Close Special Advance Screening at Varsity Theatre

This November, Eli’s Place is thrilled to announce a special advance screening of a remarkable new film by Belgian director Lukas Dhont: Close.

Close is a film you may not have heard about yet. But we guarantee that won’t be the case for much longer! The winner of the Grand Prix at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and Best Film at the 2022 Sydney Film Festival. Close is expected to be among the finalists at the Oscars for Best International Feature.

As the BBC film critic Nicholas Barber declared: “It’s hard to imagine anyone seeing Close without being rocked by his tremendous empathy and vision.”

On Thursday, November 17th, 2022, supporters of Eli’s Place have a unique opportunity to participate in a special advance screening of this acclaimed film. 

Join us at Varsity Theatre (55 Bloor Street West in the Manulife Centre, Toronto) at 7:00 p.m. for an exclusive screening presented by Eli’s Place. Tickets are now available for $50 each in support of our visionary mental health treatment centre. 

We are pleased to announce that the evening will be moderated by Peter Howell – Movie Critic, The Toronto Star, Past-president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and Dr. Andrea J Levinson – MD MSc FRCPC, Director, Psychiatric Care, Health and Wellness, Student Life Programs and Services | University of Toronto, Student Mental Health Liaison, Staff Psychiatrist, CAMH

Our speakers will provide a critical lens to view this powerful film which explores friendship, societal norms around the expression of love, and the impact on mental health when conflict arises.

Watch the trailer and be invited into the innocent world of the two young friends. Find yourself wondering about the impact of the changes to come. Already released in Europe, the film is sparking admiration for its filmmaking skill and its handling of complex issues

Dr. Levinson will offer us insight into the mental health issues raised in Close. While Peter Howell will bring decades of critical film knowledge to our appreciation of the film. 

This is an evening not to be missed!

Your paid admission is a donation that will help us raise the funds needed to provide a permanent home for Eli’s Place. Which will be a rural, residential treatment facility for young adults aged 18-35 living with serious mental illness. Tax receipts for the full amount will be issued. 

Please join us for this exceptional opportunity by purchasing your tickets today!

We are grateful to our partners Sphere Films Canada, Cineplex Varsity Theatre, Andrea Beitel and The Gilmore Property Group for making this special advance screening possible.

Eli’s Place will be a rural, residential treatment program for young adults with serious mental illness. To learn more about our mission and our proven-effective model click here.

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