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Comox Valley Art Gallery announces lineup for fall film series

Series begins with Past Lives, Sept. 24

Tickets and passes are on sale now for the Comox Valley Art Gallery’s 2023 Fall Film Series.

The series will open Sunday, Sept. 24, with Past Lives, an award-winning drama directed by South Korean-Canadian Celine Song.

The fall series runs from Sept. 24 to Dec. 10 and presents 12 films from the Toronto International Film Festival Circuit. All screenings are on Sundays, 5 p.m., at Landmark Cinemas, 2655 Cliffe Ave. Viewers are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and arrive at least 10 minutes prior to start time.

Following is a list of the films with a brief synopsis of each movie.

Past Lives – Sept. 24

Two deeply connected childhood friends, fatefully reunite in New York City after being wrested apart 20 years ago, in this decades-spanning drama.

Little Richard – Oct. 1

What would rock ’n’ roll be without Little Richard? From the Rolling Stones to the Beatles to David Bowie, popular music has been shaped by trailblazer Little Richard and his larger-than-life personality. Yet few people know the true story behind one of music’s most influential figures.

The Eight Mountains – Oct. 8

Based on the award-winning 2016 novel, this film was the co-winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022.

Blue Jean - Oct. 15

This historical drama that peers through the lens of Thatcher-era Britain, to highlight how queer people like Jean could not live as their authentic selves.

The Crime is Mine (Mon Crime) – Oct. 22

A modern feminist take on the classic French farce and a testament to the power of sisterhood and some well-employed smarts. This satirical look at the failings of the justice system, the celebrity criminal, and what women will do to survive in a man’s world is a sure crowd-pleaser.

Blackberry – Oct. 29

This masterfully crafted film is a workplace comedy about the invention of BlackBerry the now-defunct smartphone that is as funny as it is riveting.

Driving Madeleine – Nov. 5

A charming nonagenarian takes her gruff cab driver on an unexpectedly life-affirming odyssey, in the touching comedy-drama set in Paris.

Twice Colonized – Nov. 12

A stunning documentary – featuring renowned Greenlandic Inuk lawyer Aaju Peter (Angry Inuk) — that sheds light on the political challenges Indigenous leaders face as fierce protectors for their sovereignty and justice.

The Persian Version – Nov. 19

An uproarious, genre-blurring crowd pleaser about identity, belonging, and secrets —those that tie families together and pull them apart, perhaps at the same time.

The Eternal Memory – Nov. 26

What happens to the collective memory of an oppressed country if the ones who report on the oppression fail to remember? Eternal Memory has garnered praise around the world for its tender and nostalgic view of memory loss, making this an unmissable documentary.

Jules – Dec. 3

An unusual and unexpected visitor brings together several people living in a small city in rural Western Pennsylvania.

The Miracle Club – Dec. 10

There’s just one dream for the women of Ballyfermot: to win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes.

And with a little benevolent interference from their cheeky and rebellious priest, close friends Lily, Eileen, Dolly and Sheila are the ‘lucky’ few to win this ticket of a lifetime at their riotous raffle night.

Visit for more details about the films, including trailers.

Tickets for individual films are $15, or $14 for Gallery members. Passes for the whole series are $165, or $154 for Gallery members.

Tickets can be purchased at the gallery (580 Duncan Ave., Courtenay), or by credit/debit over the phone by calling 250-338-6211. Proceeds from the film series go toward programming at the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

If seats are available, tickets can be purchased with cash prior to each screening at the Landmark Cinema. Screenings are often sold out, so it is advisable to purchase tickets in advance, if possible.