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Eat Drink Man Woman

Program Running Time 124 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Ang Lee
(1994, 124 mins, DVD)

A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members. A foodie film classic selected by James Walt, executive chef at Whistler’s Araxi restaurant.

We Are Here

Program Running Time 80 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Francine Zuckerman
(Canada, 2013, 80 mins, DCP)

In 1945, 95% of the Jews in Poland were murdered during the Holocaust. In 2013, a Jewish museum is erected, a monument not just to the past, but to a New Poland. We Are Here is an important documentary looking at the complex and fragile Polish-Jewish relationship through the eyes of five Jews living in Poland today.

Lady Eve

Program Running Time 94 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Preston Sturges
(USA, 1941, 94 mins, DVD)

A couple meet on an ocean liner. Jean (Barbara Stanwyck) is a knock-out babe and a con artist. Charles (Henry Fonda) is a nerdy heir, interested in the study of snakes and about to get fleeced. Sturges’ unique gifts for directing comedy and writing witty dialogue makes this yet another of his great romantic comedies that deserves its reputation as a classic.

Not Business As Usual (film and panel discussion)

Program Running Time 150 min.

Films in Program

(Canada, 2013, 150 mins)

Join us for a special screening of a new Vancouver-made documentary highlighting a new breed of ethical entrepreneurs, capitalists with a conscience who are reframing the debate about profit and loss. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Brett Wilson (Dragon’s Den), Joel Bakan (writer, The Corporation), Mark Brand (Save on Meat), RBC Director of Sustainability Sandra Odendahl and moderated by Sharad Khare. Tickets ($18) include post show reception.

The Last of the Unjust

Program Running Time 220 min.

Films in Program

(Le dernier des injustes)
Directed By: Claude Lanzmann
(France, 2013, 220 mins, DCP)

Claude Lanzmann, whose epic "Shoah" is certainly the definitive film about the Holocaust, returns to one of the subjects from that masterpiece to unravel the tale of the ‘model’ concentration camp, Theresienstadt, and the ambiguous leader of its Jewish Council, Benjamin Murmelstein.

"A discursive, essential Shoah postscript centered on as fascinating and inconvenient a figure as may have survived Hitler’s annihilation." Michelle Orange, Village Voice

"Those who think this is a black-and-white issue will be surprised, as Lanzmann himself appears to have been, by what is said here." Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“Utterly fascinating. A reminder of another way documentaries can be made: simply, agonizingly, without comedy or narcissism, and with unforgettable, almost unbearable power."

Stephen Marche, Esquire

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Program Running Time 110 min.

Films in Program

(China, 2013, 110 mins, DCP)

Kung Fu Hustle director Stephen Chow may be the CGI era’s closest ancestor to such subversive cartoon greats as Tex Avery and Chuck Jonze. Here the Hong Kong superstar remains behind the camera, but the mixture of gob-smacking slapstick and breathtaking fantasy is unmistakeably his own, turning the oft-told tale of ancient demon hunters into the kind of rollicking adventure Hollywood can only marvel at.

"Truly magical…[Chow] is like the Quentin Tarantino of kung fu, going back through the history of the Hong Kong genre and tapping everyone from the Shaw Brothers to his contemporaries (Jackie Chan, Jet Li) for inspiration. The result is a wonderfully entertaining work which manages to be both easily approachable for the non-subtitle set as well as true to its roots in ancient Chinese customs and beliefs." Bill Gibron, Pop Matters

"Rarely is it that a CGI-heavy spectacle such as this could be called both entertaining and inspiring in the same breath, but such is the unexpectedly special magic of Journey to the West." Kenji Fujishima, Slant

Spinning Plates

Program Running Time 93 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Joseph Levy
(USA, 2013, 93 mins, DCP)

Guest passes and volunteer passes not accepted.

It takes more than good food to make a restaurant work. Spinning Plates is an insightful, compelling and moving documentary tracing the fates of three very different establishments: the high-end Alinea, where Grant Achatz practices his culinary perfection; the 150-year-old country steak house Breitbach’s, a community hub in rural Iowa, and La Cocina de Gabby, a new Mexican restaurant surviving on a wing and a prayer in Tuscon. This screening will be accompanied by a panel of distinguished Vancouver chef’s moderated by Vancouver Magazine editor John Burns. Check viff.org for updates.

“Splendid and engrossing … a love letter to that singular intersection of artistic innovation, cultural legacy, community pride, and family-sustaining (or -straining) commerce known as the restaurant.” Village Voice

Stage to Screen: In Conversation with David Auburn

Program Running Time 420 min.

Films in Program

(420 mins)

Playwright and filmmaker David Auburn is the subject of the first Stage to Screen event, a rare opportunity for in-depth exploration of the writing process with a master of the craft. This event includes a presentation of Auburn’s directorial debut, The Girl in the Park (starring Sigourney Weaver and Kate Bosworth), a read-through of his play Proof, Q&A, masterclass and reception. Tickets $47, Students $35, Student (Post Sec. ID required) 

Midnight In Paris

Program Running Time 94 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Woody Allen
(USA, 2011, 94 mins)

One of Woody’s most popular recent films, this enchanting slice of whimsy casts Owen Wilson as a Hollywood screenwriter transported back to the moveable feast of Paris in the 1920s, home to Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds and Gertrude Stein.

"In Woody Allen’s beguiling and then bedazzling new comedy, nostalgia isn’t at all what it used to be — it’s smarter, sweeter, fizzier and ever so much funnier." Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"Midnight in Paris finds Allen in a larky, slightly tart and altogether bountiful mood, giving filmgoers a movie that, while unabashedly funny and playful, provides a profiterole or two for thought." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Bullets Over Broadway

Program Running Time 98 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Woody Allen
(USA, 1994, 98 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Recently transformed into a Broadway musical, this is a fizzy satire on the pretensions, hypocrisies and indulgences of theatre folk. John Cusack is an idealistic young playwright whose big break is backed by a mobster boss with his own ideas about casting….

"One of Allen’s best and most revealing comedies, as much a moral meditation as it is dazzling fun." Rolling Stone

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