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Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Feb 05 04:30 pm
Feb 12 04:30 pm
Feb 19 04:30 pm

Yogananda was the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. This unconventional documentary has won critical plaudits everywhere it has screened.

"Fittingly enlightening, Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West." Michael Rechtschaffen, LA Times

"Gentle sitar music, languorous camerawork and soothing narration… This could be a good movie to do yoga by." The New York Times

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

The most impressive debut feature of the year also happens to be the scariest. This tale of an anguished single mom (an incredible performance from Essie Davies), her monstrous six-year-old, and the storybook bogeyman who terrorizes their home is guaranteed to chill you to the bone.

"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade." Kim Newman, Empire

"Managing to scare an audience silly with original imagery and non-formulaic jolts is no mean feat […] Managing to move us at the same time is close to miraculous." Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

"Deeply disturbing and unusually beatiful." Variety

Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Black History Month

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Feb 16 06:10 pm

Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw is marvellous as the extraordinary young singer who is propelled in to a rollercoast career in pop by her ambitious mother (Minnie Driver). The movie chronicles how the music industry remakes Noni in its own highly sexualized image, but suggests (with an element of wish fulfillment) that there is a way out, and true love can save the day.

"One of the most pleasurable moviegoing experiences I had this year." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"Magnificent… On its surface [it] seems to be a candy-colored pop fantasy about the love between a beautiful hip-hop superstar and a hunky cop. To be fair, it’s not not that. But how bracing today to have a film that’s at once fun, patient, romantic, and real… Beyond the Lights is a deft, gorgeous movie… As we watch this dreamy, colorful piece of musical and romantic wish-fulfillment, we get the distinct sense we’re watching real life unfold." Bilge Ebiri, New York magazine

"One of the most pleasurable moviegoing experiences I had this year." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 1959
Series:
Black History Month

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Feb 09 06:30 pm

1960 Academy Award Winner and winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, Marcel Camus’s Black Orpheus retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its magnificent color photography and lively soundtrack, this film brought the infectious bossa nova beat to the United States.

"A riotous, rapturous explosion of sound and color, Black Orpheus is less about Orpheus’s doomed love for Eurydice than about Camus’s love for cinema at its most gestural and kinetic." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA, 1991
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Feb 15 03:00 pm

The release of The Theory of Everything, and indeed, the "science" of box office hit Interstellar, allows us the perfect excuse to bring back this fascinating meeting of minds between Stephen Hawking and eminent US documentarian Errol Morris. With a score by Philip Glass.

(Kelebeğin Rüyası)
Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2013
Series:
Turkish Film Festival

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Jan 25 09:15 pm

Turkey’s 2014 Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film. centers on two friends, Muzaffer (Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ) and Rüştü (Mert Fırat), both young aspiring poets in 1940s Turkey. The arrival of Suzan (Belçim Bilgin), the beautiful and affluent new girl in town, prompts them to wage a bet. Each will pen a poem and submit it blindly for the girl to make her choice. As the friends both start falling for Suzan, they must also endure the problems of disease, poverty and compulsory work in the mines at the time of the Second World War. Based on a true story.

"A sumptuously mounted and well-acted period drama… The idea that love and poetry feed off of each other is illustrated beautifully." Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

"With its lively pace… likable performers and lush picture-postcard look, The Butterfly’s Dream is to poetry what Titanic was to nautical disasters." Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Irresistibly lyrical." Indiewire

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

Don José (Jonas Kaufmann) is a young soldier in the army in Seville. He intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village, but when he meets the sensual and high-spirited Carmen (Anna Caterina Antonacci), his head is soon turned…Spanish heat and gypsy passion are brought to the stage in Francesca Zambello’s vivid production of Bizet’s famous opera.

Sung in French with English subtitles

Acts One and Two will last for about 1 hour 50 minutes, followed by a 15 minute interval. Act Three will last for about 1 hour 5 mins.

(Caricaturistes, fantassins de la démocratie)
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Feb 07 07:30 pm

After receiving its N American premiere at last year’s VIFF, this French-made documentary about political cartoonists around the world has acquired terrible new relevence after the atrocity of the Charlie Hebdo murders.

“Just like the best political cartoons, the documentary… manages to synthesize a vast subject in ways both insightful and, at times, frightfully funny.” Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Spain, 2010
Series:
Black History Month

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Feb 09 08:45 pm

"Sexy, sunny and sweet-natured, this lovely animation by film-maker Fernando Trueba and artist and designer Javier Mariscal is a 1940s love story with all the brassy passion of a Barry Manilow number, set in the nightclubs of Havana and New York." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"The year’s best musical and one of the year’s finest animated films, this utterly delightful Spanish movie is an affecting, funny, historically accurate and at times pleasingly erotic story." Philip French, Observer

"The year’s best musical and one of the year’s finest animated films, this utterly delightful Spanish movie is an affecting, funny, historically accurate and at times pleasingly erotic story." Philip French, Observer

"A delightful riot of colour, design, emotion and music." Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight

Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Feb 15 04:45 pm

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her.

"The documentary of the year may also be its most hair-raising thriller." Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

"This patient, beautiful, painful, engrossing film pits husband and wife against each other and their world in a series of extended conversations/confrontations." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

"Tense and frightening…a primal political fable for the digital age." New York Times

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: 2015
Series:
Northwest Comedy Festival

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Feb 12 08:30 pm

Who likes short shorts? We like short shorts. The NorthWest Comedy Fest and VIFF are proud to announce An Evening of Comedy Short Shorts a delightful hodgepodge of original Pacific Northwest submissions and curated comedy pieces from up and down the Left coast.

(Silsile)
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2014
Series:
Turkish Film Festival

On a hot summer’s night in Istanbul; Ece (Nehir Erdoğan) pays a visit to Cenk (İlker Kaleli) and once buried feelings are suddenly reignited. Moments later they notice a thief, a young boy, who escapes into the darkness. The evening takes a turn for the worse following the sudden appearance of yet another thief…

Duration: 128 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2013
Series:
Turkish Film Festival

Two documentary short features. My Child (82 mins) is about very courageous and inspiring group of mothers and fathers in Turkey who are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender individuals. They have not only gone through the difficult path of accepting their children for who they are but also have taken the next step to share their experiences with other LGBT families and the public. Taşkafa (66 min) is a feature documentary film about memory and the most necessary forms of belonging, both to a place and to history, through a search for the role played in the city by Istanbul’s street dogs and their relationship to its human populations

Duration: 190 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

Kasper Holten, ROH Director of Opera, presents a mesmerizing new production of Mozart’s sublime tragicomedy. The impulsive and charismatic Don Giovanni travels through Europe seducing women, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. When he commits murder, he unleashes vengeance from beyond the grave.

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Feb 13 05:40 pm
Feb 14 10:00 pm
Feb 15 07:00 pm
Feb 17 08:15 pm
Feb 18 06:30 pm
Feb 19 08:50 pm

The thinking pervert’s 50 Shades of Grey, this ritualized SM lesbian love story is at once tongue-in-cheek erotica, a high art porno pastiche, and, most perversely of all, a sincerely unsettling but genuinely moving love story worthy of Luis Bunuel himself.

"Visually ravishing, emotionally wise, and kinky as a coiled rope, writer-director Peter Strickland’s third feature The Duke of Burgundy is a delight." Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

"Strickland’s sapphic giallo dream is a tied up and twisted masterpiece." David Ehrlich, Little White Lies

"So teasing and elusive that after one viewing, you just want to watch the thing again, and feel your way again around its contours." Robbie Colin, Daily Telegraph

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: Portugal, 2015
Series:
Music Mondays

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Mar 02 08:30 pm

Documentary about the Portuguese singer Camané and the process of creating one of fado’s key works, revealing a rigorous search that allows him to achieve masterful interpretations. Featuring music by José Mário Branco, Raul Ferrão, Frutuoso França, Sérgio Godinho, Alfredo Marceneiro, Alain Oulman.

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Iran, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Feb 07 10:15 pm
Feb 08 09:00 pm
Feb 20 08:50 pm
Feb 21 10:00 pm

The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

"Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus. The director combines elements of film noir and the restraint of Iranian New Wave cinema with the subdued depictions of a bored youth culture found in early Jim Jarmusch… The comparisons go on and on, but the result is wholly original." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"A wildly inventive Iranian vampire movie that grabs you by the throat with its dark, moody style, pulsating soundtrack and offbeat love story." David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1964
Series:
Cinema Salon

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Mar 03 07:30 pm

Pasolini was a Marxist and an atheist, but above all he was a poet, and his film of the life of Christ gives us the feeling that we are there, with Jesus, cinema-vrite style. This is also the most contemplative film about Christ.

Guest Michael Audain is chairman of Polygon Homes, Chair of the Audain Art Museum and the Audain Foundation. He is also the first Honorary Chairman of the Vancouver Art Gallery, a past Chair of the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation.

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Mar 14 06:00 pm

“In this 2014 sequel to the award-winning You’ve Been Trumped, director

Anthony Baxter once again follows American billionaire Donald Trump and a cast of other greedy characters who want to turn some of the Earth’s most precious places into golf courses and playgrounds for the super rich.”

This event is $10 and includes a panel discussion/Q&A and a dinner buffet/beverages.

Duration: 50 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Mar 14 02:00 pm

Directors Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott’s 2013 film “chronicles ‘America’s leading environmentalist,’ Bill McKibben, in a David-vs-Goliath battle to fight the fossil fuel industry and change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.” This event is $5 and includes a panel discussion/Q&A and snacks/beverages.

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