Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)

The Cinematheque

Toia Bonino | 
Argentina |
 2017 | 
67 minutes

In a quaint, tidy apartment, a woman is preparing a child’s themed cake from scratch. In voice-over, she candidly talks about the fate of her son Alejandro “Ale” Robles. Ale became a gang member in the neighbourhood of Don Orione in Buenos Aires, only to be killed by a police bullet. Orione weaves together disparate elements and narrative threads, to paint a disquieting portrait of Argentinean society spilling over with contradictions and irreconcilable truths.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:45pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:30pm
Penny Lane | 
US |
 2018 | 
71 minutes

Using found footage and YouTube testimonials, The Pain of Others examines Morgellons, a mysterious illness that many medical professionals are quick to dismiss as a delusional or psychogenic disorder. But thousands of people around the world claim they have the syndrome, including singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 8:45pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
Ruth Zylberman | 
France |
 2017 | 
103 minutes

Through detailed drawings, architectural maquettes, photos, and tiny replicas of furniture, Zylberman reconstructs the histories of the people who called the apartment block located on 209 rue Saint-Maur home.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 8:45pm
Alison McAlpine | 
Canada/Chile |
 2017 | 
78 minutes

Cielo is a personal story about the celestial realm, as well as an investigation into the human mind and spirit. In a remote region of Chile, Canadian filmmaker Alison McAlpine immerses herself amongst people who watch the sky. Some are there for the stars and planetary bodies, others just happen to live nearby in the harshly beautiful valleys, mountains, and deserts.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 8:30pm
Anna Frances Ewert | 
Ireland/Germany |
 2017 | 
57 minutes

This delicate study of seven monks living at a remote Irish monastery achieves a rare level of intimacy. Through the patient observation of daily routines—chapel prayers, tending livestock, and watching televised soccer matches—the film becomes a document of daily life, in its sweetness and truth.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:30pm
Michèle Smolkin | 
France |
 2017 | 
60 minutes

Director Michèle Smolkin illustrates her uncle’s anecdotes through charming animation, archival footage, and a buoyant score. But the real star of the film is the timeless art of storytelling. As Sam remembers his childhood and teenage years, his experience as an army gunner during the war, and working with the French Resistance, the film becomes more than just a portrait of one man’s life and times.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:15pm
Alain Cavalier | 
France |
 2017 | 
104 minutes

No. 4 Philippe

"In the morning, Philippe Labro, with his team around a table, prepares his four interviews for that afternoon. An actor, a writer, a theatre actor, and a boxer. Each is filmed in the studio in a single 28-minute take with tracking shots and mirror effects. No room for mistakes. This is high level sport.” -ALAIN CAVALIER

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 12:00pm
Stuart Swezey | 
US |
 2017 | 
92 minutes

Before Burning Man, Coachella, or Lollapalooza, there was the Desolation Center.A far cry from the alt-chic and nouveau riche nature of its many successors, the “desert shows” put on by the anarchist group were not so much festivals, but gathering grounds for punks and other outcasts who found themselves in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:45pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:15pm
Maxim Pozdorovkin | 
US/Russia |
 2018 | 
78 minutes

The film recounts how, over the past 20 years, Vladimir Putin has systematically eliminated and discredited Russian independent media, replacing it with a centrally controlled broadcast system that has little regard for the truth.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 6:45pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30pm
Sophie Bredier | 
France |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

An anonymous woman remembers her first glimpse of the Château Bénouville in Normandy, a home for unwed mothers, who came to wait out their pregnancies, and give birth in secret. As one of the nurses who worked at the Château recalls, young women were often convinced to abandon their newborn babies and hide their pregnancies for fear of bringing shame on their families.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:30pm