Apr 17, 2018
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I am most excited to see Boom for Real, which follows Jean-Michel Basquiat as a teen during the early 80’s. If you do not know the artist or his work, please come see this. On top of that, Raoul Peck, the acclaimed director of I Am Not Your Negro, returns with The Young Karl Marx, which I have very high hopes for. Also be sure to check out the African Movie Festival in Manitoba and the Punjabi Cinema night for some beautifully stimulating masterworks from around the globe.
— Omid Moterassed, Cinematheque Box Office & Projection
Kusama – Infinity really stood out to me because of my love of sculptural contemporary art. Yayoi Kusama is the top selling female artist in the world, and I am looking forward to learning more about her journey through this documentary. Additionally Loveless (Nelyubov) is high on my list of films to see this spring. The tone and vibe promise a thrilling, suspenseful ride that I really don’t want to miss. Andrey Zvyagintsev has many highly praised films under his belt and Loveless is just another chance to experience his talented filmmaking.
— Thomas Hanan, Cinematheque Box Office
I saw Jane when we screened it this past February. I found myself completely overjoyed with the dazzling beauty of its archival footage! My eyes were just shimmering with the gorgeous emerald greens and sapphire blues. It has an engaging score, stunning visuals, and a great story of a woman we know and love. I’m very excited to see this beautiful documentary return! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
— Stephanie Poruchnyk-Butler, Cinematheque Box Office
Winnipeg cult film devotees rejoice! The chance to finally see a Greg Roth film on the big screen is coming this May when we pay tribute with Star Robot: Back to the Markus. Cinematheque is only as good as its community partnerships and this program presents an exciting new series of Punjabi films—kicking off with Bhaji on the Beach—in partnership with the Kohinoor collective of Winnipeg. Black Space Winnipeg returns with Ganja & Hess, an intelligent and genre-busting alternative to the rush of Blaxploitation films of the 70s. Speaking of the 70s (my favourite decade of film), I am pleased to present the new restoration of Sergio Corbucci’s landmark Euro-western The Great Silence, starring Herzog’s best fiend Klaus Kinski.
— David Knipe, Cinematheque Operations Manager
This program is filled with great stuff including the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival! WUFF is always a great time that promises to challenge its audience with new and inventive work from some of the world’s most cutting edge artists. I strongly suggest you check out the short The Talk directed by Winnipeg filmmaker Alain Delannoy, which plays with the doc Ask the Sexpert. The animated film played at a wide variety of film festivals including Tribeca Film Festival. If there is one film you need to watch this program, it’s The Talk!
— Milos Mitrovic, Cinematheque Technical Liaison
I’m looking forward to seeing Vaishali Sinha’s Ask the Sexpert, a doc about a 90-year old sex columnist in India. It’s always fun to have conversations around “taboos” and to challenge perceptions of norms—like in Heather Lenz’ Kusama—Infinity, where we’ll experience Yayoi Kusama’s immersive art world bending and twisting reality as we know it. Another one that moves through alternate realms is Guy Maddin’s The Green Fog. And anything with the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival will have you feeling extra transported. I’m also interested in seeing some sci-fi like Manborg and Star Robot: Back to the Markus.
— Sam Sarty, Cinematheque Box Office & Projection
Don’t miss the stop motion works of the amazing Métis animator Terril Calder, whose films have played at festivals around the world from Sundance to Berlin; or the incredibly imaginative dream world of Guy Maddin and Galen & Evan Johnson in their mysterious new film The Green Fog. MAWA and Cinematheque present a wonderful portrait of the pioneering Japanese artist Kusama who is stunning the art world with her Infinity Room installation. You’ll also love the hilarious portrait of the incredibly popular Indian sex advice columnist in Ask the Sexpert. Finally, watch for some of the best new contemporary jazz docs in Jazz Film Fest—Bill Evans: Time Remembered, Lady Be Good and Rain: The Color of Blue with a Little Red in It.
— Dave Barber, Cinematheque Programming Coordinator
Years ago, when I was working in a different job at the WFG, a very young man came into the office looking for someone to help him make some video copies of his new animated short film. I helped him out and half expected to see some kind of cute school project—but wow, was I way off! This film had to be one of the most fantastic, sophisticated and visually exciting stop-motion films I’d seen come out of Winnipeg in quite some time, maybe ever, and it was made by a 15-year-old! This kid’s name was Steven Kostanski. I knew then to expect great things from him. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that this has now come full circle with us hosting Steven for a special screening of his two feature films Manborg and The Void as part of FanQuest.
— Jaimz Asmundson, Cinematheque Programming Director