COVID-19 response: Movie theatres allowed to remain open

Effective November 27, 2020 new restrictions will limit the amount of contact between people in the community, while still allowing businesses to offer services. Movie theatres in enhanced status (purple) areas may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy as set under the Alberta Fire Code.

Theatres and other movie venues, otherwise known as exhibitors, were first allowed to reopen in June. They are encouraged to review these relaunch guidance documents developed by Alberta Health:

For general information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.



Dir: Deepa Mehta. English/Tamil/Sinhalese language Drama/Romance. While tensions rise due to ethnic differences in 1980s Sri Lanka, a young, gay Tamil student (Ali Kazmi) begins a relationship with a Sinhalese classmate (Ruvin Da Silva).

Content elements

  • Infrequent use of the sexual expletive and variations in a non-sexual context; infrequent use of cursing, profanity, vulgar expressions, and sexual slurs
  • Infrequent portrayals of weapons and hand-to-hand violence, some in a bullying context, some in a civil unrest context - some blood and detail
  • Infrequent buttock nudity in a non-sexual context
  • Infrequent portrayals of alcohol and tobacco use in a recreational context

Thematic elements

  • Gender and expectation
  • Bullying
  • Racism and conflict

Classification rationale

Rated 14A for coarse language and violence

Classification date

November 20, 2020