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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.

Sea Shepherd presents: Salmon Confidential

(2013, 69 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Alexandra Morton


This shocking documentary by Twyla Roscovich tells the behind-the-scenes story of the biggest environmental government coverup ever perpetrated on British Columbians. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by the government’s efforts to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path while working to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon. We gain surprising insight into the inner workings of government agencies, and share rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply.

“For years, Alexandra Morton has soldiered on providing evidence of, and calling for action on, the catastrophic state of wild salmon. Government and industries have thwarted her over and over again. This film clearly documents that governments do not put protection of wild salmon at the top of their priorities and Canadians should be outraged. I am.” David Suzuki

"EVEN IF YOU’VE read the news coverage about the effects of farmed salmon on B.C. wild salmon stocks, the strength of Twyla Roscovich’s documentary is not only how it amalgamates information about this contentious subject but also how it showcases biologist Alexandra Morton’s incredible tenacity and devotion. It’s as disturbing to see the visual evidence of dead and dying salmon—the keystone species essential to West Coast ecosystems—as much as it is to hear about attempts by federal government officials (who declined interviews) to muzzle and punish scientists (thereby also affecting journalists) who are trying to prove what is killing them. Also, if you chow down on salmon sashimi, this is one you’ll want to see before you take your next bite." Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight

"This feisty and provocative film is spoiling-for-a-fight cinema… Let the debate begin." Ian Bailey, The Globe and Mail

Thee Silver Mt Zion: Come Worry With Us!

(2014, 80 mins, DCP)
In French & English with English subtitles


Violinist Jessica Moss and singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck are struggling to balance parenthood with making music in their internationally acclaimed Montreal-based band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. They are one of a growing number of bands to have accepted an infant (Efrim and Jessica’s son, Ezra) into their touring life. Making a living has never been more difficult for musicians: a downloading generation has shattered the economics of the music industry, and constant touring has become synonymous with economic survival. Touring with children is both costly and complicated, yet Jessica and Efrim, and fellow band mates Sophie Trudeau, Thierry Amar and Dave Payant, are determined to combine family life and being on the road with the band’s deep political commitment. As SMZ perseveres in making art and an honest living, we follow Jessica as she discovers the parallel path that mothers can find themselves on while attempting to pursue artistic endeavours alongside their peers. Against a backdrop of intense competition and rapid technological change, where corporatization of the cultural industries is challenging the very notion of freedom, and where the distinction between life and work is constantly blurred, the film follows a growing generation of globalized artists struggling to remain “self-made” in spite unprecedented economic precariousness.

"It’s an immediate and engaging work that lets us share the weary rewards of doing what you love - even if you’re not sure you can make a living at it. 4 stars." Norm Wilner, NOW magazine

Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

(2012, 84 mins, DCP)
In English, Hungarian, French, Cantonese with English subtitles
FEATURING Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Orson Welles, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Sean Connery, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean Seberg, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Bill Murray, Jeff Bridges


“Not only are the movies little tiny pieces of time that we never forget, the movies are little tiny pieces of time that we live through. When we watch movies, we aren’t just bearing witness to history, we’re making history of our own — through decisions and events and circumstances that take place as part of the overall moviegoing experience.” Jimmy Stewart

Comprised of moments taken entirely from hundreds of the greatest films of all time, visionary Hungarian director György Pàlfi tells a single story of a man and a woman. To make this astonishing cinematic feat, Pàlfi (Hukkle) devoted over three years in the editing room expertly blending genres, decades, countries, and stars into a unified whole. From Marilyn Monroe to Jackie Chan, from Ozu to Lynch, and from the 1920’s to the Millennium and back again, this incredible collection illustrates the history of romance as told by the movies. Don’t miss Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen on the big screen - you may never see it in theatres again!

"I’ve never seen anything like Final Cut; it’s like a straight hit of the primal, Jungian stuff—a plea to the part of our brain that is endlessly addicted to story, and glamor, and happiness. This movie will never be on DVD. You’ll never be able to buy it or even rent it. It exists in a legal nowhere-land of fair use. As a movie-lover, it’s your duty to watch Final Cut when you can, because it might not be available tomorrow." Paul Constant, The Stranger

"An odds-on candidate for the greatest movie ever made." New York Film Festival

"Final Cut might be the greatest film about film ever made… [It] might be the most romantic film ever made as well… The first film in forever that has elicited such wonderment in this jaded cineaste." Joshua Chaplinsky, Twitch

Les Vepres siciliennes, from The Royal Opera House

(2014, 250 mins, DCP)
In French with English subtitles
CAST Lianna Haroutounian, Bryan Hymel, Erwin Schrott, Michael Volle, Michelle Daly. Conductor Antonio Pappano
Running time includes two intermissions. Tickets $22. Popcorn is not permitted in the theatre for opera shows.


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, directed by Stefan Herheim in his UK debut.

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.

250 minute running time includes two intermissions