Cinematheque celebrates the pulp origins of classic films

Angie Dickinson and Lee Marvin in John Boorman’s 1967 revenge thriller Point Blank.

A close cousin to its annual summer film noir festival, the Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) is presenting a new film series.

High and Low: From Pulp to Poetry is a collection of art films made from pop art sources.  Vancouver-based culture critic Donald Bracket, the author of several books including Long Slow Train, about the late soul singer Sharon Jones, curated the series.

Six titles will screen May 30 – Jul 1, with four more to screen as part of the arthouse cinema’s Jul + Aug programming cycle. Opening night features High and Low and The Killing, along with refreshments and an intro by Brackett (for High and Low).

For more on the films, see below.

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Cinematheque celebrates the pulp origins of classic films

Female sexuality, a men’s synchronized swim team, and a New York photographer’s Quebec: highlights of this year’s Rendez-vous French Film Festival

Le grand bain, one of the most popular films in France last year, screens as part of this year’s Rendez-vous French Film Festival.

Beginning on Feb. 1, the Rendez-vous French Film Festival will screen over 50 films. The festival, dedicated to bringing the best of Quebec and Francophone culture to B.C., is now in its 25th year.

This year’s line-up includes the movie selected as the Canadian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, the winner of this year’s Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the winner of the Best Canadian Film Award at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.

The first batch of films screens at Jules-Verne Auditorium (5445 Baillie St,) from Feb.1-3; the second screens at SFU Woodward’s (149 W. Hastings St.) Feb.5-10. The festival also features visiting directors, actors, producers and academics. See below for some highlights.

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Female sexuality, a men’s synchronized swim team, and a New York photographer’s Quebec: highlights of this year’s Rendez-vous French Film Festival

Emerging filmmakers showcased in Young French Cinema 2018

French film lovers are in for a treat. Instead of scouring TCM for movies from venerated masters likes Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, and Eric Rohmer, they can see some of the best new films from up-and-coming filmmakers from France in an upcoming series.

From April 5-8 and 13-15, the Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) presents Young French Cinema 2018. The program includes independent films, comedies, and documentaries, all from emerging filmmakers.

Half of the films are directed by women, and settings range from Europe to Asia to Africa. All are Vancouver premieres. See below to find out more about the selections.

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Emerging filmmakers showcased in Young French Cinema 2018

Canadian picks at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

A scene from the BC-shot Suck It Up.

While the Toronto International Film Festival premieres many of the high-profile, Oscar-baiting Hollywood releases, the Vancouver International Film Festival has carved a niche for itself by emphasizing Canadian and foreign releases. This year’s Canadian slate includes feature films and documentaries in the True North program as well as films by emerging filmmakers in the Future//Present series. Here’s a look at a few of the more notable Canadian releases screening at the fest, which runs Sept. 28-Oct 13 at various theatres in town.

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Canadian picks at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival