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Act of Killing (Director's Cut)

Program Running Time 159 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Joshua Oppenheimer
(Denmark, Indonesia, 2012, 159 mins, DCP)

Probably the most radical and powerful film you will experience this year, The Act of Killing is a searing expose of political amnesia and impunity in Indonesia, where the gangsters and thugs behind the murders of millions are celebrated as champions of free enterprise. It is also a surreal, provocative exploration of the psyches of these men - killers who proudly re-enact their atrocities for the camera, willing collaborators in their own cinematic bonfire of the vanities.

Pool of London

Program Running Time 82 min.

Films in Program

Free the Mind

Program Running Time 80 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Phie Ambo
(Denmark, 2012, 80 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Can you rewire the brain, just by taking a breath? In 1992 Professor Richard Davidson, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, met the Dalai Lama, who encouraged him to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and anxiety to the study of compassion and kindness, those qualities cultivated by Tibetan meditation practice. The results of Davidson’s studies are portrayed in Free the Mind as they are applied to treating PTSD in returning Iraqi vets and children with ADHD. The film poses two fundamental questions: What really is consciousness, and how does it manifest in the brain and body? And is it possible to physically change the brain solely through mental practices?

"Grips your heart from the first moment." Film Comment

"By the end of this documentary, you’ll feel like a kid again, filled with wonder and questions about humanity and yourself." Marco Chown Oved, Toronto Star

"There is something healing about simply watching Free the Mind." Gary Goldstein, LA Times

Your Favourite Bond... ?

Program Running Time 120 min.

Films in Program

(120 mins)

Vote for your favourite James Bond film and help choose the last night of our series. Explain why it’s your favourite and you could win free tickets to the film of your choice and the chance to introduce the movie to the audience. Vote in person at the Vancity Theatre ballot box or by email to Bond@viff.org.

Vancouver Singapore Film Festival


Films in Program

Man with the Golden Gun

Program Running Time 125 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Guy Hamilton
(GB, 1974, 125 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Bond goes to Thailand in Roger Moore’s second outing (after Live and Let Die). Christopher Lee (Ian Fleming’s cousin) is excellent as the villain, Scaramanga, and he brings out what may be Moore’s strongest performance.

Licence to Kill

Program Running Time 133 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: John Glen
(GB, 1989, 133 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Timothy Dalton’s second (and last) Bond movie is one of the least typical but also one of the most satisfying on its own terms. It’s a revenge movie, for one thing, with Bond going AWOL to take on a ruthless Mexican drug baron (Robert Davi).

View to a Kill

Program Running Time 131 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: John Glen
(GB, 1985, 131 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Roger Moore’s seventh and final Bond movie is absurd - but how to resist a film where the baddie is an industrialist intent on destroying Silcon Valley to create a monopoly on microchip technology (Bill Gates, meet Max Zorin)?

"A View to a Kill, is an especially satisfying encounter. Opening with a breathtaking ski chase in Siberia, A View to a Kill is the fastest Bond picture yet. Its pace has the precision of a Swiss watch and the momentum of a greyhound on the track. There is a spectacular chase up and down the Eiffel Tower and through Paris streets, which Bond finishes in a severed car on just two wheels. But none of the action prepares the viewer for the heart-stopping climax with Zorin’s dirigible tangled in the cables on top of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge." Lawrence O’Toole, Maclean’s

World Is Not Enough

Program Running Time 128 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Michael Apted
(GB, 1999, 128 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

n the 19th Bond adventure, 007 (Pierce Brosnan) must resolve a potentially deadly power struggle between two unstable nations, with control of the world’s oil supply as the ultimate prize.

Moonraker

Program Running Time 126 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Lewis Gilbert
(GB, 1979, 126 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Probably inspired by the success of Star Wars, James Bond went into outer space in Moonraker, one of the most popular of the series. It’s got amazing aerial stunts, some of designer Adam’s most inspired sets, a creepy villain in Michel Lonsdale’s Hugo Drax and Richard Kiel is back as the giant, metal-toothed henchman Jaws.

"Irresistibly entertaining." Frank Rich, Time

"A minor masterpiece." James Monaco, The Connoisseur’s Guide to the Movies

"One of the most buoyant Bond films of all." Vincent Canby, New York Times

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