Art Gallery of Alberta

High Altitude Film Series

Your AGA at Metro Cinema


Metro Cinema at the historic Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street
Tickets: $10 / $8 AGA & Metro Members, Students and Seniors
Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema Box Office

The High Altitude Film Series features four films that delve into the great outdoors. Taking place on the fourth Tuesday of the month, this film series coincides with two AGA exhibitions, High Adventure: Byron Harmon in the Columbia Icefield, 1924 and Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper / Robson, 1924. It will kick off on April 22 with 127 Hours.

All films are presented in partnership between the Art Gallery of Alberta and Metro Cinema Society.

127 Hours

Tuesday, April 22, 7 pm

A Film by Danny Boyle
USA | 94 minutes | 2010

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will takes us on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

Jeremiah Johnson

Tuesday, May 27, 7 pm

A film by Sydney Pollack
USA | 108 minutes | 1972

Set in the mid-19th century, after the Civil War, the film centres on Jeremiah (Robert Redford) as he becomes disillusioned with the ways of his civilization and the ravages of war, as he sets out determined to survive in the Rocky Mountain wilderness by himself. “At the time, Jeremiah Johnson was perfectly in sync with the prevailing counter-cultural attitudes and the film’s environmental themes (close to the heart of Redford) and its anti-establishment, Thoreau-like message struck a chord with audiences and made it a hit.” (Turner Classics). Based on the novel Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher and filmed on location in picturesque Utah.

Brokeback Mountain

Tuesday, June 24, 7 pm

A film by Ang Lee
USA/ Canada | 134 minutes | 2005

Ang Lee’s adaptation of E. Annie Proulx’s story Brokeback Mountain stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as young cowboys named Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar. Each of them is hired to corral sheep on the title location and they soon bond very closely. Their platonic relationship explodes into a physical one, but eventually the two are separated when their job comes to an end. Although the two follow different life paths — one becoming a father of two and the other marrying into a successful business — they have a reunion years later. Each is affected profoundly by the rekindling of their old feelings for each other. Those feelings lead each to consider what continuing their hidden relationship would cost them. The screenplay was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. (Perry Seibert, Rovi)

The Claim

Tuesday, July 22, 7pm

A film by Michael Winterbottom
UK/ France/ Canada | 120 minutes | 2000

One man’s small empire threatens to collapse under the weight of his greed and deceit in this drama that transplants the story of Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge to 19th century America. Dillon (Peter Mullan) is an Irish immigrant who settled in California during the Gold Rush and has profited from it. One of the few successful enterprises in town that he doesn’t own is a brothel, operated by his lover Lucia (Milla Jovovich). Circumstances change when Dalglish (Wes Bentley) – a surveyor with the Central Pacific Railroad – turns up and expresses his plans to implement a railroad in the area. Dillon, sensing a great opportunity afoot, travels well out of his way to ensure that the line is run through Kingdom Come, to enhance the town’s commercial prospects. However, also arriving in town are the beautiful but ailing Elena (Nastassja Kinski) and her daughter Hope (Sarah Polley); their presence is deeply troubling, for they are the keys to a dark secret Dillon has kept from everyone.