The GOODS from The Cinematheque
Vancouver, BC | A full week of free screenings creates the centrepiece of our year-long Canada on Screen program, featuring many of Canada’s greatest film (and television) works. Vancouver audiences can experience seven of the Top 10 Canadian Films of all time, and more – all for free!
Canada on Screen
HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY CANADA! A WEEK OF FREE SCREENINGS! | July 1-7
Free Canada on Screen presentations will continue throughout the summer and the remainder of 2017, including a special throw-back tots & teens double bill of The Friendly Giant and Degrassi Junior High on July 16!
New Restoration! 50th Anniversary Re-Release!
MONTEREY POP | July 7-9, 12
An essential record of a defining countercultural moment! Held in June 1967, two years before Woodstock, the Monterey International Pop Festival, was one of the world’s first major rock fests and launched the legendary careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding.
FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES | July 8-14
A delirious masterpiece of queer cinema and the Japanese New Wave, the first feature-length film from Japanese avant-gardist Toshio Matsumoto (who died in April). Stanley Kubrick cited it as a direct influence for A Clockwork Orange and audiences can watch these two films back-to-back on July 10 & 13.
New Cinema! Exclusive First Run!
THE ORNITHOLOGIST | July 14-20
The poetic, provocative fifth feature of Portuguese filmmaker João Pedro Rodrigues is a stunner. Kayaking a remote river fjord in search of a rare black stork, ornithologist Fernando is swept away over rapids and lost in the wilderness, thus begins a strange, mythic odyssey.
DESERT HEARTS | July 15-17
A milestone in the positive (and passionate) depiction of lesbian romance in mainstream cinema, Donna Deitch’s debut feature was an art-house hit in 1986 and has now been newly restored.
SOLARIS + STALKER | July 21-31
A pairing of vivid new restorations from the visionary Andrei Tarkovsky descend on the Cinematheque in late July.
FILM NOIR 2017 | Aug 3-24
The Cinematheque’s annual foray into the dark, desperate world of American film noir returns with eleven lurid classics from noir’s hard-boiled heyday. The series opens on Aug 3 with a Courtyard Wingding and screenings of Billy Wilder’s sordid Double Indemnity and Henry Levin’s terrific B-movie Night Editor.
NOIR SIDEBAR: HARD-BOILED 1950s SCIENCE FICTION | Aug 19-24
Film noir and science fiction aren’t necessarily distant universes, and these two 1950s classics, Invasion of the Body Snatchers & Them!, both apply noir moods and methods (and menace and paranoia) – to their Sci-Fi subjects!
Jim Sinclair – Executive + Artistic Director
Kate Ladyshewsky – Managing Director
About The Cinematheque
The Cinematheque is a charitable cultural organization that brings the Essential Cinema Experience to Vancouver audiences. Home to one of the largest and most extensive programs of curated films in North America, The Cinematheque presents over 500 screenings annually including retrospectives of great directors’ works, new features from Canada’s hottest young filmmakers, prestigious internationally touring exhibitions, plus guest appearances, lectures, special receptions, and much more.
The Cinematheque is also home to the West Coast Film Archive, a collection which holds 2000+ works on 16mm and 35mm film, the Film Reference Library, and an award-winning Education Department that works with youth, educators, and the community-at-large year-round to provide digitial filmmaking programs, critical media literacy workshops, and educational film screenings.
“Going to The Cinematheque is the closest thing to visiting Manhattan without leaving Vancouver …. Its program is as innovative and entertaining as any you’ll find in New York.” David Spaner, The Province
“For the true cinema lover who appreciates foreign and independent retrospectives, restorations, experimental films, and rare or obscure works, the Cinematheque is a necessity.” Craig Takeuchi, The Georgia Straight
“Cinémathèques now take on a job parallel to what museums do with painting and sculpture. They assemble, sort, analyze and exhibit the culture of the world.” Robert Fulford, The Globe & Mail>