the elderly, he is intrigued by death, toting his tape recorder around in an attempt to find clues that will help him understand mortality.

With the arrival of the bitter, burned-out Clarence (the indomitable Michael Caine), who unwillingly finds himself an inmate of the hospice, Edward’s interests take on an entirely different dimension.

Commanding performance

Caine gives a commanding and daring performance as the jaded Clarence, and Milner is a perfect foil as the youngster. Full of wit, wisdom and wistfulness, Is Anybody There? confronts death and the hereafter with humour and honesty.

Is Anybody There? screens at the Ancaster Silver City on Monday, Sept. 14 at 4 and 7:15 p. m. The box office opens at 3:15 and 6:15 p. m. respectively. Non-members pay $9 for the afternoon matinee and $10 in the evening. All proceeds from this screening will go to the Hamilton Out of the Cold Program.

Mark your calendars with the remainder of the fall schedule: Monday, Sept. 28, Moon 4 p. m. and Departures (Japanese with English subtitles) 7:15 p. m.; Monday Oct. 5, Cairo Time at 4 and 7:15 p. m.; Monday, Oct. 19, The Damned United at 4 and 7:15 p. m.; Monday Nov. 2, Food Inc. at 4 and 7:15 p. m.

For more information visit www.ancasterfilmfest.ca or call 905-648-2277.

Ancaster Film Fest returns with tender portrait of friendship

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

An official selection of the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, Is Anybody There?, is a tender portrait of a friendship between an inquisitive 10-year-old boy and a retired magician.

Fresh from his 2007 Festival success Boy A, Irish director John Crowley returns to the world of a young boy, infusing his new work with the childish naïveté of a precocious and curious lad named Edward (Bill Milner, Son of Rambow), whose less-than-idyllic home happens to double as a hospice for the aged.

As his parents (Anne-Marie Duff and David Morrissey) struggle to keep the family business afloat, Edward pursues his obsession with the paranormal. Surrounded by the elderly, he is intrigued by death, toting his tape recorder around in an attempt to find clues that will help him understand mortality.

With the arrival of the bitter, burned-out Clarence (the indomitable Michael Caine), who unwillingly finds himself an inmate of the hospice, Edward’s interests take on an entirely different dimension.

Commanding performance

Caine gives a commanding and daring performance as the jaded Clarence, and Milner is a perfect foil as the youngster. Full of wit, wisdom and wistfulness, Is Anybody There? confronts death and the hereafter with humour and honesty.

Is Anybody There? screens at the Ancaster Silver City on Monday, Sept. 14 at 4 and 7:15 p. m. The box office opens at 3:15 and 6:15 p. m. respectively. Non-members pay $9 for the afternoon matinee and $10 in the evening. All proceeds from this screening will go to the Hamilton Out of the Cold Program.

Mark your calendars with the remainder of the fall schedule: Monday, Sept. 28, Moon 4 p. m. and Departures (Japanese with English subtitles) 7:15 p. m.; Monday Oct. 5, Cairo Time at 4 and 7:15 p. m.; Monday, Oct. 19, The Damned United at 4 and 7:15 p. m.; Monday Nov. 2, Food Inc. at 4 and 7:15 p. m.

For more information visit www.ancasterfilmfest.ca or call 905-648-2277.