Films We Like is proud to announce a new collaboration with Janus Films, bringing two old and new masterpieces from around the world to screens across Canada: Kirsten Johnson’s stunning cinematographic autobiography “Cameraperson” and Juzo Itami’s 1985 raucous food comedy “Tampopo.”
CAMERAPERSON: A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into “Cameraperson,” a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image-makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, “Cameraperson” is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.
TAMPOPO: Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen western” returns to theatres for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration. The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, “Tampopo” serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, “Tampopo” remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.
About Janus Films:
Janus Films was founded in 1956, in the historic Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was the first theatrical distribution company dedicated to bringing international art-house films to U.S. audiences, including the work of Michelangelo Antonioni, Sergei Eisenstein, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, François Truffaut, and Yasujiro Ozu. Janus handles rights in all media, and its library has grown to more than 800 films.
About Films We Like:
Founded by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Ron Mann, Films We Like is a boutique distribution company of international, documentary and independent films in Canada. Recent releases include the Golden Bear winning film Fire At Sea, Tower, Cemetery of Splendour among others.