Film Series at The Cinematheque

Current and Upcoming Series

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  • A Film That Is Also a Handshake: The Cinema of the Dardenne Brothers
  • September 8–October 12, 2020
  • To accompany the Vancouver release of Young Ahmed, The Cinematheque proudly presents a retrospective dedicated to the films of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, cinema’s high priests of social realism.

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  • Vancouver International Film Festival 2020
  • September 25–October 4, 2020
  • From September 24 – October 7, film lovers province-wide will enjoy over 100 feature films and events showcasing exciting, groundbreaking and provocative cinema and creators from around the globe.

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  • DIM Cinema
  • Ongoing Series
  • Moving-image art in dialogue with cinema. Programmed by Michèle Smith.

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  • Film Club
  • Ongoing Series
  • A movie matinée series for kids and their families.

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  • Chan Centre Connects
  • Ongoing Series
  • Chan Centre Connects film screenings at The Cinematheque are curated to accompany musical performances in the Chan Centre Presents concert series at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC.

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  • Contemporary Iran
  • Contemporary Iranian Cinema
  • Ongoing Series
  • Acclaimed and accomplished new films from Iran are in the spotlight in this monthly showcase presented by The Cinematheque in partnership with the Phoenix Cultural Centre of Toronto and Pacific United Productions.

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  • Frames of Mind
  • Ongoing Series
  • Monthly mental health film series presented by The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry.

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Past Film Series

  • Burning Bright
  • Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers 2020
  • August 7–27, 2020
  • “Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers 2020” is a celebration of emerging French and Francophone voices in cinema, organized by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in New York.

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  • Film Noir2020
  • Film Noir 2020
  • July 31–August 27, 2020
  • This cruel COVID summer got you down in the dumps? Well, doll, we’ve got the antidote! Join us as the sordid, sleazy, cynical world of Film Noir comes crawling out from under a dirty rock for its annual place in The Cinematheque sun!

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  • Enter the Dragon: Bruce Lee × 5
  • August 6–26, 2020
  • Man, myth, legend, dragon — Bruce Lee is the greatest action star that ever was. This summer, feast your eyes on a fistful of the kung-fu king's most iconic films at The Cinematheque!

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  • Juraj Herz: In & Out of the Czechoslovak New Wave
  • July 9–30, 2020
  • The singular career of the prolific director and occasional actor Juraj Herz, a master of the offbeat and the macabre, is without parallel in the context of the cinema emerging from Czechoslovakia starting in the mid-1960s.

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  • UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour
  • March 5–July 23, 2020
  • Renowned preservation work is spotlighted in this biennial festival, featuring superb new restorations of time-honoured classics, nearly lost masterworks, neglected treasures, and rediscovered rarities spanning more than a century of film history.

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  • We Will Stand Up web7
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day: Tasha Hubbard
  • June 19–25, 2020
  • As part of the (at-home) 2020 edition of NIPD, The Cinematheque has partnered with the National Film Board of Canada to present a trio of vital works by Cree filmmaker and educator Tasha Hubbard.

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  • National Canadian Film Day
  • April 22–30, 2020
  • The Cinematheque is pleased to mark National Canadian Film Day, a one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration designed to bring Canadians together to watch Canadian films.

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  • István Szabó × 3
  • April 10–16, 2020
  • Perhaps the most acclaimed Hungarian director of his generation, István Szabó became a major international filmmaker in the 1980s with a series of elaborate, ambitious, and accessible historical works.

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  • Viva Varda! The Films of Agnès Varda
  • December 12, 2019–March 4, 2020
  • The Cinematheque is pleased to present a major retrospective — career-spanning and near-complete — devoted to the films of Agnès Varda, one of cinema's paramount female artists.

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  • Best of the Decade
  • January 8–February 17, 2020
  • The top films of the 2010s, as selected by The Cinematheque’s film curators.

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  • The Rage to Live: Queer Film Legacies and the Work of David Wojnarowicz and Marlon Riggs
  • January 31–February 2, 2020
  • The Cinematheque joins with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and Griffin Art Projects in presenting this film and lecture series organized in conjunction with two current art exhibitions.

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  • Happy Holidays
  • December 21–30, 2019
  • The Cinematheque wishes you the very best of the festive season with a special selection of must-see, much-loved film classics, all best enjoyed on the big screen.

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  • Sean Baker: Peripheries
  • December 5–9, 2019
  • The Cinematheque is delighted to welcome acclaimed American independent filmmaker Sean Baker in person for a program celebrating his three most recent features.

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  • And Life Goes On: The Films of Abbas Kiarostami
  • October 18–December 4, 2019
  • The singular cinema of the Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami (1940–2016), one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the past three decades, is celebrated with this near-comprehensive retrospective.

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  • 22nd Annual European Union Film Festival
  • November 22–December 2, 2019
  • Europe without the jet lag! The Cinematheque’s annual European Union Film Festival spotlights acclaimed new and recent films from across greater Europe.

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  • Crave Hot Docs Showcase
  • November 15–17, 2019
  • Outstanding titles from Hot Docs screen in the Crave Hot Docs Showcase.

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  • British Folk Horror
  • It’s in the Trees! It’s Coming! British Folk Horror!
  • October 25–31, 2019
  • This Samhain season, till the fields of British folk horror with a program exploring the lineage and enduring legacy of this most unholy horror subgenre.

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  • Elaine May × 2
  • September 13–15, 2019
  • Elaine May, a gifted comic performer, successful screenwriter, and perfectionist filmmaker, was one of the only women directing features in Hollywood in the 1970s and ’80s.

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