New Reel on the River season begins in October

U.K. film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen kicks off new series

Another exciting series of independent and foreign films returns to Silvercity in October.

Reel On The River, a local, not-for-profit group of film enthusiasts, has selected five pieces for Mission movie lovers. The group concentrates on showing Canadian, independent, foreign and documentary films which would not normally be shown locally. All the films will screen on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Series passes for $35 are available at Murdoch’s Book Shoppe and Shopper’s Drug Mart in Mission, and from Jazz-Ma-Tazz in Abbotsford. Single tickets at the door are $10 each.

The films for the season are:

• Oct. 1: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a romantic comedy starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. It is from the U.K. and set in England, Scotland and the Middle East.

The film is about a Scottish fisheries expert who becomes the pawn in a political plot, discovers love, and learns to believe in the impossible.

• Oct. 15: The Lady is the story of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi’s political struggle before she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The movie is from the U.K. and France.

• Oct. 29: The Hedgehog is from France and based on the book The Elegance of the Hedgehog. The film centres on Paloma, a serious and highly articulate 11-year-old who decides to kill herself on her 12th birthday. But as the day approaches, she meets some kindred spirits who inspire her to question her pessimistic outlook on life. This film is subtitled.

• Nov. 5: The Separation is about a middle-class family torn between emigrating from Iran to provide a better future for the children, or staying to take care of an elderly family member. This movie is from Iran and is the winner of the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards.

• Nov. 12: The Intouchables is a culture clash comedy French film that has been breaking box office records across Europe. It is based on a true story about an improbably friendship between Phillipe, a wealthy quadriplegic, and Driss, a young Senegalese offender who has been hired as a live-in caregiver.

All net proceeds from the event are donated to Mission Community Foundation this year. All films are supplied by Film Circuit through the Toronto International Film Festival.  For more information regarding these films visit reelontheriver.ca.