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Don Gionvanni, from The Royal Opera House

Program Running Time 190 min.

Sep 21 02:30 pm
Oct 15 07:00 pm

Films in Program

(GB, 2014, 190 mins, DCP)

Kasper Holten, ROH Director of Opera, presents a mesmerizing new production of Mozart’s sublime tragicomedy. The impulsive and charismatic Don Giovanni travels through Europe seducing women, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. When he commits murder, he unleashes vengeance from beyond the grave.

La Boheme, from The Royal Opera House

Program Running Time 160 min.

Aug 24 02:30 pm
Sep 10 07:00 pm

Films in Program

(GB, 2014, 160 mins, DCP)

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera. In his depiction of the tender and ultimately tragic love between Mimì and Rodolfo, Puccini achieved an immediacy, warmth and humanity that have rarely been equalled.

Nabucco, from The Royal Opera House

Program Running Time 170 min.

Jul 27 02:30 pm
Aug 13 07:00 pm

Films in Program

(GB, 2014, 170 mins, DCP)

Daniele Abbado explores themes of identity, exile and religion in a powerful staging of Verdi’s epic opera. War has broken out between the Babylonians and Israelites. The Israelites have captured Fenena, younger daughter of the Babylonian King, Nabucco. In revenge, Nabucco vows to destroy Jerusalem, aided by the vengeful Abigaille.

“Domingo’s career, 42 years at Covent Garden and counting, continues to be a wonder of the age.” The Guardian

The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane

(2012, 111 mins, DCP)
CAST Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Bill Wyman
Classification: 19+


Aug 11 08:20 pm

The Stones commemorated 50 years together as a band with this archival documentary directed by Brett Morgen. Crossfire Hurricane features historical footage, much of it widely unseen, and commentary from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as rare interviews with Brian Jones. Period interviews, extensive live performance material and news archive footage complete the documentary, which takes its title from the opening lines of "Jumpin’ Jack Flash": "I was born in a crossfire hurricane..."

"Director Brett Morgen has put together something reeking of astringent danger ... Morgen elicits a vivid and intimate self-portrait from a self-made cultural institution. Using new audio-only interviews with the Stones as invisible tape, he splices 50 years of footage into a 110-minute education, remixing the work of earlier filmmakers with splendid editing and a critical eye. He frames the band as a countercultural force—an entity that exploited historical accident by harnessing pagan forces to attack the Establishment."—Troy Patterson, Slate

"Riotously entertaining."—Neil Smith, Total Film

Queen Live in Budapest '86 (Hungarian Rhapsody)

(1986, 95 mins, Blu-Ray)
FEATURING Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon
Classification: 19+


Aug 04 08:30 pm

As part of the hugely successful 1986 Magic Tour that, poignantly, was the last to be played by the band with Freddie Mercury, Queen were for the first time able to include Hungary on the tour schedule. With three years to go before the fall of the Berlin Wall, this was the largest concert ever staged at the Népstadion, Budapest, and the first Western Rock Concert staged in a stadium behind the then Iron Curtain. It was of such significance to the Hungarian authorities and film industry that a group of the country’s top film cameramen and technicians were brought together to film it for posterity.

Staged for 80,000 ecstatic fans, the concert set includes favourite hits like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "I Want To Break Free" and "We Are The Champions."

Re-mastered in high definition and superb 5.1 surround sound.

“We’re delighted that Queen fans across the world will finally have the chance to relive this amazing moment for the band. We knew a stadium concert in Budapest was ground–breaking, but hadn’t quite anticipated what a historic night it would turn out to be. The concert looks fantastic on the screen in all its digitally re-mastered glory and the documentary does a great job of setting the scene—it really was an extraordinary time in the band’s history.”

— Brian May and Roger Taylor

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

(1974, 110 mins, DCP)
In German with English subtitles
CAST Bruno S., Brigitte Mira, Walter Ladengast
Classification: 19+
Presented by Norman Armour


Aug 05 07:00 pm

In May 1828 a young man named Kaspar Hauser was found in the streets of Nuremberg holding a note. Until that day, he had spent his life in a dark cellar with no human contact except a man who brought him bread and water. Now Hauser’s life “in the real world” begins.

Herzog finds poetry and wonder in the most unique situations. This interpretation of how a person with no experience whatsoever with the outside world would perceive “society” and “civilisation” is classic Herzog. Casting non-actor Bruno S. as Hauser, who was also much abused as a child, was sheer brilliance. As Herzog said about Bruno, "in all my films, and with all the great actors with whom I have worked, he was the best. There is no one who comes close to him. I mean in his humanity, and the depth of his performance, there is no one like him."

Norman Armour’s practice includes curator, producer, director, actor and interdisciplinary artist. Since graduating from Simon Fraser University 1986, he has collaborated on over 120 works for the stage and other media. He co-founded Rumble Productions and more recently co-founded the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, where he is currently artistic & executive director. Norman is the recipient of numerous awards, including Simon Fraser University’s Distinguished Alumni and the City of Vancouver’s Civic Merit and Mayor’s Arts awards. In the spring of 2014 he directed the premiere of Pauline, a new opera by Tobin Stokes and Margaret Atwood.

26th Vancouver Queer Film Festival

( mins)


Aug 19 06:00 pm
Aug 20 02:00 pm

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival kicks off its 26th season on August 14-24. The festival features more than 80 films at various downtown locations showcasing queer stories from 11 countries, including offerings from Russia, Brazil, and the Philippines, presenting themes of gender identity, forbidden love, and culture. Tickets and festival schedule are available July 24th online and at Little Sister’s bookstore (1238 Davie Street, Vancouver).

Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

( mins)


Sep 01 06:00 pm
Sep 04 06:00 pm

The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival - August 28 to Sept 7 - screens 73 films, including 36 features, exhibited in three venues in downtown Vancouver. See for schedule and tickets.

The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, 1968

(1968, 91 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Robby Krieger
Classification: 19+


Aug 18 08:30 pm

The Doors: Live At The Bowl, 1968, is widely held as the band’s best performance ever captured on film. According to drummer John Densmore, Jim Morrison had taken LSD before the gig—but it seemed to inspire him. From "When the Music’s Over" all the way to "The End", this is one of the legendary rock n roll concerts, even down to Mick Jagger in the audience.

And now for the first time, fans can watch the complete version in digitally re–mastered glory with 5.1 surround sound as the entire concert has been carefully restored from the original camera negatives to include the lost performances of "Hello I Love You," "Texas Radio and the Big Beat" and "Spanish Caravan."


(2014, 90 mins, DCP)
In English, Inuktikut
CAST Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Marianne Farley, Lukasi Forrest
Classification: 19+


Aug 15 08:30 pm
Aug 16 08:30 pm
Aug 17 04:40 pm
Aug 17 08:20 pm

In the land of the midnight sun, 14-year-old Tomas returns to the people and culture of an Inuk father he never knew. He and his mother, Anna, arrive in the small village of Igloolik in the heart of Nunavut following the mysterious death of his father. Tomas and Anna must navigate a world that is at times foreign but one that also exerts a magnetic pull. Over the course of two weeks that blend into one long summer’s day, they strive to rebuild the family they could no longer ignore. Uvanga (translated as “myself”) is the follow-up feature from the Arnait Colective and directors Madeline Piujuq Ivalu and Marie-Hélène Cousineau whose film Before Tomorrow won the Best Canadian First Feature prize at TIFF 2008.

About the Filmmakers

Marie Hélène-Cousineau is the founder of Arnait Video production, a video workshop for Inuit women. Madeline Piujuq Ivalu has been a key Elder participant at Arnait since 1991. Before Tomorrow is their first feature film and recently won the Best First Feature Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Co-director and actress Madeline Piujuq Ivalu is a key elder participant of the Arnait Video Collective, an all-female collective based in Igloolik, Nuvavut, who have been making videos since 1991. Together with Marie-Hélène Cousineau, she co-directed Arnait’s award-winning feature film Before Tomorrow, which received nine Genie nominations, including nods for Ivalu for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. She is a cultural advisor, storyteller, musician, actor and writer based in Igloolik.

"Experiences and milestones achieved amid laughter in the midnight sun punctuate Uvanga, which is bolstered by natural performances from local actors that draw us in while sharing the secrets of a place both strange and beautiful in its isolation." 3 stars (out of 4) — Linda Bernard, The Star