Dec 14, 2017
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To start off the new year Cinematheque has some very exciting programming coming up. The 2017 feature Lucky starring recently deceased actor Harry Dean Stanton follows “the spiritual journey of a ninety-year-old atheist” and promises to be a fascinating character study. Another feature I’m looking forward to is the 1986 David Lynch film Blue Velvet which will be a real treat to see on the big screen. This film also has exquisite music by Angelo Badalamenti. Finally, My Friend Dahmer and the artist talk and screening with Cecilia Araneda both promise to be excellent programs.
– Dylan Baillie, Cinematheque Projection
The January and February programme promises to bring a selection of intriguing, disturbing and challenging films to the Cinematheque. My Friend Dahmer, directed by Marc Meyers, is an adaptation of the graphic novel with the same name. The graphic novel is a very sad and disturbing look at the high school years of serial killer Jeffery Dahmer. The film promises to be just as good as the novel, which makes my staff pick My Friend Dahmer. Other notable films include The Square & Mia. Mia is a film made by a couple of great Winnipeggers, and if you’re going to check out any film these next two months check out this great Winnipeg film!
– Milos Mitrovic, Cinematheque Technical Liaison
This month’s picks may have been the first time I’ve gasped so much while scrolling through the lineup. Desert Hearts is a film I have been dying to see for some time now. A romantic LGBTQ road epic. Scorsese’s After Hours is such an exciting surprise! And Blue Velvet on the big screen? Is that not every Lynch fan’s dream come true? Very curious about the documentary attached to it too. Lastly, Ostlund’s The Square is also a must-watch.
– Omid Monterassed, Cinematheque Box Office
A few recommended gems from Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival – Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World – great stories and archival concert footage from many legendary Indigenous musicians including Link Wray and Jesse Ed Davis; the return of Alanis Obamsawin’s beautiful portrait of Norway House – Our People Will Be Healed, Robin Aubert’s chilling new zombie film The Ravenous (Les affamés) winner of Best Canadian Feature at TIFF. Watch out for Winnipegger Jeremy Guenette’s feature debut Mia and finally, don’t miss veteran character actor Harry Dean Stanton’s amazing final performance in Lucky.
– Dave Barber, Cinematheque Programming Coordinator
Must-sees in this program include Lucky, Harry Dean Stanton’s final opus, the inimitable Blue Velvet, and my top pick: Ruben Ostlund’s The Square. Palme D’Or aside, his previous film Force Majeure is an all-time favorite of mine, and promises something outstanding in follow-up. I would also recommend checking out a film or two from the Canada’s Top Ten selection, which brings TIFF’s picks of the finest home-grown features and shorts.
– Allegra Chiarella, Cinematheque Box Office
Serial killer and true crime fans, rejoice! My Friend Dahmer is sure to immerse us in the twisted world of the notorious murderer and deviant, Jeffrey Dahmer. It will be interesting to see how director Marc Meyers balances Dahmer’s horrific acts with his generally polite and unassuming nature. Ross Lynch, playing Dahmer, is a near-doppelganger of the man himself. It could be easy to play this character as a one-dimensional, blood-thirsty demon, but judging by the trailer alone, the film focuses a lot on Dahmer’s youth and those who thought he was fascinating and fun. Whether you love true crime, or just enjoy a good creeper film, this will be a winter must-see.
– Jessica Seburn, Cinematheque Box Office
Sometimes I feel like I need a more legitimate, socially acceptable excuse for staying in to watch movies every single night. At least this January and February I will be out and at the cinema near-nightly. If some of you show up too, it won’t seem like such an antisocial lifestyle. You can find me at: The Square; Blue Velvet and Blue Velvet Revisited; Bombshell: The Hedy Lamar Story; Lucky, Luk’Luk’l; Never Steady, Never Still; The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches; Ava; Adventures in Public School; After Hours; Allure; Desert Hearts; and the Afro Prairie Film Festival.
– David Knipe, Cinematheque Operations Manager
Docs, docs, docs! I definitely see myself gravitating towards the documentaries the next couple of months. Like Alexandra Dean’s Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, and Brett Morgen’s Jane. Looking forward to learning about the expansive minds of two important women. Also excited to see Alanis Obamsawin’s doc Our People Will Be Healed and Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses showcasing inspirational communities and strength. Aside from docs, I’m interested in seeing Cecilia Araneda’s collection of experimental work Inner Worlds and Soft Landings as well as the Canada’s Top Ten Shorts collections. Nothing like a smorgasbord of visions!
– Sam Sarty, Cinematheque Box Office & Projection
Returning all January and February every Sunday afternoom is Cabin Fever, a program of free kids movies such as King Kong, The Princess Bride and Hugo in 3D. Also playing is the doc Blue Velvet Revisted which contains a behind the scenes look at production of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet which we also will be playing for two nights only.
– Eric Peterson, Cinematheque Box Office & Projection
If you haven’t noticed yet, we are all big David Lynch fans at Cinematheque. Blue Velvet is one of my favourite Lynch films, and I’m excited that we are showing it this January. Here are some reasons that you should come check it out: Another opportunity to watch Lynch’s classic Laura Dern/Kyle MacLachlan team now that Twin Peaks is over; Probably one of the best surrealist arthouse neo-noir detective films featuring nitrous oxide and Pabst Blue Ribbon; It will make you at least slightly uncomfortable, in a good way; It’s not on Netflix.
– Conrad Vandenberg, Cinematheque Projection