Path Alias: 

Vepres siciliennes, from the Royal Opera House

Program Running Time 250 min.

Films in Program

(GB, 2014, 250 mins, DCP)

Paris in 1855, when the opera was first performed, provides the starting point for the interpretation by celebrated Norwegian born director Stefan Herheim. The opera ballet plays a significant role too, with Johann Kobborg choreographing for dancers from the Royal Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. The story is set to impassioned and dramatic music, rich in showpiece arias and ensembles with striking choruses. Antonio Pappano conducts a world-class cast including Erwin Schrott, Bryan Hymel and Lianna Haroutounian in The Royal Opera’s first ever staging of Verdi’s grand opera.

Tom at the Farm

(Tom à la ferme)
(2013, 105 mins, DCP)
In French
CAST Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy


Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother), one of Canada’s most provocative and boundary pushing filmmakers, dips his toes into the mainstream with this gripping psychological thriller. Dolan plays the grief-stricken Tom, who ventures into the bucolic Quebec countryside for his lover’s funeral, only to become a pawn in a sadistic game perpetrated by the deceased’s savage, sexually repressed brother (Pierre-Yves Cardinal).

Nimbly juggling elements of noir, suspense and melodrama, Dolan demonstrates equal technical bravura as he daringly narrows his film’s aspect ratio, as the narrative progresses, cleverly conveying precisely how inescapable Tom’s circumstances have become. A far more rugged and menacing affair than you’d expect from Dolan, Tom at the Farm captivates throughout and leaves you wondering what else the multi-hyphenate might be capable of.

"An improbably exciting match of knife-edge storytelling and a florid vintage aesthetic best represented by Gabriel Yared’s glorious orchestral score. Dolan’s most accomplished and enjoyable work to date… Though the film is based on a stage play by Michel-Marc Bouchard (who shares screenwriting credit with Dolan), there’s more than a hint of Patricia Highsmith to this heady tale of elastically assumed identities and erotically charged male rivalry…" Guy Lodge, Variety

"In Quebec, no one can hear you scream… A tense, potent pleasure: imagine a Claude Chabrol thriller half-drunk on its own feints and seductions… By far his best film." Robbie Colin, Daily Telegraph

"Taut, creepy, compelling and sexy." Ben Walters, Time Out London

7 Boxes

(7 Cajas)
(2012, 100 mins, DCP)
In Spanish with English subtitles
CAST Celso Franco, Víctor Sosa, Lali González, Nico García, Paletita, Manuel Portillo


17-year-old Victor grubs out a living with his wheelbarrow, delivering produce at a city market in Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion. He can scarcely believe his eyes when he’s handed half a C-note to babysit 7 boxes for a few hours (he gets the other half when the job is done). Of course it doesn’t take long before he wonders what his cargo might be, especially when the cops pile in.

Directing team Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori put half a dozen characters at cross-purposes and send them careening through the maze-like market mostly on foot, often pushing a wheelbarrow before them. A hit at the Toronto International Film Festival, 7 Boxes is a winning combination of slumdog neo-realism and larky thriller, delivered with a dynamic panache that makes a virtue of the filmmakers’ minimal resources. It’s an indie calling-card movie, South American style: raw, energetic, and confident. More surprisingly, it also does enough to make you care about the characters.

"7 Boxes is a rollicking good time at the movies that offers breathtaking action and suspense, humor and appealing characters all in one visually flashy package." Boyd van Hoelj, Indiewire

"Crackles with the desperate energy of forced innovation." Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

"7 Boxes has something for everybody." Chris Knight, National Post

We Are the Best!

(2013, 102 mins, DCP)
In Swedish with English subtitles
CAST Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne
Classification: PG coarse and sexual language


Lukas Moodysson (Together; Show Me Love) adapts his wife Coco’s graphic novel about three young misfits growing up in early ’80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara (Mira Grosin) and her best friend Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments-or discernible musical talent-the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) as the third wheel. With tender affection for his young characters and the period in which his film is set, Moodysson paints an ebullient and sharply observant portrait of DIY spirit and growing up different.

"A joyous, heart-swelling tale of youthful rebellion." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"A joyous time capsule. Captures the DIY empowerment of punk rock and the bond of female friendships in one blissful swoop. For those of us who’ve been hoping that Lukas Moodysson would return to the tender touch of early movies like Show Me Love and Together, the wait is over." David Fear, The Village Voice

" A gloriously funny coming-of-age comedy – although age itself is squeezed almost entirely into the margins, crowded out by the film’s raucous, window-rattling love of being young." Robbie Colin, Daily Telegraph

We Don't Wanna Make You Dance

(2013, 95 mins, Blu-ray Disc)


The rock/funk band Miller, Miller, Miller and Sloan hoped to make it big in 1980s New York City music scene. They had talent, a unique sound, and fans—everything but a record deal. This "where are they now?" documentary is a kind of rock n roll 7 Up!, funny, rueful, and full of piercing insight.

"Like Michael Apted’s Up! series, the film showcases its tongue-in-cheek subject – Miller Miller Miller & Sloan, a band whose name, perhaps intentionally, resembles a law firm’s more than that of high-energy white funk musicians — at three different stages. In 1983, the three Miller brothers — stoic ringleader Dan, goofball Barney, and pretty boy Michael, then still in high school — and their motormouth, David Byrne-like pal Blake Sloan were a hot commodity on the New York City club circuit. Profiled by Kostelanetz again in 1988, they were awkwardly transitioning to electronic pop, with drummer/falsetto backup vocalist Michael now the silky-voiced frontman. By the 2008 segment — 15 years since the demise of the band — they had become (with one exception) suburban West Coast family men with jobs in software and video post-production. It’s precisely the down-to-earth normalcy of Kostelanetz’s subjects that makes We Don’t Wanna Make You Dance so poignant… Happily, Kostelanetz’s gentle, intimate approach keeps the proceedings light and even peppy – she balances out the bleakness. ." Sam Weisberg, Village Voice

"By the time the film ends you’ll be hoping for a reunion." Unseen Films

Particle Fever

(2013, 99 mins, DCP)


May 16th, 7:00 PM screening will be followed by a panel discussion of physicists, copresented by TRIUMF and supported by Reel Causes. 
May 19th, 6:30 PM screening is open to youth, the film is rated PG 

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. Physicist turned filmmaker Mark Levinson gives us the modern equivalent of those world-changing moments with this as-it-happens front-row seat to our generation’s most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough—the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, built to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and to potentially explain the origin of all matter. Following a team of brilliant scientists, Levinson—aided by master editor Walter Murch—crafts a celebration of discovery while revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.

"Set in crummy offices and towering facilities worthy of a Bond movie, the documentary is edited with the momentum of a thriller by the great Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), as we follow six scientists. They come across as simultaneously passionate thinkers and endearing nerds: There’s the elegant Italian physicist and classical pianist Fabiola Gianotti, obliviously stepping into traffic while talking excitedly on her phone. Or postdoc student and experimental physicist Monica Dunford, declaring effusively: “It’s unbelievably fantastic how great data is.”

Their excitement is infectious and the entire endeavour both mind-bending and tremendously human: Near the end, Peter Higgs, the recent Nobel Prize-winner and one of the scientists who first predicted the particle back in 1964, is seen in Switzerland watching the data results come in, while a tear trickles down his cheek." Liam Lacey, The Globe & Mail

"Mindblowing." The New York Times

"Particle Fever succeeds on every level." Hollywood Reporter

"I cried at a movie about particle physics. And I wasn’t alone." Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American


 Friday, May 16th screening will be followed by a panel discussion of physicists, copresented by TRIUMF and supported by Reel Causes.

Speakers to include:

Anadi Canepa is an experimental particle physicist. Anadi received her master degree from the University of Padova (Italy) and her PhD degree from Purdue University (USA). After an appointment as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania (USA) she joined TRIUMF as a research scientist. She has been a member of the ATLAS Collaboration since 2008 and of the CDF Collaboration from 2000 to 2011. He research focuses on searches for new phenomena, such as Supersymmetry, that can explain the nature of the Dark Matter in the Universe, whether or not there are extra dimensions of space-time, why there is more Matter than Antimatter around us.

Dugan O’Neil received an undergraduate degree in physics from UNB (1994), followed by an MSc. from the University of Alberta (1996) and a PhD from the University of Victoria (1999). After working on preparations for the ATLAS experiment throughout graduate school, he then took a postdoctoral fellowship at Michigan State University, working on the DZero experiment. In 2003, he took an assistant professorship at Simon Fraser University and re-joined ATLAS. In addition to working to help the experiment run and take data, in the last few years he has focused on the search for Higgs boson decays to tau leptons.

Dr. Oliver Stelzer-Chilton received his Diploma in Heidelberg and earned a Ph.D from the University of Toronto. With a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Union, he led the W boson mass group for CDF at Fermilab, making predictions for the mass of the Higgs boson. He moved to TRIUMF in 2008 and joined ATLAS where he leads searches for new physics and Higgs boson related measurements. He directs TRIUMF’s student programs and is a member of Canada’s Institute of Particle Physics Scientific Council. He is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of British Columbia.


(2013, 80 mins, DCP)
In Polish with English subtitles
CAST Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela, Adam Szyszkowski, Halina Skoczynska, Joanna Kulig, Dorota Kuduk, Natalia Lagiewczyk, Afrodyta Weselak
Country of origin: France, Poland, Denmark


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

20 Feet from Stardom

(2013, 89 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder
Special MOVIES FOR MOMMIES screening on Wed. May 21, 11:30am. Toddlers and babies will be present, sound and lighting will be adjusted accordingly. General public welcome.


Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 20 Feet From Stardom boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.

"You may never hear the Rolling Stones’s Gimme Shelter the same way again after hearing Jagger’s and Clayton’s separate accounts of the recording of the song." Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

"This generous, fascinating documentary about the careers of backup singers, most of them African-American women, seeks to rewrite the history of pop music by focusing attention on voices at once marginal and vital." AO Scott, New York Times

"Just about everything in this movie is right. And anybody who gives a rip about unsung heroines of popular music and giving credit when credit’s overdue had better come up with a good excuse not to see it." Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

When I Walk

(2013, 85 mins)
Classification: G
Country: Canada / USA


Jason DaSilva’s world changed in December of 2006. While vacationing with his family, he suddenly fell down on the beach and couldn’t get back up. In a matter of months, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Doctors told him it could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, and the slow deterioration of his ability to walk. Jason decided to exercise more, but the problem just got worse. His mother reminded him that he was a fortunate, privileged North American kid who had the opportunity to pursue the things he loved most—art and filmmaking. So, Jason picked up the camera, turned it on himself, and began filming the slow, difficult decline of his body—and the miracles he encountered along the way.

Through his cinematic talents and magnetic personality, DaSilva sheds light not only on his struggles with the disease, but its impact—and even its influence—on his creative process and his relationships. When I Walk is an intimate depiction of a disorder that is rarely portrayed on film, and a rousing example of storytelling at its most direct, personal and affecting.

"DaSilva’s experience behind a camera shows in his brisk pacing, clear narrative structure, and the awareness that a story of sickness needs lighthearted distractions… Fueled by […] uncompromising intelligence and unrelenting candor." Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“DaSilva’s strength and resilience … shines through every frame of his story… It’s a lovely, inspiring film, deeply personal and honest.” Kim Voynar, Movie City News

"When I Walk makes it very clear that Jason isn’t all alone despite his support system. Rather, his support system, including his mom, makes him who he is, even more than his malfunctioning legs and hands. His life isn’t his disease, and neither […] is his lovingly collaborative film." Noah Berlatsky, The Dissolve

Start the Show: Rick Staehling on the Art of the Opening Sequence

(80 mins)


When a movie begins anything and everything is possible. It is the magical moment when a movie-goer’s anticipation and a movie-maker’s promise first meet. An opening doesn’t have to sell the movie—trailers do that—but it does thrill, soothe, explain or seduce. It introduces the ideas, attitude and mood of the film that follows. And it usually makes you eager to know what happens next.

Curated and presented by veteran CBC film critic Rick Staehling, Start the Show examines the evolution of the opening sequence from the charming, hand-painted title card for The Great Train Robbery (1903), through Sergio Leone’s audacious Once Upon a Time in the West to the outrageous opening credits for director Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible (2002) and the confounding first three minutes of Bong Joon-ho’s Mother (2009). You will meet the unsung innovators who changed how films begin, the big-name directors who control even the first frames of their films, and see a variety of openings—some as famous as the movies they introduce.