What does it mean to be a sibling? Yolanda Sonnabend, 77, is an established painter who also found fame as the designer for London’s Royal Ballet. Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is a scientist (Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is the esteemed New York AIDS doctor famous for discovering one of the building blocks of the virus. They live together, at odds but inseparable. This very personal but also universal film is candid, fascinating, and deeply moving, a study of family, aging, art and reason; resentment and reconciliation.
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
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
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
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.
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
Palestine, USA, Canada
Bold and fearless, the first all-female car-racing team in the Middle East is burning rubber and tearing up track all over Palestine as they defy the odds and shatter stereotypes of Arab women.
In this cinematically stylish comedy, the Wichita foothills stand in for Jerusalem as a small Christian community that has reenacted Christ’s Passion for 88 years grapples with the news that the paperboy playing Jesus is a Buddhist.