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Critical cinema culture thriving in Calgary

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Critical cinema culture thriving in Calgary

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TRUST by Hal Hartley (American Independent Cinema of the Nineties)

Thursday October 6th, Globe Cinema, 7pm 

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TRUST by Hal Hartley (American Independent Cinema of the Nineties)

Thursday October 6th, Globe Cinema, 7pm 

The second film in our focus on American Independent Cinema of the Nineties is Hal Hartley's stunning TRUST. One night only, October 6th, 7pm at The Globe Cinema.

Popularly regarded as one of the essential American independent films of the 1990's, TRUST is a romantic comedy told with Hartley's characteristic verbal dexterity and mordant wit - an hilarious and moving analysis of family violence and the moral courage it takes to defeat it and assume faith in others.

HitFix states: Over a career spanning three decades Hartley has been an amazingly prolific filmmaker, directing a total of 15 features and 18 shorts. Unlike many of his late '80s/early '90s indie contemporaries (Quentin Tarantino, Gus Van Sant, Richard Linklater, et al), he has never catered to mainstream tastes, and his work has been greeted by the public in kind. He is known for creating stylized worlds that feel somehow hermetic and worldly, stilted and soulful, in films ranging from 1992's "Simple Men" to 1997's "Henry Fool," and its a mixture that doesn't appeal to every palate. "Trust" was Hartley's second feature after 1989's "The Unbelievable Truth" (also starring Shelly), and it won him the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival.

"cool, strikingly original" Hal Hinson - Washington Post
"an exceptional film" Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

FEATURING:
Adrienne Shelly, Martin Donovan, Edie Falco
Rebecca Nelson, John MacKay, Gary Sauer
Originally Released: 1991
Language: English (English subtitles available)
Running Time: 105 Minutes

** from Hal Hartley & Possible Films

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Reichardt, Hartley, Van Sant, Haynes, Baumbach, Solondz

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Reichardt, Hartley, Van Sant, Haynes, Baumbach, Solondz

2016-17 Program Preview

This upcoming season marks Calgary Cinematheque's 10th Year! We're pleased to announce the following series as part of our upcoming season, which runs September 2016 through April 2017. In addition to these three series, our Contemporary World Cinema series will return with bold and diverse films from different regions of the world.

MASTERS: WIM WENDERS

As one of the leading figures in the New German Cinema, Wim Wenders first two decades of cinema signify a long running study of time, roadways, Americana, and ghosts of cinema past. Long before "observational cinema" was a festival catch-phrase, Wenders was the critical eye that stared into the stasis and malaise of contemporary living. It comes as no surprise that a successful photography career became another creative arm of this restless spirit and longing eye.
 

 

SPOTLIGHT: TILDA SWINTON

A staple resident in the small community of paragon performers, Tilda Swinton has captured our attention for this season’s Annual Focus Series. We are excited to offer a quaint collection of films, each being a unique and robust example of her capacity as an actress and as an artistic ally. 

 

 

 

FOCUS: AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA OF THE NINETIES 

The 1990’s was a high point for American independent film and many of the directors who entered with a bang, like Kelly Reichardt and Todd Haynes, continue today to create works that stand out at Sundance and Tribeca. This series spotlights the breakout films that pushed against mainstream norms and first brought attention to these unique voices. 


Calgary Cinematheque

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

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 600+ 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

Our 2015-16 Season has now wrapped. Click on the links below for a critical analysis of the four series presented as part of Cinematheque's 2015-16 Season: