Films picked for flicks series

NANAIMO: The first four choices in the Fringe Flicks series are a colourful start to a series of independent, award-winning films.

The first four films in TheatreOne’s Fringe Flicks series are a colourful start to a long-standing series of independent, award-winning films from around the world.

The series begins with First Position on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

Dedication and sacrifice are not words often associated with teenagers, but they are essential to success in the intense world of professional ballet. First Position follows a year in the life of six young dancers as they prepare for the Youth America brand PhX.

Where Do We Go Now, screening Oct. 14-15, is director Nadine Labaki’s rousing musical fable addressing the charged topic of religious differences in the Middle East.

When a series of misunderstandings raises tensions between the town’s Muslim and Christian communities, three of the local women take it upon themselves to protect their homes from more strife.

In Beasts of the Southern Wild, on Nov. 4-5, an unapologetically uncivilized band of humans live alongside the animals that sustain them, blissfully disconnected from their resource-burning neighbours to the north of a marshland cut off from the coast of Southern Louisiana.

An emotionally wrenching and heartfelt portrayal of the bond between a father and his daughter, this film is equal parts mythological, anthropological, folkloric, and apocalyptic.

Trishna, on Nov. 18-19, is a provocative interpretation of Thomas Hardy’s groundbreaking Tess of the D’Urbervilles. The third adaptation of Hardy’s work by the prolific British director Michael Winterbottom, Trishna revitalizes the classic text by transposing the story to modern India.

Trishna encapsulates the tension between ancient privilege and modern equality, between the codes of urban and rural life, and ultimately between men and women.

Fringe Flicks are screened at Avalon Cinema on Sundays at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m.

Subscribe to the season of 10 films for $101. Single tickets are $12. For more information, or to order, please call 250-754-7587.

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