Kurosawa Centennial and Spatial Poetics IX2 min read


Some more great events to enjoy in the upcoming months!

Kurosawa Centennial
Date: June 17 – August 10
Where: Pacific Cinémathèque
1131 HOWE ST, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2Y6

Japanese filmmaker, Akria Kurosawa (1910-1998) is highly regarded as one of the greatest filmmaker of all time. Born March 23, 1910, in Tokyo, Kurosawa made 30 feature films in a long and distinguished directorial career that spanned the half-century from 1943’s Sanshiro Sugata to 1993’s Madadayo. Kurosawa died in 1998 at the age of 88.

Starting June 17, 2010 to August 10 2010, Pacific Cinémathèque presents a comprehensive retrospective of Kurosawa’s films. From the website:

“A virtuoso visual stylist, Kurosawa is popularly associated with the jidai-geki (period film), and in particular the chanbara (sword-fight film) or samurai drama. Although Kurosawa was, indisputably, a master of action cinema — his films elevate the sword-swinging samurai genre formula into the highest cinematic art — he was very much a master as well of the gendai-geki, the contemporary drama. Kurosawa’s works, across all genres, reveal him as a concerned social critic and great humanist, albeit with a decidedly tragic, fatalistic bent.”

Film lovers from all over will surely enjoy this cinematic screening of the great director.

Spatial Poetics IX
Date: Friday 09 July 2010
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00 pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
Where: VIVO Media Arts – 1965 Main Street, Vancouver

The Powell Street Festival presents Spatial Poetics IX, an interdisciplinary event celebrating collaboration, experimentation and innovation by a diverse line-up of artists.

Curated by Naomi Horii, this ninth edition of Spatial Poetics presents an impressive range of performative practices, such as the collective creation of a performing personality, reliving memories on film and video, and testing romanticized stereotypes of the culturally specific performer.

In Okosama lunch, landscape architect/artist Alison Maddaugh, animator/artist Asa Mori, and multi-disciplinary artist Catrina Longmuir explore ideas of natsukashii or nostalgic sentiments in an installation of images, sculpture, and an animation piece. The performance/video piece The Way of Ray finds writer Ray Hsu and theatre artist Tetsuro Shigematsu dissecting the relationship between art, propaganda, and the cult of personality. And in Nothing is Free, opera singer Michael Mori plays out ideas about Japanese and Canadian stereotypes with musical assistance from flautist Mark MacGregor and percussionist Imam Habibi.

For more information, see the facebook page or call 604.683.8240


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