Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)

The Cinematheque

Heather White and Lynn Zhang | 
US/China |
 2016 | 
88 minutes

While people in the West use smartphones to live healthier, happier lives, the construction of such devices has horrific health effects on the people who actually make them. Complicit shines a light on the dark irony of the global electronic manufacturing industry in China, where 90% of the world’s consumer electronics are produced, including 70% of its cell phones.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6:00pm
Mahdi Zamanpour Kiasari | 
Iran |
 2017 | 
65 minutes

Family life in all its complicated and humble glory is the heart of Mahdi Zamanpour Kiasari’s film. Butterfly follows Zainab, an indomitable young woman, as she goes about daily routines on her family’s farmstead in rural Iran.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 5:45pm
Jérôme le Maire | 
Belgium / France / Switzerland |
 2016 | 
85 minutes

For two years, Belgian director Jérôme le Maire followed the members of a surgical unit at one of Paris’ biggest hospitals. The result is gripping and infuriating, tragic and ridiculous. It’s like ER meets The Office, as directed by D. A. Pennebaker.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky  | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
14 minutes

If people dream of becoming animals, then perhaps animals also harbour fantasies of a human existence. Such is the premise of Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s wild new film. What blossoms at a veterinarian’s office as dogs, pigs, and cats are put under is a vivid, sometimes shocking dreamscape. -DW

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:30pm
Jérôme Clément-Wilz | 
France |
 2016 | 
63 minutes

When a transgender ex-schoolteacher named Karen travels to the US to work with an old cowboy in an extended series of "Pony Play" sessions, the rituals of domination and submission between trainer and trainee must be strictly observed. In the arena where they work, Karen is taught the rigors of donning a bit and bridle, how to walk in ornate leather hooves, and how to pull a cart.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:30pm
Pau Faus | 
Spain |
 2016 | 
86 minutes

Ada For Mayor is the incredible story of Colau’s journey from radical grassroots activist to principled politician. It is also the story of a movement that triumphed against all odds: the leftist Guanyem party, created by and for the citizens of Barcelona, committed to defending their rights against all affronts. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm