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An Evening with Jon Jost: They Had It Coming

Program Running Time 84 min.

Films in Program

Listen to Me Marlon

Program Running Time 102 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Stevan Riley
(USA, 2015, 102 mins, DCP)

The most electrifying and influential American actor of the Twentieth Century, Marlon Brando never wrote an autobiography, but he recorded a vast archive of tapes: memories, ruminations, philosophy and personal observations, which have never been made public - until now.

"Listen to Me Marlon is the greatest, most searching documentary of an actor ever put on film, and it’s no coincidence that it’s about film’s greatest and most searching actor." David Edelstein, New York Magazine

An Evening with Jon Jost: Coming to Terms

Program Running Time 89 min.

Films in Program


Program Running Time 116 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Chaitanya Tamhane
(India, 2014, 116 mins, DCP)

An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the “people’s poet,” is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. His trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution, and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy.

A Hard Day

(2014, 111 mins, DCP)
In Korean
CAST Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Jin-woong
Classification: 19+


"Right in the middle of his mother’s funeral, homicide detective Ko Gun-soo (Lee Sun-kyun) is called out by his team members to hurry back to the station, as the rat squad (internal affairs) is raiding their office. While speeding down the pitch-black highway, he swerves to avoid hitting a beagle and ends up running over a man. Braving the most conscience-pricking stare from his pooch witness, he hastily stashes the body in his trunk and keeps going. His attempt to make it through a roadblock guarded by officious traffic wardens is just the first of many nick-of-time scrapes that will hold audiences in suspense.

Things come to a head at the funeral parlor, when his chief (Shin Jung-keun), together with his teammates, try to make him take the heat for their collective racketeering (the rat squad busted open Ko’s drawer to find stashes of bribe money). In a morbid example of necessity being the mother of invention, Ko hits upon a novel way of disposing of the body (albeit one that puts his mom in a tight spot), in an extraordinary stunt sequence that melds Hitchcockian tension and Keatonesque slapstick.But the more Ko tries to cover his tracks, the deeper he’s digging his own grave…" Maggie Lee, Variety

“A masterclass in throat-squeezing, stomach-knotting suspense loaded with smart plot twists, dark humor and high-gloss visuals. . .A Hard Day is full of smart surprises and darkly funny lurches." Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

"A total blast." Jessica Kiang, Playlist (Indiewire)


(2015, 80 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Dylan, Sharon Jones, Chuck D, Bonnie Raitt, Marty Stuart


Nov 14 04:00 pm
Nov 15 05:30 pm
Nov 16 06:30 pm
Nov 19 01:00 pm
Nov 19 09:00 pm

Screening times and tickets for the Vancity Theatre will be available by early October.  Mavis! is part of the VIFF 2015 Program. Visit this page to purchase tickets. 

“We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, happiness, inspiration, and some pos-i-tive vi-brations,” Mavis Staples tells concertgoers at the opening of Jessica Edwards’ irresistible portrait of the irrepressible gospel/soul legend – a vow the movie delivers aplenty. Blessed with a Himalayan vocal range even as a teen, Mavis never met a note she couldn’t knock out of the park. Guided by her father, Pops, The Staples Singers married gospel and delta blues in the 50s; won over the folkies and sang Freedom songs for the civil rights movement in the 60s; and topped the Billboard charts with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” in the 1970s. Since, there have been records with Prince and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy; more tours, more shows, more positive vibrations.

If the movie is to be believed (there’s no reason to doubt it) Mavis heeded Pops’ advice, takes pleasure from her good fortune and does her own laundry. In one touching scene she visits The Band’s ailing drummer Levon Helm and shortly, inevitably, into song right there in his parlor; he sits by and beams, and so do we. Music is her balm and she dispenses it with grace and gusto. Edwards makes a strong case for the Staples Singers’ importance, and testimony from Tweedy, Bonnie Raitt, Sharon Jones, Chuck D and one Bob Dylan tends to lend credence. Most importantly, though, there’s wall-to-wall music; that jubilant voice which will not be denied.

"Spirited and captivating." Joe Leydon, Variety

The Forbidden Room

(2015, 120 mins, DCP)
CAST Louis Negin, Charlotte Rampling, Roy Dupuis, Melissa Trainor, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin, Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Francois Stevenin, Maria de Medeiros, Elina Lowensohn
Classification: 19+


Oct 16 08:30 pm
Oct 17 08:30 pm
Oct 18 05:30 pm
Oct 19 08:45 pm
Oct 20 06:10 pm

Screening times and tickets for the Vancity Theatre will be available by early October.  The Forbidden Room is part of the VIFF 2015 Program. Visit this page to purchase tickets. 


A fever dream within a dream, the latest transmission from celluloid fetishist Guy Maddin is part campy, whacked out tribute to vintage Hollywood melodrama, part anguished crypto-confessional, and all brilliant: a passionate, virtuoso pastiche that is also perversely original and sui generis. It’s the perfect date movie for mad cinephiles and film lovers.

Beginning with a "how to" guide to taking a bath, then loosely shackling together such deliriously lunatic yarns as a submarine crew slowly suffocating (they chow down on flapjacks for the air pockets), and a woodsman’s quixotic rescue of an amnesiac from the clutches of a pack of wolfish bandits (which itself spirals into the captive maiden’s dream of a South Seas volcanic sacrifice), The Forbidden Room teeters provocatively between sensuality and surrealism, hysteria and Hermeticism, Kafka and King Kong. It is at once Maddin’s funniest and also his most labyrinthine movie, a hall of mirrors in which the likes of Charlotte Rampling, Roy Dupuis Geraldine Chaplin, Mathieu Amalric and Maria de Medeiros reappear in multiple roles, familiar and strange. Filmed entirely in the studio but evoking multiple lost worlds, The Forbidden Room is pure cinema.

Selected filmography: Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988); Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997); The Saddest Music in the World (2003); Brand Upon the Brain! (2006); My Winnipeg (2007)

"Guy Maddin goes through the looking glass, down the rabbit hole, into the twilight zone, beyond the great divide or maybe just deep into the nooks and crannies of his own two-strip Technicolor imagination in The Forbidden Room….A demented montage of considerable brilliance." Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

"I’ve never taken LSD and wandered around a film archive, but I imagine the experience might be similar to The Forbidden Room." Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

Hadwin's Judgment

(2015, 88 mins, DCP)
FEATURING John Vaillant, Doug Chapman
Classification: 19+


Nov 06 06:30 pm
Nov 07 08:10 pm
Nov 08 07:20 pm
Nov 09 06:30 pm
Nov 10 08:30 pm
Nov 11 02:45 pm
Nov 12 04:00 pm

Screening times and tickets for the Vancity Theatre will be available by early October.  Hadwin's Judgement is part of the VIFF 2015 Program. Visit this page to purchase tickets. 

Valorized with great skill and insight by John Vaillant in his Governor General’s Award–winning book The Golden Spruce, Grant Hadwin’s story now becomes a powerful non-fiction film.

Hadwin was a BC boy born and bred. He loved the forest, lived for the great outdoors, so naturally he looked for employment that allowed him free rein and access to it. And naturally, in days like these, that meant working for the timber industry. Grant’s expertise and facility initially found favour, and he was trusted to scout the backwoods and chart out the most likely logging roads. Of course it was only a matter of time before he realized he was inextricably implicated in the destruction of the very thing he loved. As his efforts to steer the industry towards a more sustainable approach fell on deaf ears disillusionment set in. He dropped out. Agitated for change. And eventually, fatefully, he became an eco-terrorist, committing what for many remains an unforgivable act…

Artfully reconstructing Hadwin’s physical, spiritual and political journey, Sasha Snow reminds us how much is at stake here, in our own backyard. With commentary from John Vaillant as well as from people who knew Hadwin personally, this is a balanced and fair-minded account of a highly controversial figure, but nevertheless a movie that presses the case for greater oversight and environmental awareness.

"Gorgeously photographed, compulsively watchable and deeply sympathetic." Globe and Mail


(2015, 104 mins, DCP)
CAST Michael Eklund, Sara Canning, Christopher Heyerdahl, Charlie Carrick


Oct 16 06:10 pm
Oct 17 06:10 pm
Oct 18 03:00 pm
Oct 18 07:50 pm
Oct 19 06:30 pm
Oct 20 08:30 pm

Screening times and tickets for the Vancity Theatre will be available by early October.  Eadweard is part of the VIFF 2015 Program. Visit this page to purchase tickets. 

Decades before the cinema was invented, Eadweard Muybridge became obsessed with capturing motion on film. His studies of horses at gallop were a sensation in their day. He was a pioneer in the field of photography, an innovator, equal parts scientist and artist - but he was also a strange and obsessive personality, whose rocky personal life descended into equally sensational melodrama. The directorial debut of BC’s Kyle Rideout, Eadweard is a massively ambitious and highly compelling feature film.

The Assassin

(2015, 105 mins, DCP)
In Mandarin with English subtitles
CAST Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun, Satoshi Tsumabuki
Classification: 19+


Oct 30 06:30 pm
Oct 31 07:50 pm
Nov 01 03:00 pm
Nov 01 07:00 pm
Nov 02 01:00 pm
Nov 03 06:30 pm
Nov 03 08:40 pm
Nov 04 06:30 pm
Nov 04 08:40 pm
Nov 05 08:10 pm
Nov 08 03:00 pm
Nov 09 04:00 pm

Screening times and tickets for the Vancity Theatre will be available by early October.  The Assassin is part of the VIFF 2015 Program. Visit this page to purchase tickets. 


Furthering the trajectory of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, and The Grandmaster, The Assassin is a martial arts movie recalibrated as an exquisite work of art.

It is the Tang Dynasty: 10-year-old Nie Yinniang is abducted by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts. One day, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised. A slave to her mistress’ orders, Nie Yinniang must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

Photographed by the great Mark Ping Bing Lee (In the Mood for Love; Norwegian Wood; Renoir), The Assassin immerses us in a watchful world of hidden menace, power, and intrigue - as well as an unspoiled natural world of sublime intensity. Renewing his collaboration with Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien (The Puppetmaster; Flowers of Shanghai; Flight of the Red Balloon), Lee excels himself in images that transcend composition and lighting to register the beauty of time itself: kinesis and abstraction.

"Heart-stoppingly beautiful." Robbie Colin, Daily Telegraph

"Mesmerizing." Justin Chang, Variety

"Captivates and astonishes." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian