The GOODS from The Cinematheque
Vancouver, BC | The Cinematheque presents two landmark works of BC cinema, both screening from brand-new digital restorations. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914) is a portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island; it is the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast, and the first feature made in B.C. Writer, filmmaker, and film historian Colin Browne will introduce the December 5 screening. Vancity Theatre will also present the film on December 7, the centenary date.
Set to a free jazz score, The Bitter Ash (1963) follows the sexual shenanigans of a young man against the backdrop of the emerging counterculture, and is arguably the first modern English-Canadian feature, shot in Vancouver. Filmmaker Larry Kent will be in attendance on the Friday (8pm) and Saturday (8pm) screenings for introductions and a short Q&A.
Jim Sinclair – Executive + Artistic Director
Amber Orchard – Managing Director
About The Cinematheque
At The Cinematheque, we are dedicated to bringing Vancouver audiences the Essential Cinema Experience. Home to one of the largest and most extensive programs of curated films in North America, we present over 500 screenings annually that celebrate the richness and diversity of regional, national, and international film culture. We present retrospectives of great directors’ works and historical film movements, new features from Canada’s hottest young filmmakers, prestigious internationally touring exhibitions, plus guest appearances, lectures, panel discussions, and much, much more. From the newest digital restoration of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to a pristine 35mm print of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome; from the all-ages animation of Japan’s Studio Ghibli to the cerebral cinema of French auteur Jean-Luc Godard; from our annual festivals celebrating the best in contemporary European, Francophone, and Canadian cinema to our monthly series spotlighting experimental cinema and mental health; The Cinematheque is proud to offer something for every film lover.
What would the movies be without popcorn? Our concession serves up fresh and delicious popcorn,with free (real) melted butter and special toppings, along with a tasty mix of treats and baked good, including gluten-free options.
Established in 1972, The Cinematheque is a registered non-profit charity that relies on public and private support. We are thankful for the support of our amazing volunteers that work at our box office and concession each night, distribute our bi-monthly Program Guide, and assist in the office.
Not just a movie theatre! Supplementing our rich body of programming are core resources like our Film Reference Library, West Coast Film Archive, the bi-monthly Cinematheque Program Guide, and our unique educational programs.
“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
“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