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Drug War

Program Running Time 107 min.

Films in Program

(Du zhen)
Directed By: Johnnie To
(China, 2013, 107 mins, DCP)

The French Connection meets The Wire in this exhilarating mainland China cop thriller from Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To. Faced with the death penalty, drug trafficker Timmy Choi reluctantly enters into a partnership with narcotics cop Zhang to break a rich and powerful crime syndicate.

Lawrence of Arabia

Program Running Time 216 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: David Lean
(GB, 1962, 216 mins, DCP)

David Lean’s sweeping, four-hour desert epic demands to be seen on the big screen. The late, great Peter O’Toole landed the role of his lifetime as the British cartographer who united the Arab tribes to fight the Turks in WW1. Screening in a restored DCP version.

"A miracle… The first film I saw that made me want to be a moviemaker." Steven Spielberg

Great Flood

Program Running Time 80 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Bill Morrison
(USA, 2013, 80 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Director Bill Morrison weaves together compelling archival footage of the great Mississippi flood of 1927, complemented by a very well-considered Bill Frisell original score. That flood led to an exodus of sharecroppers, all heading north. The result? Chicago blues, rhythm & blues and, ultimately, rock ’n’ roll…

"Guitarist-composer Bill Frisell’s wall-to-wall, bluesy-jazzy soundtrack beautifully reflects and unifies the visuals while also helping to personalize this distinct endeavor. It’s a terrific achievement." Gary Goldstein, LA Times

Datong: The Great Society

Program Running Time 120 min.

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Directed By: Evans Chan
(Hong Kong, 2012, 120 mins, DCP)

Framed around the Swedish sojourn (1904-1908) of Kang Youwei (Liu Kai Chi), who famously revived the Confucian utopia Datong: The Great Society, the film traces the struggle of Kang, his daughter Tung Pih (Lindzay Chan), and his disciple Liang Qichao (Ben Yeung) to modernize China’s imperial monarchy.

"Exciting, inventive, bold, post-modern!" Ann Hui, filmmaker

Sea Shepherd presents... Blackfish

Program Running Time 83 min.

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Directed By: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
(USA, 2013, 83 mins, DCP)

In the first of a new series of environmental films copresented with Sea Shepherd, Vancity Theatre is proud to bring back one of our biggest hits from last year, the powerful expose of how orcas fare in captivity in aquatic parks like SeaWorld. One of those movies credited with changing hearts and minds, Blackfish is an unforgettable film. This screening will be introduced by special guests.

Music Room

Program Running Time 100 min.

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Directed By: Satyajit Ray
(India, 1950, 100 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Set in the 1920s in the palace of a noble Bengali whose passion is music and whose arch-enemy is a wealthy upstart, The Music Room reflects the conflict between the dying aristocracy and new money. Director Satyajit Ray is one of the greatest auteurs of international cinema. His film about those who dwell in the past and those who embrace the future is a magnificent tour de force. Introduced by Professor Scott Watson, head of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, UBC.