Vancouver Week in Widescreen: Cinema Kabuki and Alex MacKenzie's Apparitions

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      Here's what to see—and where to see it in Vancouver—for the week of February 16 to 22.

      Cinema Kabuki

      Courtesy of the Japan Foundation in association with the Consulate General of Japan, here’s your chance to see two historic works of kabuki theatre, shot in high definition for the big screen and coming to the Cineplex Odeon International Village on Sunday (February 19).

      Dating from 1751, Kumagai’s Camp is billed as “a samurai tragedy”, and was recorded at the Kabuki-za Theatre in Tokyo in 2010. It’s followed by 1860’s Three Thieves Named Kichisa, captured at Tokyo’s Theatre Cocoon in 2014.


      George Washington

      Before Pineapple Express and Our Brand Is Crisis, filmmaker David Gordon Green became an instant hero with this alluringly strange and poignant debut from 2000, screening at the Cinematheque on Saturday (February 18).


      My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea

      The Rio offers some major hipster cred with a sneak peek on Tuesday (February 21) at comic artist Dash Shaw’s animated feature, starring Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, and Reggie Watts. 


      Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH

      The award-winning Knowledge Network series comes to an end after two seasons with a twofer shot during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season, 2015. Airing Tuesday (February 21) and again on February 28.



      One of Vancouver’s most prominent experimental filmmakers, Alex MacKenzie, brings some recent work to the Western Front on Thursday (February 16).

      Using colour gels and other forms of lens interference, along with the physical manipulation of two 16mm projectors, “Apparitions” amounts to a 55-minute act of live cinema, which MacKenzie will take on tour across the States and Canada in March and April.