Time has always been a crucial consideration to the cinematic experience since the Lumiere brothers’ initial recording of a train arriving at La Ciotat. Many films attempt to jump it, suture it, and manipulate it for the purposes to telling a propulsive narrative. Yet, some films attempt to communicate the experiences of felt time. These are works that have been slowed down through the use of longer takes and semi-aimless narratives in order to suggest realities inherent to modern living. Originally conceived as a running series by Will Latham and Thomas Wishloff, Slowed Down Sundays is a program which aims to highlight some of the finest works from the art cinema genre colloquially known as “slow cinema.” This program is ostensibly a sampler pack of some of the canonical, innovative, and important pillars of art cinema through the back half of the 20th Century and into the present day. Ultimately, Slowed Down Sundays offers the curious and adventurous moviegoer the ability to expand their horizons and broaden their tastes.
Thomas Wishloff is a long-time volunteer, and supporter of, Metro Cinema. For his money, there’s no better cinema space in the world. He has an M.A. in Cinema and Media Studies from York University. In his day job, he valiantly attempts to teach High Schoolers about cool books and groovy movies. Most importantly, he is the self-proclaimed, world’s biggest fan of the seminal teen, mermaid, coming-of-age film AQUAMARINE (2005).