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Dynamic duos

Christie Pits Film Festival
June 30 — August 25, 2019


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This summer, join your friends and neighbours at Christie Pits Park for a celebration of some of the best onscreen duos of all time!

Dynamic Duos marks the festival’s ninth thematic season of open-air films, and explores representations of partnership, friendship, coupledom, rivalry, doppelgängers, and other dualities in a wide variety of cinematic two-handers.

The weekly Christie Pits Film Festival series offers up a queer teen love story for the current era (Rafiki), a battle of the sexes in a 1940s newsroom (His Girl Friday), and a Regency era tale of courtship and strong-willed women (Sense and Sensibility); two vastly different takes on the doppelgänger trope - one a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse across Hong Kong (Infernal Affairs) and the other a dystopian sci-fi world of rigid social structures (Gattaca); a modern classic Canuck road movie (Bruce McDonald’s Weirdos); and a couple of the oddest odd couples ever to grace the screen - one of them fiction, the other a stranger than fiction true story (The Odd Couple and Grey Gardens). Taken together, these films demonstrate that two is better (or at least more fun) than one.

As always, the Dynamic Duos programme will showcase Canadian short films paired with marquee features from around the world to further develop the theme. In Naledi Jackson’s The Drop In, two female alien secret agents track each other down for an adrenaline-fueled showdown in a Scarborough hair salon. With their documentary short film Brunch Queen, co-directors Sean Horlor and Steve Adams capture the larger-than-life personalities of queer Vancouver odd couple Patrice Savoie and Bryan Searle. First-time filmmaker Roney’s auspicious directorial debut, Glitter’s Wild Women is a sumptuous and shocking short that defies conventions and audience expectations, which has unsurprisingly been greenlit for a forthcoming feature film adaptation. These are only a few highlights of this year’s Dynamic shorts programme - find the complete details here.

In what has become a CPFF tradition, the festival will conclude with a two-night Closing Weekend, including a surprise Closing Night screening featuring yet another iconic cinematic duo. Pack your bag with a picnic and a blanket, and join us for some of your favourite films under the stars!

Dynamic Duos is co-curated by Artistic & Executive Director Emily Reid and programming contributors Tom Dorey, Nataleah Hunter-Young, and TOPS co-founder Felan Parker.

This series is made possible with funding from Ontario Arts Council and Major Sponsors Warby Parker, Fiesta Farms, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Waterfront Toronto.