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USA, Canada

(Special Centennial Screening)
Duration: 65 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 1914
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

VIFF Vancity Theatre and the Cinematheque join together this weekend to celebrate the centenary of a cinema landmark. In the Land of the Head Hunters was the first feature film made in B.C. and is the oldest extant feature made in Canada. It’s also the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast and arguably the first ever documentary feature. A portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island and the central coast, it was directed by Edward S. Curtis, the renowned American photographer of First Nations life.

USA

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014

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Dec 29 06:00 pm

Arguably the most underrated US movie of the year, the latest from James Gray (Two Lovers) is a romantic epic set in New York in the 1920s. Marion Cotillard is superb as the Polish woman torn between Joaquin Phoenix’s dubious fixer, Bruno, and his cousin, an illusionist (Jeremy Renner).

"The film is earnestly and unabashedly melodramatic to an extent that may baffle audiences accustomed to clever, knowing historical fictions. But it also has a depth and purity of feeling that makes other movies feel timid and small by comparison." AO Scott, The New York Times

"You may often find yourself second-guessing the film, questioning how—and if—it will all come together. But by the time of the intense and impassioned climax, a storm of emotion is ensured: a great movie rising before you like a delusion, like a dream." Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

Duration: 165 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014

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Jan 01 03:50 pm

A dozen years in the making, Richard Linklater’s masterpiece chronicles the evolution of a boy into a young man, from six to 18. It is the ultimate coming-of-age movie, and one of the most audacious cinematic feats of the decade.

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

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Dec 21 05:00 pm
Dec 22 05:50 pm
Dec 23 05:50 pm
Dec 24 02:00 pm
Dec 29 01:45 pm
Jan 01 02:15 pm
Jan 03 03:20 pm

Street style photographer Ari Seth Cohen and director Lina Plioplyte dive into the personal lives of New York City’s most fashionable women over 60. In an industry obsessed with youth, these older women dispel conventional ideas about beauty and aging and prove that with age comes grace, confidence, boldness, flair and new, unimagined opportunities for fame and fortune.

"Inspired by Ari Seth Cohen’s blog by the same name, "Advanced Style" is a love letter to older women who’ve elevated dressing to an art form." Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

"The way the women occupy Cohen and Plioplyte’s spotlight is a lesson in aging well, a lesson that begins with the refusal to play by the rule that says to grow older, especially for women, is to fade into the shadows." Sherri Linden, LA Times

"These women are living life to the fullest - and they are inviting us to do the same." David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

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

It is not often that a documentary merits comparison with The Grapes of Wrath, but The Overnighters evokes Steinbeck (and John Ford) in its compassionate portrait of economic migrants flooding into North Dakota to grasp their slice of the oil boom. Shunned as interlopers by most, these newcomers are welcomed into the Concordia Lutheran Church by a remarkable Pastor - whose Christian charity affronts his congregation and community.

"One could draw numerous lessons from this moving and almost operatic documentary… Jesse Moss spins a gripping saga that seems to capture the American zeitgeist in uncanny fashion, and it’s all true." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, The Overnighters transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Starkly bleak and devastatingly humane… an indelible American documentary." Katie Walsh, The Playlist

Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1984
Series:
Music Mondays

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the breakout debut movie from the Minneapolis maestro, Prince Nelson Rogers. Purple Rain is everything you could want from a rock film, and more - it’s sexy, sassy, slick and it captures the young Prince in the raw.

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014

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Dec 30 03:45 pm

The Overnighters evokes Steinbeck (and John Ford) in its compassionate portrait of economic migrants flooding into North Dakota fto grasp their slice of the oil boom. Shunned as interlopers by most, these newcomers are welcomed into the Concordia Lutheran Church by a remarkable Pastor - who Christian charity affronts his congregation and community.

"One could draw numerous lessons from this moving and almost operatic documentary… Jesse Moss spins a gripping saga that seems to capture the American zeitgeist in uncanny fashion, and it’s all true." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, The Overnighters transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Starkly bleak and devastatingly humane… an indelible American documentary." Katie Walsh, The Playlist

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Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014

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Dec 26 08:00 pm

A dazzling winter’s tale from an unusually energized Wes Anderson, this is an all-star mittel-European carousel of rampaging passions, class and transgression.

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1992
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Dec 21 03:00 pm

Sir Michael Caine delivered one of his very finest performances as Ebenezer Scrooge in this surprisingly faithful, and downright irresistible Muppet version on the Dickens yuletide favourite.

"A wonderful festive story, enchantingly told." Daily Telegraph

USA, France

Duration: 181 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France, 2014
Series:
Art on Film

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Dec 26 02:00 pm
Dec 27 04:10 pm
Dec 28 06:20 pm
Dec 31 12:00 pm
Jan 03 12:00 pm

Welcome to London’s famous National Gallery, as seen by America’s foremost observational filmmaker, Fred Wiseman (La Danse; At Berkeley). Wiseman gives us a guided tour of masterpieces by Turner, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Da Vinci, but also shows what’s going on behind the scenes at one of the world’s premier art institutions.

"A great, great film. Wiseman’s technique is simple, refined, and blissfully pure. The real joy of his film is that it never needs to strain for effect; it sits back. It’s like being lulled with intelligence." Tim Robey, The Telegraph (UK)

"One of the greatest [films] I have seen all year… Magnificent… Wiseman’s touch is deft but light here, and the experience of watching National Gallery is pleasurable and immersive because he’s a wonderful storyteller. It is also unexpectedly moving." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"One of Wiseman’s richest and most thought-provoking films." Budd Wilkins, Slant

Venezuela

(Pelo Malo)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Venezuela, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jan 02 06:00 pm
Jan 03 08:45 pm
Jan 04 06:10 pm
Jan 05 06:30 pm

A sharp, compassionate, tender and piercing tale of a nine year old fighing to tame his stubbornly curly hair and, he hopes, win the love and affection of his over-burdened mom. From this seemingly trivial tale Venezuelan filmmaker Mariana Rondon fashions a memorable movie about sex identity, mothers and sons, love and disappointment. Winner: Best Film, San Sebastian Film Festival. 100% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes

"The most endearing film I saw out of 36 films [at the Toronto International Film Festival] was Bad Hair." Kent Turner, Film-Forward

"At just 93 minutes, the movie breezes by but is anything but forgettable." Monica Catillo, Movie Mezzanine

"Tender insight… a deft balance of toughness and sensitivity." David Rooney, Variety

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