Oct 14, 2014
“The Swedish film The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (November 20 – December 4) has a title that immediately piqued my interest and evokes the magic realist traditions of my native Latin America. Documentary is by far the most popular genre of work we screen at Cinematheque, but this film— based on a famous novel— is definitely worth breaking out of your comfort zone for.
One of the best things about working in an organization like the Winnipeg Film Group is that I have the chance to meet filmmakers in various stages in their careers and can see the impact our organization can have on them. I first met U of W professor Ian Mauro when he volunteered at the inaugural edition of our Gimme Some Truth Documentary Festival in 2008. He speaks Inuktitut and has an interest in environmentally-aware films, and so immediately formed a lasting friendship with visiting filmmaker, Oscar nominee Zacharias Kunuk. With Climate Change in Atlantic Canada (November 26 & 27), Ian continues bringing attention to environmental issues affecting all Canadians.”
— Cecilia Araneda, Executive Director
“I am particularly looking forward to seeing Kung Fu Elliot (November 21 – 27), which looks like one of the most delightfully insane docs to come out of Canada in some time— it was also paired with our very own Dave Barber’s short film at Hot Docs this year! Also my father-in-law’s yearly tradition of listening to Christmas music begins in early November and ends sometime mid-January, so I am very excited on his behalf for Jingle Bell Rocks! (December 11 – 14), a film about alternative Christmas music junkies— which is paired with local filmmaker Mike Maryniuk’s beautifully inventive new portrait of Lorne Collie who has made some of the most bizarre stringed instruments I have ever seen. Oh— and don’t forget that Cinematheque ten passes make great stocking stuffers!”
— Jaimz Asmundson, Programming Director
“Last year I attended the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and managed to catch an incredible new documentary, The Overnighters (November 14 – 20). I promise you this is one of the best documentaries you will see in a long time. On the surface it is the story of a priest who opens up his church to the down and out but as the film develops we see a deeper portrait of the American dream as well as an emotional portrait of a compassionate priest and the devastating impact of the work on his family. I also recommend Kung Fu Elliot, an incredibly funny film about an amateur filmmaker on the east coast of Canada who makes these terrible Ed Wood type kung fu movies. And what better Christmas gift than the arrival of a new short film, Home Cooked Music, by the Winnipeg magician of animation Mike Maryniuk, which plays with Jingle Bell Rocks! in December.”
— Dave Barber, Programming Coordinator
“Before the program guide was even printed, people had been commenting to me about the films that they were most excited about for November and December! They are mostly excited about 20,000 Days on Earth and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, however, my heart belongs to the docs. The Overnighters looks so unique as does Jingle Bell Rocks! and the shorts in the Stories from the Neighbourhood series (December 5 & 6). Walking the Camino (December 6 – 14) sold out nearly every show in October and I had the privilege of speaking to people of all different backgrounds and ages that had walked it, wished to walk it and had family members that were currently walking it. How can I not see it now that it’s playing again? Also, a shout out to avid Cinematheque goer, Andrew Burke, for getting me truly excited for Ida (November 8 – 16).”
— Kristy Muckosky, Operations Manager
“The film I am most excited about is the Climate Change in Atlantic Canada by Ian Mauro, it plays for only two nights November 26th and the 27th at 7pm. Ian Mauro will be here to introduce his film and answer a few questions. So if you’re concerned about the earth like I am you should check it out.
— Cameron Courchene, Head Projectionist
The one film that really caught my attention is The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. I enjoy quirky black comedies and I believe this one will deliver. Some people have called this film a Swedish Forrest Gump, but I am not going to let that deter me from watching this film.
— Mark Borowski, Box Office