Brock University Film Society

Dear Friends of BUFS,

Our BUFS 2022-2023 season got started on a “particularly flamboyant note” a few weeks ago, when we screened Valérie Lemercier’s truly outrageous Aline, the French filmmaker’s totally unauthorized biopic of Celine Dion.

Our next film comes from Park Chan-Wook. His career got underway a decade earlier, but for many people in the West, Park’s Oldboy (2003), his gritty, utterly captivating neo-noir thriller was an introduction to a bold new directorial talent. It also served notice that 21st-century South Korean cinema was a force to be reckoned with. In fact, in some ways, with its craft, its vision, and its cruel ironies, Oldboy anticipated the blockbuster success of Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, which took the world by storm in 2019-2020.

In 2009, Park followed up on the success of Oldboy with an offbeat vampire film called Thirst, one whose inspiration came from Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin, of all places, indicating his ambitions. Speaking of ambitions, Park’s next film was his first venture into English-language filmmaking: Stoker (2013), starring Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman. It was written by the actor Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), who described it as part horror film, part family melodrama, part psychological thriller, and it took its inspiration from both Bram Stoker and Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt.

And in 2016, Park returned with The Handmaiden, a twisted and fascinating study of class, sex, gender politics, and colonialism in 1930s Korea, when it was under Japanese rule. Here, too, Park displayed a penchant for audacious adaptations. In this case, the source material was Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith, set in Victorian Britain, and Park found a way of creating a connection between these vastly disparate locations and time periods through the aristocratic taste for British-inspired architecture and manners that was in vogue in Korea at the time.

Now, Park is back with one of his most acclaimed films yet, Decision to Leave, a Hitchcockian psychological thriller that has been widely hailed as a “masterpiece.” The narrative involves a suspicious death, a police investigation, a mysterious and beautiful widow, and a detective who falls hopelessly, obsessively in love. As Manohla Dargis of the New York Times put it: “Park’s most obvious touchstone is Vertigo, Hitchcock’s sublime 1958 l’amour fou about a detective who falls in love with a woman he thinks he’s lost only to find and lose her again.” 

The more I read about this film, the more I find myself thinking of the line from the old Chet Baker song:  “let’s get lost.” Personally, I can’t wait.

Bon cinéma!

Anthony Kinik
Associate Professor



The Brock University Film Society (BUFS) has been bringing the best in independent and art house cinema to St. Catharines and the Niagara region for well over 40 years. The society is supported by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock.

BUFS screenings take place in the state-of-the-art facilities of the Film House inside the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (250 Saint Paul Street). These screenings occur on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. throughout the school year, and they often feature introductions, short presentations, prize giveaways and other surprises.

“BUFS is a pillar of the Niagara cinephile scene, and it has been since 1975. BUFS screenings have a wonderful energy to them, one that comes from the combination of artful, thought-provoking films, eager, savvy audiences, and a premium theatre experience. This is film culture the way it was meant to be, with animated discussions continuing long after the credits roll, and spilling out onto the streets of St. Catharines.”

Anthony Kinik, Film Professor

Tickets and information

Tickets are available at the Film House on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9.50 or $7 for Film House members / 13 and under.

Memberships are available through the Film House website.

BUFS kicks off Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. 

Chance to win film-related prizes every BUFS screening.

Ticket sales will be subject to enforcement of Ontario Film Review Board ratings. Please have photo identification ready.

BUFS is proud to be part of Brock’s university-wide commitment to provide facilities, programs, and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. Learn more about accessibility at BUFS.

Anthony Kinik
Associate Professor

previous seasons

  • Downton Abbey
  • Parasite
  • Frankie
  • Joker
  • Honey Boy
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Little Women
  • The Good Liar
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • A Hidden Life – cancelled
  • Dark Waters – cancelled
  • BlacKKKlansman
  • Suspiria
  • Destroyer
  • The Old Man and the Gun
  • Widows
  • Shoplifters
  • A Star is Born
  • Cold War
  • Stan & Ollie
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Vice
  • The Farewell
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette
  • David Crosby: Remember My Name
  • The Souvenir
  • The Dead Don’t Die
  • Judy
  • Pain and Glory
  • The Lighthouse
  • Mister America
  • C’est La Vie
  • The Divine Order
  • Human Flow
  • The Square
  • Beach Rats
  • The Florida Project
  • Oscar Shorts – Live Action
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Don’t Talk to Irene
  • Human Flow
  • Meditation Park
  • First Reformed
  • Let the Sunshine In
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Madeline’s Madeline
  • Papillon
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • The Wife
  • Fahrenheit 11/9
  • Juliet, Naked
  • The Happy Prince
  • Anthropocene: The Human Factor
  • Dark Horse
  • Tale of Tales
  • Captain Fantastic
  • The Dressmaker
  • It’s Only the End of the World
  • Neon Demon
  • Maggie’s Plan
  • Our Little Sister
  • Weiner
  • Things to Come
  • Mia Madre
  • The Light Between Oceans
  • 20th Century Women
  • The Salesman
  • Weirdos
  • The Handmaiden
  • American Honey
  • Paterson
  • Moonlight
  • Toni Erdmann
  • A Man Called Ove
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • I’ll See You in My Dreams
  • Slow West
  • Eden
  • The Second Mother
  • Coming Home
  • Best of Enemies
  • Samba
  • Court
  • Labyrinth of Lies
  • Sleeping Giant
  • Grandma
  • Trumbo
  • Macbeth
  • 45 years 
  • This Changes Everything
  • Son of Saul
  • Mountains May Depart
  • Into The Forest
  • Mustang
  • Lady in the Van
  • Theeb
  • Rams
  • The Immigrant
  • Ida
  • Tracks
  • Bright Days Ahead (Les beaux jours)
  • The Rover
  • We Are The Best! (Vi är bäst!)
  • Calvary
  • Land Ho!
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Hundraåringen som klev ut
  • genom fönstret och försvann)
  • Venus In Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure)
  • Boyhood
  • Pride
  • Whiplash
  • The Overnighters
  • Force Majeure (Turist)
  • My Old Lady
  • Rosewater
  • Mommy
  • Still Alice
  • Red Army
  • Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit)
  • Mr. Turner
  • Before Midnight
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Blancanieves (Snow White)
  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • The Way Way Back
  • Fruitvale Station
  • The Hunt
  • Wadjda
  • All Is Lost
  • Museum Hours
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Siddharth
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • Good Vibrations
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • Watermark
  • The Selfish Giant
  • Le Week-end
  • Gabrielle
  • Cas & Dylan

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