FILMS WE LIKE acquires “ARAB BLUES” by director MANELE LABIDI - NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT TIFF ‘19

FILMS WE LIKE acquires “ARAB BLUES” by director MANELE LABIDI - NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT TIFF ‘19

Films We Like has acquired the Canadian rights to the Manele Labidi’s debut film Arab Blues  (Un Divan A Tunis). The French language comedy starring Golshifteh Farahani is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will have its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Films We Like acquired the film from Paris-based international sales agent MK2.

FILMS WE LIKE acquires UN CERTAIN REGARD winner “THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO” by director Karim Aïnouz

FILMS WE LIKE acquires UN CERTAIN REGARD winner “THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO” by director Karim Aïnouz

Films We Like has acquired the Canadian rights to Karim Aïnouz’s drama The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão based on the beloved novel by Martha Batalha. The Brazilian film won Un Certain Regard’s top prize at this years Cannes Film Festival and will have its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Amazon Studios recently announced the acquisition of U.S. rights to the film from German sales agent The Match Factory.

VARDA BY AGNÈS - Canadian Premiere at TIFF 2019 in Special Events

VARDA BY AGNÈS - Canadian Premiere at TIFF 2019 in Special Events

With Varda by Agnes, the “Queen of French Cinema” returns to TIFF with a new documentary following her Academy Award nominated sensation Faces Places.

Agnes Varda’s larger than life presence will grace TIFF no more, but her final film is a fitting closure for her loyal audiences, and a portal for newcomers to her prodigious career.

An unpredictable documentary from a fascinating storyteller, Varda by Agnès sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to what she calls “cine-writing”.

BECOMING NOBODY - Opens Toronto & Vancouver on Friday, September 6, 2019

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BECOMING NOBODY - Opens Toronto & Vancouver on Friday, September 6, 2019

Opens Toronto & Vancouver on Friday, September 6, 2019 - Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema & Vancity

Becoming Nobody is the quintessential portal to Ram Dass’ life and teachings:  whether as Dr. Richard Alpert, the eminent Harvard psychologist, or as Ram Dass who serves as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies, he has defined a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth and wisdom. Through his turns as scion of an eminent Jewish family from Boston, rock-star Harvard psychologist, counter-culture rascally adventurer, Eastern holy man, stroke survivor and compassionate caregiver, Ram Dass has worn many hats on his journey, the narrative of which is revealed in this film.

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Carmine Street Guitars now available on Apple TV with added bonus performances!

Carmine Street Guitars now available on Apple TV with added bonus performances!

Carmine Street Guitars, the surprise-hit documentary by award-winning Toronto-based filmmaker Ron Mann premieres June 25th on iTunes (Canada). Exclusive to iTunes are 30 minutes of additional bonus performances by musicians Steve Gunn, Bill Kirchen, Mary Halvorson, Julie Byrne, Popa Chubby, Willie Nile, The Sadies and Vieux Farka Touré.

ECHO IN THE CANYON - Opens Friday, June 7, 2019 in Toronto at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

ECHO IN THE CANYON - Opens Friday, June 7, 2019 in Toronto at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

ECHO IN THE CANYON
The Birth of the California Sound
A film by Andrew Slater

Featuring:  Jakob Dylan, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Stephen Stills, David Crosbly, Roger McGuinn, Fiona Apple, Beck, Regina Spektor, Graham Nash, Cat Power, Lou Adler, John Sebastian, Jackson Browne, Michelle Phillips, Nora Jones, Jade Castrinos

Opens Friday, June 7, 2019 in Toronto at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

SIR - Canadian Premiere and Theatrical Dates Announced!

SIR - Canadian Premiere and Theatrical Dates Announced!

Films We Like is happy to announce the Canadian premiere and theatrical release of SIR.

Written and Directed by Rohena Gera of WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT and selected by Critics week at Cannes, the Indian drama SIR stars: Tillotama Shome (A DEATH IN THE GUNJ) & Vivek Gomber (COURT).

CARMINE STREET GUITARS - Opens in Theatres on Friday, April 5, 2019

CARMINE STREET GUITARS - Opens in Theatres on Friday, April 5, 2019

OPENS IN THEATRES ON FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

RON MANN’S latest feature documentary CARMINE STREET GUITARS is an intimate portrait of the fabled Greenwich Village guitar shop. There, custom guitar maker RICK KELLY and his young apprentice CINDY HULEJ build handcrafted guitars out of salvaged wood from historic New York buildings. Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Rick Kelly guitar, which is the reason they are embraced by the likes of BOB DYLAN, LOU REED, PATTI SMITH, just to name a few.

Films We Like presents STUDIO 54 - Opens Friday October 12, Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto & Cineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas, Montreal

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Films We Like presents STUDIO 54 - Opens Friday October 12, Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto & Cineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas, Montreal

Opens Friday, October 12, Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto & Cineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas, Montreal

“Studio 54’s most celebrated characteristics-celebrities, sex, drugs, disco-are smoke screens obscuring the story of its origins, its overwhelming success, and ultimate collapse. STUDIO 54 seeks to set the record straight, focusing on the human story, often distinct from mythic tales that have grown up around a once sacred nightspot occupying an abandoned theater on West 54th Street”

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CARMINE STREET GUITARS, World Premiere at the 75TH VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

CARMINE STREET GUITARS, World Premiere at the 75TH VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

RON MANN’S latest feature documentary CARMINE STREET GUITARS is an intimate portrait of the fabled Greenwich Village guitar shop. There, custom guitar maker RICK KELLY and his young apprentice CINDY HULEJ build handcrafted guitars out of salvaged wood from historic New York buildings. Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Rick Kelly guitar, which is the reason they are embraced by the likes of BOB DYLAN, LOU REED, PATTI SMITH, just to name a few.

FILMS WE LIKE PRESENTS “SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD” OPENS ACROSS CANADA AUGUST 3

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FILMS WE LIKE PRESENTS “SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD” OPENS ACROSS CANADA AUGUST 3

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is the deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after World War II and became confidante, aide-de-camp and lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest male—and female—stars. In the 1940s and ‘50s, Scotty ran a gas station in the shadow of the studio lots where he would connect his friends with actors and actresses who had to hide their true sexual identities for fear of police raids at gay bars, societal shunning and career suicide. An unsung Hollywood legend, Bowers would cater to the sexual appetites of celebrities—straight and gay–for decades.

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FILMS WE LIKE PRESENTS “BELLE DE JOUR” new 4K restoration opens across Canada July 27

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FILMS WE LIKE PRESENTS “BELLE DE JOUR” new 4K restoration opens across Canada July 27

Belle de Jour tells the story of Séverine, a newlywed who is fearful towards intimacy with her husband. Séverine discovers that she has a friend who works at an upper class brothel. This leaves Séverine intrigued, and goes to see for herself what the brothel is like. There, she meets the owner Madame Anais, who hires Séverine immediately although she can only work in the afternoon, giving her the alter ego of Belle de Jour.

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Films We Like Presents ANGELS WEAR WHITE by Vivian Qu. Starts July 27 at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX and VANCITY THEATRE

Films We Like Presents ANGELS WEAR WHITE by Vivian Qu. Starts July 27 at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX and VANCITY THEATRE

Director Vivian Qu draws from a previous encounter she had with a young girl whose parents were migrant workers. The girl had no friends and was clingy to Qu and her team, not wanting to see them go.This left Qu wondering if the young girl was okay. When creating the film, Qu often questioned the role of the women in society, notably “what kind of woman will I become?” inspiring answers within other female characters within the movie.