Aug 17, 2016
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“Rhayne Vermette is the recipient of the 2016 Winnipeg Film Group Hothouse Award, which recognizes excellence in filmmaking. Her films often weave animation techniques with a passion for architecture. Vermette’s work has grown in sophistication and scale since her participation in the WFG’s Mosaic Women’s Film Project in 2012. This program provides funding and mentorship for the production of a first or second film by an Indigenous woman or woman of diverse cultural background. Rhayne Vermette: Architecture as Autobiography plays Sept 23 at 7 pm.”
— Cecilia Araneda, Executive Director
“I hope you all had a good summer—welcome back to the ‘theque! I have always been intrigued by the works of Robert Frank, whose films are nearly as enigmatic as the artist himself. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I finally tracked down his legendary documentary on the Rolling Stones—a strange, revealing portrait of the band that is shocking yet mundane. Laura Israel’s intimate portrait on the artist, Don’t Blink – Robert Frank plays Oct 2 – 9. As a teenager, Todd Solondz’s miserable dark comedies sparked my interest in filmmaking and I hear that Wiener-Dog (Sep 2 – 15) is a return to the hilariously bleak cynicism of his classic early work—sign me up!”
— Jaimz Asmundson, Cinematheque Programming Director
“Amidst a stormy U.S. election you might want to check out the film Weiner (Sept 17 – 29), one of the funniest documentaries about an embattled politician you will ever see. Five years in the making, Jeff McKay’s beautifully photographed story of our disappearing forests, Call of the Forest (Oct 21 – 30), takes you into a mysterious world. Don’t miss the evening of shorts by Winnipeg experimental filmmaker Rhayne Vermette who messes with the picture frame to create fireworks in Autobiography as Architecture. My three final picks — Don’t Blink — Robert Frank, the hugely entertaining portrait of the legendary photographer, Our Little Sister (Oct 14 –29), the sublime story of three sisters by Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda and scratch animator Richard Reeves’ program of dazzling animated films, The Linear Dreams of Richard Reeves (Oct 29)!”
— Dave Barber, Cinematheque Programming Coordinator
“A summer without Cinematheque felt slow and hot… Welcome back everybody! I’m really excited for this fall’s film program, a brilliant mix of documentary content and sweet love stories. There’s something for everyone. Be sure to check out Nadia Litz’ The People Garden (Sep 22 – 25) for the thrill of mystery and beautiful shots of Japan’s suicide forest. If not for the aforementioned reasons, then check it out for Pam Anderson’s role. Yowza! See you in the glow of the silver screen!”
— Kaitlyn McBurney, Cinematheque Operations Coordinator
In my early days of film exploration, I strived to find works that presented the world as a bleak and mundane place filled with eccentric personalities that both repulsed and attracted. Todd Solondz’s early films, Happiness and Welcome to the Dollhouse,
perfectly accentuated this outlook on life. For that reason, my staff pick for September/ October is his latest effort Wiener-Dog. Yorgos Lanthimos’ earlier works, Dogtooth and Alps, were wonderfully executed alternative stories that breathed new life into European Arthouse films. Lanthimos’ unconventional shot composition beautifully complimented his Kafka-esque storylines. His latest effort, The Lobster (Sep 9 –29), is my other pick.
— Milos Mitrovic, Cinematheque Technical Liason
“The September/October Program is full of some interesting films, from the dark comedy The Lobster to Weiner, the documentary which follows Anthony Weiner, a congressman who resigned in a sexting scandal only to a run for mayor of the city New York two years later and get caught in the same scandal again. Also playing in a new program is Dr. Strangelove (Oct 27) the classic cold war satire film and one of Stanley Kubrick’s best films.”
— Eric Peterson, Cinematheque Box Office & Projection