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Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 14 06:00 pm

Acclaimed documentary veteran Heddy Honigman follows the Netherlands’ prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on an astounding journey as they perform 50 concerts on six continents as they celebrate their 125th anniversary. With stunning passion and intellect, the masters perform and discuss their music.

"A magnificent tapestry of sounds and images." Ronnie Scheib, Variety

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

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Jun 24 06:30 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.

Co-presented by Banyen Books & Sound

"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: 78 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2010
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 07 04:15 pm

Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us… and what we can do about it.

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 23 06:30 pm
Jun 25 05:00 pm
Jun 27 03:15 pm

Go behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet and watch choreographer Justin Peck create the company’s 422nd original piece.

“The documentary moves with the same fluidity that characterizes Peck’s choreography… Lipes captures the dancers, musicians, costumers and lighting designers from a variety of angles within the larger canvas, always suggesting kinetic movement continuing beyond the frame. A delight for balletophiles, the film [represents] a beautifully crafted entree into the intricacies of collective endeavor.” Ronnie Scheib, Variety

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 13 08:30 pm

With a secret application process, unknown start time, and an ever-changing course, the annual Barkley Marathons tempt long distance runners to rural Tennessee to test their limits in a grueling trail race that’s seen only 10 competitors finish in 25 years.

"Captivating and thrilling… Something to behold, in all its excruciating glory." Kevin Scott, Exclaim!

Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 03 10:45 pm
Jul 04 06:00 pm
Jul 08 08:30 pm
Jul 09 08:20 pm

The quirky naturalistic coming of age comedy stars Dan Abramovici as Ben as he copes with life, love, and bouncing back from a bad breakup. Heartbroken and cynical after he’s dumped by his girlfriend, Ben makes the unusual decision never to leave his house again. Relevant and witty, the film speaks to the heart of our scattered, digital age, and is a topical and comedic look at today’s wired generation.

"Remarkably funny." Montreal Gazette

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2013
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 19 07:00 pm
Jun 21 03:00 pm

“If you could fly around the world and see everything from way up high, what would you see?” Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above is an environmentally conscious film shot using aerial cinematography. Displaying Taiwan’s sweeping landscapes, the documentary seeks to show the changes to Taiwan’s environment as a result of human activity. Sparked by the 2009 Morakot typhoon, director Po-lin Chi’s masterly use of music and visuals is a call to action to preserve the beauty of Taiwan.

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 22 10:30 pm
May 30 10:00 pm

Canada noir: Saskatchewan’s Big Muddy badlands provide the stunning backdrop for this stylish mystery thriller, a neo-Western reminiscent of the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple and No Country For Old Men. Nadia Litz is Martha, a classic femme fatale and a whole heap of trouble for pretty much all the men in her life (and there are lot of them: a grown son, a bitter father, a husband who has just escaped from prison, and boyfriends past and present).

"A stunning film that harkens back to the classic film noirs of the 40s and 50s as writer/director Jefferson Moneo crafts a narrative that borrows from the likes of Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Orson Welles and even from a more contemporary standpoint, the Coen Brothers. Litz commands the screen with gallons of femme fatale mojo and McHattie is great as her world weary dad. It’s a glorious piece of pulp storytelling and distinctly Canadian." Dave Voigt, Dork Shelf

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 23 10:30 pm
May 29 10:30 pm

Rising star Dakota Daulby is riveting in this BC-made crime drama, a powerful tale inspired by a true story. Troubled Jake escapes from his abusive uncle and makes his way to the island farmhouse which is still home to his older brother. But Noel is drinking heavily, and into some seriously dodgy dealings. Soon Jake realizes he’s jumped out of the frying pan, and into the fire…

"A chilling, highly believable portrait of a serial killer that is far removed from a typical horror film, focusing on the amoral psychology rather than the gore. It offers a serious attempt to answer questions about the kind of person who kills without remorse. Picture Trailer Park Boys as imagined by David Cronenberg and set next door to Stephen King’s rural Maine and you’ll be on the right track." Andrew Fleming, Vancouver Courier

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 19 09:00 pm
Jun 20 04:00 pm

Because of Typhoon Morakot, Mei Cho loses her husband, Rong, and her family business is on the brink of shutting down. With the village in ruins, the villagers consider re-establishing themselves elsewhere when suddenly, they receive a wedding invitation from a man everyone assumed to be dead: Rong. What happened to Rong? What secrets has he kept hidden? What will Mei Cho do?

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.

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 21 07:00 pm

Conspiracy is a dramatic re-invention of the classic Arthur Miller play The Crucible. Taking place in a high school, female student Ai-lin Qin is sent to the hospital after an alleged beating by her teacher. Also present is her friend Lun-hua Li, who rallies the students against the accused teacher, Mr. Wang. As truths and lies are exposed, Li must deal with a conspiracy larger than he had anticipated.

Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 20 06:10 pm

Design 7 Love gives viewers a special brand of love, characterized by a design company’s “7 Day Love Plan”. As new sparks fly and old loves are re-ignited, conspiracy and tension fill the office. When the film begins to break down the borders between reality and fiction, actors and characters, viewers are left wondering, just who is directing this script that has designated their fate?

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

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May 22 08:30 pm
May 23 04:30 pm
May 28 04:30 pm
May 30 08:00 pm

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision.

"A brilliant film. I loved it." Justine Picardie, Harper’s Bazaar

"Simply the best movie about fashion." Elle

"Dior and I is a great fashion movie, but it’s also a superb picture about the art of management, applicable to any field." Village Voice

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

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Jun 11 04:30 pm

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision.

"A brilliant film. I loved it." Justine Picardie, Harper’s Bazaar

"Simply the best movie about fashion." Elle

"Dior and I is a great fashion movie, but it’s also a superb picture about the art of management, applicable to any field." Village Voice

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: 104 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Music Mondays

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Jun 01 08:40 pm

Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in — Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer’s prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians.

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1966
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 07 06:00 pm

The Citizen Kane of surfer flicks, Bruce Brown’s late sixties opus Endless Summer never gets old. Brown and two surfer buddies set out to traverse the globe on their boards, and found the perfect wave at Cape St Francis, South Africa - a four-foot curl that gave rides of 15 minutes and came in so reliably it "looked like it was made by a machine." Their tour also took in Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii… And if you can’t get there this summer, this languid ode to the ocean might just be the next best thing.

Presented in partnership with The Surfrider Foundation Vancouver.

"The most influential adventure sports documentary ever made." NPR

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 12 06:30 pm

From inspiration to opening night, For Grace follows renowned American chef Curtis Duffy as he strives to overcome adversity in his personal life to build his dream restaurant.

"If there were a Michelin guide for documentaries, Chicago filmmakers Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski likely would earn three stars for their fascinating portrait of master chef Curtis Duffy, an intensely driven perfectionist who devotes his heart and soul to designing, building, staffing and opening his own high-end restaurant. This is a slickly produced and shrewdly insightful piece of work, and the story behind the story of Duffy’s single-minded obsession provides uncommonly compelling emotional heft." Joe Leydon, Variety

"A masterful look at the demons that often drive the best. Go see this movie!" Steve Cavendish, Nashville Scene

"The surprising and disarming power of For Grace can’t be understated… tands head and shoulders above even its closest of comparable films." Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 24 08:30 pm

What if everything you thought you knew about drugs was wrong? What if society has misread - or been misled - about what science says about psychedelic substances? What if prohibition only exists to safeguard social inhibition (and big pharma profits)? Through interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, Vancouver filmmaker Oliver Hockenhull explores the history of five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their now established medicinal potential.

Copresented with Banyen Books & Sounds

"Fuses science, art and spirituality into a seamless whole." Geoff Olson, Vancouver Courier

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