Final Week @ Open Roof – Tuesday and Wednesday
After a long and hot season stretching all summer long, we arrive at the final week of Open Roof Festival. New this year, we’re ending our season with a bang with back-to-back events on Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24.
Tuesday, August 23
The seven piece has embraced vocals for the first time and ups the funk in their super fun mix of R&B. Compared to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Yuka is sure to put a smile on your face.
Open Roof is ecstatic to screen the sensational Closet Monster, a fantasy drama with elements of Cronenberg-like body horror. This is the first feature by Newfoundland writer and director Stephen Dunn and winner of the “Best Canadian First Feature” award from the Toronto International Film Festival. Dunn’s short films have won awards at festivals like the Tribeca Film Festival, TIFF, and Munich International Film Festival.
Closet Monster tells the story of Oscar Madly (Connor Jessup), a creative and driven teenager who hovers on the brink of adulthood. Destabilized by his dysfunctional parents, unsure of his sexuality, and haunted by horrific images of a tragic gay bashing he witnessed as a child, Oscar dreams of escaping the town he feels is suffocating him. A talking hamster, imagination and the prospect of love help him confront his surreal demons and discover himself.
“A thrilling, remarkable debut.” “A bold and startling work.” – The Globe and Mail
“One can’t help but marvel at the lush, colourful and meditative mood in Closet Monster. Dunn’s debut is a truly unique coming out story, not to mention a highly original Canadian film..” – The National Post
“An accomplished, courageously strange debut.” - Hollywood Reporter
“Stephen Dunn’s ceaselessly inventive feature debut puts an imaginative spin on the coming-of-age tale.” – The Cinematheque
“A wild trip from a passionate new voice.” – The Georgia Straight
Wednesday, August 24 – Closing Night
The two piece Most People have been called “expansive polyrhythmic indie pop.” One of the top live acts in Toronto, Most People has been Exclaim Magazine has said they’re “a band to watch.” They’re “catchy, hooky, melodic, and smart,” says The Torontoist. “In short, Most People are better than most bands.”
Our final film of the festival is the critically acclaimed New Zealand comedy Hunt For The Wilderpeople, staring Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata and directed by Taika Waititi. Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.
“101 minutes of pure comic joy.” – Globe and Mail
“Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can’t believe your luck. ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople‘ is such a film.” – Los Angeles Times
“Laugh-out-loud funny one minute, achingly sad the next.” – Seattle Times
“A hoot with heart.” – Detroit News
“The kind of adorable, coming-of-age dramedy that Pixar would proudly create if it made live-action movies and not cartoons.” - Minneapolis Star Tribune