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Australia

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 11 11:00 am
Jul 18 12:15 pm
Jul 25 11:30 am
Jul 27 04:30 pm

Kids are the future. They are also innately funny, and (some of them anyway) incredibly endearing. Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I Am Eleven weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age.

"Entracing." **** New York Daily News

“An inspiring and candid look at that magical moment between childhood and adolescence and a glimpse into the future.” Today

“A Fascinating and Must-See Documentary.“ Parenting Healthy

Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 17 08:40 pm
Jul 18 04:00 pm
Jul 19 05:10 pm
Jul 22 08:40 pm
Jul 23 04:15 pm

n one of her most impressive, raw performances Nicole Kidman is Catherine, a wife and mother trying to adjust to a new life in a small outback town. No one knows them here, which was the attraction, but Catherine’s rebellious 15-year-old daughter Lily (Maddison Brown) is fast getting a reputation with the local boys. When Lily disappears into the night suspicions fall every which way, including on Catherine’s husband (Joseph Fiennes), and their already strained marriage buckles and cracks. Suspenseful and anguished, with breathtaking cinematography and a real sense of unease, Strangerland is a troubling, angry film about social hypocricy and female sexuality.

"Kidman gives one of her best performances in recent years. Displaying vulnerability and depth [Kidman] is engaging and heartbreaking." Keath Jones, The Film Stage

"Kidman is a force to be reckoned with… Harrowing, uncomfortable, yet staggeringly powerful." Andrew McArthur, Culture Fix

Canada

Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 26 07:00 pm
Jul 26 09:00 pm

Since the late 1960s, at least 18 young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. Matt Smiley's hard-hitting documentary shares the story of the victims and investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Aug 07 10:00 pm

In Carl Bessai’s spoof 1974 Canuxploitation pic, "Frank Lo Zito" stars as Detective Franky New Guinea. "Mans Asbornder" is his intense new partner, Detective Reverend Grizzly Night-Bear, and "Lester Holloway" is Vancouver’s, uh, Bad City’s corrupt new mayor, Dominic Kincaid. In other words, Bessai is throwing self-parody on top of parody; a Royale with cheese if you will. Served best with cold beer!

‪"Macht Spaß und ist politisch unkorrekt!" Oldenburg Film Festival

"Goes joyfully towards the stupid in a made-for-a-midnight-crowd way." Vue Weekly

"So bad, it’s good." The Province

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 06 06:30 pm
Jul 08 06:45 pm

When Martin and Suzanne drive into Vancouver for an abortion, fate (and Martin’s impatience) conspires to strand them there for 24 hours. What starts out as an awkward errand blossoms into a romantic adventure in this refreshingly candid contemporary comedy.

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

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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

Denmark, Indonesia

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Denmark,Indonesia, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 24 08:30 pm
Jul 25 08:10 pm
Jul 26 05:00 pm
Jul 27 06:30 pm
Jul 28 08:40 pm
Jul 29 06:30 pm
Jul 30 08:30 pm
Aug 02 08:00 pm
Aug 04 08:50 pm

Imagine looking your brother’s murderer in the eye. What would you say, when the killers still control the country? Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing follows an optometrist, Adi, who seeks out the men responsible for his older brother’s death and asks them to acknowledge their responsibility, putting his own safety on a knife-edge.

Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Human Rights Award & FIPRESCI prize, Venice Film Festival; Grand Prize, CPH:DOX 2014

"Profound, visionary, stunning." Werner Herzog

France

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

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Jul 14 05:00 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: 120 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2012
Series:
Music Mondays

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Jul 20 08:45 pm

Natalie Dessay prepares to take on the role of Violetta in this documentary about the staging of Verdi’s masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.

"An exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process." Sheri Linden, LA Times

"An exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process." Sheri Linden, LA Times

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

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

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Aug 01 10:00 pm
Aug 02 05:30 pm
Aug 03 08:15 pm
Aug 05 08:50 pm

Imagine being at the cutting edge of the electonic music scene in Paris at the beginning of the 90s, rubbing shoulders with Daft Punk, dedicating your life to shaping the sound… That’s where Paul (de Givry) finds himself, a DJ on the up, riding a wave that takes him… right back to where he started, in fact. Eden is a palpably authentic exploration of a fascinating musical subculture, detailing the shifts and grooves that whisked the EDM scene from "in crowd" cult to global mainstream dominance. But not without cost: not every DJ became a star, and some, like Paul, lost a decade without noticing how life is slipping through his fingers.

Music by: Daft Punk, Joe Smooth, Frankie Knuckles, Terry Hunter, MK…

"Eden is celebratory, cautionary and entirely intoxicating." Katherine McLaughlin, The List

"An exhilarating sense of the present moment overwhelms all; the time is always now… The camerawork is so fluid and the settings so brimming with detail that one feels washed away by the film, recognizing the hero’s decline only when he does—that is, too late." Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

France, Norway, Germany

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

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Aug 07 05:10 pm
Aug 08 06:10 pm
Aug 11 06:30 pm
Aug 13 08:45 pm

In this wistful comic charmer from Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories; O’Horten) a recent divorcee must escort Norway’s standard kilo to a conference in Paris, where it will be weighed according to international measures. But how can one take stock of such things, when our lives and loves are so finite in comparison?

“Despite the weighty title, this is an extremely light, delicate art film that rarely makes a false move. For those who know Bent Hamer’s work, this Norwegian-Parisian love story between two scientists will come as another pleasant installment in his warm stories about human beings and their need for each other.” Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

GB, Finland, Germany

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

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Jul 10 10:00 pm
Jul 11 10:00 pm

Wimpy POTUS Samuel L Jackson is shot down in a remote Nordic wilderness and rescued from terrrorists by a plucky 13 year old armed only with a bow and arrow in this quirky old school action movie from the director of Rare Exports.

"Yes, the film’s clunky. Yes, it’s dumb. But it’s fashioned with such charm that it’s also lovable, poignant and funny." Patrick Smith, The Telegraph

"It’s not entirely clear how much of Big Game is funny on purpose, but it hardly matters when the action is so slick and the dialogue so ripe." Donald Clarke, Irish Times

GB, New Zealand

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: GB,New Zealand, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Not slow by any stretch, John Maclean’s ravishing frontier drama is the tale of a young gentleman, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), an immigrant from Ireland in search of his sweetheart, out of his element and altogether too trusting to survive for long in the wilderness territories of the 1870s. He’s rescued from bandits by Silas (Michael Fassbender), whose motives may not be entirely pure, but who volunteers to shepherd Jay on his quest - after all, they are heading in the same direction.

"It’s the rare western that invites you to imagine what life then and there might actually have felt like, sight gags and all. Maclean is a supremely promising talent." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

"An absurdist, melancholy coming-of-age tale that jumps from odd comedy to striking violence to stirring reflection." Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

"An angular Western that sublimates the fading promise of the New World into a fairy tale of unrequited love, Slow West starts with "once upon a time" and ends with a crackle of incredible savagery." David Ehrlich, Time Out

GB

Duration: 165 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2015
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

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Jul 11 01:00 pm
Jul 14 07:00 pm

David McVicar directs a new production of Umberto Giordano’s passionate opera, a drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek conducted by Antonio Pappano. The poet Andrea Chénier and the servant Carlo Gérard both love the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the French Revolution, Chénier offers her protection, and so incites the envy of Gérard, now a powerful official.

(Der Fliegende Hollander)
Duration: 150 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

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Jul 12 07:00 pm
Jul 15 01:00 pm

The Flying Dutchman has been cursed for eternity. Once every seven years he is allowed to come ashore to seek redemption. He may have found it in Senta, a woman who longs for escape,,, Tim Albery’s acclaimed production is a darkly insightful account of Wagner’s early masterpiece, starring Bryn Terfel conducted by Andris Nelsons.

"An immersive and immersing experience… Bryn Terfel’s Dutchman is so strongly characterised that the doomed seaman’s entire history seems visible at his first entrance, weary and burdened, dragging the ship’s rope around his shoulders; vocally he paces himself finely, saving the strongest for last as the dramatic tension peaks. As Senta, Adrianne Pieczonka is simply magnificent, with a warm and radiant voice that melts in its lower register and cuts higher up, and the ability to inhabit the role to heartbreaking effect. The central pair are more than superbly supported by Peter Rose as Senta’s father, Daland; tenor Michael König is a lyrical Erik; and in smaller roles the contributions of Ed Lyon as the Steersman and Catherine Wyn-Rogers as Mary were outstanding. One of the night’s biggest plaudits, though, goes to the chorus: the terrifying clash of the locals and the ghost ship’s crew in act III packed a massive punch." Jessica Duchen, The Independent

Duration: 145 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2015
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

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Jul 11 07:00 pm
Jul 14 01:00 pm

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera, told in vivid detail in this classic production.

(L'elisir d'amore)
Duration: 150 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

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Jul 10 07:00 pm
Jul 13 07:00 pm

Nemorino, a naive village boy, is besotted with Adina, a farm owner. She rejects his declarations of love. Fortunately, Doctor Dulcamara is on hand with a ’love potion’ to help him win her heart… Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of Donizetti’s opera radiates tenderness, humour and southern sunshine, starring Vittorio Grigolo, Lucy Crowe and Bryn Terfel.

"A classy evening." The Guardian

"Donizetti’s charming pastoral romp is one of the few operas to give the tenor the central role and Vittorio Grigolo takes full advantage, portraying the naive bumpkin Nemorino with beautiful Italianate tone and believable, athletic acting. His aria Una Furtiva Lagrima brings the house down, as it should." Tully Potter, Daily Mail

Duration: 155 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2015
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

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Jul 12 03:00 pm
Jul 15 07:00 pm

Three criminals on the run find they can go no further and found a city – Mahagonny, city of gold. The destitute and the disenchanted flock to Mahagonny, among them the prostitute Jenny and the lumberjack Jimmy McIntyre with his three friends. The city swells with debauchery. Jim and Jenny try to escape, bu it is not so easy… John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s furiously impassioned satire on consumerism, starring Anne Sofie von Otter, Willard White and Christine Rice conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.

GB, France, Belgium

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: GB,France,Belgium, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 17 06:30 pm
Jul 18 06:10 pm
Jul 19 03:00 pm
Jul 20 04:10 pm
Jul 22 06:30 pm
Jul 25 01:30 pm
Jul 28 06:30 pm

Shortly after the British evacuation at Dunkirk, the German Occupation reaches the small French town of Bussy. When a Nazi officer (Matthais Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone; Far From the Madding Crowd) is billeted with Madame Angellier (Kristin Scott Thomas) she barely conceals her contempt, but her daughter-in-law Lucille (Michelle Williams) is drawn to his charm and sensitivity. Based on the wartime manuscript written by Irene Nemirovsky (who died in Auschwitz before she completed the novel), Suite Francaise is a moving story of love, divided loyalties and sacrifice, with superb performances from two of the most exciting actors working in movies today.

"A handsome and intelligent adaptation… nuanced and compelling." Dave Calhoun, Time Out

"Rewardingly complex and disarmingly compassionate." Mark Kermode, The Observer

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