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Best of 2015: Mad Max Fury Road

Program Running Time 120 min.

Dec 29 07:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: George Miller
(USA, Australia, 2015, 120 mins, DCP)

George Miller may have turned 70 in March, but that didn’t stop him from pulling off the biggest, fastest and most furious action flick in years. Like all previous Mad Max movies, this is a mytho-poetic demolition derby, a kind of punk valentine to the flaring embers of the petroleum era, a road rage against the dying of the light.

Free Screening: The Great Beauty

Program Running Time 142 min.

Dec 14 01:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino
(Italy, 2013, 142 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Free VIFF Vancity Theatre members screening of the Academy Award winning drama from Paolo Sorrentino in the run up to the release of his eagerly awaited new film, Youth.

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Wondrous Boccaccio

Program Running Time 120 min.

Jan 12 08:20 pm

Films in Program

(Italy, 2015, 120 mins, DCP)

Boccaccio’s Decameron without sex may seem surprising, but desire, delight and the beauty of youth are everywhere here. A tapestry of colour and the supreme natural beauty of the medieval Italian countryside, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s resplendent work, set in 1348, features ten young Florentines who hide from the plague in a country villa. To pass the time, they tell stories "that seem to vibrate with erotic passions inflamed by the presence of death."New Yorker

Draquila: Italy Trembles

Program Running Time 90 min.

Jan 12 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Sabina Guzzanti
(Italy, 2010, 90 mins)

Satirist Sabina Guzzanti’s controversial documentary examines the aftermath of an April 2009 earthquake that devastated the historic city of L’Aquila, the capital of Italy’s wildly beautiful region of Abruzzo. A kind of Italian Michael Moore, Guzzanti shows how the disaster was used by Berlusconi and his cronies for political and financial gain.

Presented by the Circolo Abruzzese


Program Running Time 92 min.

Jan 10 08:20 pm
Jan 13 04:30 pm

Films in Program

(Italy, 2014, 92 mins, DCP)

In this tasty mix of noir and comedy, a thirst for the genius of Italian winemakers transforms a shy bank clerk into a powerful wine writer, lothario and…possibly murderer.

Vincenzo Amato, Erika Blanc, Stefano Cassetti, Lambert Wilson

Italian Film Festival Opening Gala: Latin Lover

Program Running Time 104 min.

Jan 08 05:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Cristina Comencini
(Italy, 2015, 104 mins, DCP)

In this all-star comedy, the lovers and offspring of Italy’s most popular movie star (and most prolific ladies’ man) gather in his hometown on the 10th anniversary of his passing to piece together the puzzle of his life.

With: Francesco Scianna, Virna Lisi, Marisa Paredes, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Opening Gala ticket ($25) includes a buffet courtesy of the Italian Cultural Centre, live music, complimentary glass of wine and first look at an exhibition of photographs from the making of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s classic, The Arabian Nights (screening in the festival, Saturday night).

Doors are at 5.45, the film is at 7.15, and check out our special double bill price if you would like to stay for Fellini’s marvellous I Vitelloni, which screens from 9.30.