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MASTERPIECES OF POLISH CINEMA MAY 22–JUNE 23 EXPERIENCE COSMIC CINEMA JUNE 11-13 6TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE / DR. STRANGELOVE JUNE 14 LIV & INGMAR JUNE 27–JULY 3

MAY + JUNE 2014

1131 Howe Street | Vancouver | theCinematheque.ca

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All-New DCP Restorations! All Films Digitally Re-Mastered and Newly Subtitled! Organized by Martin Scorsese’s non-profit organization The Film Foundation and released by Milestone Films, this essential series features brand-new restorations of 21 classic films from some of Poland’s most accomplished and lauded filmmakers, spanning the period 1957 to 1987. Curated by Mr. Scorsese himself, the series premiered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York in February and is now travelling to select cities across North America. All films will be presented in brilliantly re-mastered and newly-subtitled DCPs. Acknowledgments: Organized by The Film Foundation, Milestone Films, Propaganda Foundation (Warsaw), DI Factory (Warsaw), and CRF/KinoRP (Warsaw).

Ashes and Diamonds

Honorary Patronage: The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Vancouver

(Popiół i diament)

Poland 1958. Dir: Andrzej Wajda. 104 min. DCP

“The supreme achievement of postwar Polish cinema” (Bolesław Michałek), Wajda’s celebrated film made Zbigniew Cybulski, the Polish James Dean, a national icon. It is set, significantly, on the first day of the postwar era, with Cybulski as existential anti-hero Maciek, a young resistance fighter ordered to assassinate a communist official. Waiting for his victim, Maciek enjoys a night with a beautiful barmaid, and begins to question the need for more bloodshed. Wajda’s rich use of symbolism and allegory, and Cybulski’s compelling persona, make for complex, thrilling cinema. THURSDAY, MAY 22- 6:30 PM OPENING NIGHT

With refreshments and special introduction FRIDAY, MAY 23 - 6:30 PM SUNDAY, MAY 25 - 8:30 PM

Camouflage (Barwy ochronne) Poland 1977. Dir: Krzysztof Zanussi. 101 min. DCP

In Zanussi’s 1977 triumph, an idealistic young professor and a cynical older colleague clash during a university summer camp. This acerbic comedy of academic hypocrisy, petty politics, and generational conflict was a popular success at home and a prize winner abroad, and is emblematic of Zanussi’s intelligent, masterful cinema, known for its moral and philosophical probing. “There was a time in the late 1970s when Zanussi was the toughest-minded filmmaker in the world . . . Camouflage is among his finest achievements” (Mike Walsh, Senses of Cinema). FRIDAY, MAY 23 - 8:30 PM SATURDAY, MAY 24 - 6:30 PM

Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza)

Poland 1981. Dir: Andrzej Wajda. 154 min. DCP

There’s extraordinary urgency in Andrzej Wajda’s 1981 Palme d’Or winner, a mix of history and drama chronicling the 1980 shipyard strike in Gdańsk that gave birth to Poland’s Solidarity movement (a crucial event, ultimately, in the fall of the Iron Curtain). An alcoholic reporter (Marian Opania) sent by state media to cover the uprising is under secret orders to smear a young organizer (Jerzy Radziwiłowicz). Electrician and strike leader Lech Wałęsa, Poland’s future president, plays himself. Wajda’s film was Oscar-nominated. SATURDAY, MAY 24 - 8:30 PM SUNDAY, MAY 25 - 3:00 PM

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Jump (Salto)

Poland 1965. Dir: Tadeusz Konwicki. 105 min. DCP

Tadeusz Konwicki’s unusual allegorical film is something of a Kafkaesque Western. Polish icon Zbigniew Cybulski plays the mysterious hero, who jumps off the train in a sleepy town. He claims to have been there during the war, but no one quite remembers him, and his story, and even his name, keeps changing. In the film’s dreamy culmination, he leads the townsfolk in a strange dance called the “salto.” Konwicki, also a leading novelist and screenwriter, scripted Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s Mother Joan of the Angels, Pharaoh, and Austeria. SUNDAY, MAY 25 - 6:30 PM

A Short Film About Killing (Krótki film o zabijaniu) Poland 1988. Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski. 86 min. DCP

One of the great films of the 1980s, Kieślowski’s morally-troubling masterpiece was a sensation at Cannes and helped bring about a moratorium on the death penalty in Poland. In a senseless act of violence, an aimless youth murders a cab driver. He then faces execution by the state, while his young lawyer, fresh out of school, struggles to find any defence for the brutal crime. “If Hitchcock had filmed Dostoevsky, this would be the result” (Variety). THURSDAY, MAY 29 – 6:30 PM SATURDAY, MAY 31 – 8:20 PM

Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od Aniołów) Poland 1961. Dir: Jerzy Kawalerowicz. 111 min. DCP

A young exorcist is sent to investigate demonic possession at a remote convent in Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s masterful, visually-sensational movie, winner of a Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1961, and now a cult classic. Based on the same historical events that inspired Aldous Huxley’s novel The Devils of Loudun and Ken Russell’s film The Devils, Mother Joan addresses with style and intelligence questions of faith, freedom, and dogma. Kawalerowicz’s films – there are three others in the series – are one of the revelations of this retrospective. THURSDAY, MAY 29 – 8:15 PM FRIDAY, MAY 30 – 6:30 PM MONDAY, JUNE 2 – 8:30 PM

Blind Chance (Przypadek) Poland 1981/1987. Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski. 123 min. DCP

Chance and fate loom large in Kieślowski’s metaphysical, humanist cinema. In the bold Blind Chance, a young medical student (Bogusław Linda) rushes to catch a train – and, in the film’s innovative, Sliding Doors-style narrative, faces three possible destinies. The hero’s possible futures were obviously meant to represent Poland’s. Completed in 1981, the year martial law was imposed, Blind Chance was shelved by the authorities, who objected to its anti-communist political content, and not released until 1987. FRIDAY, MAY 30 – 8:40 PM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 – 6:30 PM


Opening Night

Thursday, May 22

Refreshments and Special Introduction 6:30 pm Doors 7:30 pm Screening of Ashes and Diamonds with Introduction Opening Night generously sponsored by the Consulate General of Poland.

The Last Day of Summer

The Hourglass Sanatorium

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Poland 1958. Dir: Tadeusz Konwicki. 62 min. DCP

Poland 1973. Dir: Wojciech J. Has. 125 min. DCP

The directorial debut of eminent writer Tadeusz Konwicki is a stripped-down drama which won the best documentary prize at Venice – although it’s no documentary! Made with miniscule means – it’s said to be the least expensive feature in Polish cinema history – it relates the story of two lonely people who meet on a beach and struggle to communicate. The emotional damage wrought by the war hangs over this and other Konwicki works (including Jump, also screening in this series). The film also won prizes in Brussels and London.

Eroica

Poland 1957. Dir: Andrzej Munk. 85 min. DCP

“A Heroic Symphony in Two Parts,” Andrzej Munk’s excellent anti-war film took an unusual satirical approach to Poland’s recent WWII experiences. Polish audiences, used to passionate and romantic treatments, were taken aback by Eroica’s irony, ambivalence, and absurdist humour! In part one, a cowardly black-marketeer unwittingly becomes a fighter in the Polish underground. In part two, Polish POWs raise their spirits by spinning the apparent escape of a fellow prisoner into the stuff of legend.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 – 8:15 PM

Night Train (Pociąg) Poland 1959. Dir: Jerzy Kawalerowicz. 99 min. DCP

SATURDAY, MAY 31 – 4:30 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 1 – 6:30 PM

Two strangers, a man and a woman, are sharing a sleeping compartment on an overnight train to the Baltic coast when the police come aboard looking for a murderer. With nods to Hitchcock’s train movies, Kawalerowicz’s subtle, deceptively-simple film is simultaneously a claustrophobic noir thriller, a poetic psychological study of loneliness, and a parable of mob behaviour. “A European classic, one of the most remarkable films of the 1950s . . . Kawalerowicz placed himself among the great directors of Europe” (Bolesław Michałek).

The Illumination

MONDAY, JUNE 2 – 6:30 PM THURSDAY, JUNE 5 – 8:20 PM

(Iluminacja) Poland 1973. Dir: Krzysztof Zanussi. 93 min. DCP

Winner of three awards (including the Golden Leopard, the top prize) at Locarno, Zanussi’s groundbreaking film chronicles a decade in the life of a young physics student whose absolute faith in the primacy of rationality and science is shaken by tragedy and affairs of the heart. Zanussi’s kaleidoscopic approach – including documentary fragments, animation, and experimental elements – makes for a remarkable mix of philosophical essay and coming-of-age drama. One of the most significant Polish films of the 1970s and a highlight of Zanussi’s uncommonly intelligent cinema.

The Constant Factor (Constans) Poland 1980. Dir: Krzysztof Zanussi. 91 min. DCP

SATURDAY, MAY 31 – 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 – 8:50 PM

Its title references a math term, but the “constant factor” in Zanussi’s film, winner of the Jury and Ecumenical Prizes at Cannes, is the petty corruption of communist society. The hero is a naïve young idealist who dreams of climbing the Himalayas. His flair for math lands him a good job involving international travel, but his refusal to accommodate himself to the compromise and conformity required to succeed has unhappy consequences. Zanussi’s quasi-scientific approach makes for a striking consideration of fate, selfdetermination, and the human condition.

Pharaoh

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(Faraon) Poland 1966. Dir: Jerzy Kawalerowicz. 153 min. DCP

Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s Oscar-nominated historical epic was billed as the “communist Cleopatra.” Set in ancient Egypt, it chronicles the rise of young (and fictional) Ramses XIII, who battles Egypt’s powerful priesthood as he ascends to the throne. Filmmaking on a grand scale, but with more smarts than the typical Hollywood super-production, Pharaoh impresses as a psychological, moral, and philosophical drama on the nature of power. It was adapted from Boresław Prus’s popular late19th-century novel – said to be Joseph Stalin’s favourite book!

This visionary work from Saragossa Manuscript director Wojciech Has is one of the most beautiful and original films in Polish cinema. Based on stories by Bruno Schulz, a Jewish-Polish surrealist murdered by the Gestapo, it traces a man’s dreamlike journey to the crumbling sanatorium where his dying father is hospitalized – and where time behaves in unpredictable ways. Has added Holocaust themes for extra resonance. The film won the Jury Prize at Cannes. The exquisite cinematography is by Witold Sobociński, who also shot Wajda’s The Wedding. FRIDAY, JUNE 6 – 6:30 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 8 – 6:30 PM

The Saragossa Manuscript (Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie) Poland 1965. Dir: Wojciech J. Has. 183 min. DCP

Wojciech Has’s mind-blowing counterculture classic was a favourite of Luis Buñuel and The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia! Adapted from Polish nobleman Jan Potocki’s 1813 novel, Saragossa relates the adventures, astounding and amorous, of one Alphonse van Worden, a Belgian officer making his way across battle-torn Spain. Entranced by a magical manuscript and two beautiful Moorish princesses, he is caught up in a surreal, supernatural, Arabian Nights-like chain of stories within stories within stories. Shot in stunning CinemaScope, with Polish screen legend Zbigniew Cybulski in the lead. SATURDAY, JUNE 7 – 7:00 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 8 – 3:00 PM MONDAY, JUNE 9 – 7:00 PM

Black Cross (Krzyżacy) Poland 1960. Dir: Aleksander Ford. 173 min. DCP

Veteran director Aleksander Ford’s medieval blockbuster, also known as Knights of the Teutonic Order, is reportedly the most-seen Polish film of all time. Adapted from Nobel laureate Henryk Sienkiewicz’s novel, and shot in colour and widescreen, it offers an epic tale of spectacular battles, political intrigues, and tragic love in 15thcentury Poland. The hero is an impoverished young nobleman caught up in the joint PolishLithuanian war against invading German crusaders. The film was made to mark the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald. SUNDAY, JUNE 15 – 6:30 PM

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Innocent Sorcerers (Niewinni czarodzieje) Poland 1960. Dir: Andrzej Wajda. 88 min. DCP

A jazz-filled, New Wave-style tale of alienated young hipsters in modern Poland, Andrzej Wajda’s underrated fifth feature was a striking departure after his series of acclaimed wartime dramas (including Ashes and Diamonds). A twentysomething couple, meeting in a bar, spend a night of psychological and sexual game-playing as they move from small talk to the bedroom. Some of Polish cinema’s biggest names appear in the cast, including screen idol Zbigniew Cybulski and future directors Jerzy Skolimowski (who co-wrote the script) and Roman Polanski. THURSDAY, JUNE 19 – 6:30 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 22 – 8:25 PM

The Wedding (Wesele) Poland 1973. Dir: Andrzej Wajda. 108 min. DCP

Polish master Wajda, recipient of a lifetimeachievement Oscar in 2000, takes us to a 19thcentury wedding – and creates a complex allegory of Poland – in this exhilarating, hallucinatory adaptation of Stanisław Wyspiański’s famed experimental play. In a small town near Kraków, a poet crosses class lines to marry a peasant girl. The boisterous wedding reception is attended by guests from all strata of society – and by ghosts and phantoms from Poland’s past, as Wajda introduces dream, fantasy, and legend into the increasingly delirious celebration. THURSDAY, JUNE 19 – 8:15 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 20 – 6:30 PM

Austeria

Poland 1983. Dir: Jerzy Kawalerowicz. 108 min. DCP

A lost world of Jewish history is brought vividly to life in Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s adaptation of Julian Stryjkowski’s novel. At the outbreak of WWI, in Polish Galicia near the Russian border, various refugees – including a group of Orthodox Jews, a stranded Hungarian hussar, and an Austrian baroness – gather in the country inn of Tag (Franciszek Pieczka), a Jewish innkeeper. “Full of warmth and vitality . . . The distinguished director combines his gifts for intimate psychological drama with his penchant for history” (Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide). FRIDAY, JUNE 20 – 8:35 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 21 – 6:30 PM

The Promised Land (Ziemia obiecana) Poland 1975. Dir: Andrzej Wajda. 170 min. DCP

Wajda’s powerful tale of male friendship and ruthless capitalism in 19th-century Łódź earned an Oscar nomination and won top prize at Moscow. Based on an epic novel by Nobel laureate Władysław Reymont, the drama concerns three young businessmen – a Pole, a German, and a Jew – who together open a factory. The Promised Land was voted “best film in the history of Polish cinema” in a poll conducted by the Polish monthly Film. “The movie is spectacular . . . Teeming, vivid, boisterous” (Bolesław Michałek). SUNDAY, JUNE 22 – 3:00 PM MONDAY, JUNE 23 – 7:00 PM

To Kill This Love (Trzeba zabić tę miłość)

Poland 1972. Dir: Janusz Morgenstern. 97 min. DCP

What was it like to be young in communist Poland at the dawn of the 1970s? Janusz Morgenstern’s intimate drama sets a love story against the harsh realities of communist society. While Americans are landing on the moon, two ambitious young Poles, Magda and Andrzej, find their own hopes and dreams thwarted. Actress Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak is outstanding as Magda. “Sensitive, quietly devastating . . . It’s a movie made with deep intelligence and respect, and one of the program’s secret highlights” (Max Nelson, Film Comment). SATURDAY, JUNE 21 – 8:35 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 22 – 6:30 PM

“There are many revelations in the ‘Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ series and whether you’re familiar with some of these films or not, it’s an incredible opportunity to discover for yourself the great power of Polish cinema, on the big screen in brilliantly restored digital masters.” Martin Scorsese

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EXPERIENCE ESSENTIAL COSMIC CINEMA

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ur “Cosmic Cinema” pairing, two years ago, of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life made for one mind-blowing Big Bang of a double bill. Another long, strange (and mysteriously metaphysical) trip awaits, as this time we couple Kubrick’s visionary masterpiece with Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky’s psychological science-fiction drama, a film often described as the Soviet 2001.

2001: A Space Odyssey

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Great Britain 1968. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. 141 min. DCP

USSR 1972. Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky. 167 min. 35mm

Kubrick’s stately, soaring cosmic epic, one of the landmark films of the 1960s, is now regularly cited as one of cinema’s greatest works. Its speculative history of humanity begins at the very dawn of civilization and then – in a singularly spectacular example of associative editing – takes a quantum leap across millions of years to our future (1999, actually). A mysterious object has been discovered on the moon; 18 months later, an exploratory mission sets out for Jupiter – and a beyond-the-infinite rendezvous with our destiny! ALL AGES WELCOME ANNUAL $3 MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT IN EFFECT FOR THOSE 18+ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 – 6:30 PM THURSDAY, JUNE 12 – 9:05 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 13 – 6:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 14 – 8:25 PM

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Adapted from Stanisław Lem’s novel, Tarkovsky’s metaphysical drama is known as the “Soviet 2001” – although “Star Trek as written by Dostoevsky” (Jay Scott) also fits! A guilt-ridden scientist is sent to investigate strange occurrences on a space station orbiting Solaris, a planet with a sentient Ocean. Confronted by the incarnation of a longdead lover, the protagonist is forced to relive the greatest moral failures of his past. Solaris is magnificently mounted in widescreen and colour. Steven Soderbergh directed a worthy American remake in 2002. ALL AGES WELCOME ANNUAL $3 MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT IN EFFECT FOR THOSE 18+ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 – 9:05 PM THURSDAY, JUNE 12 – 6:00 PM - NOTE EARLY START! FRIDAY, JUNE 13 – 9:05 PM

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The Cinematheque’s 6th Annual Open House Saturday, June 14

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une is Film Lovers Month at The Cinematheque and to celebrate our doors will be open for a glimpse beyond the screen. Join us on Saturday, June 14 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm for our 6th Annual Open House. Tour the projection booth, library, and archive. Participate in a Dr. Strangelovethemed activity with our Education Department. Join our donor program. Bid on film posters. Then, at 2:00 pm, grab a complimentary bag of the city’s best popcorn and settle into your seat for an Essential Cinema experience with a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 satirical masterpiece Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

OPEN HOUSE: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM FREE SCREENING OF DR. STRANGELOVE: 2:00 PM TICKETS TO THE FREE 2:00 PM SCREENING WILL BE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS STARTING AT 12:00 PM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 14. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 604-688-8202.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Great Britain 1963. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. 94 min. DCP

The world is on the brink of thermonuclear doomsday in Kubrick’s brilliant Cold War satire, one of the screen’s great black comedies. After paranoid General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) launches a sneak attack on the “Russkies,” U.S. President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) desperately seeks to avert a crisis. Fat chance! Sellers, in a tour-de-force triple role, also plays level-headed British liaison officer Lionel Mandrake and, memorably, the ex-Nazi mad scientist of the title! The sparkling script is by Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern. SATURDAY, JUNE 14 – 2:00 PM FREE SCREENING SATURDAY, JUNE 14 – 6:30 PM ALL AGES WELCOME ANNUAL $3 MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT IN EFFECT FOR THOSE 18+ (EXCEPT FOR OPEN HOUSE FREE SCREENING)

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The Cinematheque’s Education Department presents

An Afternoon Film Program for Children and Their Families $6 Children & Youths (under 18) $9 Adults (Cinematheque membership not required)

“Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!” That’s what characters from the wonderful world of movie musicals sing when mere words

can’t express their feelings and rhythm takes hold of their feet. The best of these glittering gems appeal to all ages and have inspired our allsinging, all-dancing Cinema Sunday 2014: What A Glorious Feeling! This scintillating selection of note-for-noteworthy musical films will have the whole family dancing on air! Films will be introduced by Vancouver film history teacher, critic, and movie musical maven Michael van den Bos.

In-theatre giveaways courtesy of Cinema Sunday community sponsor Videomatica Sales.

The Muppets Take Manhattan USA 1984. Dir: Frank Oz. 94 min. DCP

In the midst of the recent Muppet revival, we cast our net back to the “golden age” of Muppetry with their third (and arguably best) live-action film. Directed by longtime puppeteer and voice actor Frank Oz, The Muppets Take Manhattan finds Jim Henson’s ever-lovable creations in the Big Apple with dreams of producing Kermit’s latest variety show on Broadway. An Oscar-nominated score, Sesame Street cameos, and a neverquit attitude (“You hear that, New York? THE FROG IS STAYING!”) make this the real Muppets Most Wanted!

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SUNDAY, MAY 18 – 1:00 PM

The Sound of Music USA 1965. Dir: Robert Wise. 174 min. DCP

Perhaps the most popular movie musical of all time (and certainly the most sing-along-able), The Sound of Music tells the tale of Maria (Julie Andrews), a young nun sent to care for the seven children of widowed Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) at the onset of the Nazi era in 1930s Austria. Adapted from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s stage hit, itself based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers, Robert Wise’s film won five Oscars and remains a cherished musical adventure – and a “Favourite Thing” – to many.

Costume Contest!

ALL AGES WELCOME

Get dolled up in your best

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 – 1:00 PM

Alpine-inspired attire for your chance to win a Sound of Music prize pack.

Presented by The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry in presenting “Frames of Mind,” a monthly event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. Screenings, accompanied by presentations and audience discussions, are held on the third Wednesday of each month. Series directed by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Director of Public Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia. Programmed by Caroline Coutts, film curator, filmmaker, and programmer of “Frames of Mind” since its inception in September 2002.

Vancouver Premiere!

Nordstrand

Germany 2013. Dir: Florian Eichinger. 89 min. Blu-ray Disc

In this haunting psychological drama, brothers Marten and Volker, long estranged, meet at their now-abandoned childhood home. Marten wants his younger brother to accompany him to a nearby prison to pick up their mother, incarcerated for many years for killing their abusive father. Volker, who bore the brunt of their father’s abuse as a boy, still cannot forgive his mother and brother for permitting it to happen. As the brothers revisit their troubled family history, the lasting intergenerational effects of domestic violence are frighteningly revealed. Post-screening discussion TBA. Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia. WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 – 7:30 PM

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Moving-image art in dialogue with cinema www.dimcinema.ca

Rude Awakenings

Ursula Mayer: House of Mirrors

Warren Sonbert (1947-1995) had his first career retrospective when he was only 20 and made 18 acclaimed films before his AIDS-related death. DIM Cinema presents a quartet of dazzling experimental films by this seminal figure of the American avant-garde, beginning with a tradition-flouting student film starring two superstars of Warhol’s Factory, and followed by three powerful examples of his mature non-narrative style of “polyvalent montage,” an exuberant rapid-fire editing technique that considers the directional pulls of heterogeneous shots and combines them along “potentially many dimensions” to create a distinctive form of lyric cinema.

Further unfolding the cinematic grammar of her films Gonda (2012) and Medea (2013), which are exhibited in Not a curse, nor a bargain, but a hymn at SFU Woodward’s Audain Gallery, this program reviews Austrian artist Ursula Mayer’s oeuvre from 2005-2010. Like a house of mirrors, Mayer’s films employ cyclical pictorial structures. Within these fractured, looping, reflected circuits, she transposes figures, architectures, and aesthetic eras over each other. In the lineage of Alain Robbe-Grillet, Maya Deren, and Andrei Tarkovsky, Mayer creates multifaceted images that refract subjectivities and temporalities. From within their house of mirrors, the figures in Mayer’s films gaze outward from the corridors of history.

HALL OF MIRRORS | USA 1966. 7 MIN. RUDE AWAKENING | USA 1976. 36 MIN. THE CUP AND THE LIP | USA 1986. 20 MIN. FRIENDLY WITNESS | USA 1989. 22 MIN.

Co-presented with SFU Galleries. Programmed in parallel to Ursula Mayer’s solo exhibition, Not a curse, nor a bargain, but a hymn, at the Audain Gallery June 12 – August 2, 2014. Courtesy of Ursula Mayer and LUX, London.

Total running time: 85 min.

Programmed by Amy Kazymerchyk

Programmed by Michèle Smith. MONDAY, MAY 26 – 7:30 PM

MONDAY, JUNE 16 – 7:30 PM

A Monthly Mental Health Film Series FRAMESOFMIND.CA Vancouver Premiere!

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse USA 2013. Dir: Brian Lindstrom. 90 min. Blu-ray Disc

In 2006, James Chasse, a slight, quiet man suffering from schizophrenia, was approached by three police in a Portland park. Frightened, James ran; the officers tackled and tasered him into submission. Suffering from 16 broken ribs and a punctured lung, he died in jail hours later. “Man called ‘combative’ dies in custody of police,” a local paper reported. This heartbreaking and infuriating documentary explores the veracity of that headline, humanizes James, and peels back the layers of obfuscation that characterized the inquiry into his death. Post-screening discussion with Jonny Morris, Director of Public Policy, Research, and Provincial Programs at the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division. A key focus of his work involves improving the interfaces between people with mental health and/or substance use problems and police services. Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 – 7:30 PM

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Doors – 12:00 pm

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Odyssey – 6:30 pm

2001: A Space

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Solaris – 9:05 pm

Odyssey – 9:05 pm

Solaris – 9:05 pm

Kubrick x 2 Dr. Strangelove – 6:30 pm 2001: A Space Odyssey – 8:25 pm

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DIM Cinema

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Ursula Mayer: House of

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Alien Boy: The Life and Death

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Mirrors – 7:30 pm

Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Innocent Sorcerers – 6:30 pm

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The Wedding – 8:15 pm

Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

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The Promised Land – 3:00 pm

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The Promised Land – 7:00 pm

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To Kill This Love – 6:30 pm

Manakamana – 6:30 pm

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A Spell to Ward Off the

A Spell to Ward Off the

Darkness – 6:30 pm

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A Spell to Ward Off the

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Liv & Ingmar!

Liv & Ingmar – 6:30 pm Cries and Whispers – 8:15 pm

Manakamana – 8:30 pm

Darkness – 8:45 pm

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Black Cross – 6:30 pm

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2001: A Space

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DIM Cinema

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Ursula Mayer: House of

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Alien Boy: The Life and Death

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of James Chasse – 7:30 pm

Mirrors – 7:30 pm

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Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Innocent Sorcerers – 6:30 pm

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The Wedding – 8:15 pm

Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

The Wedding – 6:30 pm Austeria – 8:35 pm

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The Promised Land – 3:00 pm

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Manakamana – 6:30 pm

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Manakamana – 6:30 pm

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New Creative “Documentary”

A Spell to Ward Off the

A Spell to Ward Off the

Darkness – 6:30 pm

Darkness – 8:45 pm

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A Spell to Ward Off the

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Darkness – 6:30 pm

Liv & Ingmar!

Liv & Ingmar – 6:30 pm Cries and Whispers – 8:15 pm

Manakamana – 8:30 pm

Darkness – 8:45 pm

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New Creative “Documentary”

A Spell to Ward Off the

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Austeria – 6:30 pm To Kill This Love – 8:35 pm

Black Cross – 6:30 pm

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Give Me the Banjo - 7:00 pm

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Classics from Our Collection

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SPECIAL EVENTS!

Canadian Cinema Editors, Cineworks, and The Cinematheque present

Evangeline Canada 2013. Dir: Karen Lam. 85 min.

FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH FILM EDITOR JEANNE SLATER AND WRITER-DIRECTOR KAREN LAM

Moderated by Daria Ellerman, C.C.E. Vancouver writer-director Karen Lam and film editor Jeanne Slater will speak and take questions following a special screening of Ms. Lam’s new supernatural horror film Evangeline. Kat de Lieva and Richard Harmon head the cast of this harrowing revenge fantasy inspired by Asian horror cinema and the tragedy of B.C.’s missing women. TICKETS: $12 MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT. 18+ ONLY PLEASE THURSDAY, MAY 15 – 7:00 PM

Elysium USA 2013. Dir: Neill Blomkamp. 109 min.

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Moderated by James Ilecic, C.C.E. Join us for a special screening of South African-born, Vancouver-based director Neill Blomkamp’s science-fiction blockbuster Elysium, starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley. Afterwards, Elysium’s editor Julian Clarke – an Oscar nominee for his work on Blomkamp’s District 9 (2009) – and assistant editor Gary Lam will discuss the film and take your questions. TICKETS: $12 MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT. RATING: 14A – PERSONS UNDER 14 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. TUESDAY, MAY 27 – 7:00 PM

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In Memoriam: Alain Resnais (1922-2014)

Hiroshima, Mon Amour France/Japan 1959. Dir: Alain Resnais. 90 min. 16mm

The debut feature of French master Resnais, who died in March, is a landmark of modernist cinema. Written by Marguerite Duras, it relates the “impossible love” between a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) and a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) in Hiroshima. The affair evokes painful memories for the woman; the relationship between time and memory is a key theme of Resnais’s often Proustian cinema. Hiroshima’s audacious formal structure attempts to replicate the workings of consciousness! “As masterly and revolutionary as Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane 18 years earlier” (Roy Armes). MONDAY, MAY 12 – 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 – 8:15 PM

Persona

Sweden 1966. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. 84 min. 16mm

A key work of modernist cinema, Persona may be Bergman’s masterpiece. It is certainly his most formally innovative work: a disturbing, endlessly fascinating rumination on art, identity, personality, and cinematic reality. Liv Ullmann plays a prominent stage actress suddenly stricken mute. Bibi Andersson is the talkative nurse tasked with her care at a remote seaside cottage. The personalities of the two women begin to break down and merge; occasional Godardian devices break down conventional cinema’s fourth wall. “Persona is to film what Ulysses is to the novel” (John Simon). Liv & Ingmar! See p. 14 for the documentary Liv & Ingmar and two more Bergman/Ullmann films MONDAY, MAY 12 – 8:15 PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 – 6:30 PM

Cineworks presents

8x10: The Sweet Hereafter Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society proudly presents the winning short films from its “8x10” challenge, plus the feature film that got it all started.  Late last year, Cineworks challenged local filmmakers to write an original 10-minute script based on eight lines of open-ended dialogue from Atom Egoyan’s award-winning The Sweet Hereafter. Here’s your chance to see the results.  Directors Christopher O’Brien, Blair Dykes, and Jason Karman have crafted a trio of engaging films that build on the traditions of Canadian filmmaking and hint towards its future.  After presenting the shorts, we’ll take a brief intermission before screening The Sweet Hereafter. Afterwards, we adjourn to the Cineworks studio to enjoy a cash bar and the beats of DJ Rel!g!on.  Come see the future of Vancouver film! TICKETS FOR THE EVENING (ONE OR BOTH SCREENINGS): $11 REGULAR / $9 SENIORS & STUDENTS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CINEMATHEQUE OR CINEWORKS ACCEPTED FOR THIS EVENT.

8x10: The Sweet Hereafter - The Winning Short Films WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 – 7:00 PM

The Sweet Hereafter

Canada 1997. Dir: Atom Egoyan. 110 min. Blu-ray Disc

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 – 8:30 PM

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Exclusive First Run!

Manakamana

USA/Nepal 2013. Dirs: Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez. 117 min. DCP

A captivating, richly-rewarding portrait of spiritual pilgrimage by cable-car in contemporary Nepal, Manakamana is the latest project from Harvard’s revolutionary Sensory Ethnography Laboratory, lately a hothouse of heady, artful, immersive documentary cinema (including the stunning Leviathan, presented at The Cinematheque last year). The film is radically simple in conception but remarkably suggestive in effect. It was shot with a fixed camera inside a gondola carrying worshippers and tourists to and from Nepal’s Manakamana mountaintop temple. Each of the 11 segments is the length of a one-way ride; each becomes an intimate portrait of its human (and non-human) subjects. “The must-see cinematic experience of the year” (Indiewire). WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 – 6:30 PM THURSDAY, JUNE 26 – 8:30 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 29 – 6:30 PM MONDAY, JUNE 30 – 8:30 PM

Presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery in conjunction with The Cinematheque

Curse of the Golden Flower (Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia)

China/Hong Kong 2006. Dir: Zhang Yimou. 111 min. 35mm

Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers) directs this sumptuous, spectacular historical epic, a sensational tale of desire and intrigue in the imperial court during China’s 10thcentury Later Tang Dynasty. When the Emperor (Chow Yun-Fat), off waging war, unexpectedly returns for the annual Chongyang Festival, he finds his palace full of golden flowers and his Empress (Gong Li) unhappy to see him. Shot in an imagined version of Beijing’s Forbidden City, Zhang’s lavish film was, at the time of its release, the most expensive Chinese movie ever made.

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“Magical . . . One of the most bewitching cinematic experiences to come along in a long while” Museum of Modern Art

Exclusive First Run!

A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness Estonia/France 2013. Dirs: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell. 98 min. DCP

A strange, mesmerizing work of spiritual longing and ecstatic beauty, the first feature codirected by film artists Ben Rivers (British) and Ben Russell (American) explores the search for utopia and transcendence in our secularized world. Musician Robert A.A. Lowe (aka Lichens) links three seemingly disparate parts, appearing as a member of an Estonian island commune; then living in isolation in the wilds of northern Finland; and in the third part – oh, the third part! – singing in a Norwegian neo-pagan black metal band! The dreamy blend of experimental film, ethnography, and documentary casts a spell quite unlike any other movie you’ll see this year. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 – 8:45 PM THURSDAY, JUNE 26 – 6:30 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 29 – 8:45 PM MONDAY, JUNE 30 – 6:30 PM

This program is arranged by the Vancouver Art Gallery in anticipation of the upcoming exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors, which opens October 18. www.vanartgallery.bc.ca TUESDAY, JUNE 3 – 7:00 PM

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LIV and INGMAR!

Exclusive First Run!

Liv & Ingmar (Liv og Ingmar) Norway/Great Britain/India 2012. Dir: Dheeraj Akolkar. 83 min. DCP

“One of world cinema’s greatest creative and romantic pairings – director Ingmar Bergman and actress Liv Ullmann – comes vividly to life in Dheeraj Akolkar’s vibrant documentary .. . Akolkar’s examination of the 42-year-long relationship is told from Ullmann’s point of view. Through a collage of sound and image from the timeless BergmanUllmann films (they made 12 together), as well as behind-the-scenes footage, still photographs, passages from Ullmann’s book Changing, and excerpts from Bergman’s love letters, a candid and humane picture emerges of what can truly be called a love story” (Vancouver I.F.F.). FRIDAY, JUNE 27 – 6:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 28 – 4:30 PM & 8:30 PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 2 – 6:30 PM THURSDAY, JULY 3 – 8:30 PM

Liv & Ingmar!

Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop)

Sweden 1972. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. 95 min. 35mm

The stunning Cries and Whispers is one of Bergman’s most visually seductive works. A haunting, intense dream play à la Strindberg, with dollops of Chekhov, the late-19th-century tale is set at an elegant manor house, where unmarried Agnes (Harriet Anderson) is dying of cancer, attended by her unhappily-married sisters Karin (Ingrid Thulin) and Maria (Liv Ullmann) and faithful servant Anna (Kari Sylwan). Bergman’s blood-red, occasionally brutal drama mixes past, present, reality, and fantasy as it meditates on faith, female suffering, and mortality. Sven Nykvist’s cinematography won the Oscar. FRIDAY, JUNE 27 – 8:15 PM THURSDAY, JULY 3 – 6:30 PM

Liv & Ingmar!

Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten)

West Germany/Norway 1978. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. 97 min. 35mm

Actress Ingrid Bergman’s only film for Ingmar Bergman was this wrenching family psychodrama of mother-daughter conflict. Bergman plays a renowned concert pianist making her first visit in years to the now-adult daughter she largely abandoned to pursue a career. Liv Ullmann is her dowdy, repressed child, unhappily married to a provincial parson. A lifetime of pent-up rage and resentment is unleashed; the emotional ferocity is magnified by the director’s masterful use of close-up. Autumn Sonata earned Oscar nominations for Ingrid’s performance and Ingmar’s original screenplay. SATURDAY, JUNE 28 – 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 2 – 8:15 PM

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Othello

Fritz Lang’s first sound film is one of the great masterpieces of German cinema. Peter Lorre, extraordinary, gives a career-making performance as a compulsive child killer stalking the panic-stricken streets of a large city. When the police prove unable to stop him, the city’s criminal underworld sets out to hunt him down. Based on a famous case in Düsseldorf, Lang’s dark, brooding film brilliantly combines documentary realism with atmospheric Expressionism, and paints a harrowing portrait of troubled German society in the period immediately before Hitler.

Orson Welles’s bravura version of Shakespeare’s tragedy took top prize at Cannes in 1952. Welles himself has the title role; Micheál MacLiammóir is Iago. The film’s fitful production schedule – it was shot over several years, in various Moroccan and Italian locales, as the director struggled to raise financing – is the stuff of Wellesian legend. Desdemona had to be recast several times; the role ultimately went to Canadian Suzanne Cloutier. Rendered in bold Expressionist style, Othello is both dazzling Orson Welles and superb cinematic Shakespeare.

Germany 1931. Dir: Fritz Lang. 111 min. DCP

FRIDAY, MAY 16 – 6:30 PM SATURDAY, MAY 17 – 8:25 PM SUNDAY, MAY 18 – 6:30 PM MONDAY, MAY 19 – 4:15 PM & 8:25 PM

USA/Italy/Morocco/France 1952. Dir: Orson Welles. 93 min. DCP

FRIDAY, MAY 16 – 8:40 PM SATURDAY, MAY 17 – 6:30 PM SUNDAY, MAY 18 – 4:30 PM & 8:40 PM MONDAY, MAY 19 – 6:30 PM

URSULA MAYER

NOT A BLESSING,NOR A CURSE, BUT A HYMN Audain Gallery, June 12 – August 2, 2014 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Ursula Mayer: House of Mirrors DIM Cinema at The Cinematheque Monday, June 16, 7:30PM

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