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The Cabin Fever! Free Films for Kids free Sunday matinee series is definitely a favourite from the January / February program every year. As a Francophile, having studied French for a number of years now (indeed, I am in France studying French as I write this), I also want to highlight the Alliance Française du Manitoba’s 100th Anniversary program, January 22 – 24. Robert Lepage’s Le Confessionnal (January 23 at 9 pm) is the film I am most looking forward to watching (again) from this series.
— Cecilia Araneda, Executive Director

The child in me is extremely excited for our 11th Annual Cabin Fever series. Dave has put together a great lineup of films and I’m especially excited to share Nicolas Roeg’s brilliantly hilarious and terrifying adaptation of Ronald Dahl’s The Witches with a new audience. I’m also excited to see Halifax filmmaker Andrea Dorfman’s follow up to her multi-million YouTube hit How to Be Alone. Heartbeat continues her collaboration with musician/poet Tanya Davis and looks like a very amusing magical realist story about reconnecting with your true passion after realizing that your life is stuck in an unintended routine. Lastly, hot off the sold-out premiere at Cinémental this past October, we present Franco-Manitoban filmmaker Stéphane Oystryk’s FM Youth. With a small budget and several fantastic short films under his belt, Steph has managed to pull off something quite extraordinary with his first feature film about a trio of franglais-speaking 20-somethings biking around St. Boniface at night and gently mocking the stereotypes of their tight-knit community – not to be missed!
— Jaimz Asmundson, Programming Director

When was the last time you read a book and then watched the movie? Did it compare? Film and pop culture writer Alison Gillmor will host a post screening discussion comparing book adaptations to film. The idea is for participants to read the book in advance, watch the film at the theatre and then join Alison in a discussion at the Manitoba Writer’s Guild in the Burns Classroom. Films will include films based on books by Jane Austen, Margaret Laurence, Nick Hornby and JG Ballard as well a panel discussion on the subject of adapting novels for screen with writer and Professor George Toles and author David Bergen. (See Away From Her – January 28 and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz – February 25)
— Dave Barber, Programming Coordinator

After being brought to tears by Alive Inside, the story of seniors living with dementia who find joy and memory in music from donated iPods, I think the same will happen when I watch seniors being reconnected with loved ones on Facebook in Cyber-Seniors. Also, if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Sagrada yourself, then I would suggest coming down to enjoy Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation. I’ve seen other films on Gaudi’s work but this one looks to be quite informative as well as having amazing imagery.
— Kristy Muckosky, Operations Manager

The film I am most excited about is Rome, Open City. Filmed in 1945 just after the liberation of Rome, a year prior. It is interesting to see how the Italians thought about the occupation and what some brave people might have done to throw off the shackles of Nazi Occupied Rome. This film is the first film we will be playing when we come back from the holiday break!
— Cameron Courchene, Head Projectionist

I have always been a fan of French Cinema and a lot of my creative work is reminiscent of early 1960’s French Films. I am looking forward to re-watching Contempt (Le Mépris) by one of my favourite directors, Jean-Luc Godard. This is a highly stylized film about filmmaking and the struggles to create art while dealing with producers who would rather make money. There is also some relationship drama to tie everything together. This is a star-studded event starring Jack Palance, Brigitte Bardot and Fritz Lang.
— Mark Borowski, Box Office