Film Group is a series of films that encompasses the broad variety of movies that are generally not mainstream releases. Other terms used to describe this genre of film product are: independent, art, international.

Both O'Brien Theatres, Renfrew and Arnprior, have film groups. Working in concert, each location offers fourteen different films between late September and April on alternate Wednesday nights. Memberships are sold in each theatre at the beginning of the series; these memberships offer a discounted rate. In is not necessary to be a member to attend. Newsletters are published in September and December covering the early and later portions of the season. An extensive mailing list is maintained, and the information is delivered by post or e-mail.

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Arnprior Program

Renfrew Program
Ida
Rating PG
Showtimes Wednesday, December 3 7:30 PM  
Running Time 80 mins
Actors Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Director Pawel Pawlikowski
Country Poland | Denmark

In Poland, few subjects are as controversial and emotionally charged as the relations between Catholics and Jews during the Nazi occupation. Following his success in England with films like Last Resort and My Summer of Love, director Pawel Pawlikowski has returned to his native country for the first time in his career to address one of his homeland’s most sensitive and painful topics. The result is one of the year’s most powerful and affecting films, which was awarded the FIPRESCI Special Presentations prize at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and Best Film at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival. In 1960s Poland, Anna is a novitiate nun about to take her vows. Instructed by her Mother Superior to visit her aunt prior to withdrawing into the religious life, the prim Anna meets her mother’s sister Wanda, a raven-haired sensualist and former state prosecutor, who reveals some heretofore unknown information about Anna’s past—Including her real name, Ida. This launches a remarkable journey into the countryside, where secrets both familial and national are darkly, inextricably intertwined. Shooting in black and white and using the 1.37:1 Academy ratio (the almost-square frame of classic cinema), Pawlikowski crafts a masterful drama which balances the intimate and personal with the worldhistorical. As the two women unearth ever more details about their family’s painful past, their search illuminates some of the darkest corners of Poland’s history under both fascist occupation and communist autocracy. Brilliantly structured, elegantly shot and impeccably executed, Ida will have all who see it reaching for superlatives.
 

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