Singing the Blues with Anne Wheeler

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The resilience of the creative spirit in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles is a central theme in Bye Bye Blues, Anne Wheeler’s ‘creative non-fiction’ portrait of her mother’s experiences in an Albertan dance band during WWII. It’s also an apt description of the award-winning film’s fortunes after its 1989 debut. While Bye Bye Blues received relatively wide distribution in the United States, it only appeared in seven Canadian cities for a short period when it was first released before disappearing from public distribution and entering an interminable period of copyright litigation.

In the years that ...

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Five reasons to come to Metro for our Anniversary Weekend:

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  1. Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D. None of this sissy stuff, with clear glasses. Real 3D, with your eyes rewired to blue and red, the way nature intended.

  2. Life Itself, the documentary based on Roger Ebert’s amazing memoir. Ebert was the first person who talked to me about movies in a way I could enjoy and understand, and his impact on film writing cannot be overstated. Local journalists Paul Blinov, Todd James and Paul Matwychuk will be on hand to discuss their own experiences.

  3. FREE! Two of our most popular films, Finding Vivian Maier and Under the Skin ...

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Programmer's Blurb June 2014

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JUNE IS SERIES MONTH///

“To enlighten and entertain.” If Metro Cinema had a motto, that would be it.

Whatever a film’s genre or style, its time or place of origin, its techniques or subject matter, that dual objective has influenced its place on Metro’s screen. This month we’re shining a spotlight on our monthly, guest-curated, thematic film series, and the myriad ways they reflect and support that motto.
Although Graphic Content’s exploration of the borderland between comic books and films is coming to a close after three excellent seasons (thanks to curators Erin Fraser & Matt Bowes), there’s still plenty to look forward to. Reel Family Cinema will be expanding to every Saturday at 2pm with film fun for the whole family. Meanwhile, if you’re hankering for a good Crime Watch, an epic Music Doc, or an equally epic Opera; if you ...

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Programmer's Blurb May 2014

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We're rolling into spring, the season for Film Festivals and Time Travel - at least, it is at Metro Cinema. We're thrilled to once again host two showcases of exciting new work, fresh (often local!) talent, and unique voices: Global Visions Film Festival is back along with the Dreamspeakers Film Festival.
And while you’re travelling around the world through these festivals, we also invite you to Time Travel with Chris Marker. This month, we’re visiting the past (and the future) through two outstanding films representing the work of this iconic French filmmaker during the 60s: Le joli ...

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Programer's Blurb April 2014

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Hi Everyone///

We all love going to the movies. More than just entertainment, the best films also have the power to enchant, inform, and transport us, viscerally and emotionally. Few filmmakers have been able to achieve this feat so consistently as the artist in Metro’s spotlight this month, who once said of his work: “I don’t want to make merely intellectual films. I want audiences to feel, to sense my films. This to me is much more important than understanding them.” With that sentiment, we present a spotlight on Ingmar Bergman, featuring a new documentary, Liv & Ingmar, along ...

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Programmer's Blurb March 2014

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Hi Everyone///

A foundational master of Italian neorealist cinema, Michelangelo Antonioni once said of his paternal relationship with his works: “I feel like a father towards my old films. You bring children into the world, then they grow up and go off on their own. From time to time you get together, and it’s always a pleasure to see them again.” This month, Metro invites you to visit two of the filmmaker’s children of the Sixties: L’avventura (1960) and Blow-Up (1966) - part of our on-going commitment to bring classic world cinema and film retrospectives to Edmonton’s ...

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Programmer's Blurb February 2014

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Hi Everyone////

We all keep a list of our favourite films of the year in our minds, ready to jump into a conversation on the topic at any time. And since it’s that time of the year again - when we're showered with film award ceremonies and best film lists - Metro starts off the month with the exclusive opening of two eagerly awaited films: from Egypt, The Square (2013 Toronto International and Sundance Film Festivals' winner and Oscar nominee for Best Documentary) and France’s Blue is the Warmest Color (2013 Cannes Film Festival Winner of the Palme d ...

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Metro Cinema celebrates the New Year with a new Executive Director

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The Board and Staff of Metro Cinema are pleased to announce that Julio Munhoz has joined Metro Cinema as its new Executive Director.

Julio C. Munhoz is a Canadian-Brazilian film and television director and screenwriter living in Edmonton, Alberta for the last twelve years. He studied film at FAAP University, Faculty of Communications, São Paulo, Brazil; and holds a bachelor of General Studies in Arts and Sciences through Athabasca University, Canada. He has written and directed documentary, animation, drama, and corporate films, some of which have been awarded and exhibited in film festivals such as Gramado International Film Festival (Brazil ...

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Programmer's Blurb January 2014

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Hi everyone///

With the ringing in of the New Year, Metro would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your
patronage in 2013 and invite you to join us for another year of challenging and entertaining cinema.
This month we pay tribute with film screenings to both a globally respected Canadian documentarian,
Peter Wintonick (PilgrIMAGE and Manufacturing Consent), and an iconic British actor, Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia).

Metro Cinema's on-going commitment to showcasing local filmmakers and artists continues with
animator John Osborne's visually stunning short films set to the live improv music of the ...

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Programmer's Blurb December 2013

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Hi everyone,

With winter officially here, Metro is decking our halls with some cinematic treats we hope will bring some cheer to your holiday season. This month we’ve got a great selection of award winning first-run narrative and documentary films, along with encores of some of the best reviewed of 2013.

The Summit, chronicles the story of the infamously disastrous 2008 expedition to the famed K2, one of Earth’s most deadliest mountains; Named Best Canadian Feature at TIFF 2013, filmmaker Alan Zweig's fascinating doc When Jews Were Funny delves into the history of Jewish comedy. And, Watermark ...

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Programmer's Blurb November 2013

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Hi everyone///

November features some terrific music themed films. In addition to the monthly series selection from Music Docs, Heima: A film by Sigor Ros with Straits, a local short film, we're screening a variety of similarly musical fare. Muscle Shoals highlights the amazing music created over the years in a small town in Alabama, while 20 Feet from Stardom profiles the lesser-known voices of popular music’s backup singers. Quadrophenia features a classic soundtrack while posing the dilemma: are you a Mod or a Rocker? Meanwhile, original bluegrass compositions form the backdrop to a love story in the ...

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Programmer's Blurb October 2013

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Hi Everyone///

October is going to be filled with lots of exciting and diverse screenings.
We're thrilled to start it off with the Three Colours Trilogy: Blue, White, and Red, by the late Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski. These acclaimed films will each screen on three different dates and are all 35mm prints! As well, there is an opportunity to see them back to back if desired on October 14, for a rare triple feature experience.

Several of our partners have started their season this month. First off is the Edmonton Opera, with The The Importance of Being Earnest; Alberta ...

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Programmer's Blurb September 2013

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Hi everyone,

It's that time of year again and we invite you to help celebrate our second year in the Garneau Theatre with a week of great films and events, Sept 13 – 19th. We kick off with an Anniversary Party on Friday night that includes a live film performance by Lindsey McIntyre, a split-ticket draw, music from DJ Das Booth, the 2nd edition of Bumpers from local filmmakers and a 40th anniversary screening of the Jamaican crime film with Jimmy Cliff, The Harder They Come. We're also screening the classic noir film Touch of Evil by Orson Welles ...

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Programmer's blurb August 2013

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Hi everyone,

The summer has flown by and it's hard to believe that August is already here!
The Fringe Theatre Festival is this month and Accidental Humour returns to the Garneau with their show Happy Whackin' Jim McCrackin. To celebrate the festival's James Bond theme, we'll be screening From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, both with Sean Connery from the 60s. As well, with a serious tone throughout, Turkey Shoot will present Octopussy, with Roger Moore from the 80s.

We're presenting a number of fine documentaries, including Blackfish, a riveting film about the issues surrounding a ...

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Programmer's Blurb July 2013

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Hi Everyone///

We’ve got some great films this month, with a wide variety of titles and series. Starting on July 12th is Fritz Lang’s classic, M. Lang’s first sound film incorporates a haunting whistling leitmotif, beautiful cinematography, and a superb performance by Peter Lorre.

We’ve also got three new series to mention: Continuing from last month is our short series Shots To Kill: The Sixties Cinema of Seijun Suzuki. The final three films in that series are Gate of Flesh, Youth of the Beast and Branded to Kill.

We’ll follow that up with a western ...

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Programmer's Blurb June 2013

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Hi everyone,

We have a great selection of world cinema this month. Ken Loach’s latest film The Angels' Share is about a Scotch heist, while Australia brings us The Sapphires (including a dash of Irish from Chris O’Dowd), and from the Philippines comes the powerful thriller Graceland.

As well, guest curators Matt Bowes and Brendan Brown have assembled four films from the 60s by Japanese director Seijun Suzuki. The series starts this month with Tokyo Drifter and Gate of Flesh, and continues in July with Youth of the Beast and Branded to Kill.

Some of our partner screenings ...

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Programmer's Blurb May 2013

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Hi everyone,

The cinema exhibition industry has spent the last few years converting to Digital Cinema presentation, and Metro Cinema has now fully entered this brave new world, with the installation of the last part of our Digital Cinema system, we are now able to screen DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages).
Some of our DCPs this month include new titles like Ginger & Rosa by Sally Potter, Wrong by Quentin Dupieux and Spring Breakers by Harmony Korine; alongside classics like The Tin Drum, Taxi Driver and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the Canadian theatrical premiere of Unclaimed, by Edmonton filmmaker Michael Jorgenson. All are screening from DCP.

However, what sets Metro Cinema apart from most ...

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Programmer's Blurb April 2013

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Hi everyone,

Spring is finally here. On the day we’re writing this, that means there’s a half-meter of snow on the ground, but hopefully by the time you read this, winter will be almost gone. If it isn’t, why not travel somewhere else? We have some excellent world cinema this month: the latest films from Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami (Like Someone in Love), Romanian Cristian Mungiu (Beyond the Hills) , and Austria’s Michael Haneke (Amour)- which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year.

Or you could head out to sea in the visually stunning film ...

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Programmer's Blurb March 2013

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We proudly kick off March by hosting Canada’s longest-running documentary film festival: the 31st edition of the Global Visions Film Festival. Festivals allow film-lovers to feast on a high volume of quality films, however it seems like there’s never enough time to see them all. So in March, we’ll screen encores of four films from the festival, as well as opening the acclaimed documentaries Herman's House and West of Memphis.

Festivals also bring in guests, so make sure to check out Global Visions’ roster of visiting filmmakers. In March we partner with the Alberta Institute for ...

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Programmer's Blurb February 2013

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Hi everyone,

Our February programming is defined by two big series: Canada’s Top Ten, and part two of our ongoing series Studio Ghibli films.

Canada's Top Ten is an initiative of the Toronto International Film Festival; it’s curated by a rotating jury of filmmakers and industry professionals, and highlights the best in Canadian shorts and features.

As part of Canada’s Top Ten this year, we are proud to host a visit from essay filmmaker Peter Mettler, who will be here presenting his latest film, The End of Time. He will also be engaging in a conversation ...

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Programmer's Blurb January 2013

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Happy New Year Everyone///

We’re delighted to kick off 2013 with Kim Nguyen’s Rebelle, anchored by a stellar performance from 15-year-old Congolese actress Rachel Mwanza, who has already won multiple Best Actress awards, including from both Tribeca and the Berlinale.

We're also proud to play host to Cine Chile 2012, the Festival of Contemporary Chilean Cinema in Canada; they’ve been screening Chileno films in Vancouver for many years, and we’ll be hosting them for the first time this January.

We’ve also got some strong documentaries coming up, including The Waiting Room, a riveting film ...

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Programmer's Blurb December 2012

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Season's Greetings everyone,

We begin the month by presenting this year’s Best Feature winners from Toronto’s two biggest film festivals: Xavier Dolan won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF with Laurence Anyways, and Nisha Pahuja won Best Canadian Doc at Hot Docs with The World Before Her. We follow those up with new films by Leos Carax Holy Motors, and William Friedkin Killer Joe, and encore screenings of Who Cares?, about the Edmonton sex trade, and Bill W., about the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

To celebrate the season, we’ll be hosting It's A Wonderful Life for ...

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Programmer's Blurb November 2012

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Hi everyone,

You've probably noticed that we have a brand new print program design. Thanks to a new partnership with Vue Weekly, we are now able to present the program in full colour. (In upcoming issues, the cover images will be from films that are in colour, too!)

For the second year now, we’re proud to be bringing in the Festival of New Spanish Cinema, with five engaging and innovative films from Spain. Please join us for a reception on opening night after the screening.

We’re bringing in a new 35mm print of the timeless classic To ...

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Programmer's Blurb October 2012

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Hi everyone,

October’s going to be a great month. We start off with an excellent event: The Grub-Stake Revisited, a silent film with a live score, and live voice actors. The Grub-Stake, a film about the Klondike gold rush, was made in 1923 by Nell Shipman, a ground-breaking Canadian woman director. The Yukon Film Society present this version, with a live score by Whitehorse musicians, the Longest Night Ensemble. It’s going to be awesome.

We’ll also be hosting a lot of excellent local cinema: The Avenue, a doc about 118th Ave; Halloweeniors, a film about local seniors ...

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Programmer's Blurb September 2012

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Hi Everyone,
Do you ever notice how quickly time goes by? Metro Cinema has been screening films since
1970, but our last year in the Garneau Theatre feels like it’s been our busiest year ever. With over
a thousand screenings, of hundreds of different movies (including both features and shorts), from
dozens of countries, with scores of partners. We’ve screened different people’s ideas of classic
cinema, from The Passion of Joan of Arc, to Jaws; from filmmakers as diverse as the Coen brothers
to the Dardenne brothers. We’re not slowing down anytime soon. We invite you ...

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Programmer's Blurb August 2012

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It’s hard to believe that a whole year has gone by since Metro Cinema moved to the Garneau
Theatre. It’s been an incredible year for all of us, and we’d like to thank the huge community
of folks who have helped us bring you quality cinema experiences all year round. And special
thanks to all of you, for coming out and supporting us!

When we opened last year, one of the films we screened on our first day was The Big Lebowski.
So it seems fitting to relive the magic of that hot August night by bringing ...

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Programmer's Blurb, July 2012

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Hi everyone,

Summer is officially upon us, and we’re introducing two new film series for the season: Reel Family Cinema, where we reclaim the Saturday matinee experience of your youth... or your parent’s youth? Of a generalized youthful idyll, at any rate. We start in July with The Muppet Movie and E.T.:The Extra- Terrestrial, which brought us the Rainbow Connection, and Reese’s Pieces, respectively.

We’re proud to present the 15-part series: The Story of Film: An Odyssey, by Mark Cousins; we’ll be screening two segments a week, on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons ...

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Programmer's Blurb, June 2012

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Hi everyone,

Last month we talked about how proud we are that Metro Cinema continues to screen 35mm films, while so many movie theatres are transitioning to digital cinema. While we’re keeping pace with the majors, with our state-of-the-art digital cinema projector, we continue to hunt down increasingly elusive celluloid titles and bring in re-mastered prints that tour the continent. This month’s first run 35mm films include In the Family, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, Marley and Turn Me On, Goddammit! Re-mastered prints include The Bride Wore Black and two films by Michelangelo Antonioni: Red Desert ...

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Programmer's Blurb, May 2012

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Hi everyone,

Wow, our film list this month reads like a veritable who's who of directors, with titles from David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, David Cronenberg, Guy Maddin, Terence Davies, Stephen Frears and Jean-Luc Godard. We're also proud of the fact that all these films will be presented on 35mm!

Just as exciting are the various works from western Canadian filmmakers: from FAVA's Awards of Excellence screening, to the compilation film I Heart Regina, from Kyle Armstrong's "residual hauntings" work, shot on the set of Guy Maddin's Keyhole (also screening), to the finale ...

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