Film Series at The Cinematheque

Current and Upcoming Series

  • Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant 1
  • Fifty / Fifty
  • September 15–December 5, 2022
  • While the bulk of our birthday cake was served in August (our month of incorporation), some of the best pieces were saved for this “Fifty / Fifty” series.

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  • European Union Film Festival 2022
  • November 17–December 1, 2022
  • Europe without the jet lag! After a two-year hiatus as an in-theatre festival, the European Union Film Festival returns for a special hybrid edition that brings the latest in European cinema to your screen and, at last, ours too!

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  • High Hopes 1
  • Tragically Human: The Films of Mike Leigh
  • December 8, 2022–January 2, 2023
  • By turns sad, funny, tender, and agonizingly true to life—yet always sympathetic to the Sisyphean struggles of its ordinary heroes—the bittersweet cinema of writer-director Mike Leigh is showcased in this retrospective.

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  • Last Year At Marienbad 1 Courtesy Rialto Pictures Studiocanal
  • Resnais 100
  • December 16, 2022–January 4, 2023
  • “Resnais 100” showcases films from the first and most influential chapter of the iconic director’s career, including brand-new restorations of his formative documentaries and his scarcely screened, politically piercing La guerre est finie.

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  • Canterbury Tales 6
  • Cinema Thinks the World
  • Begins June 2, 2022
  • Through a series of public screenings, panel talks, and discussions, “Cinema Thinks the World” aims to explore the ways in which global cinema represents and helps us to think about the world. Presented with the Public Humanities Hub at UBC.

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  • Colour Of Pomegranates 4
  • DIM Cinema
  • Ongoing Series
  • Moving-image art in dialogue with cinema.
    Programmed by Michèle Smith

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  • Meet Me In St Louis 4
  • 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 performances in the Chan Centre Presents series at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC.

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  • Landless 2
  • Contemporary Iranian Cinema
  • Ongoing Series
  • Acclaimed and accomplished new films from Iran are in the spotlight in this showcase presented by The Cinematheque in partnership with the Phoenix Cultural Centre of Toronto and Pacific United Productions.

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  • Raft 4
  • Frames of Mind
  • Ongoing Series
  • A 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

  • Crimes of the Future 04
  • Take the Skin and Peel It Back: Halloween by Cronenberg
  • October 27–November 2, 2022
  • This Halloween season, hold onto your guts as The Cinematheque serves up four body-horror classics by the godfather of the subgenre, plus a pay-nothing screening of his newest “new flesh” think piece, Crimes of the Future (2022).

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  • Life Is Cheap 1
  • Wayne Wang x 3
  • October 13–17, 2022
  • Wayne Wang is having a moment. Again.

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  • VIFF2022
  • Vancouver International Film Festival 2022
  • September 29–October 9, 2022
  • VIFF 2022's spectacular roster includes some of the best cinema from around the globe.

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  • Mala Noche 2
  • Pioneers of Queer Cinema
  • September 8–26, 2022
  • “Pioneers of Queer Cinema” is an attempt to recover some American queer films that are now little-known, and many rarely ever seen at all, and put them in conversation with works now deemed classics.

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  • Alaska 1
  • 50 Years of Essential Cinema
  • August 4–25, 2022
  • As we look back on a half-century of “essential cinema”—a fluid, shapeshifting term if ever there was—we wish to celebrate those Cinematheque programmers of yore who nourished generations of cinephiles still tumbling through our doors.

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  • Portraits From A Fire 1
  • The Image Before Us: A History of Film in British Columbia – Take 6
  • March 2–August 24, 2022
  • After a two-year COVID-era hiatus, we are pleased to reboot our series “The Image Before Us: A History of Film in British Columbia” with a sixth season.

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  • Big Sleep 1
  • Film Noir 2022
  • August 3–22, 2022
  • This year marks The Cinematheque’s 50th lap around the sun. What better way to celebrate our joyous jubilee than by plummeting mug-first into the nihilistic, nocturnal underworld of film noir!

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  • Completely Cuckoo 2
  • Celebrating 20 Years of Frames of Mind
  • August 14–15, 2022
  • Although it’s come and gone, September 2021 marked the beginning of the 20th year of Frames of Mind as a monthly event at The Cinematheque.

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  • Hookerson Davie web2
  • Janis Cole & Holly Dale: Empathy in Action
  • July 28–August 1, 2022
  • The empathetic, fiercely independent film practice of partners Janis Cole and Holly Dale, iconic figures in the pantheon of Canadian documentary, is celebrated in this program of newly restored feminist landmarks by the Genie Award-winning duo.

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  • Blue web3
  • Blue, White, and Red: The Three Colours Trilogy
  • July 21–31, 2022
  • Polish master Krzysztof Kieślowski's celebrated “Three Colours Trilogy,” based on the three colours of the French flag and their symbolic representation of the French Revolution’s ideals, screens here in brilliant new digital restorations.

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  • Perfect Blue web5
  • King Kon: The Anime of Kon Satoshi
  • July 14–25, 2022
  • This summer, bow down to “King” Kon Satoshi at our mind-bending retrospective devoted to his awesome anime films.

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  • Before Tomorrow web2
  • Isuma ᐃᓱᒪ: To Think, To See
  • June 21–30, 2022
  • In conjunction with National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022, The Cinematheque is proud to present an exhibition of Inuktitut-language film works by Isuma, the trailblazing studio and media arts collective that introduced Inuit cinema to the world.

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  • Wandering Princess web4
  • Tanaka Kinuyo, Director
  • May 20–June 20, 2022
  • The formidable acting career of Tanaka Kinuyo (1909–1973) has long overshadowed her pioneering status as a film director—Japan’s first (and for a long time, only) female filmmaker of the postwar period.

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  • Attenberg web3
  • Vancouver Greek Film Festival
  • June 16–19, 2022
  • The Hellenic Canadian Congress of B.C. and The Cinematheque present the first Vancouver Greek Film Festival, an in-person event hosted at The Cinematheque.

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  • Remembering Monica Vitti (1931–2022)
  • April 28–May 3, 2022
  • This spring, The Cinematheque remembers Monica Vitti with a tribute program of canonical Antonioni masterworks, each featuring an indelible lead performance by the late, beloved arthouse icon.

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  • Adoption web1
  • The Films of Márta Mészáros
  • March 4–April 14, 2022
  • One of Hungary’s preeminent filmmakers, Márta Mészáros has created a distinctive body of deeply personal, deeply political works in a trailblazing career spanning more than six decades.

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  • Devi web9
  • Satyajit Ray (1921–1992): The Music Room and Devi
  • March 5–20, 2022
  • In December, The Cinematheque marked the centennial of Satyajit Ray with a presentation of his acclaimed Apu Trilogy. We continue our tribute to master Ray with two more celebrated works, both among his very finest achievements.

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  • A Pigeon Sat web6
  • It’s Not Easy Being Human: The Films of Roy Andersson
  • February 12–27, 2022
  • A meticulous, perfectionist film artist whose funny-sad visionary work has been described as “slapstick Ingmar Bergman” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice), Swedish director Roy Andersson is one of the 21st century’s most revered filmmakers.

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  • Ratcatcher web1
  • Cracks in the Rearview Mirror: The Cinema of Lynne Ramsay
  • January 6–February 4, 2022
  • This series collects Scottish auteur Lynne Ramsay's four extraordinary feature-length films to date, as well as a number of essential award-winning Ramsay shorts we would be remiss (if not irresponsible) to exclude.

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  • Apu Trilogy web1
  • Satyajit Ray (1921–1992): The Apu Trilogy
  • December 26, 2021–January 5, 2022
  • 2021 marked the centennial of the birth of Satyajit Ray, the great Bengali writer-director who introduced Indian cinema to the world. To celebrate, the three films in Ray's Apu Trilogy screen here in their 2015 restorations.

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  • Burdenof Dreams web1
  • Werner Herzog: Lessons of Darkness
  • September 8, 2021–January 4, 2022
  • A major retrospective featuring many of the German titan’s most iconic, enigmatic, and ecstatic feats of narrative and documentary filmmaking. Welcome, one and all, to Herzog season.

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  • Setsuko Hara web2
  • Hara Setsuko Centenary: The Noriko Trilogy
  • December 23, 2021–January 3, 2022
  • In celebration of the 100th birthday of beloved Japanese actress Hara Setsuko, The Cinematheque and the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre present Ozu Yasujiro's cycle of immortal masterworks informally named after Hara's onscreen counterparts.

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  • Our Little Sister web1
  • Family Matters: The Films of Kore-eda Hirokazu
  • October 16–December 9, 2021
  • “Family Matters,” The Cinematheque’s first-ever retrospective honouring Japanese eminence Kore-eda Hirokazu, showcases the finest of the filmmaker’s signature family portraits.

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  • Melvin Van Peebles web1
  • Melvin Van Peebles (1932–2021)
  • November 25–December 8, 2021
  • New restorations of the first three features from trailblazing African-American filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles are showcased in our tribute to this important pioneer.

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  • EUFF2021 web
  • European Union Film Festival 2021
  • November 12–28, 2021
  • Europe without the jet lag! Experience films from across the European Union in this second online edition of the EUFF.

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  • Possession web2
  • Arthouse Horror
  • October 22–31, 2021
  • A curated confection of high-art horror films for Halloween to satiate your cinephilic sweet teeth and, oh heck, scare the living bejesus out of you too! ’Tis the season of terror, no?

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  • VIFF2021 web1
  • Vancouver International Film Festival 2021
  • October 1–11, 2021
  • With over 110 feature films, 75+ shorts, talks and conferences there is a lot to discover at VIFF 2021.

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  • Criss Cross web1
  • Film Noir 2021
  • August 5–26, 2021
  • Vancouver’s most popular (and pessimistic) summer film series is back! Join us for 17 nights of downbeat, doom-laden, deliriously stylish cinema, as The Cinematheque once again celebrates the sleazy, sordid glories of classic American film noir.

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  • Fellini web2
  • Fellini 100
  • June 17–August 3, 2021
  • The Cinematheque celebrates the centennial of one of cinema’s boldest and most beloved maestros with an extensive retrospective, featuring many new restorations.

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  • SENSORY ETHNOGRAPHY LAB web1
  • Fieldwork: Three Documentaries from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab
  • July 15–28, 2021
  • Occasioned by a digital restoration of Sweetgrass, the film that first signaled the Ivy League collective’s arthouse ambitions, The Cinematheque presents a trio of the Sensory Ethnography Lab’s most indispensable and acclaimed documentaries.

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  • WKW web1
  • World of Wong Kar-Wai
  • June 17–July 24, 2021
  • The Cinematheque marks the 20th anniversary of In the Mood for Love with a career-spanning retrospective devoted to Hong Kong’s best-loved auteur, featuring many brand-new 4K restorations.

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  • You Are On Indian Land web2
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day: The NFB’s Indian Film Crew
  • June 21–July 4, 2021
  • Free virtual program! To mark the 2021 edition of NIPD, The Cinematheque has partnered with the National Film Board of Canada to present a free virtual program dedicated to the trailblazing work of the NFB’s first all-Indigenous film unit.

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  • Solaris1972 web4
  • Lem 2021: Stanisław Lem on Film
  • June 4–July 1, 2021
  • The Cinematheque and the Polish Cultural Institute New York mark the centennial of Polish literary icon and science-fiction master Stanisław Lem (1921–2006).

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  • ITMFL web4
  • In the Mood for Cinema?
  • June 17–21, 2021
  • The Cinematheque reopens for in-person screenings with a trio of cinema’s greatest masterworks!

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  • SPIRITFILM web1
  • Monographs: Video Essays on Asian Cinema
  • May 14–27, 2021
  • Free virtual series! Conceived in 2020 as a means of engaging with the wider film community during the COVID-19 pandemic, “Monographs” is a series of video essays on Asian cinema, commissioned by the Asian Film Archive (AFA) in Singapore.

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  • Rohmer Four Seasons web1
  • Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons
  • April 9–May 6, 2021
  • Prolific French writer-director Eric Rohmer, at perhaps his most engaging and exploratory, spins delicately crafted tales of chance encounters and romantic roundelays in this quartet of seasonally-set comedies.

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  • Heater web6
  • National Canadian Film Day 2021
  • April 21–May 4, 2021
  • The Cinematheque is pleased to mark National Canadian Film Day 2021 with two free virtual programs of exceptional Canadian cinema.

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  • MDFF Anne web1
  • Modern Construction: An MDFF Retrospective
  • March 5–April 1, 2021
  • Toronto-based production and distribution company Medium Density Fibreboard Films — better known by its acronym MDFF — is at the crest of a new wave in English-Canadian cinema.

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  • Germany All About Me
  • European Union Film Festival 2020
  • November 13–29, 2020
  • From November 13 to 29, join us (virtually) for the first-ever Canada-wide European Union Film Festival, featuring 27 recent films from 27 EU member states.

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  • J Horror web1
  • J-Horror!
  • October 23–31, 2020
  • There’ll be nightmare fuel aplenty, dear scream seekers, as The Cinematheque serves up a J-horror primer this Halloween featuring five benchmark blood-curdlers from the land of high-art horror, Japan.

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  • Penny Slinger: Exorcisms
  • October 20–31, 2020
  • Fillip and The Cinematheque are pleased to present “Penny Slinger: Exorcisms,” a weeklong virtual series focusing on the film work of visionary British artist Penny Slinger.

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  • Lanthimos web1
  • Yorgos Lanthimos × 3
  • October 15–22, 2020
  • Occasioned by the North American release of Greek Weird Wave flag-bearer Yorgos Lanthimos’s first solo feature, the scarcely seen Kinetta, The Cinematheque presents a trio of the Oscar-nominated director’s earliest homegrown efforts.

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  • Chytilova Vera web1
  • The Anarchic Cinema of Věra Chytilová
  • September 6–October 22, 2020
  • A formal innovator, feminist, film surrealist, and political gadfly, Věra Chytilová (1929–2014) was a central and singular figure in Czech cinema.

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  • Bros web1
  • 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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  • VIFF Web Headers Contemporary Balloons
  • 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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  • 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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  • Gameof Death web7
  • 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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  • Herz web1
  • 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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  • BRATS web1
  • 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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  • The grey fox web2
  • 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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  • Szabo web1
  • 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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  • Marlon David web1
  • 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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  • The Red Shoes Website
  • 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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  • Florida Project 8 Website
  • 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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  • Winter Brothers 1 Website
  • 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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