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Gerontophilia

Program Running Time 82 min.


Films in Program

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

Program Running Time 70 min.


Films in Program

Case Against 8

Program Running Time 109 min.


Films in Program

Like Father, Like Son

Program Running Time 121 min.

Sep 21 08:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Kore-eda Hirokuzo
(Japan, 2013, 121 mins, DCP)

Two couples are devastated to learn that their children were swapped at birth six years ago. Are blood ties thicker than the bond of child rearing? This masterly, very moving drama won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Audience Award at last year’s VIFF.

"Sublimely moving."—Maggie Lee, Variety

’Powered by Kore-eda’s innate restraint and natural empathy, Like Father, Like Son takes these characters to places they never expected to be. It’s unnerving for them, of course, but watching so many hearts hanging in the balance is a rare privilege for us."—Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Kore-eda has crafted a piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love, and his status as Ozu’s heir becomes ever more assured."—Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Of Gods and Men

Program Running Time 122 min.

Sep 21 06:00 pm

Films in Program

(Des hommes et des dieux)
Directed By: Xavier Beauvois
(France, 2010, 122 mins, DCP)

Loosely based on a real incident involving a Cistercian order of monks kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists in Algeria, Beauvois’s film is an austere but gripping meditation on faith and fraternity.

"Of Gods and Men, a transcendent drama of uplift and inspiration, reveals the cavernous divide between heaven and Earth."—Peter Howell, Globe and Mail

"Beautiful, somber and rigorously intelligent."—AO Scott, New York Times

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

Don Gionvanni, from The Royal Opera House

Program Running Time 190 min.

Sep 21 02:30 pm
Oct 15 07:00 pm

Films in Program

(GB, 2014, 190 mins, DCP)

Kasper Holten, ROH Director of Opera, presents a mesmerizing new production of Mozart’s sublime tragicomedy. The impulsive and charismatic Don Giovanni travels through Europe seducing women, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. When he commits murder, he unleashes vengeance from beyond the grave.

Ida

Program Running Time 80 min.

Sep 20 08:10 pm

Films in Program

Ida
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

Neil Young: Journeys

Program Running Time 87 min.

Sep 15 08:20 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jonathan Demme
(USA, 2011, 87 mins, 35mm)

Jonathan Demme returns to his favourite subject - Neil Young - for their third collaboration in six years. This is an intimate and intense account of Young returning to his homeland and performing a couple of blistering shows at Massey Hall in the spring of 2011.

"Shooting a couple of rapturously received gigs performed by a band-less Young at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall in May, 2011, Demme not only had his camera crew get up the singer’s nose (literally), he affixed small stationary cameras inside a piano, on the microphone stand and elsewhere to capture his subject’s every grimace, gliss of sweat and fleck of spittle ... At film’s end, one is left in awe at the richness of Young’s oeuvre (which admittedly sometimes makes Bob Dylan’s seem like tidings of great joy), his stamina and his questing spirit." — James Adams, Globe and Mail

"A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike." — Peter Rainier, Christian Sience Monitor

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