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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. He has redefined cinema by freeing it from the shackles of traditional scripts and instead turned cinema into a stylish art form where each frame exudes colour and rich emotions.

Wong Kar-Wai is interested in exploring spaces where humans interact, where they make connections or where they narrowly miss each other. He undertakes this exploration by portraying moments which involve glances, an encounter, an affair, heartbreak and agony. These scenes are not presented in silence but are instead stitched together with breathtaking music resulting in seductive, immersive and emotional experiences. This depiction of moments with memorable music gives his film a universal feel and that is a big reason why his films have gotten recognition around the world. His films could be set in Hong Kong or Buenos Aires yet the mood and feelings his characters evoke could take place in any country in the world.

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. He has redefined cinema by freeing it from the shackles of traditional scripts and instead turned cinema into a stylish art form where each frame exudes colour and rich emotions.

Wong Kar-Wai is interested in exploring spaces where humans interact, where they make connections or where they narrowly miss each other. He undertakes this exploration by portraying moments which involve glances, an encounter, an affair, heartbreak and agony. These scenes are not presented in silence but are instead stitched together with breathtaking music resulting in seductive, immersive and emotional experiences. This depiction of moments with memorable music gives his film a universal feel and that is a big reason why his films have gotten recognition around the world. His films could be set in Hong Kong or Buenos Aires yet the mood and feelings his characters evoke could take place in any country in the world.

NEXT SCREENING

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23
7:00PM, THE GLOBE CINEMA

2046 | Dir. Wong Kar-Wai | 2004 | 129 min
Presented in Cantonese, Japanese, and Mandarin with English subtitles

Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai rushed his film 2046 to the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, but it was unfinished and failed to impress audiences. A year has passed, and NPR's Bob Mondello says that Wong Kar-Wai used the time wisely.

Wong has developed a reputation as a visual stylist in his art house hits In the Mood for Love and Days of Being Wild. Now using Technicolor for the first time, the director runs riot with color and texture in 2046. And with a cast that includes Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi, Tony Leung and Faye Wong he has also cast some of the most beautiful people alive today.

The result is a sumptuous time-teasing story, as long-time Wong collaborator Leung plays a writer who is fixated on a once-in-a-lifetime love affair — even as he flirts and has affairs with a string of women. - NPR

 

This film is the second selection in our MASTERS: WONG KAR-WAI 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. 

FEATURED WHITEPAPER | MASTERS: WONG KAR-WAI
Board member and programmer, Sachin Gandhi explores the beautiful style of Wong Kar-wai’s films.

The Calgary Cinematheque is proud to showcase the films of Wong Kar-wai as part of our Masters series. Wong Kar-wai is an 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. This style jumps out even if the film genre is  crime (As Tears Go By, Fallen Angels), romance (Happy Together, In The Mood for Love), sci-fi (2046) or wuxia/martial arts (Ashes of Time, The Grandmaster). The four films selected by the Calgary Cinematheque (In the Mood for Love2046Ashes of TimeThe Grandmaster) highlight the core style of Wong Kar-wai but also illustrate the range of his filmmaking and the diverse topics he has covered. - 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. 

FEATURED WHITEPAPER | MASTERS: WONG KAR-WAI
Board member and programmer, Sachin Gandhi explores the beautiful style of Wong Kar-wai’s films.

The Calgary Cinematheque is proud to showcase the films of Wong Kar-wai as part of our Masters series. Wong Kar-wai is an 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. This style jumps out even if the film genre is  crime (As Tears Go By, Fallen Angels), romance (Happy Together, In The Mood for Love), sci-fi (2046) or wuxia/martial arts (Ashes of Time, The Grandmaster). The four films selected by the Calgary Cinematheque (In the Mood for Love2046Ashes of TimeThe Grandmaster) highlight the core style of Wong Kar-wai but also illustrate the range of his filmmaking and the diverse topics he has covered. - 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.

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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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Season 11 whitepapers to be published in early November.

Season 11 whitepapers to be published in early November.

SPOTLIGHT: WEXLER & WILLIS

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.

 

 

Season 11 whitepapers to be published in early November.

Season 11 whitepapers to be published in early November.

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.

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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