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Art Beat: Finnish tragicomedy 'Fallen Leaves' next up for film society

Also, Gibsons & District Public Library is celebrating the Lunar New Year on Feb. 10
Alma Pöysti and Jussi Vatanen star in the Finnish film Fallen Leaves, presented by the Sunshine Coast Film Society.

The Sunshine Coast Film Society will screen the movie Fallen Leaves on Monday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse and on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt.  

Set in Helsinki, the film is the long-awaited fourth film in director Aki Kaurismäki’s Proletariat series, a quintessential work of Finnish tragicomedy.  The story is a standalone minimalist masterpiece that unites deadpan humour, simple settings, and two quirky characters who both love movies.  

From crossed paths to mistaken addresses, to the dark shadow of alcoholism, romance always seems just out of reach for two lonely souls in search of something better. The film pays homage to great directors like Jean-Luc Godard and Jim Jarmusch.   

Fallen Leaves was the winner of the 2023 Jury Prize at Cannes and is projected in Finnish with English subtitles. The movie is rated 18+.  

Society membership is required for admission. Book memberships and tickets in advance online or with cash only at the door. Browse to for more information. 

Lunar New Year at Gibsons Library 

The Gibsons and District Public Library will welcome the Year of the Dragon with a free public celebration on Saturday, Feb. 10. The event, which runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the library, will include performances on the guzheng, cello, and violin as well as vocals and Chinese dance. Interactive demonstrations will include spring couplets calligraphy, lantern-making and origami dragons. Delicious traditional snacks are promised. 

Red hot jazz in Pender Harbour 

“Gypsy Jazz” of the pre-World War Two Quintette du Hot Club de France remains one of the favourite genres for jazz fans. The Pender Harbour Music Society will be presenting one of its most popular concert artists, Van Django, that excels at that style. 

Four Vancouver musicians make up Van Django: Cameron Wilson on violin, Budge Schachte on guitar, Finn Manniche on guitar/cello and Laurence Mollerup on double bass. 

Tickets are on sale now for the Van Django performance, which takes place on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Pender Harbour School of Music. 

Pirates of Penzance sales flying 

Even with an extra performance added to its lineup, the Sunshine Coast Music Theatre Company production of The Pirates of Penzance is selling out fast. Performances of the comic operetta take place on March 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9 and 10 (with matinees on Sundays).  

The show plays at St. John’s United Church in Davis Bay. Remaining tickets are available at Strait Music in Sechelt. 

Off the Page’s grave disposition 

The popular Off the Page play-reading series will present And Just So Long, a comedy by Lower Mainland playwright Mahara Sinclaire on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. 

The story tells of Elenor’s daughter, the free-spirited Louisa May, who returns to the nest at the same time as Elenor’s estranged childhood friend-turned-Anglican-minister, Margot McKinnon.  

On top of all, it seems that Elenor’s deceased husband Walter, now ashes in his urn, is reaching out from beyond the grave. It’s about love and death and everything in between — perfect fare for Valentine’s week. 

The dramatized reading features Melissah Charboneau, Pamela Girone and Bobbi McLeod. Admission is by donation ($10 minimum, cash at the door).