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Rumble Fish

Program Running Time 94 min.

Aug 29 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
(USA, 1983, 94 mins, DCP)

Francis Coppola’s second take on an SE Hinton teen novel is in a very different register to The Outsiders: it’s an expressionistic urban art film dealing in icons, symbols and a syncopated percussive score by Stewart Copeland of The Police. Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke star, along with a very young Diane Lane and Nicolas Cage (and "Domino", aka Sofia Coppola).

Raging Bull

Program Running Time 129 min.

Aug 29 08:30 pm
Aug 31 04:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Martin Scorsese
(USA, 1980, 129 mins, 35mm)

‘I was bleeding internally all over and I didn’t know it. My eyes were bleeding, my hands, everything except my brain and my liver… then I realised I was LaMotta, I’d make the movie about me.’ In the throes of a near-fatal drug problem Martin Scorsese made what he believed could be his last movie. Its subject: the Bronx Bull, Jake La Motta, a graceless but indomitable boxer who never quits beating himself up. Punishing, painful and pitiless, with the ultimate Method performance from Robert De Niro at its core, it’s in many ways the culmination of the American psycho-realist tradition, but this is realism pushing through towards spiritual redemption by way of Scorsese’s heightened subjective style.

Raging Bull

(1980, 129 mins, 35mm)
CAST Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Mario Gallo
Classification: 19+


Aug 29 08:30 pm
Aug 31 04:00 pm

In 35mm print.

‘I was bleeding internally all over and I didn’t know it. My eyes were bleeding, my hands, everything except my brain and my liver… then I realised I was LaMotta, I’d make the movie about me.’ Six years and six films after Mean Streets propelled him into the maelstrom of Hollywood success – and a near-fatal drug problem – Martin Scorsese made what he believed could be his last movie. Its subject: the Bronx Bull, Jake La Motta, a graceless but indomitable boxer who never quits beating himself up. Punishing, painful and pitiless, with the ultimate Method performance from Robert De Niro at its core, it’s in many ways the culmination of the American psycho-realist tradition, but this is realism pushing through towards spiritual redemption by way of Scorsese’s heightened subjective style.

Miss Sharon Jones!

(2015, 93 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Classification: PG


Aug 29 04:35 pm
Aug 30 02:10 pm
Aug 31 06:30 pm
Sep 01 06:00 pm
Sep 03 04:50 pm
Sep 04 07:20 pm
Sep 05 06:30 pm
Sep 07 08:40 pm

"They said I was too fat, too black, too short and too old," said Sharon Jones. "Well look at me now!"

The "100 Days, 100 Nights" R&B and soul star has been compared to James Brown, Mavis Staples, and a human dynamo. She’s been strutting her stuff for more than 20 years (and before that, working blue collar jobs - she was a corrections officer on Rikers Island), but she only started getting her due in the last five or six years. And then, when she finally seemed to have cracked the big time at the age of 57, Jones was diagnosed with stage II pancreatic cancer. But there is another adjective people used in connection with Sharon Jones: indomitable.

After months of chemo, with a new recording to promote and tour with her band, the Dap-Kings, Jones is determined to get back on the road and prove she’s still got what it takes…

Directed by legendary documentarian Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA), Miss Sharon Jones! is part music film, part cancer survival story, and 100% soul.

"Empowering portrait of female strength and resilience." Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

"Rousing… If ever a movie earned its exclamation point, Miss Sharon Jones! would be it. Defiant, boisterous and possessed of rare performative fire while fronting the Dap-Kings (her Bushwick combo of bearded classic-soul throwbacks), Jones tears a hole in the screen whenever she’s yowling out her pain." Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

"The movie paints a lovely portrait of the people who became Jones’s support group, from the young, white hipsters in her band to an old friend in South Carolina who took her in during her treatment. But the life force of the film is the music, a periodic challenge to keep on keeping on." JR Jones, Chicago Reader

In Order of Disappearance

(2014, 116 mins, DCP)
English Subtitles
CAST Stellen Skarsgaard, Bruno Ganz, Kristofer Hivju
Classification: 19+


Aug 29 02:20 pm
Aug 30 04:00 pm
Aug 31 08:20 pm
Sep 01 03:45 pm

Drawing comparisons with the Coen brothers’ Fargo and the more droll of Tarantino’s body-count thrillers, Hans Petter Moland’s (Zero Degrees Kelvin) fourth collaboration with actor Stellan Skarsgård blends black humour (with a heart) and a perfectly constructed plot into a bloody revenge opus that made this a firm festival favourite

Having just won “Citizen of the Year” in his sleepy Norwegian community, unassuming snowplough operator Nils (Skarsgård) has his life and marriage torn apart by the death of his son, supposedly from a heroin overdose. Convinced that his son was not a junkie, he sets out to uncover exactly why the boy died, leading him to the criminal underworld and rival gangs led by "The Count” (Pål Sverre Hagen) and his Serbian nemesis "Papa" (the great Bruno Ganz). Yojimbo-style, Nils begins playing one side off against the other, body by body, until a full-on gang war erupts…

"A rip-roaring revenge tale… While it’s being somewhat reductively billed as an ’action comedy,’ this is actually a much more subtle mix of contrasting tones, shifting fluidly from devastating family tragedy to pitiless violence to sharp observational and social humor, all wrapped up in a vivid sense of place. A very cold place… Moland’s tongue is planted firmly in his cheek, as demonstrated by the death notices that punctuate the action… but there’s a transfixing solemnity underlying the black comedy." David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"A delightfully droll tale of bloody revenge." Mark Adams, Screen International

"Funny and nasty in the best traditions of Headhunters and Jackpot, this is the Stellan Skarsgård vengeance thriller we’ve all been waiting for." Owen Williams, Empire

The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park

(Vancouver Latin American Film Festival @VIFF Vancity Theatre)
(2015, 70 mins)
FEATURING Harley Prosper, Marcus “Bear” Raweater, Janet Brown, Dave Young, Kimble, Lorn, Joe Chastis, Rosa Matilpi
Classification: 19+


Sep 01 08:00 pm

Co-presented by VIFF and the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. Tickets from and on the door.

Director Juan Manuel Sepúlveda spent two years hanging out in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park in the Downtown Eastside, getting to know its regulars and letting his camera roll. With his keen sense of framing, the action remains within the confines of the park and films the daily life of Harley, Bear, Janet and Dave.

The park, named after Vancouver's second mayor, David Oppenheimer, officially opened in 1902. The park carries a complicated history from First Nations burial site, to the heart of the Japantown community that was forcibly dispersed by the internment programs of WWII, to recognition following months of protests in 2014 that the park rests on the unceded territory of the Musqueam First Nation.

Through allowing for direct participation in the filmmaking process and playing with tropes from the Western genre, Juan Manuel Sepúlveda has created an extraordinary and controversial documentary where the day to day life in this park converts it into a ritualistic space in the struggle to overcome historical and ongoing hardships.

Juan Manuel Sepúlveda (b. Mexico, 1980) is a director and cinematographer, and a recent graduate of the MFA in film program at Simon Fraser University. His first feature film, The Infinite Border (2007), premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and he was the director of cinematography of Leap Year (2010), which was awarded the Camera d’Or at Cannes.

‘’Sepúlveda offers up an intimate group portrait that can be both heartbreaking and hilarious, focusing on a few lost souls banding together against the raw deal handed to their tribes.’’ Jordan Mintze, The Hollywood Reporter.

The Academy of Muses

(2015, 92 mins, DCP)
CAST Rosa Delor, Emanuela Forgetta, Patricia Gil
Classification: 19+


Sep 09 08:25 pm
Sep 10 04:45 pm
Sep 10 06:30 pm
Sep 11 08:20 pm
Sep 13 08:20 pm
Sep 15 06:30 pm

A university professor teaches a class on muses in art and literature as a means of romancing his female students in this breathtaking new film from Jose Luis Guerín, director of the widely heralded In the City of Sylvia. Part relationship drama, part intellectual discourse, the film centers on a philology professor — played by actual philology professor Raffaele Pinto — and the women surrounding him: his wife and students. But as each and every player engages in debates — concerning, among other things, art, the artist’s perspective, and male-female dynamics — Guerín focuses as much attention on the slippery boundary between documentary and fiction, in turn engaging with an evolving narrative, increasingly complex character dynamics, and an endlessly vivid emotional journey.

"Taking place primarily in the lecture theater and inside his car, with frequent interludes of him and his wife talking at home, this consistently amusing, frequently stimulating, and occasionally erotic work manages to weave sincere gestures of romantic longing, as well as questions of love as an intellectual concept, into what appears to be a nonfiction fabric." Michael Pattison, The House Next Door

Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven

(2015, 70 mins, DCP)


Sep 20 02:30 pm

The tangled wilderness of Algoma and Lake Superior’s expansive North Shore inspired Canada’s most famous artists, The Group of Seven, as well as their guiding spirit, Tom Thomson. Their work defined Canada’s artistic representation of itself for most of the past century. One hundred years later, their paintings retain a powerful hold on Canada’s visual imagination. But where exactly were these iconic masterpieces created? The passage of time had seemingly erased the memory of the precise locations that roused Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Franklin Carmichael, A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson, and Franz Johnston to produce their magnificent, rugged landscapes.

Three modern-day adventurers are determined to find and document where these paintings were created. Author Joanie McGuffin, photographer Gary McGuffin and art historian Michael Burtch have spent years researching, canoeing, portaging and bushwhacking up cliffs to find the vistas that inspired The Group of Seven. Seeing the paintings side by side with the locations that inspired them is a lesson on art, painting and seeing.

Award-winning director/writer Phyllis Ellis provides us with an investigative arts film that is part mystery, part history and part adventure. Ellis wrote, directed and produced the critically acclaimed documentary About Her, honoured with the 2013 Canadian Screen Award’s Donald Brittain Prize for Best Social/Political Documentary.

“A must for Group of Seven fans, and a true eye-opener for those who only know a few of the gang’s iconic Canadian paintings” Georgia Straight

Heaven's Gate

(1980, 216 mins, DCP)
CAST Kris Kristofferson, Jeff Bridges, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, John Hurt, Brad Dourif, Joseph Cotten
Classification: 19+


Sep 04 03:00 pm

Tribute screening to director Michael Cimino and DP Vilmos Zsigmond

Everyone knows this was a colossal box office bomb, the movie that simultaneously sank a studio (UA), a genre (the western), and put an end to the brief era when directors genuinely enjoyed power and credibility in Hollywood. What you may not know is that in its original, full-length splendor, Heaven’s Gate is within a hair’s breadth of the masterpiece Michael Cimino set out to make.

Kris Kristofferson is the Rhodes scholar who becomes a federal marshal in Wyoming just in time to see cattle barons seize the land from European settlers in what history records as the Johnson County War. It’s a story we see repeated again and again all over the world, the story of how a rich and powerful elite run roughshod over the rights of the poor - but rarely explicated with such force and fervor in a genuinely radical American epic.

Cimino had been much praised for the evocative, atmospheric opening hour of The Deer Hunter. He took those same strategies further here, immersing us in place and time as the plot sneaks in through the back door. This time, primed by stories of budgetary excess, the US critics berated him for it, and with such ferocity and vitriol that the film closed after just one week in a single theatre. It was subsequently re-released in a version over an hour shorter, but by then its reputation was sealed.

Reevaluated in North America only in the last few years, and still a film that is overshadowed by its original box office failure, Heaven’s Gate deserves to be seen on the big screen, where Cimino’s visual elan can truly be appreciated.

"Among the supreme achievements of Hollywood cinema." Robin Wood

"An unqualified disaster." Vincent Canby, New York Times

"A film of rare beauty and scope, a feast for the eyes and a harrowing, unflinching meditation on the cruelty of capitalism." Nathan Rabin, AV Club

Neither Heaven Nor Earth

(Ni le ciel ni la terre)
(2015, 100 mins, DCP)
In French with English subtitles
CAST Jérémie Renier, Swann Arlaud, Marc Robert
Classification: 19+


Sep 02 08:30 pm
Sep 03 06:45 pm
Sep 05 08:30 pm
Sep 06 08:30 pm
Sep 08 08:30 pm

At first glance you might assume you are watching a war movie. After all, the setting is contemporary Afghanistan and the protagonist is Jeremie Renier’s French army officer, commander of a small squad on a remote outpost in Wakhtan Valley, near the Pakistan border. In fact the fighting has subsided here, and while relations with the local villagers are tense there appears to be no immediate danger.

All the more perplexing, then, when one of Captain Bonassieu’s men disappears from his observation point in the middle of the night. The soldier on duty with him must surely have fallen asleep, but it’s not at all clear whether he’s gone AWOL, or been captured by the enemy. Then another soldier vanishes. Again, without a trace. And little by little the true nature of Clement Cogitore’s fascinating metaphysical mind-twister begins to reveal itself.

"Rarely is the madness of war conveyed on screen with such simmering tension and existential fear. Rarely, too, is the ignorance and mistrust between cultures—are the shepherd villagers innocent civilians or Taliban spies?—limned with such poetic insight." New Directors/New Films selection.

"A contemporary ghost story that’s both unabashedly mystical and thrillingly pulpy." Ela Bittencourt, Slant

"Clever, accomplished, arresting." Guy Lodge, Variety

"Effectively spooky, and moves beyond the clichés of combat into troubling political and metaphysical territory." AO Scott, New York Times