Brock University Film Society

The Brock University Film Society (BUFS) has been bringing the best in international, independent and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines for more than 40 years. The series is supported by Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture, and Film.

BUFS screens Thursdays at 7 p.m. in collaboration with The Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC). 

Screenings will take place at the downtown St. Catharines theatre over the course of 11 weeks – and cinema buffs will not want to miss a scene. 

“BUFS provides the opportunity to see these critically acclaimed, award-winning films on the big screen in Niagara that you might not otherwise be able to see. It’s a chance to talk film and keep the vibe of film culture alive in Niagara.”

— Scott Henderson, Film Professor

Tickets and information

Tickets
Tickets are available at the Film House on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9 or $7 for members, plus tax.

Memberships are available through the Film House website.

Season Opener
The Sept. 20 season opener, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, has a small Brock connection. Schrader’s piece on film noir was a staple in all four editions of retired Brock Professor Barry Grant’s book Film Genre Reader. Grant has had a long connection to BUFS and his contributions to film culture in Niagara are well known. Many film lovers in the community first encountered the study of film in his first-year course.

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

Accessibility
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.

Contact
Anthony Kinik
Assistant Professor
akinik@brocku.ca

upcoming films

C'est La Vie

Jan.17, 2018 – C’est La vie
C’est la Vie! is a 2017 French comedy film directed by Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano. It tells the story of a hectic wedding party held in an 17th century French palace that comes together with the help of the behind-the-scenes staff.

View trailer here.

Jan.24, 2018: The Divine Order
A young housewife challenges the status quo by fighting for women’s suffrage in 1971 Switzerland.

View trailer here.

Jan. 31, 2018: Human Flow
Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei’s detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.

View trailer here.

Feb. 7, 2018: The Square
The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times – about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.

View trailer here.

Feb. 14, 2018: Beach Rats

An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn is having a miserable summer. With his father on his deathbed and his mother wanting him to find a girlfriend, Frankie escapes the bleakness of his life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends and flirting with older men online. When his chatting and webcamming intensifies, he finally starts hooking up with guys at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman.

View trailer here:

Feb. 21, 2018: The Florida Project
Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget hotel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moon’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.

View trailer here.

Feb. 28, 2018: Oscar Shorts – Live Action

An exclusive St. Catharines screening of the Academy Award® nominees for Best Live Action on the big screen.

Mar. 7, 2018: Call Me by Your Name

It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Mar. 21, 2018: Don’t Talk to Irene
“When an overweight girl gets suspended from school, she must endure two weeks of community service at a retirement home. She secretly signs the residents up for a dance-themed reality show to prove that you don’t have to be perfect to be great.” – IMDB

Mar. 28, 2018: Human Flow
Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei’s detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.

Apr. 4, 2018: Meditation Park

A dutiful wife and mother re-examines her veneration of her husband after she finds another woman’s underwear in his laundry.

Sept. 20, 2018: First Reformed

A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Sept. 27, 2018: Let the Sunshine In

A middle-aged Parisian artist and divorced mother looks for true love at last.

Oct. 4, 2018: Sorry to Bother You

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.

Oct. 11, 2018: Madeline’s Madeline

A theatre director’s latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously.

Oct. 18, 2018: Papillon

A prisoner detained on a remote island plots his escape – remake of the classic 1973 film.

Oct. 25, 2018: Three Identical Strangers

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted discover that they are triplets separated at birth. They describe their lives, and what they’ve discovered about why they were separated.

previous seasons

  • 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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