Detroit Film Theatre Celebrates 45th Anniversary with “Shoplifters”

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Detroit Film Theatre director Elliot Wilhelm has been curating the film selection at the theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts since 1974.

Click the audio player above to hear the full conversation. CultureShift airs weekdays 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit public radio.

It was a snowy night in 1974 when the Detroit Film Theatre first opened its doors inside the Detroit Institute of Arts.

45 years later, the theatre is heading into 2019 with their anniversary season of films just announced.

DFT director Elliot Wilhelm has curated the films for the theatre since the very beginning. He spoke with CultureShift about the movie Shoplifters—an emotional story about a family of small-time thieves living in Tokyo by director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

The first thing that, kind of, alarms viewers is that the family makes its way and eats and survives through stealing,” says Wilhelm. ”You begin to discover as the movie goes on that it’s far more sophisticated and far more layered than one could ever imagine. The movie is about family, but it’s also about moral responsibility.”

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation with Detroit Film Theatre curator Elliot Wilhelm talk about their 45th anniversary season.

Image credit: Courtesy of Detroit Film Theatre

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Ryan Patrick Hooper

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Ryan Patrick Hooper has worked as an arts and culture journalist in Detroit for over a decade.   Follow @hoopingtonpost

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