Cinefest is an independent film series brought to you by CV Arts and the Toronto International Film Circuit. The series runs from October through April.
Tickets are available online or at the door for Adults $12 & Kids 13 + under $5. CV Arts Members $11 (available only at the door). Ask for a Punch Cards.
Cash Bar & popcorn available – All ages.
Thanks to our Cinefest Sponsors:
Home Hardware, Copper Point Resort, Circle Health Foods, River Gems, Gerry’s Gelatti, Invermere Optometry Clinic, Palliser Printing & Will McKenzie Designs
In Meditation Park, Mina Shum returns to the themes that propelled her early work. The film opens with Maria (Cheng Pei Pei, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) hosting a birthday celebration for her workaholic husband, Bing (Tzi Ma). Maria reveres Bing and remains in awe of the sacrifices he has made for the family, so much so that she even respects his insistence that she not speak to their son after a long-ago slight. But when she finds evidence that Bing may not be the perfect person she believes him to be, she’s forced to consider her world in a radically different light. Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery by engaging with the world around her, something Bing has always discouraged. She befriends a group of local eccentrics and a rather shady neighbour, Gabriel (Don McKellar). Maria soon realizes that people’s lives are much more complicated than Bing has led her to believe.
Shum exhibits genuine compassion with her insight into the experience of first-generation immigrant women (including how men control their lives by discouraging them from social interaction and learning other languages).
Meditation Park is a charming and generous film, boasting fine performances by its leads and great support by McKellar, Liane Balaban and the star of Shum’s debut the phenomenal Sandra Oh as Maria’s daughter.
“Shum mines her favourite theme – immigrant experience in Canada – in what seems at first to be a gentle slice of life but eventually develops a powerful emotional force.” – Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine