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Calgary Cinemateque Presents: Violent

October 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


There will be a red carpet from 6 – 6:45 pm and a post-screening party at Knox.

Main Event begins at 7pm.

Calgary Cinematheque is pleased to present Violent as part of the 2016-17 CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA series. This special addition to our regular programming offers an intimate opportunity in a historic venue to celebrate local filmmakers’ global achievements in contemporary cinema.

Violent (2014), the audacious, award-winning Norwegian-language Canadian film created by Vancouver-based production company Amazing Factory, produced in conjunction with Calgary’s own boutique film company MEDIA DARLING, will finally screen in Calgary, on Thursday, October 13.

Trailer link: HERE

The debut feature from director Andrew Huculiak, drummer for innovative Vancouver pop group We Are The City, Violent was shortlisted for competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and screened there in the Perspective Canada industry sidebar. Violent was also one of a small number considered to be Canada’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Calgary Cinematheque is pleased to partner with Media Darling to present the long-awaited Calgary premiere of VIOLENT (2014) at the Knox United Church, Thursday October 13th. For advance tickets, please click HERE.

IndieWire says:

On the surface, there’s no real reason why “Violent,” the debut feature film from Canadian director Andrew Huculiak, should be set so specifically in Norway, and be led by a Norwegian actress whose dialogue and voiced-over thoughts are also in Norwegian. But as the film draws you in, or rather quietly casts its heady spell of sound and atmosphere around you, that eccentric choice begins to make a compelling kind of sense. Not only does Huculiak’s outsider’s eye give rise to some extraordinary cinematography (via DP, editor and co-writer Joseph Schweers), of Norway’s countryside, towns and cities, but thematically too it feels like, standing at this deliberate remove, the filmmakers can more easily shift between subjective, intimate moments and the broader, ontological themes they illustrate. Not only that, but as non-Norwegian speakers ourselves, the voiceover segments take on a sort of musical quality: while we read the subtitles to understand the meaning of what’s being said, the sounds of speech become part of the film’s plangent, evocative sonic landscape. All of which is to say that, after taking a little while to reach us, “Violent” evolved into a small triumph of clear-eyed, full-hearted, poetic curiosity and perspective and is probably our personal find of the festival.


October 13, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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