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.
Chosen by VIFF Vancity Theatre members, this year’s free New Year’s Eve event movie is Edgar Wright’s anti-blockbuster, a hipster’s comic book adaptation chock full of great gags and inventive fun. When under-employed underground hero Scott Pilgrim (the cutely anxious Michael Cera) takes up with a cool American girl, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he must fight it out with her seven exes in videogame-style battles.
It’s the perfect appetizer for a memorable New Year’s Eve. Pre-order your free tickets at viff.org Doors at 5.45, Film at 7.00
"Full of fresh, sharp touches and nonchalantly brash performances, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World consistently hits the sweet spot." Tom Charity, CNN.com
"Its speedy, funny, happy-sad spirit is so infectious that the movie makes you feel at home in its world." AO Scott, New York Times
"Like an animatronic kitten that won’t leave you alone, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World wins its audience over on adorable persistence." Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
Back by popular demand! 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.
We are delighted to welcome AARON GLASS and BRAD EVANS, editors of the newly published book, Return to the Land of the Head Hunters (University of Washington Press).
We are delighted to welcome Bill Cranmer and Andy Everson who will attend as spokespeople of the Kwakwaka’wakw. Owen Underhill from the Turning Point ensemble will also be on hand to talk about his involvement with recording the film’s score, and the evening will be hosted by poet, scholar and filmmaker Colin Browne.
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
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 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.