Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)

The Cinematheque

Heather Condo  | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
7 minutes

From chopping wood in the forest to hand-weaving bark in the studio, Steven Jerome, a Mi’gmaq man from Gesgapegiag, Quebec, honours his ancestors and future generations by demonstrating the delicate art of basket making. -SC

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Cat Mills | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
14 minutes

Repair cafes are popping up around the world as a community-based antidote to throwaway culture. In Fixed! we get a glimpse inside Canada’s first repair cafe in Toronto, where a team of dedicated volunteers are helping their neighbours, one fix at a time. -SC

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Rhayne Vermette  | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
15 minutes

Rhayne Vermette utilizes her desk to craft a surrealist portrait of Italian architect Carlo Mollino, highlighting the intersection of cinema and architecture. -SC

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:00pm
Dennis Stauffer and Norbert Kottmann | 
Germany/Switzerland |
 2016 | 
21 minutes

Charming footage of senior citizens learning to navigate computers for the first time is juxtaposed with 80s vintage television clips, when personal computers were first popularized. Despite rapid changes in technology, finding one’s place in the digital age is no easy feat. -SC

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Jessica Kingdon | 
US/China |
 2016 | 
11 minutes

China’s Yiwu Market is one of the largest shopping complexes in the world. Visually arresting, this ethnographic essay film blurs the boundary between consumer goods and the humans who sell them. -SC

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Justine Harbonnier | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
11 minutes

The oldest house in Griffintown, has been displaced by a luxury condo development. Clever framing and off-camera conversations help retrace the house-without-a-home. -SC

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:00pm
Jennifer Brea | 
US |
 2017 | 
97 minutes

Long misunderstood by the medical system, and often perceived to be a psychological issue, the commonality of symptoms shared by people who have been diagnosed with M.E. indicates that there is something else at work. Made with unflinching honesty, Unrest is as much a memoir of Jennifer and Omar’s life together, as it is a medical mystery.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Maite Alberdi  | 
Chile/The Netherlands/France |
 2016 | 
80 minutes

The only thing sweeter than the cream puffs in Maite Alberdi’s charming film are the warm and funny interactions between middle-aged students, all of whom have Down syndrome. Many of the residents have worked in the school bakery for forty years, but the pull of adulthood, and all it represents — sex, marriage, and family — has taken hold.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 6:15pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 2:15pm
Salome Jashi | 
Germany, Georgia |
 2016 | 
73 minutes

Director Salome Jashi plays with the idea of perception in this enlightening film about contemporary Georgian life. The town folk in the interviews, as well as the journalists themselves, are acutely aware of how they are perceived. This often results in delicately painful conversations about just what aspects of the community, and its inhabitants, should be displayed, and what content is best left out.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:45pm
Yuri Ancarani | 
France, Italy |
 2016 | 
70 minutes

Yuri Ancarani’s beautiful and bizarre film takes us inside the rarefied world of Middle Eastern falconry. Here the sport attracts passionate devotees from the Qatari hyper-rich who compete at auction for the best birds, drive deep into the desert to train their charges, and then assemble in Mad Max-style stadiums for spectacular tournaments.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:30pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 3:00pm