The free grassroots film festival partners with the Open Roof Festival to dish out three summer nights of outdoor film screenings, featuring a line-up of nostalgic coming-of-age movies. It kicks off this Sunday.
Big — July 22
Tom Hanks has never been so darn affable than as twelve year old Josh Baskins in this 1988 movie about every kid’s dream: to become a grown-up. When his wish actually comes true, things get really awk for young Josh (that love scene with Elizabeth Perkins still makes us cringe a bit). The flick has many memorable cinematic moments, including this one when Hanks plays a little “Heart and Soul” at New York’s FAO Schwarz. You see? Affable.
Cinema Paradiso — July 29
Try not shedding a tear while watching this film, which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1990. The Italian favourite chronicles the childhood of Salvatore, a filmmaker, during the time when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist, Alfredo. If the beauty of Salvatore’s and Alfredo’s friendship doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, then the melodic soundtrack must (you robot!).