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Rams

(2015, 93 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

May 20 06:20 pm
May 21 04:00 pm
May 22 03:00 pm
May 23 01:45 pm
May 26 06:30 pm
Jun 07 04:00 pm

Odds are you won’t go into Rams with particularly strong feelings about Icelandic sheep farmers. Yet Grimur Hakonarson’s funny, pungent, oddball drama has been one of the buzz titles on the festival circuit since it surprised many by picking up the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes a year ago.

Brothers Gummi and Kiddi occupy neighbouring hillside farms but haven’t spoken to each other for 40 years. When one of Kiddi’s flock is judged the best ram in the valley, Gummi can barely hide his disgust. When he reports his suspicion that the beast in question may be infected with scrapie, some feel it is just sour grapes. But if confirmed, the valley’s entire livestock may have to be put down. The brothers’ antagonism only deepens in this crisis. But perhaps deep down these stubborn loners are more alike than they care to accept…

This deceptively small movie turns out to be a model of lean storytelling, edging almost imperceptibly from absurdist comedy to existential tragedy.

“Every moment in writer-director Grímur Hákonarson’s strange and wonderful film is imbued with mystery and revealing dignity.” Chuck Bowen, Slant

“A wonderfully wry, charmingly understated comedy. Touching, beautiful and poignant.” Variety

Men & Chicken

(2015, 104 mins, DCP)
In Danish with English subtitles
Director:
CAST David Dencik, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Soren Malling, Nicolas Bro
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

May 20 10:30 pm
May 21 05:50 pm
May 22 07:10 pm
May 25 06:30 pm

When the man they knew as their father passes away, brothers Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) are in for a shock: turns out both were put up for adoption by their real dad, Evelio Thanatos. They track him down to a tiny island where he has been living in seclusion since being thrown out of the Danish scientific Academy. But before they meet the old man they will have to win the trust of three more brothers they never knew they had: hare-lipped over-grown adolescents, prone to violence, deeply suspicious, and a little too enamored of their livestock for comfort.

Taboo, or not taboo? This outrageous, philosophical farce crosses Hamlet with The Island of Dr Moreau, and perhaps a smattering of Step Brothers… Call it what you will, it’s a wildly unorthodox comedy which couches some deep thinking about genetics, nature vs nurture, and bestial behaviour in slapstick pratfalls, dumb and dumber jokes, and good old fashioned sibling rivalry. This is Mads Mikkelsen as you have never seen him before!

"If Franz Kafka had ever devised a film for the Three Stooges, it might look something like Men & Chicken. Prolific screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen’s first film as a director in ten years is a joyously eccentric, darkly comic fairytale that combines screwball farce and slapstick violence with philosophical musings on the clash between religion and science. Bracingly original, defying easy classification and often uproariously funny…" Allan Hunter, Screen International

Vancouver Iranian Film presents: The Girl's House

(2015, 78 mins)
In Persian with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Rana Azadivar, Hamed Behdad, Pegah Ahangarani, Baran Kosari, Babak Karimi

Showtimes

Jun 15 08:30 pm

Directed by Shahram Shah-Hosseini and written by Parviz Shahbazi, The Girl’s House deals with issues facing Iranian women while telling the story of two female university students who try to solve the mystery surrounding the murder of one of their classmates.

Conservative media have slammed the film for being against “traditional and family values” and despite a number of revisions, it has not received a permit for public screening in Iran.

DGC Master Class Series: Adam Arkin

(90 mins)

Showtimes

May 28 03:00 pm

Launching in May 2016, the Directors Guild of Canada is pleased to present a series of Master Classes in partnership with VIFF. The DGC Master Class Series will feature multiple award-winning speakers from some of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed films and TV shows. The year-round sessions are designed to educate and inspire everyone from established to emerging directors, screenwriters and producers. Plus: the sessions are also open to the general public.

Four Master Classes will be scheduled at the Film Centre and we are thrilled to announce our inaugural guest, ADAM ARKIN, a director, and actor with multiple Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his work on Chicago Hope and Northern Exposure. His TV directing credits include the award-winning series Fargo, Masters of Sex, Justified, Backstrom, Sons of Anarchy and Secrets and Lies to name but a few. Join us for a fascinating master class with Adam on May 28th as he takes us into his experiences from behind the camera.

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