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Program Running Time 113 min.

Jul 23 08:30 pm
Jul 24 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Alex van Warmerdom
(Netherlands, 2013, 113 mins, DCP)

A dark suburban fable exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places, Borgman follows an enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle.

"Think Lynch meets Haneke in an absurdist flick that maintains its state of dread without fully tipping its hand. There’s humour, too, as twisted as a graveyard chuckle."Toronto Star

"Caustic, surreal, creepy, and blackly funny ..."Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

"In an era where there are very few truly surprising films, Borgman is one of the rare movies that manages to find something entirely new to say, with original, oddly drawn characters."The Wrap

Lawrence and Holloman

Program Running Time 88 min.

Jul 22 08:30 pm
Jul 23 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Matthew Kowalchuk
(Canada, 2013, 88 mins, DCP)

Morris Panych’s black comedy gets a slick and stylish cinematic treatment in this homegrown gem, one of the standout BC films from last year’s VIFF. Lawrence (Ben Cotten) would seem to have it all—he’s successful, charming, lucky, and relentlessly optimistic. Which only makes the much smarter, much less successful Holloman (David Arnold) hate him all the more!

“Dark, twisted, and really very funny ... a multi-dimensional screamer. One of the events top flicks.”—The Province

Venezuelan Film Festival

Program Running Time 360 min.

Jul 25 06:00 pm
Jul 26 03:00 pm

Films in Program

(360 mins)


Program Running Time 96 min.

Jul 27 07:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Woody Allen
(USA, 1979, 96 mins, 35mm)

Described by Andrew Sarris in the Village Voice as "the one truly great American film of the ’70s," Manhattan was the movie where everything fell into place for Woody Allen, the triumphant crystallization of his cinematic style, sensibility and philosophy. Today, 35 years later, it remains for many, perhaps even most people, his greatest achievement and his most beloved film.


Program Running Time 82 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Petra Costa
(Brazil, 2014, 82 mins, DCP)

This dreamy, lyrical work is both a love letter and a suicide note, a tone poem created by Brazilian fillmmaker Petra Costa in mourning for her older sister Elena, an actress and dancer who moved to New York in search of a stardom that eluded her — despite the radiant fragments collated here.

"With its free-floating imagery, Elena unfolds like a cinematic dream whose central image is water, which symbolizes the washing away of grief."Stephen Holden, The New York Times


“Filmmaking at its finest. Stunningly beautiful, achingly emotional … A mesmerizing, artful and emotional piece of filmmaking that consistently surprises and awes.”The Playlist/IndieWire



Program Running Time 89 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Woody Allen
(USA, 1973, 89 mins, 35mm)

Defrosted some 200 years after he went into hospital for a routine gall bladder operation in 1973, Woody Allen discovers much has changed in the brave new world of giant GM vegetables, virtual sex, and totalitarian group think. Channeling the slapstick energy of Buster Keaton, Allen delivered one of his funniest movies.

Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia

Program Running Time 83 min.

Jul 28 06:30 pm
Jul 30 06:30 pm
Jul 31 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Nicholas Wrathall
(USA, 2013, 83 mins, DCP)

Eternally opinionated, brilliantly funny and terminally political, Gore Vidal—novelist, essayist, polemicist, politician, pundit, screenwriter—was the true protean man. If nothing else, this acute, trenchant documentary reminds us just how much we’re missing in a cultural landscape from which the public intellectual has been banished without a trace.

"Immensely enjoyable… invigorating."Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

"Nicholas Wrathall’s treasure-trove documentary does a terrific job of summing up the late political writer’s life and work."Time Out New York

Maradona by Kusturica

Program Running Time 90 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Emir Kusturica
(2008, 90 mins, DVD)

The Sex Pistol of footballers," is how renowned director Emir Kusturica (Time of the Gypsies; Underground; Black Cat White Cat) describes Diego Maradona: sporting hero, people’s champion, fallen idol and inspiration to millions - as well as arch villain to England fans.

Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

Program Running Time 88 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Woody Allen
(USA, 1982, 88 mins, 35mm)

For the summer installment of our four-part Woody Allen cycle, one of the warmest and most purely enjoyable films from his mid-career peak. Inspired by his love for Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night (but shot in ravishing colour by the late, great Gordon Willis) this ensemble romantic comedy follows the dalliances of a half a dozen characters in an idyllic early C20th setting.

"A small treasure."Jeffery M Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

Cinesonika 4

Program Running Time 300 min.

Films in Program

(90 mins)