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Carlito's Way

Program Running Time 144 min.

Jul 14 08:30 pm
Jul 15 01:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Brian De Palma
(USA, 1993, 144 mins, DCP)

Along with Blow Out this is arguably peak De Palma (he implies as much himself in the new documentary that accompanies this series). A classic gangster film, updated to the disco era of the late 70s (and reuniting the director with his Scarface star, Al Pacino), Carlito’s Way is the tale of a drug kingpin who vows to go straight - and means it. Trouble is, nobody believes him: not his old friends and cronies, not his enemies, not even his best friend and lawyer (Sean Penn).

Blow Out

Program Running Time 107 min.

Jul 14 06:30 pm
Jul 15 03:40 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Brian De Palma
(USA, 1981, 107 mins, DCP)

John Travolta in his greatest role, as sound technician Jack Terry, who accidentally records a fatal car accident, and finds himself embroiled in a murky political conspiracy. The culmination of an unofficial trilogy that starts with Antonioni’s Blow Up and Coppola’s The Conversation, Blow Out is a mesmerizing thriller, De Palma in his prime.

Sisters

Program Running Time 93 min.

Jul 02 10:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Brian De Palma
(USA, 1973, 93 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

A young reporter (Jennifer Salt) witnesses a murder from afar, but cannot prove it. The truth is more grim than she imagines… Sisters has a grand guignol conceit but it’s not really a horror movie - rather it’s a witty mystery suspense thriller drawing from Rear Window and Psycho. Ironically through Hitchcockian pastiche De Palma found his own voice as a filmmaker. Even at this early stage includes extraordinarily adept use of split screen, lengthy travelling shots, and an operatic "Eye of God" storytelling sense - or if you prefer, a deeply twisted sense of humour.

Carrie (1976)

Program Running Time 100 min.

Jul 01 10:30 pm
Jul 05 02:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Brian De Palma
(USA, 1976, 100 mins, DCP)

The biggest hit from the 70s phase of Brian De Palma’s career, Carrie takes Stephen King’s horror novel about a troubled telekinetic teen and weaves it into a purely cinematic rhapsody of angst and (retali-)elation, what Pauline Kael termed "a terrifyingly lyrical thriller". Sissy Spacek is the shy adolescent brought up by an evangelical Christian mother (Piper Laurie - both actresses were nominated for the Oscar), and mortified when she has her first period in the girls’ shower. The incident leads to a cruel prank, which will in turn unleash Carrie’s furious response

Body Double

Program Running Time 114 min.

Jul 03 08:50 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Brian De Palma
(USA, 1984, 114 mins, DCP)

An out of work actor takes to spying on the beautiful woman across the street, but realizes she may be in terrible danger. His efforts to intercede lead him into LA’s porn industry. Tippi Hedron’s daughter, Melanie Griffith, stars. "It’s a mystery, a romance, a horror flick, and a straight-faced parody all rolled into one unique little movie." Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic

Obsession

Program Running Time 98 min.

Jul 03 07:00 pm
Jul 05 04:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Brian De Palma
(USA, 1976, 98 mins, DCP)

Fifteen years after the love of his life was killed through his own failings, businessman Cliff Robertson meets a young woman who appears to be his dead wife’s doppelganger - and has a second chance to prove his love. Initially dismissed as a mere stylistic copy, almost faux-Hitchcock, Obsession is now understood as a "conversation" with Vertigo, reframing and in some aspects refining the original’s thesis about the nexus of money, power, and desire.

Rude Boy

Program Running Time 133 min.

Jul 19 07:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jack Hazan, David Mingay
(GB, 1980, 133 mins, DCP)

On the surface, Rude Boy is about Ray, a hapless, young Londoner in the late 1970s with no prospects who leaves his seedy job in Soho to work as a roadie for The Clash. Not only does Rude Boy have the best filmed footage of The Clash, on stage, backstage, in hotel rooms and rehearsal rooms, but it also shows Punk, stirring up youth and making it prey to both the Trotskyite left and the Fascist National Front. All this is portrayed against the breakdown of social democracy in Britain with frightening street battles and demonstrations, resulting in the triumphant ascent of Mrs Thatcher to Downing Street.

Guest programmer: Adrian Mack, film editor at the Georgia Straight

Unlocking the Cage

Program Running Time 92 min.

Jul 13 06:30 pm
Jul 14 02:30 pm
Jul 16 04:20 pm

Films in Program

(USA, 2015, 92 mins, DCP)

By what right do humans lord it over the animals? Does animal consciousness rewrite the ethics book when it comes to the way we treat primates? Documentary veterans Chris Hegadus and DA Pennebaker cover the fascinating story of lawyer Steven Wise, who is petitioning the courts to extend human rights to cognitively complex creatures likes chimpanzees, elephants, dolphins and whales. After all, if the Supreme Court believes corporations are persons before the law, shouldn’t our genetic ancestors enjoy a superior claim? It may sound outlandish, but as the film shows, society may be on the brink of a monumental cultural shift…

Phantom Boy

Program Running Time 84 min.

Jul 29 06:30 pm
Jul 30 05:45 pm
Jul 31 03:15 pm
Aug 03 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jean-Loup Gagnol
(France, 2015, 84 mins, DCP)

11-year-old Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish animated noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York.

Dark Horse

Program Running Time 85 min.

Jul 15 06:30 pm
Jul 16 06:15 pm
Jul 17 03:00 pm
Jul 18 04:30 pm
Jul 19 05:20 pm
Jul 21 12:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Louise Osmond
(GB, 2015, 85 mins, DCP)

The most heart-warming sports underdog movie of the year also happens to be a true story: how a poor mining community in Wales came together to sponsor a race horse, Dream Alliance, only to find themselves with a champion on their hands…. "Unforgettable." Daily Telegraph. Winner: Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival

95% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes

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