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Salon Cinema: Derek Beaulieu - Moon

  • The Plaza Theatre 1113 Kensington Rd NW Calgary, AB, T2N Canada (map)

Derek Beaulieu presents MOON

In our Salon Cinema series Calgary Cinematheque gathers some of Calgary’s brightest local luminaries to share and discuss their favourite movies.

MOON, Dir. Duncan Jones | 2009 | 97min | 14A

An astronaut miner extracting the precious moon gas that promises to reverse the Earth's energy crisis nears the end of his three-year contract, and makes an ominous discovery in this psychological sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. As Sam's contract comes to an end, the lonely astronaut looks forward to returning to his wife and daughter down on Earth, where he will retire early and attempt to make up for lost time. With only two weeks to go before he begins his journey back to Earth, Sam starts feeling strange: he's having inexplicable visions, and hearing impossible sounds. Then, when a routine extraction goes horribly awry, it becomes apparent that Lunar hasn't been entirely straightforward with Sam about their plans for replacing him. The new recruit seems strangely familiar, and before Sam returns to Earth, he will grapple with the realization that the life he has created may not be entirely his own. Up there, hundreds of thousands of miles from home, it appears that Sam's contract isn't the only thing about to expire. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

About Derek Beaulieu, Calgary’s Poet Laureate 2014-2016

A longtime resident of Calgary, Derek Beaulieu is the author of eight books of poetry, three volumes of fiction, and one volume of literary criticism. For 17 years he has been developing poetic communities; he has mentored and promoted young and established writers as publisher/editor of housepress and No Press, and as a former editor of Calgary magazines filling Station, dANDelion, and Speechless. Beaulieu has taught students from grade school to the post-graduate level and has won awards for his current teaching at the Alberta College of Art and Design. In 2013 Wilfrid Laurier University Press published Please, No More Poetry: The Poetry of derek beaulieu. He has performed and discussed poetry in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, and the UK, and across North America. Beaulieu’s poetry is internationally renowned as challenging, generative, and dedicated to conversation.

Poets Ken Hunt, Christian Bök, and Larissa Lai will join presenter Derek Beaulieu with readings from their works as part of the event.

Post-film gathering at Pulcinella Ristorante

Join us for appetizers and more conversation after the movie. Pulcinella is located at 1147 Kensington Crescent NW – a few doors west of The Plaza.

Community Partner: Wordfest

Community partner: Wordfest