The next offering of international cinema in the Kitchen Stove Film Series is The Legend of Barney Thomson.
Barney Thomson is an awkward barber who inadvertently stumbles into a serial murderer, with both absurd and macabre consequences. When a series of accidental events causes Barney’s dark fantasies to become reality, his uninteresting life suddenly gets very complicated as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer.
Complicating matters further, Barney’s mother Cemolina has a secret of her own, causing a bloody and comedic chain of events. While Barney clumsily tries to cover his and his mother’s tracks, the police inspector Holdall fights his own battles within his inept homicide department as he tries to solve the crime of the century. A black comedy of errors unfolds as the police try to capture the murderer at large.
The Legend of Barney Thomson has won the Evening Standard British Film Award for best comedy and BAFTA Scotland Awards for best actress and best feature film.
The Kitchen Stove Film Series is an income development initiative of the Penticton Art Gallery. Broadening the definition of the visual arts to include the medium of film, the series aims to inspire, challenge, educate and entertain while showcasing excellence in the cinematic arts. The series is affiliated with the Toronto International Film Festival Circuit Group and supported locally by the Penticton Western News. The Toronto International Film Festival Group is a charitable, cultural and educational organization devoted to celebrating excellence in film and the moving image.
Tickets can be purchased at the Penticton Art Gallery, 199 Marina Way (250-493-2928) and The Book Shop, 242 Main St. (250-492-6661).
All films are screened at the Landmark 7 Cinema, 250 Winnipeg St. Limited single tickets are $15 and may be available at the door. Pre-purchased tickets are $13.
The Legend of Barney Thomson screens April 21 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.