Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)

The Cinematheque

Alain Cavalier | 
France |
 2017 | 
52 minutes

In his tiny shop, Léon strips, cuts, glues, nails, polishes, and sometimes grabs a quick nap. More than a cobbler, he is the secret soul of the place.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:30pm
Brent Hodge | 
Canada/US |
 2018 | 
71 minutes

Funny, vulnerable, and deeply affectionate, Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary offers a balance of nostalgia and dissection in examining what makes a show good versus what makes a show successful.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 8:00pm
Various Directors | 
Canada/US/Spain/Germany |
 2017-2018 | 
88 minutes

This selection of short films explores the multilayered effects of displacement through a variety of refugee, immigrant, and Indigenous-centred stories.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:00pm
Various Directors | 
Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China |
  2011-2014 | 
79 minutes

In The Palyul Elementary School, a teacher named Palden Nyandrak offers us a close look his pupil’s daily life — from the classroom to the playground. Yak Dung explores how manure provides everything from heat and light to children’s toys and Buddhist figurines.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:00pm
Mary Jirmanus Saba | 
Lebanon |
 2017 | 
93 minutes

In the early 1970s, two bloody uprisings at tobacco and chocolate factories in Lebanon held the promise of popular revolution and women’s emancipation. But when the Lebanese civil war erupted only a couple of years later, the cultural significance of the women and workers’ movement was wiped clean from the country’s collective memory.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:00pm
Jacopo Quadri | 
Italy |
 2017 | 
86 minutes

Lorello and Brunello are twin bachelor-brother farmers in Grosseto, Italy. In director Jacopo Quadri’s patiently observed study of their life and work, the gentle rhythms and cycles of nature cast an irrevocable spell. The Biondi Brothers are a taciturn pair, what we learn about them comes from an aged relative named Ultimina, who talks to the camera while collecting her mail. She adores her nephews, but not so much their hapless cousin Giuliano and his truant pigs.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:00pm
Elisa Gonzalez and Daniel Froidevaux | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
45 minutes

Originally created to protect the Green Bank Radio Telescope from terrestrial radio transmissions, the National Radio Quiet Zone in West Virginia, is home to a community of people who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:45pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 4:30pm
Amar Chebib | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
89 minutes

After the trauma, turmoil, and dislocation of war, how does one begin to pick up the pieces and heal? In 2010, Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib headed to Syria, just months before chaos broke out, to film a short documentary about traditional Sufi music. Five years later, the friends he encountered on his trip are dispersed around Europe, and have become refugees like so many others who were forced to flee Aleppo.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 5:00pm
Bing Liu | 
US |
 2018 | 
93 minutes

Bing Liu focuses his camera on his tight-knit group of skateboarding friends in this deeply personal study of young adulthood, offering insight on the construction of masculinity, and its relationship to cycles of violence.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00pm
Zaheed Mawani | 
Canada/Kyrgyzstan |
 2018 | 
69 minutes

Each September, Bolot Tagaev and his family practice a centuries old tradition, harvesting walnuts in one of the oldest walnut forests in Kyrgyzstan. Over the course of a single season, director Zaheed Mawani gracefully captures delicate sequences such as a child interacting with a snake, or sacks of walnuts being laid gently across an attic bed. Stories attached to the forest are told and retold over the fire at night, adding a mythic dimension.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 4:30pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:30pm