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CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA


The CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA series showcases the best films from around the world made by rising masters and established auteurs. The series offers a rare chance to view critically acclaimed works by directors who are pushing the boundaries of cinema. Over the last three seasons, this series has screened works by directors from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan, UK, and USA. This season, the series features critical works hailing from Thailand, Dominican Republic, South Korea, and Ukraine. Finally, to wrap the series, we feature Argentine auteur Lucrecia Martel’s first film in over 9 years, Zama, in March 2018.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA


The CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA series showcases the best films from around the world made by rising masters and established auteurs. The series offers a rare chance to view critically acclaimed works by directors who are pushing the boundaries of cinema. Over the last three seasons, this series has screened works by directors from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan, UK, and USA. This season, the series features critical works hailing from Thailand, Dominican Republic, South Korea, and Ukraine. Finally, to wrap the series, we feature Argentine auteur Lucrecia Martel’s first film in over 9 years, Zama, in March 2018.

NEXT SCREENING

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15
7:00 PM, Plaza Theatre

A GENTLE CREATURE | Dir. Sergei Loznitsa | 2017 | 143 min
Presented in Russian with English subtitles.

Master director Sergei Loznitsa’s timely A Gentle Creature digs deep into the Russian countryside and presents a unique view of the country’s penal system. Loosely inspired by a Dostoevsky short story, A Gentle Creature depicts an unnamed woman’s (Vasilina Makovtseva) attempt to visit her husband in prison. After the package sent to him comes back marked "return to sender", the woman goes to the prison to find out what happened. She soon discovers that getting an answer is not an easy task, nor is finding out where her husband is. Her quest to find the facts becomes a Kafkaesque journey through a Russian society where the truth is elusive. Each step towards finding an answer takes her further into the underbelly of a place where fact, fiction and fantasy are all indistinguishable.

A Gentle Creature is only Loznitsa’s third fictional feature after My Joy and In the Fog, although he has directed more than a dozen documentary features and shorts such as Maidan and The Event. In A Gentle Creature, he brings his sharp documentary eye in depicting the details of the prison system while smartly embracing elements of fiction, satire and even opera in crafting the film. The end result is a film that is essential viewing for our contemporary times!

 

Awards
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2017 - Nominated (Asia Pacific Screen Award, Best Film | Marianne Slot, Valentina Mikhalyova, Galina Sementsova, Lev Karakhan, Gunnar Dedio, Uljana Kim, Peter Warnier, Serge Lavrenyuk, Marc van Warmerdam)
Cannes Film Festival 2017 - Nominated (Palme d'Or | Sergei Loznitsa)
Munich Film Festival 2017 - Nominated (ARRI/OSRAM Award, Best International Film | Sergei Loznitsa)

A Gentle Creature is the fourth selection in our CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA series.

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2017 WHITEPAPERS


Each season, our experienced board of experts, filmmakers, and cinephiles distill their knowledge into a series of whitepapers that reflect our season's themes. Find all the whitepapers in our archive section here.

FEATURED WHITEPAPER | SPOTLIGHT: WILLIS & WEXLER
Board member and programmer Felicia Glatz explores the work of cinematographers Gordon Willis and Haskell Wexler.

For this season’s spotlight series, we are taking a two-fold departure from our normal format, that is, we are incorporating two figures into a series dedicated to the art cinematography.

Unable to choose between two Americans respectively decorated as legendary contributors to the American cinema landscape, we’ve combined their works into a politically charged and visually compelling collection from the 1960s and the 1970s. - READ MORE

 

2017 WHITEPAPERS


Each season, our experienced board of experts, filmmakers, and cinephiles distill their knowledge into a series of whitepapers that reflect our season's themes. Find all the whitepapers in our archive section here.

FEATURED WHITEPAPER | SPOTLIGHT: WILLIS & WEXLER
Board member and programmer Felicia Glatz explores the work of cinematographers Gordon Willis and Haskell Wexler.

For this season’s spotlight series, we are taking a two-fold departure from our normal format, that is, we are incorporating two figures into a series dedicated to the art cinematography.

Unable to choose between two Americans respectively decorated as legendary contributors to the American cinema landscape, we’ve combined their works into a politically charged and visually compelling collection from the 1960s and the 1970s. - READ MORE

 

2017-18 Program Preview

We are pleased to announce the following series as part of our 11th season, which runs October 2017 through March 2018. In addition to these three series, our Contemporary World Cinema series returns with bold and diverse films from different regions of the world.

View our growing CALENDAR here of upcoming screenings and events! Click on our MEMBERSHIP page for more details and to get our newsletter.

MASTERS: WONG KAR-WAI

The Calgary Cinematheque is proud to showcase the films of Wong Kar-Wai as part of the Masters series. Wong Kar-Wai is a genuine auteur whose signature style is instantly recognizable in his films due to the presence of eye-popping visuals, memorable music and characters that linger long in the memory.

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SPOTLIGHT: WILLIS & WEXLER

In a new direction for CCS, we're shining a spotlight on cinematographers, choosing two Americans, Gordon Willis and Haskell Wexler, and their politically charged films of the 1960s and 1970s.

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FOCUS: LANDSCAPES

More than a mere setting , a landscape and the representation of it undergoes differing treatments in cinema. At the intersection of topography and narrative, there are films that evoke, and exercise a landscape’s capacity as a kinetic and tactile character.


OVER TEN YEARS OF CRITICAL CINEMa CULTURE IN CALGARY

Calgary Cinematheque brings people together to foster a critical cinema culture.

See our current listings: SCREENINGS

We are Calgary’s year-round champion of challenging and under-represented global cinema. Our eclectic programming features selected films that expand Calgary’s movie-going options to include benchmark retrospectives, classic restorations, masterworks, and acclaimed screen rarities. We curate programs constructed around thematic links, historical or current movements, and the work of individual artists. Our programming includes overlooked contemporary world cinema, discussion sessions with guest speakers, and community events. We frequently collaborate with other organizations including the University of Calgary, Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary Underground Film Festival, containR, and Theatre Junction.

As a local hub for cinema as an art form, Calgary Cinematheque has a dedicated member base and 800+ subscribers ranging from passionate cinephiles to the simply curious and adventurous among the filmgoing public. We offer Calgarians the chance to experience significant cinema in its full grandeur: on the big screen surrounded by an audience of film lovers. We build community around the enjoyment of cinema art in a shared theatrical experience.

 

Film is more than the twentieth-century art. It's another part of the twentieth-century mind. It's the world seen from inside. We've come to a certain point in the history of film. If a thing can be filmed, the film is implied in the thing itself. This is where we are. The twentieth century is on film. You have to ask yourself if there's anything about us more important than the fact that we're constantly on film, constantly watching ourselves.  - Don Delillo

Does art reflect life? In movies, yes. Because more than any other art form, films have been a mirror held up to society's porous face. - Marjorie Rosen