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Mountains May Depart

Program Running Time 250 min.

Jun 03 08:30 pm
Jun 04 06:15 pm
Jun 06 08:35 pm
Jun 07 06:00 pm
Jun 08 09:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jia Zhangke
(China, 2015, 125 mins, DCP)

Another film of immense ambition and scope from leading Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin; The World). Set over three decades, from the turn of the millennium to 2025, the film charts the ranging fortunes of two men and the woman they both love (Jia’s muse, Tao Zhao). This is a film about China’s embrace of capitalism, but told with an unforced poetic simplicity and rueful conviction.

Truman

Program Running Time 108 min.

May 27 05:50 pm
May 28 08:25 pm
May 29 07:50 pm
May 30 06:30 pm
May 31 03:00 pm
Jun 01 09:00 pm
Jun 02 06:30 pm
Jun 09 12:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Cesc Gay
(Spain, 2015, 108 mins, DCP)

Two of the Spanish-speaking world’s finest actors, Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara, team up for this moving, wry film about friendship, family, and last wishes. Julian (Darin) is dying, but doing his best not to make a big deal of it. Unexpectedly, his old friend Tomas (Camara) shows up on his doorstep (all the way from Canada). He can only stay for a few days, but Tomas means to make them count, whether Julian likes it or not. All the latter seems to care about is what to do about Truman, his beloved dog…

Sunset Song

Program Running Time 135 min.

May 27 07:50 pm
May 28 05:50 pm
May 30 08:35 pm
May 31 12:30 pm
Jun 01 06:30 pm
Jun 02 08:35 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Terence Davies
(GB, 2015, 135 mins, DCP)

Considered a seminal Scottish novel, Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 classic, Sunset Song, sounds echoes of Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence in its bracing tale of a farmer’s daughter enduring all that life can throw at her in the World War I era. Beautifully photographed, Terence Davies’ film is a heartbreaking melodrama about emancipation, poverty, and life during wartime.

Mustang

Program Running Time 97 min.

Jun 03 01:40 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
(France, Turkey, 2015, 97 mins, DCP)

Evocative of both The Virgin Suicides and Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, this (French-made) Turkish drama is the tale of five young, free-spirited sisters, house-bound and married off, one by one, at the insistence of their conservative muslim uncle and grandmother. Rich in character, nuance and beauty, Mustang has won international acclaim everywhere it has shown. Nominee: Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film


Rams

Program Running Time 93 min.

Jun 01 01:40 pm
Jun 07 04:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Grímur Hákonarson
(Iceland, 2015, 93 mins, DCP)

One of the hits of VIFF last year, this tale of Icelandic sheep farmers beset by disaster is a sleeper hit. Gummi and Kiddi are siblings and neighbours who have not spoken to each other for decades, but when one of their flock goes down with disease the stakes go sky high. The film is funny, raw, and surprisingly lean. It begins as absurdist comedy but winds up closer to existential tragedy.

Truman

(2015, 108 mins, DCP)
In Spanish with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

May 27 05:50 pm
May 28 08:25 pm
May 29 07:50 pm
May 30 06:30 pm
May 31 03:00 pm
Jun 01 09:00 pm
Jun 02 06:30 pm
Jun 09 12:00 pm

Sun May 29 Screening - 7:30-7:45pm in the Atrium - SON BOHEMIO - Nyra Chalmer (Violin),Hector Falcon (Cajon) and Joaquin Gonzalez (Guitar.Voice) - is an ensemble that performs music from all over Latin America and Spain with a gypsy bohemian style. The vocals in their performances blend beautifully with the sound of the guitar, the violin, and the peruvian cajon and invite audiences of different cultures to an imaginary trip into the hispanic heritage


Two of the Spanish-speaking world’s finest actors, Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara, team up for this moving, wry film about friendship, family, and last wishes. Julian (Darin) is dying, but doing his best not to make a big deal of it. Unexpectedly, his old friend Tomas (Camara) shows up on his doorstep (all the way from Canada). He can only stay for a few days, but Tomas means to make them count, whether Julian likes it or not. All the latter seems to care about is what to do about Truman, his beloved dog…

"Gay’s wise, wistful and well-observed film about two friends enjoying a final reunion in the shadow of impending death, is by turns amusing and affecting — and quite often both at once — as it focuses on a middle-aged actor’s efforts to put his affairs in order before he faces the final curtain. It should travel far beyond the fest circuit, and find receptive audiences wherever and however it is shown, for it speaks, gently yet directly, in a universal language." Joe Leydon, Variety

"Masterful… well paced, consistently engaging… extremely accessible." Robert Bell, Exclaim!

Emotionally direct… a clean-lined, sensitively-written and beautifully played two-hander that tackles complex issues in a refreshingly straightforward, downbeat way." Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter

DGC Master Class Series: Adam Arkin

(90 mins)

Showtimes

May 28 03:00 pm

Launching in May 2016, the Directors Guild of Canada is pleased to present a series of Master Classes in partnership with VIFF. The DGC Master Class Series will feature multiple award-winning speakers from some of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed films and TV shows. The year-round sessions are designed to educate and inspire everyone from established to emerging directors, screenwriters and producers. Plus: the sessions are also open to the general public.

Four Master Classes will be scheduled at the Film Centre and we are thrilled to announce our inaugural guest, ADAM ARKIN, a director, and actor with multiple Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his work on Chicago Hope and Northern Exposure. His TV directing credits include the award-winning series Fargo, Masters of Sex, Justified, Backstrom, Sons of Anarchy and Secrets and Lies to name but a few. Join us for a fascinating master class with Adam on May 28th as he takes us into his experiences from behind the camera.

Moderator: Simon Davis Barry, Creator/Exec Producer, Continuum || Exec Producer, Van Helsing 

Reception to follow.

Please note that guest, staff, and volunteer passes, and complimentary vouchers to the Vancity Theatre will not be accepted for this event.

The Devil's Horn

(2016, 86 mins, DCP)
Director:
Classification: PG

Showtimes

Jun 14 08:40 pm

Did you know that the saxophone was banned from the Earth by the Nazis? Saxophones were burned and saxophonists were jailed and exiled. The director of Inside Hana’s Suitcase, Mozartballs, Stormy Weather: The Music of Howard Arlen, Larry Weinstein returns with his latest documentary about the history of the saxophone and the fate of some of history’s greatest saxophone players. Follow Larry Weinstein as he explores the origins of Adolphe Sax, the creator of the saxophone 175 years ago and the role the sax has played over time and borders.

Reel Jazz, Part 2: Swingin' Hot & Blowin' Blue presented by Michael van den Bos

(110 mins)
FEATURING Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Glenn Miller,Diana Ross, Lester Young
Classification: G

Showtimes

Jun 14 06:30 pm

Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos follows up his 2015 Reel Jazz show with an all-new compilation of red-hot and blue jazz performances from the movies.  This pulsating program features clips from live-action features and animated cartoons spanning the hot jazz of the early 1930s, through the swinging syncopation of the World War II big band era, to the post-war sounds of the soloists.  Michael will introduce clips of real-life jazz musicians who performed as themselves in guest-star roles and who played fictional musician characters narratively integrated into the story.  Included is a look at the jazz bio-pic, how the movies portrayed the darker notes of a troubled jazz life, and a tribute to the most influential jazz musician and singer of them all—the man whose artistry and ebullience revolutionized and popularized the genre—Louis Armstrong. 

I Am the Blues

(2016, 106 mins, DCP)
Director:
FEATURING Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy ’Duck’ Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer
Classification: PG

Showtimes

Jun 13 06:30 pm
Jun 15 06:30 pm

A musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80’s, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy ’Duck’ Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

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