Punch Drunk Love

Each month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to Vancity Theatre’s Cinema Salon, in order to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, both audience and speaker have the opportunity to engage over drinks and snacks in the Vancity lounge. This month’s film is Paul Thomas Andersonโ€™s Punch Drunk Love.

In this 2002 film, small time, nerdy salesman of decorative toilet plungers with a great deal of repressed anger brightens up when he meets a mysterious Englishwoman who actually wants to go out with him. Starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, and a harmonium (a reed organ that generates sound with foot-pumped bellows), the film is a fresh new take on the work of both Sandler and director Anderson.

Winner of Best Director at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Punch Drunk Love is full of Andersonโ€™s hallmarks: emotion, style, and startling innovation. The film features an extraordinary score by Jon Brion โ€“ record producer, film composer, and Los Angeles scenester extraordinaire.

Steve Dawson

This month’s Cinema Salon is hosted by Steve Dawson, both a multi-award winning musician and indelible fixture on the Canadian musical scene.

As a musician of several string and percussion instruments and a producer of such luminaries as Jim Byrnes, Kelly Joe Phelps, Old Man Luedecke, The Sojourners, and The Deep Dark Woods, VIFF feels very fortunate to be able to have Steve host a Cinema Salon ahead of his upcoming move to Toronto.

On Tuesday, April 2, he will share his love for the music in Punch Drunk Love.

Vancity Cinema Salon with Steve Dawson Presents Punch Drunk Love
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 pm
Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $13.00; may be purchased online

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