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Free Screening: A CHRISTMAS STORY

Yes, Bob Clark’s hilarious perennial holiday classic A Christmas Story is back again this year! Poor little Ralphie. Like other nine-year-old children all over the country, all he wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder B.B. gun with a compass and “this thing that tells time.” But his mother, his teacher, not to mention Santa Claus, have other ideas. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Whether this is your first or 50th time watching, A Christmas Story is great for young and old alike. Join the Parker family for another year of dodging snowballs and smelly hound dogs!

Tickets: FREE

Exhibition on Screen: CANALETTO AND THE ART OF VENICE

In this alluring Exhibition on Screen season opener, become immersed in the life and work of Venice view-painter Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768). Known for his paintings of Italy's most magical city, Canaletto created over 200 works that immortalize Venice’s scenery, architecture and daily life in the 18th century. Embark on a breathtaking tour of the sites that inspired him, from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

Free Screening: NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION

Chevy Chase leads this National Lampoon's holiday favourite as family man Clark Griswold, whose attempts to put on a proper Christmas for his kin goes terribly and hilariously awry. From electric shocks to exploding turkeys to being under siege by a SWAT Team, it’s an unforgettable holiday get together that will make you better appreciate your dysfunctional family’s Christmas dinner snafus.

Free Screening: WHITE CHRISTMAS

Michael Curtiz’s timeless Christmas musical is back! Irving Berlin’s excellent score features many cherished Christmas songs, including the film’s namesake ”White Christmas” itself! Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) are old army buddies and entertainers, and they set out to save their friend’s struggling inn in Vermont with a grand gesture?and hopefully win over their sweethearts in the process.

HOME ALONE Quote-Along

Calling all ladies, gentlemen and little jerks: It's time to don your ugly Christmas sweater for our fourth annual Home Alone quote-along! Just like last year, we're showing it with subtitles, karaoke-style, so you can get rowdy and shout out your favourite lines (“Buzz, your girlfriend, WOOF!”), scream with Kevin and enjoy some lovely cheese pizza. "Keep the change, ya filthy animal!"

Hosted by the hilarious Gillian Bartolucci.

8:30 PM: Doors Open
9:30 PM: Screening

HUMAN FLOW

World renowned artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei creates an immersive and compassionate portrait of the refugee crisis in this globe-spanning documentary. Shot in 23 countries, Human Flow is a singularly expansive and urgent look at one of the most pressing issues of our time that captures its staggering scale and devastating toll. Taking us to far flung places-from Afghanistan to Greece to Germany to Iraq to Kenya and beyond-we meet extraordinary individuals and hear their stories as they bear unbelievable hardship with courage and resilience.

CHAVELA

A singular force of nature, Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas dared to live openly and proudly as a queer diva who followed in nobody’s footsteps as she pushed her culture’s boundaries. A controversial icon who spoke her mind, dressed against the norm, and created beautiful music, Vargas was also a tortured soul who struggled with alcoholism and fame. With never-before-seen interview footage, the award-winning Chavela gives you the chance to discover this extraordinary woman­­­-her story, wisdom, infectious spirit and emotionally stirring art.

TJFF Presents: DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmakah! From “White Christmas” to “Silver Bells”, Jewish composers have penned the soundtrack to the season and in doing so have helped transform a Christian holy day into a secular celebration. Join us for a head start on the holidays with the Toronto premiere of Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas, Larry Weinstein’s fun and irreverent look at musical geniuses such as Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, Jay Livingston and others, and how they’ve shaped Christmas celebrations through song.

FACES PLACES

In this popular TIFF award-winner, the "Godmother of the French New Wave" Agnès Varda, now at aged 89 and spirited as ever, teams up with 34-year-old superstar artist JR, visiting French villages and honouring their inhabitants with striking murals. They tour the picturesque countryside in a van outfitted to produce massive prints which they then put up on buildings, creating monuments to everyday individuals. As this unlikely duo moves from town to town they come across a marvelous cast of characters, all the while becoming close friends.

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