Cagefest – our (unofficial) Nicolas Cage Film Fest (aka, NIFF), a solid 5 days’ worth of our fave performances from one of our all-time favourite contemporary actors – continues on Sunday, October 4 with a screening of Martin Scorsese’s dark, edgy supernatural drama BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, a which was written by Paul Schrader (TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL) and adapted from the novel by Joe Connelly.
Once called Father Frank for his efforts to rescue lives, New York City paramedic Frank Pierce (Nicolas Cage) sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. After his disheartening and haunting career wears him down, Pierce begins to collapse under the strain of saving lives and witnessing deaths. Through the course of a few nights, three co-workers (John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore) accompany Pierce as he grasps for sanity and pushes to be fired. Before Pierce falls off the edge, he still has a hope when he forms a friendship with a victim’s daughter (Patricia Arquette).
“Its hard-to-pin-down tone is frighteningly original — simultaneously world-weary and adolescent with an aura of perpetual anxiety, as if the characters and filmmakers were in pursuit of a catharsis everyone knows will never come.” (Chicago Reader)
“A frankly disturbing experience since Cage is at his most manic, the images are brutal, the documentary-style background intense and the (inevitable) theme of redemption a long time emerging.” (Film4)
Sunday, October 4
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
**Minors permitted. (Language warning.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service
PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (Martin Scorsese, 1999 / 121 mins / 14A) Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights.