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FREE ADMISSION! CANADA ON SCREEN: FEATURE FILMS

FREE ADMISSION! CANADA ON SCREEN: FEATURE FILMS

The Dog Who Stopped the War

The Bitter Ash

(La guerre des tuques)

Canada 1984. Dir: André Mélançon. 92 min. 35mm

This special Canada On Screen presentation screens in conjunction with our Cinema Sunday film program for children and their families. See page 18 for film description and more details.

Canada 1963. Dir: Larry Kent. 79 min. DCP

This special Canada On Screen presentation screens in conjunction with The Image Before Us: A History of Film in British Columbia – Take 3. See page 7 for film description and more details. MONDAY, JANUARY 30 – 6:30 PM

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 – 1:00 PM

FREE ADMISSION! CANADA ON SCREEN: DOCUMENTARIES

preceded by

Manufactured Landscapes

CANADA ON SCREEN: DOCUMENTARIES

Canada 2006. Dir: Jennifer Baichwal. 90 min. 35mm

Jennifer Baichwal’s devastatingly beautiful film, lensed by the gifted cinematographer Peter Mettler, was named Best Canadian Feature at TIFF and won the Genie Award for Best Documentary. It profiles celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, known for his large-scale studies of industrial vistas, as he works on a project in China, shooting slag heaps, a massive factory, and the epic disruption caused by the Three Gorges Dam. “The film is far more than a straightforward portrait of an artist. Landscapes is as much about the aesthetic, social, and spiritual dimensions of industrialization and globalization as it is about Burtynsky and his work. The film focuses on the human cogs in the machine, the tedium the workers endure, the sometimes toxic and alienating impact on the people these efforts are supposed to benefit . . . Manufacture Landscapes is a truly unsettling look at contemporary existence” (Steve Gravestock, Toronto I.F.F.)

Corral

Canada 1954. Dir: Colin Low. 11 min. DCP

A milestone in Canadian cinema, Colin Low’s rule-breaking actuality film, produced by the National Film Board as part of its “Canada Carries On” series (presenting stories of Canadian life to Canadians) is one of NFB’s most honoured works. Shot at the Alberta ranch where Low, then 27, was raised, Corral offers a lyrical portrait of a cowboy “breaking” a horse. Its lovely images are set to a gentle, evocative guitar score; in a radical break with NFB documentary orthodoxy at the time, there is neither narration nor a didactic message. Wolf Keonig’s fresh hand-held cinematography itself departed from familiar Hollywood depictions of cowboys. Tom Daly, another NFB legend, edited. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 – 7:00 PM

FREE ADMISSION! CANADA ON SCREEN: FEATURE FILMS

preceded by

Les Ordres

CANADA ON SCREEN: EXPERIMENTAL FILM AND VIDEO

(Orders)

Canada 1974. Dir: Michel Brault. 107 min. 35mm

Michel Brault’s second fiction feature, a Kafkaesque political drama examining a dark chapter of our modern history, is one of Canadian cinema’s great works. Following the imposition of the War Measures Act during the October Crisis of 1970, five innocent people are arrested, held without charge, and subject to various humiliations. Les Ordres was based on the actual experiences of many of the 450 Quebecers detained at the time. Brault, one of Canada’s finest cinematographers and foremost practitioners of cinéma direct, here mixes fiction and documentary techniques to create a film of urgency. He has his actors introduce themselves and their characters, and then intersperses “interviews” with those characters throughout the drama. The result is a harrowing account of liberal democracy gone askew. Les Ordres is the only Canadian film ever to win the Best Director prize at Cannes. It also won Canadian Film Awards for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay.

Rat Life and Diet in North America Canada 1968. Dir: Joyce Wieland. 16 min. 16mm

Canadian rats held as political prisoners by American cats make an heroic escape in Joyce Wieland’s playful, highly political short, a classic of avant-garde cinema and an ironic parable, rendered with structuralist touches, of rebellion and resistance. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 – 7:00 PM

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The Cinematheque JAN + FEB 2017  

Canada's Top Ten Film Festival・Maren Ade・BC Film History・Canada On Screen・Takeshi Kitano・Chan Centre Connects・DOXA and The Cinematheque

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