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Venezuela in Motion: Water Drums, an Ancestral Encounter + short films

(72 mins)
Spanish and French with English subtitles
Director:
Classification: PG

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Jul 26 04:00 pm

This documentary attests for the permanence of African roots in Afro-Venezuelan musical expressions. The plot kicks off when the central character discovers the ‘water drums’, a stunning musical manifestation of Barloventonorth central Venezuela. The aquatic chimes of the water drums will call for the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to retrace the voyage of a people’s cultural traits and bring Africa and America together. Long distances come closer when the roots are strong enough to stumble upon time.

Preceded by the short films:

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Director: Rafael Velásquez Stanbury, Venezuela, 2011, 6:20 min.

The pen is mightier than the word in this clever, animated struggle between a heroic dot and a fearsome quill pen.

Tempo Adagio

Director: Alcione Guerrero, Venezuela, 2013, 11 min.

Without dialogs, the story portrays a magical journey undertaken by an elderly couple. In the midst of an inhospitable place, they begin a marvelous journey that is as short as both their long lives.

This is a non-ticketed event and the film screenings are free. 

Venezuela in Motion: Taita Boves

(2010, 100 mins)
In Spanish
Director:
Classification: 18A

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Jul 26 09:00 pm

The film chronicles a thirst for revenge that devastated a country. This is the true story of José Tomás Boves, a merciless man who became a legend during the Venezuelan War of Independence, the most violent in the Americas. He went from seafarer to pirate, horse smuggler to prosperous merchant, prisoner to military chief. Spanish by birth, Boves spearheaded a grassroots troop of slaves, mulattoes, Amerindians and mestizos that crushed Simón Bolívar and his patriot army. Respectfully called "Taita" by his people, he fought for the underprivileged and the poorest of the poor, and curtailed three centuries of order in this colonial region. The film is about his passions and power, his loves and misadventures, and a bloody saga that rocked Venezuela.

Preceded by the short film:

Night Announces Dawn (La Noche Anuncia la Aurora)

Director: Gerard Uzcátegui, Venezuela, 2012, 23 min.

Over the delta of the Catatumbo river, Venezuela, a palafito (pile dwelling) is home of a widow. She spends time on the water, navigating the streams of solitude. Reality intermingles with her thoughts, her dreams, her fears, desires and memories. One day, she decides to seek the unknown, briefly revealing the inner world of that mysterious being.

This is a non-ticketed event and the film screenings are free. 

Venezuela in Motion: Reveron

(2011, 120 mins)
In Spanish
Director:
Classification: 14A

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Jul 26 06:00 pm

This film tells the story of classically trained Venezuelan painter Armando Reverón (1889-1954) who lived on the Caribbean coast with his partner and muse Juanita, from 1924 onwards. There, he erected a primitive, magical realm he called home: El Castillete (little castle), where he alternately engaged in games, ceremonies, and delusions in the ludic, sensitive and painful universe he inhabited. His painting became impressionistic as he tried to capture the blinding white tropical light. Reverón won Venezuela’s National Painting Prize the year before his depression and eccentricities resulted in confinement in a mental hospital, where he died. Reverón is a love story set within the artist’s creative struggle.

Preceded by the short film:

Fang (Colmillo)

Director: Albi De Abreu, Venezuela, 2010, 18 min.

An indomitable stray dog takes Mateo’s "home" as its territory. Mateo, a beggar immersed in solitude, is determined to regain his space at any cost, embarking in a great battle where loneliness and company will compete to attain the main role in Mateo’s life.

This is a non-ticketed event and the film screenings are free. 

Venezuela in Motion: My Straight Son (Azul y no tan Rosa)

(2012, 120 mins)
In Spanish
Director:
Classification: 14A

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Jul 25 09:30 pm

Diego is a young and successful photographer who lives in the glamorous world of fashion, shallowness and excess. A tragic accident turns his world around: his partner is now in a coma. Unexpectedly, and right amidst these terrible events, Diego must take care of his son, Armando. Now, both of them have to adapt to each other: Armando to the unknown, homosexual world of his father, and Diego to the closed-minded attitude of his teenage son.

This is a non-ticketed event and the film screenings are free. 

Venezuela in Motion

(360 mins)

Showtimes

Jul 25 06:00 pm
Jul 26 01:30 pm

For the first time, Vancouver film fans will have the chance to enjoy two days of New Venezuelan Cinema. Five shows over two days sponsored by the Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, including four feature films, seven shorts and a Gala — an excellent opportunity to discover the booming cinematic industry of this dynamic Latin American nation, while celebrating Venezuela’s Independence Day (July 5th) and the Birthday of Simón Bolívar “El Libertador.” All the functions are open to the public and completely FREE!

Choose from biopics, animated motion films or first time cinema and experience drama, irony, wit and meaningful silent movies. Partake of this appealing showcase of a country that is moving forward and whose current cinema is the outcome of a film history spanning 117 years and promoted by the present day comprehensive cultural policies of its government.

Opening Gala

Venezuelan music, food and drinks will create the perfect atmosphere to toast a new anniversary of Venezuela’s Independence (July 5th) and the Birthday of Simón Bolívar “El Libertador” (July 24th), as well as to formally kick off the two full days of the latest cinema from this vibrant and resourceful nation.

This is a non-ticketed event and the film screenings are free. 

Venezuela In Motion: Two Days of New Venezuelan Cinema - Diary of Bucaramanga (El Diario de Bucaramanaga)

(2012, 129 mins)
In Spanish
Director:
Classification: PG

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Jul 25 06:00 pm

It’s 1828 and conflicts surround the consolidation of independence in South America. Liberator Simón Bolívar and his political advisers are in the city of Bucaramanga awaiting news of the Ocaña Convention, which is expected to generate a constitution for Colombia. In dramatic days marked by intrigue and treachery, at the hands of Colombian General Francisco de Paula Santander, the future of the larger initiative of a South American nation –Gran Colombia– is decided as Bolívar recalls key moments in his life. The film is based on the homonymous 19th century memoirs by Luis Perú de Lacroix, a French general who fought in the army of Napoleon I and then joined Bolívar’s army in 1823.

Preceded by the short film DesPite Truction (DesPecho Truccion)

Director: María Ruiz, Venezuela, 2013, 11 min.

She wants to forget Gabriel. Then, destruction starts: cli-click (a lighter starts a fire that burns precious objects) crashhhh / boooom / kaploom. She wrecks whatever reminds her of him: books, music, movies, their house… her very own clitoris –everything. "In order to forget Gabriel I would have to cry my eyes out, cry him so much as to drain him out of me, turned into salt and mucus blown into a napkin,” she says, before heading towards the ultimate destruction stage. And there, amid the ruins, she finds something, a mind-changer… a secret. 

This is a non-ticketed event and the film screenings are free. 

Exhibition on Screen: Vermeer and Music

(2013, 75 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
Director:
FEATURING Tim Marlow, Tracy Chevalier
Classification: G

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Johannes Vermeer is a fascinating painter whose life and works are explored here in amazing detail. Filmed in London’s National Gallery, New York’s Met and other galleries in the USA and the Netherlands, this stunning film delves into a breath-taking collection of Vermeer’s finest pieces and delivers a detailed biography of the artist, his life and times. An exposition of period musical pursuits is blended with the art of Vermeer and his contemporaries. Live music from the Academy of Ancient Music serves as a beautiful soundtrack to the wonderful sight of Vermeer’s paintings.

Tim Marlow, world-renowned art historian and broadcaster, guides us through the artwork and delivers a first-rate biography of Vermeer. He invites comments from leading fine art authorities and from Tracy Chevalier, whose best-selling novel, inspired by Vermeer, was made into the block buster movie, Girl with a Pearl Earring.


"Grabsky’s film is comprehensive, smart and highly informative."—The Art Newspaper

"A treat for the eyes"—Globe and Mail

"Stunning paintings in high-definition glory on the big screen"—This is London

Shakespeare's Globe on Screen: Macbeth

(2014, 155 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Joseph Millson, Samantha Spiro, Moyo Akandé, Geoff Aymer, Bette Bourne, Stuart Bowman, Billy Boyd, Jonathan Chambers, Philip Cumbus, Gawn Grainger, Harry Hepple, Jess Murphy, Colin Ryan, Cat Simmons, Finty Williams.
Classification: PG
Special ticket prices apply.

Showtimes

Jul 30 02:00 pm

When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killingfirst Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown.

From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches’ prophecy, Shakespeare’s gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination.


About the Globe Theatre

Based at London’s unique riverside home of Shakespeare & dating back to 1599, the new Globe re-opened in 1997, founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker & is now a unique international resource dedicated to exploring Shakespeare’s work in the most authentic environment possible.


"A cracking, at times terrifying, production."Daily Telegraph

Tim's Vermeer

(2013, 80 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Colin Blakemore, David Hockney
Classification: G

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"An exquisitely fun documentary that hits on a profound aesthetic question, one first posed in 2001 by David Hockney: Did the 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer use optical devices to achieve his visual poetics of light? Tim Jenison, a San Antonio video engineer, grows obsessed with knowing the answer. And so, in Penn and Teller’s sly magic act of a movie (Penn narrates, Teller directs), Jenison attempts to re-create Vermeer’s 1662 masterpiece The Music Lesson. He builds, by hand, almost every object in the painting (floor tile, carved harpsichord), and that’s before he gets to the herculean task of using a homemade camera obscura and mirror to fill in what is basically the ultimate paint-by-numbers diagram. (How madly meticulous is the work? Jenison paints the stitching of the tablecloth.) And damned if he doesn’t reveal the secret science of how Vermeer pulled it off. But does all this render Vermeer’s art inferior to what we thought it was? On the contrary: Unmasking art history’s greatest trick only adds to its wonder. A."

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly


"Just about the most fun you can have while learning."Variety

"Thrilling."Wall Street Journal

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