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Queen Live in Budapest '86 (Hungarian Rhapsody)

Program Running Time 95 min.

Aug 04 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Janos Zsombolyai
(GB, Hungary, 1986, 95 mins, Blu-Ray)

The first Western Rock concert staged behind the Iron Curtain, this momentous performance drew 80,000 fans. The set includes favourite hits like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "I Want To Break Free" and "We Are The Champions."

Re-mastered in high definition and superb 5.1 surround sound.

26th Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2014

Aug 19 06:00 pm
Aug 20 02:00 pm

Films in Program

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The Vancouver Queer Film Festival kicks off its 26th season on August 14-24. The festival features more than 80 films at various downtown locations showcasing queer stories from 11 countries, including offerings from Russia, Brazil, and the Philippines, presenting themes of gender identity, forbidden love, and culture. Tickets and festival schedule are available July 24th online and at Little Sister’s bookstore (1238 Davie Street, Vancouver).

Latin American Film Festival

Sep 01 06:00 pm
Sep 04 06:00 pm

Films in Program

Truly Madly Deeply

Program Running Time 106 min.

Sep 02 07:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Anthony Minghella
(GB, 1991, 106 mins)

The feature debut of writer-director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient; The Talented Mr Ripley) is a film warmth, tenderness and comedy. After her husband, Jamie (Alan Rickman), dies, Nina (Juliet Stevenson is consumed by grief. So much so that Jamie comes back to her as a ghost…

Introduced by Murray Battle, director of Indpendent Production and Presentation at BC’s Knowledge Network.


Program Running Time 80 min.

Sep 20 08:10 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Pawel Pawelikowski
(France, Poland, Denmark, 2013, 80 mins, DCP)

Polish-born, UK-based filmmaker Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) returns to his native land for this evocative, resonant art film about a novice nun discovering a family secret in the 1960s. Beautifully shot in black and white, this award-winning drama has been compared to the work of Francois Truffaut and Robert Bresson.

"In a very short time, Pawlikowski’s film tells us a powerful, poignant story with fine, intelligent performances." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"This story of faith and despair is gracefully told, its simple, uncluttered spaces and luminous black-and-white photography harking back to Robert Bresson."JR Jones, Chicago Reader

"It’s absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films, and a fulfillment of the promise that the director has shown for so long." Oli Lyttleton, Indiewire

Finding Vivian Maier

Program Running Time 83 min.

Sep 19 08:20 pm
Sep 20 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
(USA, 2013, 83 mins, DCP)

This extraordinary documentary - one of the most popular films at VIFF last year - shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

"Compelling… haunting… captivating." Variety

"Poignant, informative, occasionally disturbing." Globe and Mail

Sagrada - The Mystery of Creation

Program Running Time 89 min.

Sep 19 06:30 pm
Sep 20 04:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Stefan Haupt
(Germany, Switzerland, 2012, 89 mins, DCP)

Arguably the most popular building site in the world, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona is still a work in progress, 125 years after the first stones were laid. Designed by the controversial Catalan genius Antonio Gaudi, the Sagrada is a testament to Faith… Faith in God, in the natural forms that so inspired the architect, and also in man, for Gaudi always knew this work would have to be completed long after his life-time.

"This film is more than a documentary, it tells the story using beautiful and quiet images of the transformation of ideas, talks of human endeavour for perfection and in so doing, illustrates that the essential meaning of this edifice lies in its creation process and not only in its completion.

This creative process is illustrated in varying perspectives from inside the incomplete church as well as the complex structure of the exterior parts of the church.

The film gives cause for self-reflection on how the past and present are related, portraying people and destinies involved in the construction of the church and ultimately proves that something incomplete also has its own significance." Jury citation, Erasmus Euro Media Awards

"Both exhaustive and astounding in its detective-like exploration of the history of the impossibly ornate Catalonian house of worship." Jackson Scarlett, 7x7SF


Program Running Time 89 min.

Sep 12 08:30 pm
Sep 13 08:30 pm
Sep 15 06:30 pm
Sep 17 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: James Ward Byrkit
(USA, 2013, 89 mins, DCP)

Imagine Luis Bunuel’s Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie crossed with Shane Carruth’s Primer and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia… Or just imagine a dinner party with friends, a dinner party that starts out quite normally, but which takes a dramatic turn towards the surreal when the power goes out – apparently connected to the proximity of a passing comet. Two guests venture out to the one house in the vicinity which mysteriously still has power. Before the night is done everyone present will have to rethink what they’re doing there, their longest and most intimate relationships, and indeed, who they really think they are…

"You walk away from it with your brain on fire." Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

"The result is an uncommonly clever genre movie, reliant not on special effects—of which there are basically none—but on heavy doses of paranoia." AA Dowd, AV Club

"No budget filmmaking at its most delectably inventive." Mike D’Angelo, The Dissolve

112 Weddings

Program Running Time 92 min.

Sep 12 06:30 pm
Sep 13 06:30 pm
Sep 14 03:00 pm
Sep 17 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Doug Block
(USA, 2014, 92 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Over the past two decades, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Doug Block has supported his career with a side business of videotaping weddings. Long curious about how their marriages have turned out, he tracks down and interviews some of the more memorable of his 112 wedding couples - with funny, insightful and moving results.

"Quirky, entertaining, and heartwarming." Toronto Film Scene

"Simple in execution, but unmistakably rich in dialogue of the complexities of married life, Doug Block has lensed a wonderfully playful, startlingly tragic film that will surely move anyone who’s ever been in love and question anyone considering marriage themselves." Jordan M Smith, Ion cinema

"Block finds the extraordinary in the patient observation of everyday life." Michel Gondry


Program Running Time 143 min.

Aug 29 08:10 pm
Aug 30 07:30 pm
Aug 31 02:30 pm
Sep 02 04:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Laurent Cantet
(Canada, France, 2013, 143 mins, DCP)

For his first North American movie the acclaimed French filmmaker Laurent Cantet (The Class; Time Out) came to Canada to film Joyce Carol Oates’ novel about a girl gang in the 1950s. Inspired by their leader, "Legs", the gang fights back against disciplinarian school masters, abusive employers, predatory males and neglectful parents - eventually establishing their own quasi-"collective". "A frequently thrilling evocation of teen lives." Empire

"A frequently thrilling evocation of teen lives. Proof that The Class and Time Out were no pan flashes. 4/5" Angie Errigo, Empire

"Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a riveting and emotionally engaging drama with some thought-provoking ideas and terrific performances from its young cast of unknowns. Highly recommended." Matt Turner, View

"As beautiful as it is surprising, Cantet’s Foxfire girls appear like the ancestors of Pussy Riot." Les Inrockuptibles