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Movies for Mommies: Mustang

(2015, 97 mins, DCP)
In Turkish with English subtitles
CAST Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu
Classification: PG


Jun 01 11:30 am

Narrated by Lale, the youngest of five orphaned sisters living in a small community "1,000 miles from Istanbul," Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s spirited and moving debut tells of the fallout when the sisters’ harmless horseplay on the beach with a group of boys is misinterpreted as some form of sexual adventurism by the adults charged with raising them "correctly."

Those adults are led by the sisters’ grandmother, their primary caregiver, who is determined to keep the sisters "intact" and eligible for a good marriage, i.e. one in which she picks the time, place and eligible male. Egged on by the girls’ uncle—and despite the girls’ vehement denials of any improper behaviour—Grandma locks them up, determined to keep them that way until they are married off. But the sisters are determined to fight back…

Evocative of both The Virgin Suicides and Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, this (French-made) Turkish drama is rich in character, nuance and beauty. Mustang has won international acclaim everywhere it has shown.

Movies for Mommies screenings are modified for the enjoyment of moms and their infants. Screenings take place in low light with lower volume levels; baby changing facilities are available.

"First-time feature director Deniz Gamze Ergüven has crafted a story of female empowerment which is attuned to the buoyancy of adolescence, but she’s also deeply critical of a modern Turkish patriarchy in which women still struggle to be equal citizens. Mustang is a deceptively simple tale bearing an urgent message." Tim Grierson, Screen

"Stunning." Nicholas Rapold, New York Times

"A moving portrait of sisterhood, a celebration of a fierce femininity and a damning indictment of patriarchal systems that seek to destroy and control this spirit." Katie Walsh, LA Times

CINEMA SPECTACULAR 3 - An All-Canadian Motion Picture Variety Show

May 29, 2016 - 1:00pm

Program Running Time 300 min.

Films in Program

(300 mins)

Agriotherium Films Presents:

CINEMA SPECTACULAR 3 - An All-Canadian Motion Picture Variety Show

Come spend an afternoon at the luxurious Vancity Theatre with some of Canada’s independent filmmaking talent in a unique, curated cinema event. Featuring filmmakers and animators from six provinces, our third year of Cinema Spectacular is slated to be our biggest and best yet! Love independent, local cinema & support your local artists!

Join us after the event for the chance to win great raffle prizes donated by local businesses, a filmmaker Q+A hosted by Brendan Prost, and a post-screening shindig!

Vancouver Festival of Oceans

Program Running Time 420 min.

Jun 05 04:00 pm

Films in Program

(420 mins)

In its 7th consecutive year, the Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films (VFOF) inspires audiences to consider their relationship with the ocean through regional and international documentaries that focus on adventure, sport and the global issues that our waters currently face.

Through experiences with our oceans, the VFOF aims to educate, motivate and excite audiences. Tickets and information at


Program Running Time 60 min.

Jun 16 07:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Manuel Correa
(Canada, 2015, 60 mins, DCP)

What happens to art in the Internet age? #artoffline provides an insider’s view of the contemporary art world, and explores the ways in which digital technology has transformed the experience of art. Followed by the director in conversation with invited guests.

Taiwanese Film Festival 2016: "The Moment"

Program Running Time 113 min.

Jun 10 05:00 pm
Jun 12 03:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Yang Li-chou
(Taiwan, 2014, 113 mins, DCP)

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Golden Horse Awards, director Li-Chou Yang created this documentary as a “love letter” to film-lovers everywhere. Using footage from fifty-one films, Yang captured the cinematic history and memory of a generation of Taiwanese. Come relive the joys, the heartbreaks, and the intimacies of a society of people reflected in the best films of the age. The Moment reconnects us in the here and now with the triumphs and losses of what has gone and passed through the silver screen.

The screening on Sunday June 12 will be followed by a panel discussion.

Taiwanese FF: The Laundryman

Program Running Time 112 min.

Jun 11 07:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Lee Chung
(Taiwan, 2015, 112 mins, DCP)

In this kinetic horror/kung-fu mash-up, an innocuous-seeming dry cleaners fronts for a hitman-for-hire operation. When a nameless contract killer becomes haunted by his former targets, he enlists a psychic for help, but their quest to make peace with the past puts them at odds with his ruthless employer. Colorful and brimming with unforgettable characters, The Laundryman puts the stylish influences of Wong Kar-Wai on the spin cycle. (Chicago Film Festival)

Taiwanese FF: Elena

Program Running Time 138 min.

Jun 12 08:35 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jing-Jie Lin
(Taiwan, 2015, 138 mins)

Eileen’s life takes a turn for the better when a motorcycle accident lands her with free violin lessons. She develops a newfound relationship with retired police officer turned taxi driver Liao Chun-Ming as well as Kevin, the man of her dreams. Elena portrays the struggles of the average Taiwanese working class, and the difficulties they face in a rapidly changing country that sees rusty old factories as a thing of the past.

Taiwanese FF: Panay

Program Running Time 99 min.

Jun 11 03:00 pm
Jun 12 06:20 pm

Films in Program

(Taiwan, 2015, 99 mins, DCP)

Based on a true story, up and coming directors Yu-Chieh Cheng and Lekal Sumi weave a wonderfully shot story about aboriginal rights. When Panay, a college-educated single mother, returns to her home village to attend to her sick father, she discovers a plan to turn their lands into large resorts. Rekindling her love for her home, she works with the villagers to revive the village and save their lands.

Taiwanese FF: Wansei Back Home

Program Running Time 111 min.

Jun 11 12:40 pm

Films in Program

(Taiwan, 2015, 111 mins, DCP)

A tale of home spanning decades in war and peace, filmed over five years, the documentary tells the story of “wansei”, or Japanese who were born in Taiwan during the colonial period. After WWII, they were forcibly deported back to Japan, despite having spent almost two decades of their life in Taiwan. Now, advanced in age and with children and grandchildren of their own, the wansei are returning to Taiwan once more. Intimate and moving, the documentary explores the power of memory, nostalgia, and the lasting place of home in our hearts.

Taiwanese FF: Fly, Kite Fly

Program Running Time 75 min.

Jun 11 11:00 am

Films in Program

Directed By: Liang Chieh-te
(Taiwan, 2015, 75 mins, DCP)

In 1991, a man makes a promise to create a detailed account of the Black Kites (a specie of eagle) of Taiwan. Produced by the Raptor Research Group of Taiwan, Fly, Kite Fly! follows Chen-Chung Shen, a.k.a Mr. Eagle, on a 20-year journey across Taiwan as he observes its 200 remaining Black Kites. The film chronicles a story of rapid urbanization, conservation, and the dangers of pesticide use, through the plight of the Black Kites, borrowing the voice of famous director and scriptwriter, Wu Nien Zhen. Carefully shot scenes of the Black Kites playfully gliding over Taiwan’s coast will inspire the same desire to protect these precious creatures as it did for Mr. Eagle almost 20 years ago.