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Raincity Oscar Party

Program Running Time 240 min.

Films in Program

(240 mins)

Experience the Academy Awards(R) on the Big Screen in the comfort of the most luxurious movie theatre in town. Our red carpet party includes a welcome cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, an Oscar pool, prizes, tunes, and a celebrity host.

We’ll be putting our own Raincity spin on Hollywood’s big night, so expect surprises, laughs, a bigger splash!

Kayan

Program Running Time 85 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Maryam Najafi
(Canada, 2012, 85 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Set in the heart of the Middle Eastern community in Vancouver, Canada, Kayan is an intricate story of betrayal, belonging and love in all their complicated and often paradoxical glory. Hanin, a strong-minded Lebanese woman, tries her best to keep Kayan, her struggling restaurant, afloat. A subtle, authentic movie about an everyday twentyfirst century heroine trying to make ends meet in a place far from home, this offers a strikingly different perspective on our city.

Kayan offers a glancing impression of Middle Eastern diaspora life through a vivid rendering of a busy Lebanese restaurant in Vancouver. Iran-born helmer Maryam Najafi films an actual eatery, enlisting its staff and clientele to play themselves; their seamless perfs contribute to the pic’s docu-like veracity, led by thesp Oula Hamadeh’s magnetic presence in a complex leading role." Maggie Lee, Variety

Nymphomaniac

Program Running Time 110 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Lars von Trier
(Denmark, 2014, 110 mins, DCP)

Screening in two feature-length parts, Nymphomaniac is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). "A ferociously entertaining experience in which one finds von Trier at the peak of his craft, linking together ideas about female sexuality, fly-fishing and artistic creation with equal amounts of playfulness and intellectual rigor." Scott Foundas, Variety

"A ferociously entertaining experience in which one finds von Trier at the peak of his craft, linking together ideas about female sexuality, fly-fishing and artistic creation with equal amounts of playfulness and intellectual rigor." Scott Foundas, Variety

"Hang on to your seat back, your Bible, or the hand of a friend. Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac bludgeons the body and tenderises the soul. It is perplexing, preposterous and utterly fascinating." Xan Brooks, The Guardian

Royal Opera House presents TURANDOT

Program Running Time 205 min.

Films in Program

(Turandot)
(GB, 2013, 205 mins, DCP)

Andrei Serban’s staging of Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama. Turandot is a tale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and powerful, triumphant love.

Way We Dance

Program Running Time 110 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Adam Wong
(Hong Kong, 2013, 110 mins, DCP)

Described as nothing less than "miraculous", this low budget HK dance film became a box office sensation last summer and newcomer Cherry Ngan became an overnight star.

"A cracking spectacle that showcases some of Hong Kong’s best street dancers" The Hollywood Reporter

"The choreography shows flashes of genuine inventiveness that will impress even those unfamiliar with the street dance scene." Twitch

"After all these years, we have finally found the new hope for Hong Kong cinema." Shu Kei

Unbeatable

Program Running Time 120 min.

Films in Program

(Ji zhan)
Directed By: Dante Lam
(Hong Kong, 2013, 120 mins, DCP)

This mixed martial arts drama packs a real dramatic punch thanks to director Dante Lam’s sophisticated filmmaking and a powerhouse performance from star Nick Cheung.

"The storytelling artistry of Hong Kong helmer Dante Lam and Nick Cheung’s powerhouse performance make a raw and compelling experience out of this action-drama set in the world of mixed martial arts. While Lam never loses his grip on the action, he also beautifully modulates his characters’ turbulent ups and downs like musical movements, expressing the protagonist’s motto that fighting is all about setting your own rhythm." Maggie Lee, Variety

Cold War

Program Running Time 102 min.

Films in Program

(Hon zin)
(Hong Kong, 2012, 102 mins, DCP)

This breathless, twisty Hong Kong cop thriller triumphed at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards, picking up nine statuettes including best film, best director, best screenplay and best actor (Tony Leung Ka Fai).

Kayan

(2012, 85 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
In English, Iranian with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Oula Hammadeh, Seira Emami, Kayan Bennett, Kiara Bennett, Mohammed Saad, Maryam Ghaeni, Milad Hamidi
Filmmaker Q&A Friday 28 March

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Set in the heart of the Middle Eastern community in Vancouver, Canada, Kayan is an intricate story of betrayal, belonging and love in all their complicated and often paradoxical glory. Hanin, a strong-minded Lebanese woman, tries her best to keep Kayan, her struggling restaurant, afloat. With a failed marriage, two teenage daughters, a demanding relationship with a younger man and an array of people that rely on her, Hanin has no choice but to conjure up new ways to make money and persevere. Things take a twisted turn as the line between her personal and professional life blurs and some of her customers turn out to be more than they seem…

Director’s Statement

"I was born in Iran, a land of contradictions, and although I have lived in different parts of the world, I still find myself drawn to discords and ambiguities rather than clear-cut definitions. I strive to make films that catch a glimpse of real life and real people with all their complexities and imperfections. My writing is inspired by the places I have been to and the people I have met, and somehow, music, femininity and diversity of cultures, always find their way into my stories. Kayan, is an attempt to blend these elements together against the backdrop of the immigrant community of Canada. Centered around a single location and with a full cast of non-actors, Kayan (existence in Arabic) is a tapestry of colorful characters with all their idiosyncrasies and vulnerabilities, woven into an ever-shifting whole, much like life itself." -Maryam Najafi

Kayan offers a glancing impression of Middle Eastern diaspora life through a vivid rendering of a busy Lebanese restaurant in Vancouver. Iran-born helmer Maryam Najafi films an actual eatery, enlisting its staff and clientele to play themselves; their seamless perfs contribute to the pic’s docu-like veracity, led by thesp Oula Hamadeh’s magnetic presence in a complex leading role." Maggie Lee, Variety

Nymphomaniac Vol I

(2014, 110 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Stacy Martin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Stellan Skarsgård, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe
If you are planning to come see Nymphomaniac II on another night, keep your keep your Nymphomaniac I tickets. Anyone with proof of purchase of Nymphomaniac I can buy a ticket for Nymphomaniac II for $7.

Showtimes

Nymphomaniac is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushy branched-out and multifaceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.

Lars von Trier tests the limits in this whip-smart, explicit, often brutally anti-erotic comedy about psychology and sexuality. Screening in two parts, each about two hours long, Nymphomaniac is bound to challenge taboos, confront and confound - we should expect nothing less from the director of Melancholia, Antichrist, Dogville and Breaking the Waves - but it’s also a sensationally entertaining slice of cinematic bravado, a must-see movie that dares you to look away.

"A ferociously entertaining experience in which one finds von Trier at the peak of his craft, linking together ideas about female sexuality, fly-fishing and artistic creation with equal amounts of playfulness and intellectual rigor." Scott Foundas, Variety

"Hang on to your seat back, your Bible, or the hand of a friend. Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac bludgeons the body and tenderises the soul. It is perplexing, preposterous and utterly fascinating." Xan Brooks, The Guardian

If you are planning to come see Nymphomaniac II on another night, keep your keep your Nymphomaniac I tickets. Anyone with proof of purchase of Nymphomaniac I  can buy a ticket for Nymphomaniac II for $7. 

GO TO NYMPHOMANIAC VOL. II

Cold War

(Hon zin)
(2012, 102 mins, DCP)
In Cantonese with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Charlie Yeung
Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office

Showtimes

Sean Lau (Kwok) and rough-around-the-edges M.B. Lee (Leung) are uncomfortably sharing the position of acting police commissioner while their veteran superior is overseas. Strained relations reach the breaking point when emergency-squad commander M.Y. Shun (Joyce Cheng) and four of her team members are kidnapped. With his son Joe (Eddie Peng) among the hostages, and talk of a rat in the house, Lee assumes control of what ends up being a failed rescue. Supported by fellow top-brass buddy Vincent (Chin Ka-lok) and convincing Lee loyalist Albert (Lam Ka-tung) to back his actions, Lau steps in to call the shots… But has the entire hostage drama been an elaborate set-up?

This breathless, twisty Hong Kong cop thriller triumphed at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards, picking up nine statuettes including best film, best director, best screenplay and best actor (Tony Leung Ka Fai).

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