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Italy

Duration: 64 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2014
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 10 08:00 pm

The fascinating story of Barolo wine and how it exploded as a world phenomenon. Now one of the most famous red wines in the world, 30 years ago Barolo was unknown even in its own production region, the beautiful Langhe, in northwestern Italy. Barolo’s current success is mainly due to the courage and initiative of a group of small-scale wine producers, the so-called Barolo Boys.

(La mafia uccide solo d'estate)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 11 08:10 pm

A terrific debut from TV satirist Pif, showing the workings of the Sicilian mafia through the eyes of a young everyman, Arturo, as he journeys from childhood to maturity in the Palermo of the 1970s and early 80s. Described by Italian Senate President Pietro Grasso as the best film on the Mafia ever made.

"A charming and engrossing debut feature." Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

"Terrific!" Jay Weissberg, Variety

(Song 'e Napule)
Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 12 06:30 pm

Set in modern-day Naples, Song’e Napule (Neapolitan dialect for “I am from Napoli”) is a hugely entertaining comedy with an endearing cast that will leave audiences whistling the catchy award-winning tunes with a silly grin on their face.

"A tuneful, genre parody casting a loving glance on Naples and its criminal underworld." Screen Daily

(L’ultima ruota del carro)
Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 13 06:30 pm

Giovanni Veronesi’s irresistible romantic comedy journeys through four decades of recent Italian history on the back of a good-hearted, honest middle-class guy who always finds himself one step behind.

(Matrimonio all'italiana)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1964
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 09 07:15 pm
Jan 10 02:00 pm

One of the most famous, and funniest, Italian comedies of all time.Marcello Mastroianni co-stars as the irrepressibly carnal businessman Domenico, who discovers Loren’s Filumena as a young prostitute and keeps her as his mistress and confidante. When he chooses to marry a young cashier instead, Filumena is furious, and resorts to a series of wild and hilarious ruses to win back his hand.

Opening Night Gala includes film, live music from the Cory Weeds Trio, food, gelato from Bella Gelateria, and a glass of vino Italiano, plus first look at a new photo exhibition dedicated to the great Sophia Loren ($25). A $30 ticket includes entry to our second film, A Five Star Life.

“Wonderfully flamboyant…rich and delicious…” The New York Times

Duration: 205 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1962
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 11 02:45 pm

Four legendary filmmakers direct some of Europe’s biggest stars in this landmark anthology film. Mario Monicelli (Big Deal on Madonna Street), Federico Fellini (), Luchino Visconti (The Leopard) and Vittorio De Sica (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) direct Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider and more through four stories of unashamed eros. Modeled on Boccaccio’s Decameron, they are comic moral tales about the hypocrisies surrounding sex in 1960s Italy.

"It has glamour, sophistication, color, wit and sensuality!" - The New York Times

Duration: 138 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1963
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 14 08:15 pm

Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title for was The Beautiful Confusion, and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.

"Conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing {Fellini] ever did." Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

(Viaggio sola)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 09 09:30 pm
Jan 11 06:30 pm
Jan 14 01:00 pm
Jan 15 06:30 pm

Margherita Buy is compelling as a solitary single woman in her 40s whose job consists of evaluating — and roundly criticizing — European five-star hotels and resorts. A sleeper hit in Italy, the film has been compared to both "Up in the Air" and "Eat Pray Love"

(Divorzio all'italiana)
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1961
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 10 04:00 pm
Jan 15 08:10 pm

Baron Ferdinando Cefalù (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca). His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he hatches a plan to lure his spouse into the arms of another and then murder her in a justifiable effort to save his honor. Pietro Germi’s hilarious and cutting satire of Sicilian male-chauvinist culture won the 1962 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Japan

Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Discovered by a wood cutter inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl lights up the life of this childless peasant and his wife - even though they’re perplexed by the lightning speed with which she grows into an exquisite young lady. Their "little princess" enthralls everyone she meets, and bestows such bounty on the family that they wood cutter moves them to a city mansion, where she is courted by the most eligible bachelors far and wide. A gem of a film from Studio Ghibli’s other master, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies).

Princess Kaguya has the feel of a true Takahata film, from its unshrinking emotional fidelity to its sudden, exhilarating leaps into fantasy […] There is a deep wisdom in this film, but a deep sadness too. If it is Takahata’s farewell, it’s one that will have a long echo, just like his 1,000-year-old source.” Mark Schilling, Japan Times

"A visionary tour de force." Maggie Lee, Variety

A pinnacle of animation in the new millennium." Matt Patches, IGN Movies

Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Dec 19 08:00 pm
Dec 20 01:45 pm
Dec 21 06:30 pm
Dec 22 07:25 pm
Dec 26 05:30 pm
Dec 27 01:45 pm
Dec 29 03:15 pm
Dec 30 06:00 pm
Jan 02 01:45 pm
Jan 06 03:30 am
Jan 08 08:00 pm

Once upon a time in Vancouver, there was a baseball team called the Asahi, This was in the 1930s, when the city had a small Japantown on the downtown wharves, and the team was formed by the Canadian-born kids of immigrants. Smaller, and weaker, than the Caucasian teams, they struggled at first - but then they figured out a smarter way to win… Like a Fred Herzog exhibition brought to life, this is a lavish historical piece, a more philosophical type of sports movie than we’re used to in N America, but something that we can recognize as part and parcel of our own cultural heritage.

"From a Vancouver perspective it’s a fascinating film. Beautifully shot, it recreates a lost world in Japantown, when Powell Street was all Japanese businesses and the Powell Street Grounds (today’s Oppenheimer Park) was a baseball park filled with throngs of Asahi fans." John Mackie, Vancouver Sun

Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014

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Dec 31 03:20 pm

A gem of a film for all ages from Studio Ghibli’s other master, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies). In this captivating 10,000 year fable, a woodcutter discovers a magical child in a bamboo stalk. The girl grows quickly, transforming into a young woman of such grace and beauty it seems her life is charmed…

Princess Kaguya has the feel of a true Takahata film, from its unshrinking emotional fidelity to its sudden, exhilarating leaps into fantasy […] There is a deep wisdom in this film, but a deep sadness too. If it is Takahata’s farewell, it’s one that will have a long echo, just like his 1,000-year-old source.” Mark Schilling, Japan Times

"A visionary tour de force." Maggie Lee, Variety

A pinnacle of animation in the new millennium." Matt Patches, IGN Movies

Netherlands

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2013
Series:
Art on Film

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Dec 30 12:00 pm

“‘It’s just a renovation,” quips Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes. “How complicated can it be?” Well, that was in 2006. Seven years later, as the work finally came to completion, he had his answer. This fascinating documentary (cut down from the original 4 hour version that showed on Dutch TV and at VIFF two years ago) sheds light on one of the jewels of the art world, the home to countless masterpieces by Rembrandt and so many others.

“Hoogendijk has created an artifact that 400 years hence may prove as vital a window into Amsterdam culture as any of the Dutch masterpieces hanging in the museum itself.” Peter Debruge, Variety

New Zealand

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Dec 05 06:30 pm
Dec 06 03:00 pm
Dec 07 04:30 pm
Dec 08 04:30 pm
Dec 11 06:30 pm
Dec 13 06:30 pm
Dec 20 06:45 pm
Dec 23 07:20 pm
Dec 24 03:30 pm
Jan 02 04:15 pm

Fifteen years and 9 Antarctic winters in the making, Powell’s film gives a glimpse into what it is like to spend a full year living and working in the harshest place on the planet, presenting a never-before-seen insider’s view of the frozen south. It’s a dazzling movie, but never more so than in long, endless nights of the Antarctic winter, when the sun never rises, time stands still, and the aurora australis puts on a private show of heavenly dimensions. "An extraordinary achievement that reinvigorates our sense of wonder about the natural world." NZ Herald

You’ll think twice before using that overworked word “awesome” again after seeing Anthony Powell’s film […] There are moments when what Powell’s cameras have captured will bring you to tears. Which is why you need to see it in the dark, on a big screen." Helene Wong, The NZ Listener

Norway, Sweden, Ireland

Duration: 117 mins
Country of Origin: Norway,Sweden,Ireland, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Dec 12 11:00 am
Dec 12 06:30 pm
Dec 13 02:10 pm
Dec 13 08:15 pm
Dec 15 06:30 pm
Dec 17 02:00 pm
Dec 17 06:30 pm
Jan 03 04:50 pm

Juliette Binoche delivers another luminous performance in this probing drama about a conflict photographer torn between the high risk work she believes in and the responsibility her husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) insists she has to stay safe for the sake of their children.

"A subtle, densely layered portrait of a real family at a crossroads." G Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

Norway

(Eventyrland)
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Norway, 2013
Series:
Crime Fest

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Nov 27 06:30 pm

Keenly poised between compassion and violence, this gripping slice of Nordic noir is a suspense drama that doubles as a character study. It’s also a rare crime thriller with a sympathetic female protagonist at its heart. Released from prison 9 years after a fateful shooting, Jenny tries to put her life back on the straight and narrow - but past associates have other ideas. A tour de force from writer-director-editor-cinematographer Ommundsen, and from his wife, Salomonsen.

"Stylish... Impressive... Delicate and brutal." -- Hollywood Reporter

South Korea

Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Crime Fest

When a homicide detective makes the fateful decision to cover up a hit-and-run accident which kills a man, he invites karmic retribution on a grand scale in this wickedly ingenious suspense thriller.

“A masterclass in throat-squeezing, stomach-knotting suspense loaded with smart plot twists, dark humor and high-gloss visuals." Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

“A masterclass in throat-squeezing, stomach-knotting suspense loaded with smart plot twists, dark humor and high-gloss visuals. . .A Hard Day is full of smart surprises and darkly funny lurches." Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

"A total blast." Jessica Kiang, Playlist (Indiewire)

Sweden

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2013
Series:
Best of 2014

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Dec 28 01:45 pm

Lukas Moodysson (Together; Show Me Love) adapts his wife Coco’s graphic novel about three 13-year-old girls growing up in early ’80s Stockholm and forming their own punk band - the best band in the world!

"A gloriously funny coming-of-age comedy – although age itself is squeezed almost entirely into the margins, crowded out by the film’s raucous, window-rattling love of being young." Daily Telegraph

"A joyous, heart-swelling tale of youthful rebellion." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"A joyous time capsule. Captures the DIY empowerment of punk rock and the bond of female friendships in one blissful swoop. For those of us who’ve been hoping that Lukas Moodysson would return to the tender touch of early movies like Show Me Love and Together, the wait is over." David Fear, The Village Voice

" A gloriously funny coming-of-age comedy – although age itself is squeezed almost entirely into the margins, crowded out by the film’s raucous, window-rattling love of being young." Robbie Colin, Daily Telegraph

(Turist)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Nov 28 06:30 pm
Nov 29 06:30 pm
Nov 29 08:45 pm
Nov 30 06:30 pm
Nov 30 08:45 pm
Dec 01 06:30 pm
Dec 02 04:45 pm
Dec 03 06:30 pm
Dec 03 08:45 pm
Dec 04 06:30 pm
Dec 05 08:20 pm
Dec 06 04:45 pm
Dec 08 06:30 pm
Dec 11 08:20 pm

One of the most popular movies at this year’s VIFF, this is both an acute psychological study and a deadpan comedy of manners, a portrait of a family riven by the father’s instinctive act of cowardice in the face of an avalanche during a skiing holiday. For all his attempts to pretend that nothing has happened, everything has changed. But what to do about it?

"An ice cold knockout. Brilliantly perceptive and frostily funny." Aaron Hills, Village Voice

"Damning, frequently hilarious study of imploding male ego." AV Club

"Visually stunning. Emotionally perceptive." Variety

(Turist)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014

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Dec 28 03:45 pm

One of the most popular movies at this year’s VIFF, this is both an acute psychological study and a deadpan comedy of manners, a portrait of a family riven by the father’s instinctive act of cowardice in the face of an avalanche during a skiing holiday. For all his attempts to pretend that nothing has happened, everything has changed. But what to do about it?

"An ice cold knockout. Brilliantly perceptive and frostily funny." Aaron Hills, Village Voice

"Damning, frequently hilarious study of imploding male ego." AV Club

"Visually stunning. Emotionally perceptive." Variety

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