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Gathering Festival Film Program

(2014, 30 mins)


FREE SCREENINGS: Short Films screening at 12.30, 1.30 & 2.30

The “Gathering Festival” is a multidimensional and multi-day community festival that celebrates the diversity and unique make up of Vancouver’s Downtown South with four weeks of free public art workshops and programs leading to three days of celebrations at Emery Barnes Park (Davie and Seymour St.) around the summer solstice on Saturday June 21, 2014.

Where the Canoe Takes Us: The Story of Pulling Together

(Kryshan Randall, Canada, 2014) 8.39 min

Canada’s treatment of its First Nations people has increasingly come under scrutiny by the United Nations and challenged by movements such as Idle No More. Yet for the past thirteen years, Police and Government Public Service agencies have partnered each year with First Nations Communities with a focus on the youth. Together, they embark on eight to ten day canoe journeys through hundreds of kilometres of British Columbia’s waterways. The goal is simple: reconciliation by learning and understanding of each others’ cultures. Each journey is fraught with emotional, spiritual and physical challenges, yet joyful singing, dancing and laughter by all participants becomes the lasting memory. Where The Canoe Takes Us: The Story of Pulling Together spotlights the 2013 journey, for which over four hundred participants faced one of their most challenging and rewarding voyages yet.

The Fast

(Colin Van Loon, Canada, 2013) 15:35 min

The Fast is about one young man’s journey to reconcile his indignity with the complexities of modern life. Jeremy Thunder Crow will face spirits and tricksters on The Fast and ultimately himself.

Paths of Glory

(1958, 88 mins, DCP)
CAST Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Timothy Carey, George Macready


Adapting Humphrey Cobb’s novel to the screen, director Stanley Kubrick and his collaborators Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson set out to make a devastating anti-war statement, and they succeeded above and beyond the call of duty.

In the third year of World War I, the erudite but morally bankrupt French general Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his troops to seize the heavily fortified "Ant Hill" from the Germans. General Mireau (George MacReady) knows that this action will be suicidal, but he will sacrfice his men to enhance his own reputation. Against his better judgment, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) leads the charge, and the results are appalling. When, after witnessing the slaughter of their comrades, a handful of the French troops refuse to leave the trenches, Mireau very nearly orders the artillery to fire on his own men. Still smarting from the defeat, Mireau cannot admit to himself that the attack was a bad idea from the outset: he convinces himself that loss of Ant Hill was due to the cowardice of his men.

"Arguably the best film about the first world war, and still has a reasonable claim to being Stanley Kubrick’s best film." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

The Beautiful Game: Rudo y Cursi

(2008, 103 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
In Spanish with English subtitles
CAST Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna


The Cuaron brothers’ follow up to international hit Y Tu Mama Tambien reunites stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna for a piquant pop satire on Mexico’s obsession with soccer and celebrity. It’s a long way from Gravity, to be sure, an earthy, rough and ready comedy about two brothers plucked from the obscurity of their life on a banana plantation by virtue of their exhilarating soccer skills.

Bernal’s Tato – nicknamed Cursi (“Corny”) - is is a quickfire striker. Beto - known as Rudo ("Rough") - is a great keeper. But the talent scout who discovers them when his car breaks down only has room for one player. A penalty kick will decide their fate…

What follows is a broad (but naturalistic) satire about a hick becoming an overnight celebrity, his love-hate relationship with his brother, and the effect of all this money and good fortune on his love-life, his football, and his family.

The comedy has a pretty sour. cynical bite: corrupt managers select players for financial gain; a TV hottie switches her affections for maximum celebrity coverage; fans are fickle and abusive; the player’s agent creams off profits and bribes officials. And it’s not just footie: the boys’ sister is being courted by the local drug baron. Their mum couldn’t be more proud.

"Mixes soap-opera sentimentality with playful, jumpy aggression and dresses a bittersweet, rags-to-riches fable in the bright clothes of pop satire." AO Scott, New York Times

"Rudo y Cursi is a grave and calculated affront to the men of Mexico, and that’s the source of its roistering charm." Ty Burr, Boston Globe

The Thin Blue Line

(1988, 103 mins, HDCAM)
CAST David Harris, Randall Adams


Dallas police officer Robert Wood was shot dead in November 1976 when he approached a blue Mercury Comet on the highway. Two men were in the car – who did it? Against the lifestyles of drifters and runaways, of drive-ins, convenience stores and shabby motels, The Thin Blue Line was a new slant on documentary, made all the more eerie with Philip Glass’ score. This is the film that put Errol Morris on the map before he went on to make The Fog of War, The Unknown Known, etc. Roger Ebert said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more … Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.”

David Beers is founding editor of The Tyee, a British Columbia-based online source for news, views and solutions-oriented journalism, winner of Canada’s Excellence in Journalism Award and North America’s Edward R. Murrow Award. The Tyee regularly breaks news and has received international notice as an innovative experiment in independent, internet-based journalism. Beers also teaches at the University of British Columbia School of Journalism. Before starting The Tyee in 2003 Beers worked as a senior editor at The Vancouver Sun, Mother Jones magazine, and the San Francisco Examiner. His writing has garnered National Magazine Awards in the U.S. and Canada. He is the author of a memoir: Blue Sky Dream.

Carmen, from The Royal Opera House

(2014, 180 mins, DCP)
In French with English subtitles
CAST Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann, Ildebrando D’arcangelo, Norah Amsellem, Jacques Imbrailo, Matthew Rose, Elena Xanthoudakis, Viktoria Vizin. Conductor Antonio Pappano
Tickets $22. Popcorn is not permitted in the theatre for opera shows.


Don José is a young soldier in the army in Seville. He intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village, but when he meets the sensual and high-spirited Carmen, his head is soon turned… Spanish heat and gypsy passion are brought to the stage in Francesca Zambello’s vivid production of Bizet’s famous opera.

Sung in French with English subtitles. Conducted by Antonio Pappano, directed by Francesca Zambello,

180 minute running time includes two intermissions.