Bacon taped to the wall: a Harmony Korine retrospective at Cinematheque

James Franco plays Alien in Harmony Korine’s 2012 “crime drama” Spring Breakers.

Harmony Korine, that post-grunge enfant terrible of America cinema, is the subject of a new retrospective at Vancouver’s premier arthouse, Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.).

Korine’s films include Gummo and Spring Breakers; he also wrote the script for Larry Clark’s controversial 1995 film Kids, which featured the first screen appearances by Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson. The retrospective is the first of its kind in Canada.

See below for more about the films screening in Harm: A Harmony Korine Retrospective (Nov. 8-15).

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Bacon taped to the wall: a Harmony Korine retrospective at Cinematheque

Lovers in dangerous times – a retrospective of acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien

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Shu Qi and Chang Chen in Three Times.

For some film buffs, the only way to see a movie is in big-screen, 35mm projection. For those fans, and fans of international cinema in general, Cinematheque’s current retrospective of a contemporary filmmaker is a major event.

Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien, which is currently touring internationally, includes all 17 features that the director has released to date, as well as shorts and important collaborations.

Considered by many to be one of the most important and influential filmmakers of the past three decades, Hou Hsiao-hsien is an innovative artist whose movies can best be described (as the Cinematheque’s press release eloquently puts it) as “contemplative, deeply humanistic” and “visually accomplished.”

Take, for instance, Three Times.

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Lovers in dangerous times – a retrospective of acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien