There is an independent film distribution company here in Canada called Films We Like. I like that name. It speaks for itself. That said, we might not give you guaranteed blockbusters to tax your point-of-sale machines at the box office, but we are going to bring films that we support, because we love them ourselves.
I’m not going to lie, I really liked our last screened blockbuster, Dune, but there is a larger cinema, an international cinema, a national cinema, an independent cinema, a nuanced cinema that does not have its fair share. screen time. We love these cinemas and I think so will you, if the opportunity arises. Thus, after a successful encore, No Time To Die, from Friday November 5 to Tuesday November 9, we are planning two new releases from the Films We Like catalog.
In a triumphant return to our semi-regular documentary Wednesday November 10, I’m excited to bring Fire Music: A History of the Free Jazz Revolution, to see the musical innovators, and most of all to hear the sonic freedom over the incredible sound. of the cinema system.
âA default reaction to the musical form called free jazz – Ornette Coleman’s phrase for this experimental, improvised style of jazz – has long been that it was ‘not music’. This concise yet compelling documentary directed by Tom Surgal is full of uplifting sounds, moving reminiscences and uplifting arguments that it’s not just music, but vital music. – New York Times
Then, like a real Thursday night movie, we take a trip around the world and visit Kobe, Japan, in 1940, on the eve of the outbreak of WWII with Wife of a Spy on November 11 (day of Remembrance). Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Cure, Tokyo Sonata) won the Silver Lion (Best Director) at the Venice Film Festival for this beautifully crafted and compelling old-fashioned Hitchock thriller.
Local merchant and amateur filmmaker Yusaku (Issey Takahashi, Kill Bill) feels things are going in a troubling direction. Following a trip to Manchuria, he becomes determined to bring to light the things he has witnessed and secretly filmed. Meanwhile, his wife Satoko (the 2021 winner of the Japan Society YÃ» Aoi) receives a visit from his childhood friend, now a military policeman. He warns her about Yusaku’s seditious ways and reveals that a woman her husband brought back from his trip has passed away. Satoko confronts Yusaku, but when she discovers her true intentions, she is torn between loyalty to her husband, the life they’ve built, and the country they call home.
So to wrap up, here’s my mixed post: I know I said some movies are about art rather than money, but we need them to be about both. I’m not supposed to schedule free jazz movies right now as we try to financially recover from a few tough years of forced shutdowns and restrictions, but I want to believe that theaters are still home to the movies we love too. like a great show, and keep Canadian distributors specializing in sharing great stories from around the world.
Please show your support for this type of programming by showing up to either Fire Music or Wife of a Spy, or consider becoming a member or donating to the Civic Theater. Tickets are available at civictheater.ca/whats-on.
Jason Asbell is the Programming Director and Freeform Kazoo Improviser for The Civic Theater.