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Mustang

(2015, 97 mins, DCP)
In Turkish with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu
Classification: PG

Showtimes

Jun 03 01:40 pm

Narrated by Lale, the youngest of five orphaned sisters living in a small community "1,000 miles from Istanbul," Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s spirited and moving debut tells of the fallout when the sisters’ harmless horseplay on the beach with a group of boys is misinterpreted as some form of sexual adventurism by the adults charged with raising them "correctly."

Those adults are led by the sisters’ grandmother, their primary caregiver, who is determined to keep the sisters "intact" and eligible for a good marriage, i.e. one in which she picks the time, place and eligible male. Egged on by the girls’ uncle—and despite the girls’ vehement denials of any improper behaviour—Grandma locks them up, determined to keep them that way until they are married off. But the sisters are determined to fight back…

Evocative of both The Virgin Suicides and Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, this (French-made) Turkish drama is rich in character, nuance and beauty. Mustang has won international acclaim everywhere it has shown.

"First-time feature director Deniz Gamze Ergüven has crafted a story of female empowerment which is attuned to the buoyancy of adolescence, but she’s also deeply critical of a modern Turkish patriarchy in which women still struggle to be equal citizens. Mustang is a deceptively simple tale bearing an urgent message." Tim Grierson, Screen

"Stunning." Nicholas Rapold, New York Times

"A moving portrait of sisterhood, a celebration of a fierce femininity and a damning indictment of patriarchal systems that seek to destroy and control this spirit." Katie Walsh, LA Times

Tale of Tales

(Il Racconto dei racconti)
(2015, 134 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C Reilly, Stacy Martin, Shirley Henderson
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Jun 03 06:00 pm
Jun 04 03:40 pm
Jun 04 08:40 pm
Jun 06 06:00 pm
Jun 07 08:25 pm
Jun 08 06:30 pm
Jun 09 02:00 pm

Once upon a time there were three neighboring kingdoms each with a magnificent castle, from which ruled kings and queens, princes and princesses. One king was a fornicating libertine, another captivated by a strange animal, while one of the queens was obsessed by her wish for a child. Sorcerers and fairies, fearsome monsters, ogres and old washerwomen, acrobats and courtesans are the protagonists of this loose interpretation of the celebrated tales of Giambattista Basile directed by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah).

"Tale of Tales reminds you that fairy tales have always been fractured, and filled with the stuff of nightmares… What Garrone & co. have concocted is a Grand Guignol pop-up storybook, full of metaphorical dark woods and morality plays. Enter, and you’ll see why it’s worth its weight in sea monster hearts." David Fear, Rolling Stone

"Garrone’s colorful and kinky exploration of what women want. And what men will do to give it to them. Finger-licking good." Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times

"Every shot in the film could be framed, hung on the wall of the Uffizi Gallery, and not seem out of place. It’s gorgeous." Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

The Fits

(2016, 72 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr.
Classification: PG

Showtimes

Jun 24 06:30 pm
Jun 25 06:20 pm

"This visually lush and uncommon coming-of-age story pivots on Toni (Royalty Hightower), an 11-year-old who tags after her older brother during his trips to the boxing gym of a neighborhood rec center. One day, Toni spies young female dancers practicing a routine that’s fiercer than any slugfest, and is wholly transfixed. She signs up, joining a sorority that initiates her into a surprisingly, satisfyingly complex femininity. Beat by beat, thrilling move by move, the director Anna Rose Holmer — making an impressively assured feature debut — proves that the his-and-her spaces of the boxing ring and dance floor are more multilayered than they seem." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Gurukulam

(2015, 108 mins, DCP)
In English, Tamil with English subtitles
Directors:
FEATURING Dayananda Saraswati
Classification: G

Showtimes

Jun 24 08:10 pm
Jun 25 07:50 pm

In vivid and sensuous detail, Gurukulam follows a group of students and their teacher as they confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality and self-identity at a secluded forest ashram in southern India. Daily chores, meditation, rite and rigorous study are woven together, connecting the natural and spiritual worlds in moments of surprising revelations. The richly layered soundscape by Ernst Karel (Sweetgrass, Leviathan), the intimacy of images recorded by J.P. Sniadecki (Iron Ministry, Foreign Parts), the seamless editing of Mary Lampson (Harlan County U.S.A., Kimjongilia) combine to bring us into a place of extraordinary beauty and simplicity. From Swami Dayananda’s first lesson: ’Saying is only an expression of what you see’, Gurukulam is a rare invitation to look, listen, and experience a contemplative rhythm of life as old as the Bhagavad Gita and as new as present-day India.

Gurukulam is a rich and engrossing documentary about a way of life that is rooted in ancient texts and wisdom…You can apply the lessons to live a more fulfilling life whether you reside in a major metropolitan bustling city in the West or a tranquil village in the Himalayan foothills.”

Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, author and professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School

“An intense and rich experience. Gurukulam provides a strong antidote to Western reflexes that separate the practice of yoga from its erudite intellectual context. It is not merely a documentary, but also a means of teaching philosophy…” Andrew Gow, Professor of History and Religious Studies at University of Alberta

Neon Bull

(2015, 101 mins, DCP)
In Portuguese with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Aline Santana, Maeve Jinkings, Carlos Pessoa, Juliano Cazarre
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Jun 17 08:30 pm
Jun 23 08:30 pm

Wild, sensual and utterly transporting, Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s second fiction feature unfolds within the world of the vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. Neon Bull explores the vaquejada through the eyes of Iremar, a handsome cowboy who works the events. While he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, Iremar’s real dream is to design exotic outfits for dancers…

“The astonishing second feature by the Brazilian documentarian director Gabriel Mascaro, is a movie about animal smells. An intoxicating reflection on the interconnection of taste, scent, instinct and desire, the film, gorgeously photographed by Diego Garcia (Cemetery of Splendour), immerses you in the intensely pungent world of vaquejada…Neon Bull is a profound reflection on the intersection of the human and bestial.Throughout the film, the line between human and animal behavior is blurred. Sex is always in the air. But without much fuss, Neon Bull exalts carnal passion in beautiful, almost sculptural love scenes filmed from a middle distance." Stephen Holden, New York Times

"Mascaro’s vibrant depiction of Brazilian cowhands delivers a detailed look at a nomadic universe that’s simultaneously flamboyant and gritty. Lyrically involving and deeply sensual, Neon Bull showcases a full-bodied artist in command of his form… [It] provides a striking response to questions surrounding the precise nature of the movies. It’s a cinematic achievement that works on its own terms, beyond any semblance of marketplace pressure, and speaks to the unique power of the medium. Mascaro offers a window into a world that not only promises an original milieu, but invites viewers to become a part of it." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Stately, earthy, graphic, riveting… almost always beautiful." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Courted (L'hermine)

(2015, 98 mins, DCP)
In French with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Fabrice Luchini, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Eva Lallier
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Jun 17 06:30 pm
Jun 23 01:00 pm
Jun 23 01:00 pm
Jun 23 06:30 pm

In this elegant courtroom drama, the outcome of the case playing out before the jury gradually slips into the background as Christian Vincent instead focuses on the courtship between the presiding judge (Fabrice Luchini, from Gemma Bovery and Cycling with Moliere) and one of the reserve jurists (Sidse Babett Knudsen from The Duke of Burgundy and TV’s Borgen). Improbable (and unethical) as such a relationship might appear in North American, there isn’t any hand-ringing in this typically sophisticated Gallic confection, just a witty, subtle and ultimately poignant romance between two mature adults brought together by circumstance. Imagine an especially polished episode of The Good Wife, augmented with a certain savoir faire.

"Humane, mellow, droll… honed to melancholic comic perfection." Guy Lodge, Variety

The Gathering Festival & Cineworks present: Gathering Rhythms

(Moving Images & Music Celebrating the Rhythms of Place)
(2016, 120 mins)
Director:

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Jun 19 07:45 pm

This free show presented in association with The Gathering Festival and Cineworks features a program of locally produced short films, live music, and the world premiere of a 26-minute short film, The Sound We See: A Vancouver City Symphony, made by 10 young people on 16mm black and white film, with musical accompaniment by Martin Reisle in collaboration with invited street performers.

Short films:

The Gathering Place; 4:00 min; 2016

Director: Neil Volkey

An introduction to the work of The Gathering Place Community Centre in Vancouver’s Downtown South neighbourhood. Commissioned as part of Cineworks’ Play It Forward program 2016, supporting Metro Vancouver filmmakers, charities and non profits.

Intersections: Message to Younger Self (x2) 2 mins

Our World – Kamx’id; 1:42 min; 2015;

Director: Jeremy Wamiss

A magical animation that celebrates the carver.

Imagine Still Creek; 5:36 min; 2014

Director: Benjamin Rosen-Purcell

A live-action animation and dream-like meditation on time and trace, shot where the Still Creek stream still flows in Vancouver and Burnaby, BC. Featuring music by The End Tree.

Not Just Black & White; 6:49 min; 2013;

Director: Lisa G

Like tourists, we visit different neighbourhoods searching for cultural diversity. Do women feel welcome in this Canadian city, Vancouver BC? Stories inspired by the Diverse Voices & Portraits project.

Vancouver Special; 5:00 min; 2005;

Director: Lisa Marr

A portrait of Vancouver through images of one of its most quietly iconic residential architectures.

Savage; 6:00 min; 2010;

Director: Lisa Jackson

Anishinaabe filmmaker and SFU grad Lisa Jackson’s remarkable “residential school musical,” a genre-mixing depiction of a young girl’s journey into a dark part of Canadian history. Winner, Genie Award for Best Short.

Streetcar; 7:00 min; 1907

Director: William Harbeck

The earliest known surviving film footage of Vancouver, shot by US filmmaker William Harbeck, from the front platform of a streetcar as it made its way through the streets of Downtown and the West End. Originally sent to the National Archives in Ottawa, this extraordinary film is preserved and made available by the City of Vancouver Archives.

WORLD PREMIERE!

The Sound We See: A Vancouver City Symphony; 26:00; 2016;

HD video transfer from b&w handmade 16mm film; live soundtrack

Directors: Various

Music by Martin Reisle and collaborators

An intimate portrait of Vancouver from the perspectives of 10 young people, in which the changing rhythms of a 24 hour period are expressed in 24 minutes of film. The film features a live musical score, performed by Vancouver-based musician Martin Reisle, in collaboration with the filmmakers and invited street performers.

The Sound We See is a framework for exploring place through analogue filmmaking with celluloid film, established by Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo –– traveling Canadian filmmakers and founding members of Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles. Discovering and redefining techniques of past avant grade urban documentarians, the project has sparked a global ‘Slow Film’ movement with youth and their communities in Canada, USA, Netherlands, India, Germany, Vietnam and the UK. This film was commissioned by Cineworks in partnership with The Gathering Place Community Centre, with the support of a BC Arts Council Youth Engagement Grant.

After the Last River

(2015, 86 mins)
Director:
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Jun 13 08:30 pm

Attawapiskat is a name we are hearing more often: it’s the community that has been riven with a horrific spate of suicides this past year, and the same community which Stephen Harper implied was some kind of mis-managed money pit for Canadian tax payers (misleadingly, as it turns out). Vicky Lean filmed there from 2008 to 2013, a period which saw the much-heralded arrival of a new neighbour for Attawapiskat in the form of a De Beers diamond mine, just 90 miles away.

The new mine came with warming PR about the benefits that would flow down river in the form of jobs, money and development. Yet year after year, Lean found a very different story: a story of entrenched poverty, no utilities, inadequate schooling, disenfranchisement, neglect and despair. Her film may be the most pressing portrait of Canada you will see all year.

Presenting partner: Reel Causes

"This howl of anger and despair demands to be seen" Adrian Mack, Georgia Straight.

Just For Cats Festival 2016

(2016, 65 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
Director:
Classification: PG
Special $5 youth ticket (under 18) price available to 10.30am, 12.30 shows only

Showtimes

Jun 26 02:00 pm

Back for a second visit to VIFF Vancity Theatre, the 2016 Just For Cats Festival features an exclusive reel of the best cat videos on the internet programmed by Will Braden creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir and created by the Walker Art Center.

Together we can revel in all things feline while enjoying the best cat videos the internet has to offer all while raising money for cat welfare in Canada!

Co-presented with BC SPCA, we’re delighted to share this specially vetted package cat-themed internet videos with Vancouver cat lovers.

Mountains May Depart

(2015, 125 mins, DCP)
In Cantonese with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Tao Zhao, Zhang Yi, Liang Jin Dong, Sylvia Chang, Dong Zijian
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

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

From the first, Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin; Platform) has taken the long view. Before any other filmmaker, he appreciated that China’s shift to become the industrial powerhouse of the 21st century demanded the kind of epic and muscular artistic scrutiny Zola and Dickens lavished on earlier epochs. In this, his eighth feature, Jia takes the pulse of the times at three intervals: at the turn of the millennium, in 2014, and in 2025.

In 1999, Shen Tao (Jia’s regular muse, Tao Zhao) is courted by both the easygoing Liangzi (Liang Jin Dong), and Zhang (Zhang Yi), an ambitious entrepreneur. Tao seems perfectly content with the status quo, but her admirers fall out, and pressured to choose, Tao agrees to marry Zhang. The repercussions of this choice – which also represents China’s embrace of capitalism – resonate through the years, and play out dramatically in the displacement of her only son, Dollar. Far-reaching and very moving, Mountains May Depart should be seen as another chapter in one of the most important bodies of work in today’s cinema. As to the title, Jia explains: "Mountains may depart; relationships may endure."

Selected filmography: A Touch of Sin (2013), Still Life (2006), The World (2004), Platform (2000)

A work of soaring ambition and deeply felt humanism.” Scott Foundas, Variety

"With audacious leaps of time and intimate echoes spanning a quarter century of intertwined lives, the director Jia Zhangke endows this romantic melodrama with vast geopolitical import." Richard Brody, New Yorker

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