Argentina’s Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009) was one of the most talented and politically engaged singers of the 20th century. Known as "the voice of the voiceless ones," she was a mainstay of the nueva canción folk movement, dazzled audiences worldwide, won numerous Grammy awards and suffered exile from her native land at the hands of the dictatorship. Rodgrigo H. Vila’s affecting portrait melds glorious archival concert footage and contemporary interviews to breathtaking effect.
Someone is killing aboriginal girls on a remote stretch of road, but no one seems to care… That’s the set up for this evocative Australian thriller, a genre movie which doubles as a critique of post colonial racism and corruption and which should echo loud and strong in British Columbia.
"Imagine a racially charged Outback Chinatown and you have the measure of this terrific Aussie noir written, shot, directed, edited and scored by Ivan Sen. As Aaron Pederson’s aboriginal detective returns home to investigate a murder, he discovers a township driven by corruption, where the fug of meth and malaise has made life lose all value." Total Film
" Mystery Road has the evil, epic sweep of LA Confidential, but a grimmer grasp on reality, burning a long trail of TNT to a final, point-blank showdown." Nick Hasted, The Arts Desk
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
Award winning Vancouver filmmaker Julia Kwan trains her eye on our own backyard, Chinatown, Pender, Hastings and Main St, and no matter how well you think you know this area, you’re bound to come away with new insights into the people and businesses that make up this once vibrant community. It’s a neighbourhood in transition, a culture in decline - or on the cusp of gentrification. This isn’t an advocacy doc, but a wise, ruminative portrait, an elegy perhaps, but also a celebration of entrepreneurial energy, resilience and creativity.
Join us for a screening of this VIFF double prize-winning documentary followed by a panel discussion on food waste and other issues raised in the movie featuring producer Jen Rustemeyer and special guests.
Time to revisit Emily Carr with fresh eyes and renewed enthusiasm in the wake of (amazingly!) the first UK exhibition of her work, currently showing in London. The British critics have compared the work to Van Gogh. "Carr’s landscapes are as exhilarating as the places they represent," wrote The Guardian. This insightful, impressionistic documentary catches her irrepressible spirit. "The definitive critical film portrait of Emily Carr." (Georgia Straight).
"Ambitious, impressionistic, and endowed with a stunning wealth of archival imagery, Winds of Heaven stands as the definitive, critical film portrait of Emily Carr." Janet Smith, Georgia Straight
A belated return after its sell-out show two years ago, another chance to enjoy this compilation of archival footage. Using 50 years of material, local historian Michael Kluckner guides us on a moving image journey into Vancouver’s past. With musical accompaniment by jazz pianist Wayne Stewart, highlights include home movies, park board films, experimental films, and on-the-fly documentaries.
Remember that summer when you were 22, a young adult, but too young to know the difference? Responsibility was still something your parents talked about. There was work but nothing you cared about. Same thing with sex. And mostly, that summer, there was time on your hands. Time to dream, time to think, time to do nothing much at all… That’s where Nicole is at, in Stephane Lafleur’s droll comedy, a black and white Canadian gem that captures a moment of transition with easy poetic grace and just a touch of absurdist genius.
"An affecting, funny, eccentric and gorgeously shot coming-of-age film." Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
"Wonderfully droll… the kind of film dream from which you feel reluctant to wake." Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Delightful… the hidden gem of Cannes." Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist (Indiewire)
"The films this year are the closest I could ever get to experiencing Vancouver in the 1930s to the 1960s without using a time machine," says historian Michael Kluckner, who has curated and will narrate an afternoon of vintage movies from the City of Vancouver Archives.
Pianist Wayne Stewart will provide accompaniment for the movies that were originally produced without sound
Two short films from the Vancouver based producer, writer, director Jonathan Kitzen, including last year’s Academy Award-winning non-fiction short subject The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life (a portrait of 109 year old Holocaust survivor Alcie Herz Sommer), and his new film, Soldiers’ Stories, a war remembrance document that draws parallels between the Battle of the Somme in WWI and today’s conflicts. The latter is presented in 3D and introduced by Jonathan Kitzen.
Jonathan Kitzen will be in attendance and introduce the films
The fifth film from 25-year-old Dolan invites extreme reactions: it’s the story of a deeply troubled teen, his tumultuous relationship with his single mom (Anne Dorval), and the timid part time teacher who agrees to tutor him (Suzanne Clement). It’s a pulsing, live-wire movie, kicking and screaming to make itself heard.
Join us for a night of scorching music, film, mojitos and traditional Cuban food. The evening will begin with a special screening of the classic Cuban documentary We Are the Music (Nosotros La Musica), a vivid panorama of the island’s music and dance legends from the early 1960s, featuring the likes of Ignacio Villa, Celeste Mendoza, Ana Glorai, Charanga Francesa and many more. Made in 1964 by Rogelio Paris, the film can be considered the unofficial father of Buena Vista Social Club.
After the screening, join us in the atrium for Cuban food, live music from Afro-Cuban Dimensions and of course every opportunity to dance! Tickets $15 include film, music and food - mojitos extra.
France, Poland, Denmark
Polish-born, UK-based filmmaker Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) returns to his native land for this evocative, resonant art film about a novice nun discovering a family secret in the 1960s. Beautifully shot in black and white, this award-winning drama has been compared to the work of Francois Truffaut and Robert Bresson.
"In a very short time, Pawlikowski’s film tells us a powerful, poignant story with fine, intelligent performances." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"This story of faith and despair is gracefully told, its simple, uncluttered spaces and luminous black-and-white photography harking back to Robert Bresson."JR Jones, Chicago Reader
"It’s absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films, and a fulfillment of the promise that the director has shown for so long." Oli Lyttleton, Indiewire
The French invented the term "film noir" and this adaptation of a slim, forceful novel by Georges Simenon certainly boasts idenfiable noir characteristics: the femme fatale who lures an all-too willing husband away from his marriage bed; the crime of passion and miscarriage of justice that ensue, all unfolding in a slippery mosaic of ambiguous flashbacks. As the title suggests, the dominant colour is blue, not black,and Amalric’s terrific movie shifts between carnal abandon and clinical claustrophobia.
"An elegant psychological freak-out about adultery and other madness, [a] dark, delectable, shivery tale." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"The Blue Room is a story about sexual desire as an overwhelming force, incapable of being ignored or mistaken, and about the ambiguity of almost everything else: memory, language, actions and motives." Stuart Klawans, The Nation
" A great little film… It has a headlong rhythm, skittering between timeframes with the skill of a pianist nailing Prokofiev…. Everything’s told in shards, and Amalric does very well to create a sense of emotional continuum amid all the procedural detail. His own performance is fantastic, jittery and disheveled.” Tim Robey, The Daily Telegraph
Thanks to an astonishing performance by Pierre Niney that masterfully mimics the iconic designer’s impish bearing and aura of genius, Yves Saint Laurent is reborn in this suitably stylish, well-tailored biopic. Lespert doesn’t hesitate in giving this great life and grand love affair the operatic treatment it deserves.
In 2013, all of Norway celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863 - 1944), one of the towering figures of modern art. Munch 150 was co-hosted by the National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo. With 220 paintings on show, it brought together the greatest number of Munch’s key works in one place. Harding’s documentary allows us to view these masterworks with incredible clarity and detail, and offers expert insight and analysis.
"Engaging, with sensitively rendered dramatic reconstructions." David Parkinson, Oxford Times
Globe artistic director Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry star in this critically acclaimed and award-winning production of Shakespeare’s comedy of melancholia. An all-male cast replicate the performance norms of Shakespeare’s time. "Pure comic delight!"
Tickets $15 ($13 students/seniors)
"Sensational… Pure comic delight!"
Inspired by reports from the first English colonies in the West Indies and imbued with a spirit of magic and the supernatural, The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity and enlightenment. Double Olivier Award-winner and renowned stage and screen actor Roger Allam returns to the Globe as Prospero.
"Spellbinding." The Telegraph
"Spellbinding." The Telegraph
“Jeremy Herrin’s production, with beautiful Jacobean costumes and genuinely enchanting music by Stephen Warbeck, captures all the wonder of this play.” Time Out
Shakespeare’s notorious battle of the sexes gives us one of theatre’s great screwball double-acts in the shape of Katherina and Petruchio – a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the play’s controversial conclusion. Director Toby Frow gives us “a riotous mixture of verbal dexterity and slapstick” in an exhilarating production that delighted audiences at the Globe. Katherina is played by the Olivier Award-winning Samantha Spiro
"A laugh out loud production." Time Out
The title is a prison term for the graduation from a youth offenders’ detention centre to an adult correctional facility, which happens to be the journey taken by 19 year old Eric (Jack O’Connell) in this explosive British drama. The prison also happens to be home to Eric’s estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn), though the reunion is not a happy one…
"An edgy, teeming thriller, brilliantly disorienting." New York Magazine
"Starred Up is an edgy, teeming thriller, brilliantly disorienting, making strange a world we thought we knew, at least from other movies." David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"O’Connell bristles with terrifying hair-trigger unpredictability. Watching him, you feel like you’re witnessing the arrival of a new movie star." Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Brutal and boisterous… Turns the complicated dynamic between a young prisoner and his problematic mentor into a ferocious psychodrama that locks you in and refuses to let you go." AO Scott, The New York Times