Every season, we present several related films connected by themes, topics, movements, or filmmakers.
Masters: Abbas Kiarostami
Filmmaker, poet, and photographer Abbas Kiarostami began making films in the years leading up to the 1979 Iranian revolution. Initially working as a documentarian before turning to narrative fiction films in the 1980s, Kiarostami’s oeuvre has earned comparisons to the Italian Neorealist cinema of the postwar period, as his films blur the line between fiction and documentary, and often feature a special focus on children. Calgary Cinematheque highlights five uniquely humanistic works from the filmmaker’s rich cinematic legacy.
Our Focus: Sexuality series explores how sexuality over the course of the last century has paralleled the development of cinematic language. Featuring films from the 1920s to the 1990s, this globe-spanning series presents key films that consider subjects such as female sexual autonomy, gender fluidity and performativity, amorous power dynamics, and toxic predation. These are firebrand movies, emphasizing how the presentation of sexuality and human relationships on-screen is limited by the specific sociocultural framework of their era.
SPOTLIGHT: Taiwanese new wave
In the early 1980s, Taiwanese cinema was at a crossroads, with audiences opting for films from Hong Kong over locally made melodramas and kung fu movies. To revitalize the film industry, the state-run Central Motion Picture Corporation turned to a time-tested method to revitalize national cinema - give the reins to young filmmakers. These filmmakers, including Hous Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, and Tsai Ming-liang, pursued a radical break from the previous stylistic and aesthetic traditions, favouring location shooting, long takes, and deliberate editing to reflect the rapidly changing world around them.
Contemporary World Cinema
Our Contemporary World Cinema Series showcases films from the most recent festival circuit that haven’t screened in Calgary, parsing the critical discourse and following the development of key artists. Meticulously handpicked throughout the year, these selections bring fresh and important films to Calgary that would not make it here otherwise, and often never screen again.
Library screening Series
For the third year in a row, Calgary Cinematheque is excited to present free monthly screenings at the architecturally celebrated new Central Library. Each library screening includes a pre- or post-film lecture, providing an in-depth learning opportunity to place the film and its series in context.
Stay tuned to our website and social media for an exciting announcement for what’s in store for our library screenings in 2020.