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The Case Against 8

(2014, 109 mins, DCP)
Directors:
Classification: 19+

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Aug 10 05:50 pm

A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. The film also follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy. Five years in the making, this is the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the US Supreme Court.


"The stirring new documentary The Case Against 8, showcasing the lawyers and plaintiffs who challenged California’s 2008 gay marriage ban, is the best kind of popular history, a film that trembles with tears and hope, and I dare you to get through it without bawling some yourself."—Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“Cotner and White’s handling of a hugely divisive topic is masterful ... Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, The Case Against 8 is essential viewing.”—National Post

"The film fascinates in part because the legal team behind the couples—and the American Foundation for Equal Rights that supported them—included Republican stalwart Ted Olson and Democrat David Boies, who had squared off in the famous Bush vs. Gore case, the 2000 battle over whether there should be a recount in Florida. Here they’re warm and toasty together and passionately committed to a progressive cause.”—Now magazine

Ida

(2013, 80 mins, DCP)
In Polish with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Classification: 19+

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Sep 20 08:10 pm

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

"In a very short time, Pawlikowski’s film tells us a powerful, poignant story with fine, intelligent performances." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"This story of faith and despair is gracefully told, its simple, uncluttered spaces and luminous black-and-white photography harking back to Robert Bresson."JR Jones, Chicago Reader

"It’s absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films, and a fulfillment of the promise that the director has shown for so long." Oli Lyttleton, Indiewire

Finding Vivian Maier

(2013, 83 mins, DCP)
Directors:
FEATURING John Maloof, Mary Ellen Mark, Joel Meyerowitz, Phil Donahue, Duffy Lavant
Classification: 19+

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Sep 19 08:20 pm
Sep 20 06:30 pm

When Vivian Maier passed away only four years ago almost nobody knew it, or cared. She had lived an anonymous life, never married, estranged from her family and virtually friendless, a professional nanny who had failed to forge lasting, long-term relationships. She was secretive, private and obsessed with her hobby, photography – though typically she kept her photos to herself.

It was only when amateur historian John Maloof happened to pick up a job-lot of her belongings in a thrift auction that anyone had the first inkling Vivian was an artist, a photographer whose astonishing images merit comparison with such giants as Diane Arbus, Weegee, Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The right man in the right place, Maloof recognized the treasure trove he had chanced across, and movie camera in hand he set about uncovering Maier’s mysterious and (as it turns out) extraordinary life story. At the same time, he discovered her storage locker, gaining access to hundreds and thousands of prints and undeveloped rolls of film. Interviewing the families she lived with and some of today’s top photographers, Maloof constructs a compelling and eye-opening introduction to a major body of work.

"Compelling… haunting… captivating." Variety

"Poignant, informative, occasionally disturbing." Globe and Mail

Sagrada - The Mystery of Creation

(2012, 89 mins, DCP)
In German, Spanish, English with English subtitles
Director:
Classification: 19+

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Sep 19 06:30 pm
Sep 20 04:30 pm

The “Sagrada Família” in Barcelona is a unique and fascinating building project by a brilliant, formerly controversial genius, Antoni Gaudí, with an army of workers, a history with many highs and lows and a myriad of questions raised. The biography of the edifice, which has been under construction since 1882 and is about half completed today, is the starting point for Stefan Haupt’s film.

Normally we see a cathedral or a church in its finished form, a witness of days long gone by. By contrast, the construction of the Sagrada Família is anything but complete. The edifice is still growing and evolving today as it has done for the past 125 years. Who was the man who designed this cathedral? What was his driving force? Who were his successors? Who are the people, i.e. the workers, craftsmen, artists and architects, who continue working on the Sagrada Família and who want to complete it? What is their driving force?

With the help of these people who are building the “cathedral” today, perhaps the last of its kind, this film investigates the motives that incite us humans to design and build such edifices.

The film is about their knowledge and experience, about the symbolism and the underlying cultural roots, and also about the creative act from intention to realization. Participants from a wide variety of backgrounds give insight into their work, describing their knowledge and experience. For example Etsuro Sotoo, the Japanese sculptor, a former Buddhist who converted to Catholicism, who has been working in the Sagrada Família for more than 30 years; Josep Subirachs, the highly controversial designer of the Passion façade, who calls himself an agnostic; Jordi Bonet, the chief architect, who is fighting on every possible front to get the Sagrada Família completed, as well as artisans and workers from various fields, such as Jaume Torreguitart, who describes the anonymous pride of all those workers who know that their name will never appear in the books about the Sagrada Família.

Inner and outer images interweave. In the hustle and bustle of this metropolis, the film approaches this mysterious cathedral persona, investigating the structural developments of the Sagrada Família and taking the time for breaks in order to look, hear, perceive, contemplate and reflect. Anna Huber, a reputed dancer from Switzerland, appears here and there during this discovery trip. Jordi Savall, the world-famous Catalan musician, conducts Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Mass in B Minor,” which has occasionally been called “the cathedral of music”, reflecting on the ways of interpreting a work of art, be it based on a score or on an architectural plan.

Inspired by Gaudí’s vision, the film ultimately explores the fundamentally human search for the meaning of our existence, our origin and our goal, as well as the question of our human creativity and what we want to use it for.

Director’s Statement

Biographies, in whatever form, fascinate me. They confront me with my own story. Where does a particular person come from, where is he or she now, where is he or she going? Could their life have taken a different course? Do we create our own biography or does it take its own, pre-set course? These are questions about life and its meaning.

Just like human beings, buildings and artistic creations have their biography and their genesis: they have an origin, “parents”, a moment of creation and birth and then a life until they are accomplished - or destroyed - with a possible continuation in a modified form. These biographies are fascinating and moving too.

The focus of this film is the biography of the Sagada Família, the biography of a religious building which seems almost anachronistic in our times. A biography unfinished as yet, but which has already filled volumes.

I would like to tell this biography “from the core and from within”, taking as a starting point its roots, the everyday life of workers, sculptors and architects, as well as exploring topical issues and problems of the present. Slowly the outer history will build around it, encompassing the first sketches and historical building stages, today’s development stage, as well as the vision of the completed Sagrada Família.

"This film is more than a documentary, it tells the story using beautiful and quiet images of the transformation of ideas, talks of human endeavour for perfection and in so doing, illustrates that the essential meaning of this edifice lies in its creation process and not only in its completion.

This creative process is illustrated in varying perspectives from inside the incomplete church as well as the complex structure of the exterior parts of the church.

The film gives cause for self-reflection on how the past and present are related, portraying people and destinies involved in the construction of the church and ultimately proves that something incomplete also has its own significance." Jury citation, Erasmus Euro Media Awards

"Both exhaustive and astounding in its detective-like exploration of the history of the impossibly ornate Catalonian house of worship." Jackson Scarlett, 7x7SF

Like Father, Like Son

(2013, 121 mins, DCP)
In Japanese
Director:
CAST Fukuyama Masaharu , Ono Machiko, Maki Yôko
Classification: 19+
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Canadian art house distributor Mongrel Media

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Sep 21 08:15 pm

It’s a nightmare scenario for any family: the unthinkable revelation that a maternity ward mix-up paired off mother with someone else’s child. A terrible mistake at any time, but for the truth to emerge some six years later… What to do with such information? According to the new movie by modern Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking; Nobody Knows) almost all parents caught in this rare but not unprecedented situation eventually accept the inevitable, and “swap” the child they have reared for their natural offspring.

Such is the decision arrived at by wealthy careerist Ryota and his wife Midori, and by Yudai and Yukari, the working class couple who will take the boy, Keita, on whom Ryota has previously pinned so many hopes, and in whom he has always been secretly disappointed. Although his style is impeccably understated, Kore-eda mines this rich dramatic seam for the emotional anguish you might expect, along with biting shards of class satire and – as always – a profound compassion for the children at the center of it all. Steven Spielberg has acquired the rights for a US remake.

"Sublimely moving." Maggie Lee, Variety

’Powered by Kore-eda’s innate restraint and natural empathy, Like Father, Like Son takes these characters to places they never expected to be. It’s unnerving for them, of course, but watching so many hearts hanging in the balance is a rare privilege for us." Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Kore-eda has crafted a piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love, and his status as Ozu’s heir becomes ever more assured." Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Of Gods and Men

(Des hommes et des dieux)
(2010, 122 mins, DCP)
In French, Arabic
Director:
CAST Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin
Classification: 19+
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Canadian art house distributor Mongrel Media

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Sep 21 06:00 pm

A monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990. Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps through the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay…come what may. This film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996.

"Of Gods and Men, a transcendent drama of uplift and inspiration, reveals the cavernous divide between heaven and Earth." Peter Howell, Globe and Mail

"Beautiful, somber and rigorously intelligent." AO Scott, New York Times

Neil Young: Journeys

(2011, 87 mins, 35mm)
Director:
FEATURING Neil Young
Classification: 19+
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Canadian art house distributor Mongrel Media

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Sep 15 08:20 pm

In May of 2011, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall where he intimately performed the last two nights of his solo world tour. Along the drive, Young recounted insightful and introspective stories from his youth to filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Demme, a long-time fan and collaborator, captured these tales of Young’s childhood and masterfully weaved them together with his mesmerizing music including songs from the 2010 album Le Noise and powerful renditions of classics including "Ohio", Hey Hey, My My", "I Believe in You" and previously unreleased songs "Leia" and "You Never Call." Through the tunes and the tales, Demme portrays a personal, retrospective look into the heart and soul of the artist.

"Shooting a couple of rapturously received gigs performed by a band-less Young at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall in May, 2011, Demme not only had his camera crew get up the singer’s nose (literally), he affixed small stationary cameras inside a piano, on the microphone stand and elsewhere to capture his subject’s every grimace, gliss of sweat and fleck of spittle….At film’s end, one is left in awe at the richness of Young’s oeuvre (which admittedly sometimes makes Bob Dylan’s seem like tidings of great joy), his stamina and his questing spirit." James Adams, Globe and Mail

"A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike." Peter Rainier, Christian Sience Monitor

En Route film festival

Program Running Time 120 min.

Films in Program

(120 mins)

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival will showcase emerging Canadian short film talent on Air Canada flights around the world from August 1 to December 31, 2014. All 20 selected shorts will be announced at a free public screening and after-party at Vancity Theatre on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The event will be hosted by ETALK anchor Tanya Kim.

The enRoute Film Festival is free. Doors open to the public at 7pm, and seating is limited - first come, first served.

This year’s jury includes filmmakers Louise Archambault, Jennifer Baichwal, Guy Maddin and Don McKeller.

For news on the festival and film profiles, please visit www.enroutefilm.com.

2014 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival

(120 mins)
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival will showcase emerging Canadian short film talent on Air Canada flights around the world from August 1 to December 31, 2014. All 20 selected shorts will be announced at a free public screening and after-party at Vancity Theatre on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The event will be hosted by ETALK anchor Tanya Kim.

The enRoute Film Festival is free. Doors open to the public at 7pm, and seating is limited — first come, first served.

This year’s jury includes filmmakers Louise Archambault, Jennifer Baichwal, Guy Maddin and Don McKeller.

For news on the festival and film profiles, please visit www.enroutefilm.com.

This is a non-ticketed event and the film screenings are free. No reservations.

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