Feb 9, 2018
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Hands down, the film I’m most eager to see out of this programme is the critically-acclaimed The Florida Project, supposedly this year’s most baffling Oscar-snub. If you’ve been intrigued by Sean Baker’s previous work, including the pioneering feat of iPhone cinematography Tangerine, his newest effort is not to be missed. Other notable inclusions are Happy End from the bleak mind of Michael Haneke, and Jacques Tati’s Jour de Fête, sure to be jam-packed with delightful capers.
– Allegra Chiarella, Cinematheque Box Office & Projection
I’ve never seen The Sword and the Claw, but I just watched the trailer and I can now strongly suggest that everyone see it. A landmark event in film, this is a Turkish movie from the 70’s about a guy who has lion claws for hands or was raised by lions or is maybe part-lion or something. It has something to do with lions and claws – that’s for sure, and if you like those things, I guarantee you will enjoy it. I can also confidently say that there are swords – a plus for sword-fans everywhere! And it looks like a lot of people get their hands cut off in it. Please come see The Sword and the Claw, it’s my favorite movie.
– Conrad Vandenberg, Cinematheque Projectionist
This spring, I am most excited to see Gina Haraszti’s documentary Geek Girls. As a woman who has played far too much World of Warcraft, this documentary lured me in from the start. The trailer is beautifully shot and runs the gamut from cosplayers to professional competitive gamers. I hope that Haraszti is able to achieve balance between the very real issue of discrimination and misogyny with the lightness that is associated with geek culture. It would be a tough balance to strike, and I look forward to seeing what she has created.
– Jessica Seburn, Cinematheque Box Office
Koyaanisqatsi has been at the front of my watchlist for half a decade now. What I have seen of the film was jaw-dropping both visually and sonically in ways that have not left me. In addition to this, I will be revisiting The Florida Project, which was a favourite of mine last year. A deeply humanist film examining poverty in the States through the lens of a six-year-old. Lastly, I will be watching Jacques Tati’s debut film, Jour de Fête, during the annual French Film Festival. I’m sure it will be marvelous.
– Omid Moterassed, Cinematheque Box Office
My must see films for March/April: Lowe and Behold: the Documentaries of Patrick Lowe – three great half hour portrait docs of Winnipeg artists – Robert Pasternak, Andrew Milne and legendary actor Harry Nelken; two great festivals: Winnipeg Architecture + Design and Alliance Française’s Kidnappers, Scammers and Party People – four days of French cinema highlighted by Jacques Tati’s Jour de Fête and Bertrand Tavernier’s glorious love letter My Journey Through French Cinema. Finally, do not miss Geek Girls introduced by publishing whiz and geek girl expert Hope Nicholson.
– Dave Barber, Cinematheque Programming Coordinator
Koyaanisqatsi, Liquid Sky, and the annual Alliance Française French Film Festival all go a long way in making the upcoming program an incredibly exciting one. I first heard of Koyannisqatsi as a kid, when watching a documentary on composer Phillip Glass. Images from the film stuck with me from then on, and I was fascinated by the idea of this richly visually poetic film. And now in 2018 we get to screen it here, amazing! One more mention is The Breadwinner which is based on a powerful book taking place in 2001 Afghanistan.
– Dylan Baillie, Cinematheque Projectionist
March/April brings spring, and with it, a promise of renewal and a fresh slate of movies to take in at Cinematheque. The Florida Project heralds the arrival of an exciting new acting talent – 6 year old Brooklynn Prince – who commands her gang of fellow itinerant scamps against the prevailing forces of boredom and economic disenfranchisement with more intrepid imagination and joie de vivre than any adult in the history of film. Also promising transformation – spiritual and sexual – is Liquid Sky, the 80’s psychedelic new-wave alien punk classic recently restored to its mind-bending glory in shimmering 4K. Human Flow literally follows the movement of displaced people across the world, presenting a simultaneously epic and personal witness to one of the most imminent and impactful issues facing our world today.
– David Knipe, Cinematheque Operations Manager
Aida’s Secrets the two boys separated as babies during WWII (and not even knowing eachother existed) who are reunited late in life, and then with their elderly mother, looks fantastic, intriguing and heart wrenching. This story resonates deeply with me as I have a brother whom I have never met and have been trying to locate for some time since my mother’s passing. The fact that one of the brothers, Shep, lives in Winnipeg and that their reunion takes place here makes this film even more intriguing and of particular local interest! Also, I cannot wait to experience the mad glory of new 4K transfers of Liquid Sky and The Sword and the Claw among fellow cult cinema fans. How can you go wrong with new-wave punk sci-fi and Turksploitation?
– Jaimz Asmundson, Cinematheque Programming Director