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Talk to Her

Program Running Time 112 min.

Sep 14 07:30 pm

Films in Program

(Hable con ella)
Directed By: Pedro Almodovar
(Spain, 2002, 112 mins, 35mm)

One of Almodovar’s very best, this strange and lustrous love story involves two men and two comatose women (one of them a bullfighter). It sounds weird because it is weird - yet by the end it also feels very true, very natural, and totally heartfelt.

"Talk to Her is totally in love with passion, and with love."—The New York Times

"Talk to Her is very much a subversive film, one that takes its time creeping in under your skin. But once there, it’s determined to stay awhile, to entice the mind into playing seditious games."—Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Pure cinematic intoxication, a wildly inventive mixture of comedy and melodrama, tastelessness and swooning elegance."—Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Secret in Their Eyes

Program Running Time 129 min.

Sep 14 05:00 pm

Films in Program

(El secreto de sus ojos)
Directed By: Juan José Campanella
(Argentine, 2009, 129 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

A multi-layered and poignant thriller interweaving the personal lives of a state prosecution investigator (Ricardo Darin) and a judge, with a manhunt spanning twenty-five years.

Winner: Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film

"The wonder is that the film balances its many genres, from the thorns of murder to the bloom of romance to the thickets of politics, with such easy grace. 4/4"—Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

"This beautiful film, directed with subtlety and grace by Juan José Campanella, really is about moving from fear to love."—Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"Secret is bound to linger in the memory for years."—Betsy Sharkey, LA Times

Coherence

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

Searching for Sugar Man

Program Running Time 86 min.

Sep 08 08:20 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Malik Bendjelloul
(South Africa, 2012, 86 mins, DCP)

One of the most acclaimed — and revelatory — music documentaries in the last few years, this Academy Award-winning film investigates, the life, work and mysterious disappearance of the 70s singer-songwriter Rodriguez. Screening in tribute to director Malik Bendjelloul, who committed suicide earlier this year.

"A hugely appealing documentary about fans, faith and an enigmatic Age of Aquarius musician who burned bright and hopeful before disappearing."—Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"All you really have to know about this surprising and emotive music doc is that you should see it."—Trevor Johnston, Time Out

Prophet

Program Running Time 155 min.

Sep 07 07:00 pm

Films in Program

(Un prophète)
Directed By: Jacques Audiard
(France, 2009, 155 mins, 35mm)

More than one critic compared Jacques Audiard’s forceful, rich prison drama to The Godfather. Audiard uses the prison as a microcosm in this allegory for how to get ahead in the twenty-first century.

"If Malik doesn’t remind you of Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone on his journey from innocence to corruption in The Godfather saga, well ... he should. A Prophet is similarly, startlingly momentous."—Steven Rea, Philadeliphia Inquirer

"It’s a highly original film made in a familiar context, and an exciting moviegoing experience you shouldn’t miss."—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

"A Prophet is the kind of film that makes you remember why going to the movies can be a thrilling experience."—Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

Lives of Others

Program Running Time 137 min.

Sep 07 04:00 pm

Films in Program

(Das Leben der Anderen)
(Germany, 2006, 137 mins, 35mm)

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

"A thoroughly compelling political thriller, at once intellectually challenging and profoundly emotional."—Claudia Puig, USA Today

"The Lives of Others is a supremely intelligent, unfailingly honest look at a shadowy period in recent German history."—AO Scott, New York Times

Norte, The End of History

Program Running Time 250 min.

Sep 05 06:30 pm
Sep 06 06:30 pm
Sep 09 06:30 pm
Sep 11 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Lav Diaz
(Phillippines, 2013, 250 mins, DCP)

In the northern Philippine province of Luzon, a law-school dropout commits a horrific double murder; a gentle family man takes the fall and receives a life sentence, leaving behind a wife and two kids. A careful rethinking of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment shot in blazing color, this tour de force offers a masterful recapitulation of Diaz’s longstanding obsessions: cultural memory, national guilt, and the origin of evil. "A masterpiece. An astonishing work of life, death and art."—Wesley Morris

"Its very existence is an exhilarating triumph over complacency... there is an almost inexhaustible humanism at the heart of this remarkable film."—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“The lights came up, I stood with tears in my eyes, and clapped as loudly as I ever have for any movie in my life.”—Wesley Morris, Grantland

“A mesmerising experience that grows deeper and broader the longer it goes on”—Kieran Corless, Sight and Sound

Truly Madly Deeply

Program Running Time 106 min.

Sep 02 07:00 pm

Films in Program

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

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.

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