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. Last season we presented a diverse sampling of exciting and timely works from China, Switzerland, the Ukraine, Iran, and South Korea. You can be certain that equal riches are once again in store.

Series Films


Asako I & II (2018)
Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Nov 14, 2019

Asako is a young woman living in Osaka who falls for an attractive and inscrutable young man named Baku. A fling ensues. Alas, the relationship terminates on account of Baku’s sudden, mysterious, and eerily matter-of-fact disappearance. Flash forward, just over two years later. Asako is working at a coffee shop in Tokyo when she meets a bland salaryman named Ryôhei who happens to exactly resemble Baku.


Contemporary World Cinema
Films II—V To be announced

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Contemporary World Cinema screenings are scheduled for the following dates, all at the Globe Cinema:

  • December 19, 2019

  • January 30, 2020

  • February 20, 2020

  • March 12, 2020